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Masters of Northwest Art -- Richard Fuller, Uncrowned King of Visual Art

Thelma Lehmann, Seattle painter and arts connoisseur, recounts her friendship with internationally respected art collector and patron Richard E. Fuller (1897-1976), and she describes his founding of t...

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Masters of Northwest Art: Guy Anderson -- Master of the Northwest Spirit

Thelma Lehmann, Seattle painter and arts connoisseur, recalls a lunch meeting with Guy Anderson (1906-1998), a Northwest painter and member of the "Northwest Mystic" School including Mark Tobey (1890-...

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Masters of Northwest Art: Kenneth Callahan -- A Creative Mix of Family and Art

Seattle painter and arts connoisseur Thelma Lehmann describes painter Kenneth Callahan (1905-1986), one of the four "Northwest Mystic" artists, and a close personal friend. This group of painters incl...

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Masters of Northwest Art: Mark Tobey -- Guru of Seattle Painters

Thelma Lehmann, Seattle painter and arts connoisseur, describes Mark Tobey (1890-1976), whom she calls the most visionary of the four "Northwest Mystic" painters. She describes him as petulant and que...

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Masters of Northwest Art: Morris Graves -- Serious Art, Insouciant Antics

Seattle painter and arts connoisseur Thelma Lehmann describes some of the surprising public antics of famed "Northwest Mystic" painter Morris Graves (1911-2001), a friend and colleague. From Graves' p...

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McBride, Ella E. (1862-1965)

Ella E. McBride was an internationally noted fine-art photographer, as well as an avid mountain climber, environmentalist, and civic leader. For about eight years she managed the photography studio o...

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McCracken, Philip (b. 1928)

Artist Philip McCracken, known mostly for his bird and animal sculptures, was reared in Anacortes and began studying pre-law at the University of Washington. After his stint as an army reservist durin...

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Medical Care on San Juan Island: A Brief History in Art

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, established to serve residents and visitors on San Juan Island in the far northwest corner of Washington, opened its doors to patients on November 26, 2012. Am...

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Meitzler, Neil (1930-2009)

The Northwest painter Neil Meitzler is best known for paintings in which broad sweeps of aqueous color are overlaid with flung, spattered, and blotted paint to create lively surfaces in representation...

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Muralist Art and Activism in Washington's Latino Community

In the Pacific Northwest, the arts have been instrumental in expressing the history, culture, and issues pertinent to communities of color, and this is especially true of the Chicano/Latino community...

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Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) first opened the doors of its building in the Montlake neighborhood to the public on February 15, 1952. The museum's early exhibits displayed artifac...

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Namkung, Johsel (1919-2013)

Seattle-based photographer Johsel Namkung was born in Korea and schooled as a musician. His photographs, sharp-focused studies of nature, convey more than visual information. They carry a mood that co...

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Northwest African American Museum

The Northwest African American Museum, located in the old Colman School, at 2300 Massachusetts Street in Seattle, opened on March 8, 2008, with an estimated 3,000 visitors. The surrounding neighborho...

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Ogawa, Elmer (1905-1970)

Seattle native Elmer Ogawa worked as a freelance photographer for a variety of Asian American newspapers from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. He produced more than 14,000 photographs depicting...

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Oliver, Marvin E. (1946-2019)

A multi-faceted artist, Marvin E. Oliver was an advocate and teacher who promoted Northwest Native American art and other artists of the Pacific Northwest. He worked in a wide range of media, includin...

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Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (Gaches Mansion)

In 1891 Washington pioneer George Gaches and his wife, Louisa Wiggin Gaches, built a splendid 22-room home on a rocky ridge above the town of LaConner in Skagit County. It survives today as the Gaches...

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Peterson, Qwalsius Shaun (b. 1975)

Qwalsius Shaun Peterson, of Puyallup and Tulalip tribal ancestry, is an important figure in the revival of Northwest Native art and cultural practices. Known for his work as a carver, painter, printma...

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Photographer Everett Murray and His Work

Operating from 1908 to 1955 in Everett, the J. A. Juleen Studio produced thousands of commercial photos and portraits taken mostly in Everett and Snohomish County. HistoryLink historian Margaret Riddl...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 5: MOHAI, Lake Union, and Horizon House

Phyllis Lamphere (1922-2018), a native Seattleite, was deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental in ...

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Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood)

Pilchuck Glass School, located in Stanwood, Snohomish County, about 50 miles north of Seattle, was the first residential education center in the world focused exclusively on glass art, and its success...

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Pottery Northwest

Pottery Northwest, a nonprofit pottery studio and education center, is located in lower Queen Anne in Seattle (226 1st Avenue N). It developed out of the Seattle Clay Club (1948-mid-1960s) after membe...

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Prestini, Leno (1906-1963)

Leno Prestini was an Italian American artist who worked as a modeler for the Washington Brick and Lime Company's terra cotta operation in Clayton (Stevens County). Prestini also fired tiles and sculpt...

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Priggee, Milt (b. 1953)

Milt Priggee is an editorial cartoonist based in the state of Washington. His work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, a...

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Randlett, Mary (1924-2019)

Northwest photographer Mary Randlett created five distinct bodies of work: architecture, nature, Northwest artists, Northwest writers, and public art. Her resume listed images of more than 500 writers...

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