Tacoma Urbanist

May. 2, 2008 at 12:16am

Frost Park Friday Chalk Off Today : Everyone's Invited

Today : Week 4 : Episode IV

I received the below message today from RR Anderson via the City of Tacoma invaluable list serve.


an open invitation to artists, cultists and curious culture skeptics.

Before the dawn of Tacoma's REBIRTH a call-to-action was issued challenging SELF DESCRIBED "artists" to arise in the sucking, open-heart chest wound of Downtown's own LARRY FROST MEMORIAL PARK to compete for the most fabulous object in the world... The title of BEST ILLUSTRATOR IN THE UNIVERSE.

For the audacious OF HEART, this is your chance to literally draw upon the publicly funded resources of the City--Literally the City of Tacoma itself is your canvas.  


Friday, 12 Noon - 1PM
Larry Frost Memorial Park
9th & Commerce

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  1. Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen

  2. RR Anderson (sponsored by TAGRO)

  3. Life of Elle  ALL NEW WINNER
  4.                  your name here                ??

Honorable Mention

  1. Lance "Loves the MM Bridge So Much Why Doesn't He Marry It?" Kagey of Beautiful Angle
  2. James Stowe

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Corporate Sponsorship

Chalk Challenge No. 4 EMBELLISH SALON FREE HAIRDO COUPON is made possible through charitable donation by PATRICIA "HAIR CZAR" LACEY-DAVIS founder of Tacoma's only MULTISPACE SALON in the galaxy. Dale Chihuly sez: "Embellish Salon is like heaven for your hair, only it's not imaginary and you don't have to be dead!" 

Official Rules (for entertainment purposes only)

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R. Ryan Anderson,
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++ conscientious objector + media liberator + humorist for hire ++


Expected Weather

Currently clear at 12:27 a.m.  However, there is a 40 percent chance of rain.

Prize for Chalk Off Winner

"Care package" and $40 coupon for a haircut from Embellish Salon

Rules for Chalk Art Contest

We are making them up as we go.  However, the contest starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 1:00 p.m.  There are other rules in the official chalk off rulebook.

Voting For Winner

Please vote for your favorite chalk art entry in the comment section below.  Each person/avatar gets one vote.  Votes will be accepted until midnight on Friday after which the winner will be declared.

For more information see:

Tacoma Chalk Off Cumulative Scorecard

Overview of today's event : Frost Park: Elle Defends Against Kagey, Lupin, RR and Stowe

See everyone at Frost Park.

comments [76]  |  posted under tacoma


by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 10:36am
Weather conditions 10:36 a.m.

Cloudy but no rain. Pavement is dry.

by NineInchNachos on 5/2/2008 @ 1:17pm
well that was fun.

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 1:44pm
well that was fun.

Yes. Best Frost Park "Chalk Off" yet.

Thanks everyone. An amazing show of talent in downtown Tacoma. Amazing to watch.

Ok. Voting time. Which art piece is the best and why? Which one is second best in your opinion?

Voting remains open until 12:00 midnight tonight.

In the meantime, please feel free to post pictures of the event or link to other photo sets that show off the chalk pieces well or other happenings at Frost Park.

Now, the art entries.

Starting from Pacific Avenue and going up the hill:


Full size


Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen:

Full size:


Dave L:

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Artist Associate of Stowe: (name unknown)

Full size:



Full size:


RR Anderson:

Full Size


Laura Hannan: (The Unknown Artist reveals herself)

Full Size:


More pictures here:


by Altered Chords on 5/2/2008 @ 2:06pm
I vote for Lupingoddess. I was torn between that and the exploding volcano by Stowe. The picture does not do justice, the color in Stowe's drawing was amazing.

This was a very difficult decision for me. I liked the color of the volcano, but Lupingoddess's thing really drew me in. I wanted to be riding on the flying wolf thing brandishing a shiny swordlike thing flying over mountains. Especially if I can drink a martini while doing so.

Sorry - first time voting. Is this how we vote? Have I voted? Will my vote count? Or are there superdelegates somewhere?

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 2:08pm
Bonus pictures:

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 2:15pm
Sorry - first time voting. Is this how we vote? Have I voted? Will my vote count? Or are there superdelegates somewhere?

