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Art Sleuth Patricia Moss

Patricia Moss, Art Sleuth

If you’ve ever wondered if that painting you found in your grandma’s attic is actually a priceless work of art, Patricia Moss of Fine Arts Investigations is your gal. Based in Long Beach, she seeks the provenance of paintings using historical documentation, technical tools and a lot of expertise.

Scott Allen getting ready for another SUPrents exploit

SUPrents: Stand Up Paddleboard Revolution

Paddleboards. Everybody wants one, but nobody wants to deal with wrestling one from the garage, to the top of the car, onto the water and back. In 2015, Scott Allen, the co-owner of SUPrents, was right there with every other struggling vacationer.

Schoen Garden in Vancouver

Robin and Janine Richardson, along with their arborist John Ellerton, are restoring Schoen’s garden with passion and dedication, nurturing rare plants like a 12-foot-tall Japanese maple and a mature umbrella pine back to health.

Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Washington state’s fourth poet laureate, Tod Marshall, doesn’t have time to rest on his laurels. He’s traveling around the state sharing his art form and encouraging others to express themselves.

Alchemy Goods

Alchemy Goods in Seattle believes in the power of upcycling­—turning something of lesser value into something of greater value.

Lois James

Lois James: Training Day

Lois James is a professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane. With her husband, Steve James, she researches use of deadly force in law enforcement

Brian Allen lifts the north section of the kelp line.

Gamechangers: Puget Sound Restoration Fund

In 2015, Paul Allen ponied up $1.5 million to investigate kelp cultivation as a potential strategy for mitigating ocean acidification. Dr. Joth Davis, senior scientist for PSRF, said 25 percent of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere are absorbed into the ocean. “The resulting change in seawater chemistry is known as ocean acidification because it increases the acidity of seawater over time and makes calcium carbonate less available to marine species,” Davis said.