Artfully Edmonds spotlight: Cascadia Art Museum to open vintage Christmas Card exhibit Thursday

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Vintage Christmas cards will be on display at Cascadia Art Museum starting Thursday.
Vintage Christmas cards will be on display at Cascadia Art Museum starting Thursday.

Update at 11 a.m. Tuesday: Please note that the exhibit will be open to the public Thursday but that a reception previously announced is for museum members only. The museum will be closing at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday, Nov. 12
Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset Ave.
Vintage Christmas Cards by Northwest Artists, 1900-1990s

In an era of digital greeting cards, e-vites, and social media, the tradition of making – nonetheless sending – Christmas cards has fallen into decline, with little to no significance among the current day rituals of the season. Once an intrinsic form of communication, Christmas cards are a fading genre.

This holiday season, from Nov. 12 to Jan. 10, Cascadia Art Museum presents 200 handmade Christmas cards from Northwest artists and designers of the early 20th century through the 1990s. This inaugural exhibition of seasonal greetings will be the first in a series of consecutive Christmas card exhibitions mounted by the Museum. Over 600 Christmas cards have been archived by consulting curator David F. Martin, inclusive of a an estimated 300 cards previously gifted to the Seattle Public Library.

“The collection is nostalgic, reminding us of a time when a handmade card was a holiday tradition and a heartfelt gesture of good will,” said Interim Executive Director, Elizabeth Martin-Calder. “Commercialism and materialism had less of a role and artistic representation was the true gift.”

A few highlighted artists and their works include:

· Aberdeen artist, Lance Wood Hart, the oldest card in the collection is a self-portrait 1916, and a block print card, circa 1930;
· Colorful woodcuts by Modernist Elizabeth Cooper (1877-1936), circa 1924 and 1925;
· Small watercolors by American painter and collagist, Paul Horiuchi (1906-1999) both from the 50s.
· Wintery, color relief prints of Mt. Rainier, circa 1950-1965, by the internationally known Seattle artist Paul Morgan Gustin (1885-1974);
· Seven works by the Klee Wyk Studio, active in Nisqually, Wa., from 1950 through 1962, originating the study of Native American design into a mid-Modern century aesthetic in the Northwest.
· Danny Pierce (1920-2014) renowned printmaker with the most recent block print card from 1994.

Art Education Classes

As a compendium to the exhibition, the Museum will present holiday card-making classes on the following dates:

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Adult card-making class with Angela Bandurka as she guides students through the process of painting an ornament with acrylic paint on watercolor paper for use as a holiday card for single use or reproduction, or, as a framed work.
Cost: $10. Supplies provided. Museum admission not included.

Friday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Family drop-in card-making class with art educators Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson as they guide instruction on two card making genres: watercolor stamp making with pen work, and small run, native plant printmaking on a portable printing press.
Cost: Free with Museum admission. Supplies provided. (Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

Cascadia Art Museum is dedicated to the legacy of Northwest art from the late 19th Century through the 1960s. Opened in September 2015, the museum is housed in a newly re-adapted, mid-Modern Century building in Edmonds, and steps away from the Kingston Ferry and Edmonds Train Station. The museum and gift shop are open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6  p.m., and Thursday 11 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., through December 2015. Beginning Jan. 7, 2016, Thursday hours will be 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., except for third Thursdays when the museum will continue to be open until 8 p.m.

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