Yep. That's how its done. One vote per avatar before midnight. You did it right.

The "superdelegates" was an unfounded rumor started by RR.

BTW Altered Chords, you need an image or picture for your avatar.

by Elle on 5/2/2008 @ 3:18pm
I would love to have the prize, but being as I've seen the same lady to cut my hair for the past 13 years I feel as if I would be cheating on her.

I shall cast my vote for Stowe because... damn.

And that is perilously close to a butt crack shot of me I must say.

by morgan on 5/2/2008 @ 3:26pm
Wow- great showing today! The bar keeps getting set higher and higher.

My faves this week:

Best Use of Light: Skywolf by Andrea "LupinGoddess"
Best Use of Antics on a Historic Building: Harold Lloyd on Old City Hall by Dave L
Best Use of Something Exploding: Mt. Rainier by Stowe
Best Re-Use of Previously Created Art: Murray Morgan Bridge poem by Lance

And the winner is...
Harold Lloyd on Old City Hall by Dave L!

by jenyum on 5/2/2008 @ 3:27pm
Stowe and RR are sooo close for me, this week. But I think I cast my vote for Stowe, because if I don't I probably won't ever get a babysitting favor from Courtney again...

Actually, it's a very cool drawing.

by intacoma on 5/2/2008 @ 3:42pm
My vote goes to RR, perspective rocks

Kinda hypocritical for Laura Hannan to be participating in vandalizing the side walk though heh. Anyone video tape her to put on youtube? lol

by NineInchNachos on 5/2/2008 @ 3:43pm
the camera obscura rendering of the clock tower was really nice. Laura Hanan's creepy baby arm hat was to intense for words, though her vivid colors were great. Stowe's illustrated coloring was top notch. . . Andrea's sky wolf was great.

I however vote for myself. Robert "the traveler" Hill statue! Come on!

by NineInchNachos on 5/2/2008 @ 3:44pm
if you've got more photos please post links also!

Elle your frost park lettering was amazing dude!!

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 3:47pm
Dave L sat out the contest until I prodded him to jump in and he banged out a great piece for 15 minutes. He had chalk that spewed out of ketchup like bottles. I wonder what the piece would look like if he had more time.

Laura certainly wins the category for the intensity of colors brought to Frost Park and the first abstract piece. I will save my vote for a bit later.

BTW, tacomachickadee just sent me a picture she took of Elle at the Frost Park chalk off today as raw material to try to transform into a X-Men type persona from today's chalk off as many of the other challengers have:


Good picture. Though the one of Elle with the Matrix classes eating is almost a classic already and difficult to beat. Perhaps a little photoshop work would do the trick which I don't really do. I had though of something along this line for Elle:

Any help would be appreciated.

by Ann on 5/2/2008 @ 3:55pm
All were great, but my vote would be for Dave L.

by MarkMonlux on 5/2/2008 @ 3:57pm
I vote for Stoles exploding volcano.

by MarkMonlux on 5/2/2008 @ 3:57pm
Stowe's that is, not Stoles. Dear god.

by Ms.Ajax on 5/2/2008 @ 4:00pm
I vote for the man who stole time at the clock tower...

by NineInchNachos on 5/2/2008 @ 4:15pm
Welcome Comrade Monlux!

by Mandiferous on 5/2/2008 @ 4:15pm
Gotta vote for Stowe. Those colors were amazing.

by jcbetty on 5/2/2008 @ 4:17pm
...soooooo hard to decide...

by Lance Kagey on 5/2/2008 @ 4:18pm
well i guess since there are no good drawings of the murray morgan then I'll have to choose the volcano.

Love ya all,

by Mandiferous on 5/2/2008 @ 4:34pm
Although I've already voted, I must applaud RR's suggestion to bring charcoal. Really helped this week's art just pop out at ya.

by intacoma on 5/2/2008 @ 4:35pm
ok here you go erik, quicky

by NineInchNachos on 5/2/2008 @ 4:45pm
ladies and gentlemen: Robert "the Traveller" Hill

wants you to vote for RR Anderson!

by Elle on 5/2/2008 @ 4:55pm
Yes, that does de-emphasize my boobs quite a bit. Sorry I didn't have my sunglasses on for all of you. I needed them for Stowe's amazing use of color.

