Obituary – Arline Alin Shethar Has Died, What Happened?
It saddened our hearts to announce the passing of Arline Alin Shethar on March 28, 2022, at the age of 90. The announcement of her death was made known through an Instagram page. The cause of death has been not made known.
Alin founded Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW). She purchased what was originally a commercial darkroom in the Belltown neighborhood, eventually adding photography classes to the business. Over time she rebranded, expanded, and built PCNW into the dynamic, education institution and community center that we are today.
Her vision and passion were boundless and over the years resulted in many of the defining elements of PCNW. Alin, along with the PCNW Staff and Board, gained PCNW nonprofit status in 1993, accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design in 1996, and found PCNW a permanent home in Capitol Hill. She served as the Chair of PCNW’s Board of Directors until 1999 and remained a supporter.