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Cascadia Art Museum: Urban Scenes of Seattle exhibit on now

Edmonds, Wash., February 20, 2023—Cascadia Art Museum invites public to Urban Scenes of Seattle 1910 – 1960 exhibition that illustrates Seattle’s changing urban environment over a fifty-year span as depicted by several of Washington state’s finest artists. The exhibit in open to the public now through July 16, 2023.

Some of the earliest works were created by Roi Partridge and Paul Morgan Gustin whose superb graphic abilities in drawing and printmaking introduce the initial architectural foundation and landmarks of the city.

Kenjiro Nomura and Kamekichi Tokita produced soulful, modern vignettes that evoke the regional atmospheric play of light on the familiar structures they encountered in their daily lives. Their paintings conveyed stability and optimism during the tough financial challenges of the Depression. A truly unique talent in Depression-era Seattle was Salvador Gonzalez who combined a stylistic appropriation of folk art with a powerful modernist design aesthetic.

Yvonne Twining Humber and Blanche Morgan Losey used a hard-edged Precisionist style in oil and watercolor for their commanding observations. Both artists approached regional architecture as a formidable challenge that included urban decay and renewal.

Concluding the exhibition are several mid-century watercolors by Andrew Chinn. These paintings illustrate how successfully he merged his initial traditional art training in China with contemporary western techniques. His superb brushwork and sensitive response to natural and man-made forms allow an emotional connection with the subject that is universal and timeless.

About Cascadia Art Museum

Cascadia Art Museum located at 190 Sunset Ave. S., #E in Edmonds, is an educational, nonprofit organization that celebrates the rich tradition of the visual arts and design in the Northwest during the period 1860-1970. The museum provides enriching experiences for the community and visitors alike through original exhibitions, public programs, publications and educational outreach. Cascadia Art Museum seeks to reassess the hierarchy of traditional art history by regularly including the work of women and minority artists who made substantial contributions to the region’s cultural identity.

SOURCE: Cascadia Art Museum press release

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