Elle your frost park lettering was amazing dude!!

Thank you. High praise indeed.

by TacomaGnome on 5/2/2008 @ 5:13pm
I am loyal to Elle, what a great use of letters, and a wonderful message!

by Elle on 5/2/2008 @ 5:16pm
I am loyal to Elle

As well you should be. Good to see that my own gnome supports me.

by Tacomite on 5/2/2008 @ 5:26pm
I gotta go with Elle (because she said so) :)

by Dave L. on 5/2/2008 @ 5:27pm
Thanks Morgan – and the few others who got the Harold Lloyd reference (Harold not-to-scale in dwg). He had strong ties to Tacoma and visited often. Not trusting my freehand, I was originally working on cutting-out layers of stencils, but by Friday that idea just wasn’t working. But the hardware-store bottles of chalk-line chalk were fun to use. BTW, I have a nearly-full bag of Western Family charcoal briquettes that should last many Fridays. Anyway, thanks for the tips and prodding, everyone – this non-artist appreciates it. I like everyone’s entry for similar AND different reasons. The well-done Traveler is such a great subject, and combined with RxR/NiN makes a perfect pair. I like Laura’s for the bold colors and, well, she knows what she’s doing. Stowe’s gushing volcano set off the lahar warning system. The garden path and stepping stones was a well-executed neat idea. Andrea’s was magic once again, and one simply can’t have enough lupins. But I voted for her last week… Elle’s was a great intro coming up the hill and the lettering is so superb - I wish I could letter like that. (Or do anything like that.) I can’t pick just one winner. I’m leaning toward the Traveler. In fact, if I don’t make it back to a computer before midnight to change my mind, at midnight consider this a vote for RxR (can I do that?). I am humbled and grateful for the votes I got; thank you. And it was nice meeting even more of you today.

by Frinklin on 5/2/2008 @ 5:37pm
Man, this is difficult, any of them could be the winner, but I have to go with Harold Lloyd and the clock tower.

by jamesstoweart on 5/2/2008 @ 5:50pm
This was a great week!

I was glad I could bring another coworker and my son! Both had a great time and said they would be back next week with me and both are out to beat everyone.

Voting is going to be hard this week. I wish I had seen more of Dave L. working but I left too early. Lupin Goddess made another very etherial work. Elle piece was a great promo for the F.P.C.C. There was great use of wet chalk technique on display too.

But my vote has to go to RR. Not only is it awesome looking but he actually busted out really art supplies in the form of black artist charcoal. I wish I had thought of it.

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 6:14pm
well i guess since there are no good drawings of the murray morgan then I'll have to choose the volcano.

Love ya all,

Thanks Lance, your Frost Park family missed you.

Ok. Here's my vote and analysis. Hardest decision yet.


Best entry by Elle yet IMO. I never thought I would consider voting for lettering. However, the theme (again) was so strong with Frost Park and then she combined it with what seemed to be soda pop theme which all came together in rogue branding them and tempted me.

Laura H.

Laura wins for the best performance at Frost Park. While other contestants were looking for a space, Laura started a great show by splashing water all around and then laying down black chalk all around. Most intense colors of the day.

Laura owns Brick and Mortar Gallery


She is also one of the very few Tacomans who have Tacomics of her other than RR's subject today:


Andrea "LupinGoddess" Trenbeath Lowen

Andrea wins in the most likely piece to buy category. It is distressing to think the rain is going to come and wash away her wolf and sword piece. A piece with more of a connection to Tacoma may have won my vote. At any rate, we were shown full scale Lycanthropy piece which Frost Park was lucky to have.

BTW, Andrea has a art piece on display at Two Vaults by One Heart Cafe.


Dave L: Old City Hall Clocktower

As many of us have discussed, Tacoma needs badly to fix its city clock, just like back to the future. Thus, the theme of Dave's piece was right on the mark.

He brought new technology to the competition. With a little more time and detail on the piece, he might have convinced me to vote for it. It ended up being pretty small.

RR Anderson : The Traveler

A great grandiose them on an old topic. A slew of Tacomics and portion of RR's work has been dedicated to the Traveler. The Dome added much. Funny and the black chalk added some definition.


Stowe's illustration is so strong and professional, it gets my vote.

Everything worked in the piece. The shading was great. His ability to lay down a ton of chalk completely cover the sidewalk really did it. The explosion with red and orange turning into clouds was expertly executed and added action to the piece as well as the Volcano.

Stowe doesn't look like the type to get stuck, he just plows forward and bangs out art.

Now the Tacoma Gnome has published as photo set


as well as Elle:


by tacomachickadee on 5/2/2008 @ 6:43pm
This week's is freakily tough. The eldest daughter (the self-proclaimed "artist" -- pronounced that "arr-TEEST" she insists) is going back and forth between wanting me to vote for Elle and voting for all of Laura Hannan's cool colors (definitely caught her eye ... she interpreted the scene as a dancer).

I am having trouble between more than just those.

Elle amazes me all the time with her freehand lettering, swirls and other fun drawings. Laura had a great display and vibrant, vibrant colors. Stowe and that volcano ...wow. And the Traveler-inspired one was a great piece ... ... Lupin is lovely and surreal as always ... Unknown's piece was a nifty art piece in chalk ... and whoah on the clock tower. One minute there's nothing in that square, the next, sha-bang! Dave L. has worked his magic.

Must ponder ... the the clock is ticking. Yikes!

by tacomachickadee on 5/2/2008 @ 6:50pm
Stowe ... if you win ... you better know someone who wants their hair cut. I saw your head ...

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 6:51pm
I am loyal to Elle, what a great use of letters, and a wonderful message!

Thanks for your vote TacomaGnome.

There are apparently three people (two?) running several dozens media/online personalities/sock puppets/advice columns in Tacoma.

Thus, for the benefit of the other contestants, please don't use multiple sock puppet/personalities accounts to influence the vote.


by ixia on 5/2/2008 @ 6:55pm
Dave has my vote.
Safety last!

by tacomachickadee on 5/2/2008 @ 6:58pm
Hmmm ... I'm feeling some Harold and the Purple Crayon inspiration ...

by Carrie on 5/2/2008 @ 7:01pm
Elle told me to come here and vote for her and then I see that she didn't even vote for herself. Hum...very interesting.

I think I'll still stick with my clique and vote ELLE.

by ensie on 5/2/2008 @ 7:13pm
I gotta go with Stowe and that incredible Mt. Rainier volcano.

by ensie on 5/2/2008 @ 7:13pm
Chickadee - I believe Stowe's wife is in need of a haircut.

by pietogo on 5/2/2008 @ 7:17pm
Wow! You guys are so good... this is harrrrrrrrrd! But I guess I'm going to go with Dave L..I love the use of all that color and can hardly wait to see it in person. Maybe I'll go at twilight so I get the full effect. I just wish the city wouldn't wash all of these beautiful works of art off the pavement so quickly and instead leave them up for all to enjoy a little bit longer than a few days.

by jenyum on 5/2/2008 @ 7:24pm
Courtney would be extremely happy with this week's prize. Don't worry, it won't go to waste if Stowe wins.

by tacomachickadee on 5/2/2008 @ 7:30pm
I think I do need to go with Stowe. With SO MANY close seconds. That volcano was fabulous stuff ... I keep doubting my instincts, and keep coming back to it. And perhaps this is my theme of the photo just doesn't do it justice ... so here's one for Stowe! (Or Stowe's wife I suppose ... I'm all for that!)

by tacomachickadee on 5/2/2008 @ 7:43pm
Oh, but "The Eldest" (the arr-TEEST) does vote for Laura.

by jamesstoweart on 5/2/2008 @ 7:46pm
My wife would love the haircut...

I make chalk art not for me...

...but for the scalp of my beloved.

by KevinFreitas on 5/2/2008 @ 7:51pm
My BS in GEOS urges me to break for Stowe. Dave L is second and a total sleeper of a competitor. Great work everyone! Made for a colorful interlude to our busy 72 Hour Film Fest related day.

by tacomachickadee on 5/2/2008 @ 7:54pm
I still can't believe what Dave L. pulled off while I wasn't looking. Or how far he traveled to be there. I was torn ...

by steamdawn on 5/2/2008 @ 8:15pm
chalkline chalk-in-a-bottle + Harold Lloyd + Old City Hall clock tower = artistic genius!

Dave L. gets my vote.

by Courtney on 5/2/2008 @ 8:23pm
I have to vote for my hubby, Stowe. :)

by justagirl on 5/2/2008 @ 8:36pm
I vote for RR's because it scares me the most.

by scout on 5/2/2008 @ 8:37pm
I vote for the Clocktower - it has good energy and is very pertinent - start that clock back up. Very good work by everyone and I got lost in doing my art, which is my favorite place to be.

RR got loosey goosey in his work, which was cool to see. The volcano was yummy enough to eat. Elle's lettering was impressive and there was an interesting sort of patterned piece.

The flying horse and sword was dramatic in a sort of ethereal way.

Thanks again to everyone!

I was especially honored that a kid voted my piece the best! Thanks for including me and all the positive energy.

by tacomachickadee on 5/2/2008 @ 8:54pm
Scout: Oh, and she was serious. Here's the eldest's (now-faded) self-portrait from two years ago (she was 5, barely):

Eldest Daughter's self-portrait ... age 5

by Gorman on 5/2/2008 @ 9:59pm
My vote: LupinGoddess

by Daymaker on 5/2/2008 @ 10:15pm
I look like I'm coppin' a feel on Mr. Tim there. That's not what I intended with the title "Daymaker". So who is winning the new do?????

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 10:18pm
I look like I'm coppin' a feel on Mr. Tim there. That's not what I intended with the title "Daymaker". So who is winning the new do?????

A mere one hour and 42 minutes to vote for the winner this week Daymaker.

Care to cast your ballot? If so, better make it fairly quickly. I will announce the winner just after midnight.

Review the above photos of the entries.

by NineInchNachos on 5/2/2008 @ 10:42pm
some more pictures yo:

Laura Hanan




Stowe Volano

David L. Clock Tower

by NineInchNachos on 5/2/2008 @ 10:49pm
i practiced with the charcoal the night before...

Ms. Darcy Pregnant, Week 29

by TacomaGnome on 5/2/2008 @ 10:51pm
Mr. Bjornson,
I am not a sock. Nor am I a puppet.

I am a gnome.

I am a participant in the Frost Park event, and have only cast one vote.

With Vor, the goddess of truth as my witness, I swear on the above statement.

I request my vote be reinstated.

Other than that, I had a wonderful day today! Many great adventures!

Thank you Tacoma!

Until Next Time,

by jcbetty on 5/2/2008 @ 10:56pm
Oh. Hell. I was all set to go Stowe (or Dave L?), and then RR had to "yo" up more pictures.


that's some masterfully impressive use of chalk as a medium, for all y'all. I have to say, I vote Stowe, first, b/c I resonate with "I One Day Explode" and I resonate with "wife in need of haircut." And while I think Dave L's is a sentimental fave, I think that for sheer vitality, timeliness, immediacy, and laugh-making-ness, RR has my "super close second" vote.

But, dude. What an amazingly awesome competition, and how cool to see the Park's usual denizens there, snapping shots on their camera phones...

by jcbetty on 5/2/2008 @ 10:58pm
and, oh double hell. I just saw wee squidgie Ms Darcy belly, and I'm thinking I need to sentimentally change to RR gets my vote, with Stowe as close second?

by jcbetty on 5/2/2008 @ 11:01pm
And, hell hell hell hell... Dave L used chalkline chalk?? As a non-visual artist, to bust that out so quickly???? Must I change my vote again?????????

(think, haircut recipient. Dave's got good hair. Wives need hair love.)

I vote: Ms Darcy's man, fabulocity. Stowe's wife's husband (aka Stowe) super super scary close second.

by Erik on 5/2/2008 @ 11:04pm
And, hell hell hell hell... Dave L used chalkline chalk?? As a non-visual artist, to bust that out so quickly???? Must I change my vote again?????????

Is it a stretch to think you have had a little bit of T3 this evening jcbetty? If so, cheers!

by scout on 5/2/2008 @ 11:41pm
Tacomachickadee: Why doesn't she participate in the event? Her self-portrait is wonderful and she definitely has her own voice/style - how cool to have that at such a young age. It looks like watercolor, which is not an easy medium. Thanks for sharing her work.

by izenmania on 5/2/2008 @ 11:51pm
I have to vote for Dave, with his superior Pythian chalk technology. It's a small piece, but the detail is surprising, especially considering the speed with which it was created.

Second is RR. Breathing new life into a classic theme, and creating a real sidewalk Tacomic.

by Adam the Alien on 5/2/2008 @ 11:59pm
I have a minute left to vote for the volcano! I vote for that!

by Adam the Alien on 5/3/2008 @ 12:04am
Whew! Glad I got that in at the last second - I lose track of time when I'm video editing. Anyway, I picked that just because...well, the plume hypnotized me. It was a damn tough choice, though. The clocktower was a tempting one, especially. But the use of color in the volcano, especially the beautiful explosion/plume/whatever itself...it had me entranced.

(To clarify, in case anyone didn't understand, I'm talking about the actual volcano drawing, not the exploding Dome in RR's drawing.)

by Heather on 5/3/2008 @ 12:16am
oh noooooo, it is 12:15

I wanted to vote for the volcano. Amazing shading.

The bar has definitely been raised each week.

and... my late vote is due, not to T3, but rather to a Van Duzer Pinot Noir . Yummy.

by Erik on 5/3/2008 @ 1:02am
Wow. What a day.

James Stowe wins Episode IV Chalk Off

Here's the breakdown

Dave L.................9
RR Anderson........6
Elle......................2 or 3 w/Gnome
Hannan.................1 (if you count a child)

A record 31 votes cast.

Here is the play by play breakdown of the event:


Congratulations Stowe, you won a non-transferable haircut and other accessories from Embellish Salon. :)

by Erik on 5/3/2008 @ 10:39am
Congratulations Stowe, you won a non-transferable haircut and other accessories from Embellish Salon

Just kidding Stowe. :)

I am sure your wife will be able to use it.

by tacomachickadee on 5/3/2008 @ 10:58am
Scout: The Baby Girl has made it a couple times now, but The Eldest and The Boy ... both with very individual styles ... are in school. Sigh ... summer's almost here. The Eldest is thrilled about your comments to her, btw.

izenmania: Well-articulated! There was something I really liked about RR's piece that I just couldn't put my finger on ... and I think it was that whole Tacomic-on-the-sidewalk element to it ... which they all have, but this one more-so. Perhaps because of the popular Tacomic content?

AdamTheAlien: Bro! I can't believe you waited until the last minute -- literally! How many times did I remind you last night? Did I not try to shove the keyboard into your hands at least once! Man, creative geniuses and their concept of time ... ;)

Great job everyone! And good luck to the 72-hour film folks who are out and about today!

by Erik on 5/6/2008 @ 2:02pm
I delivered the spoils of victory for Episode IV to James Stowe today at Blackwater Cafe including a coupon for a $40 haircut at Embellish and a bag of goodies. Congrats Stowe!


by izenmania on 5/6/2008 @ 2:45pm
He looks VERY excited to have that bag.

by intacoma on 5/6/2008 @ 2:53pm
Is this a "after" shot? He looks pretty groomed already in that photo

by jamesstoweart on 5/6/2008 @ 3:31pm
I am happy because I am the best illustrator in the universe (of Tacoma). It was random happenstance that Eric wandered by and placed a bag in my hand. That has simply been my expression since Saturday morning.

And my look is called "Mid 30's Balding" and it requires surprisingly little maintenance.

by jamesstoweart on 5/6/2008 @ 3:35pm
And on a personal note...

It was great to meet with Eric and Ryan. I had a great time and look forward to more chalk filled Fridays.

(Thank God Its Friday's Frost Park Chalk Off)

by Erik on 5/6/2008 @ 4:34pm
Is this a "after" shot? He looks pretty groomed already in that photo

Fortunately, Frost Park prizes have been fully transferable to date. Thus, Stowe's wife may find herself in Embellish soon.