Reminder: Exhibit to showcase work of Northwest School artists — three with Edmonds roots

Guy Anderson
Guy Anderson

Edmonds Art History will be made Thursday, Nov. 6 as the work of Northwest School artists Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson is celebrated during a showcase unveiling sponsored by The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the City of Edmonds Arts Commission.

The public opening to the collection will take place at the EAFF Gallery, located in the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., during a reception hosted by the foundation and arts commission between 6:30 – 8 p.m.

The “Northwest School,” as it became known, is an art movement inspired by the work of Tobey, Graves, Callahan and Anderson and their followers, and is reflective of “art that referenced current world events.” Works by the Northwest School movement also reflected Native American cultures as well as Asian traditions, which are a part of the Northwest cultural landscape.

Although the art movement had its beginnings in the 1930s and ’40s, garnering high praise and appreciation in trend-setting circles, it was not until Life magazine featured the four influential originators of the Northwest School in 1953 that the style gained national recognition.

Guest curator for the exhibit, Marni Muir, notes, “Many international art lovers can name the big four of the Northwest School, but not everyone knows that three of those major artists lived and worked in Edmonds.” Guy Anderson’s hometown was Edmonds, where he established his studio; and Morris Graves’ home and art studio was located in nearby Woodway. Muir adds, “Special thanks goes to the donors who lent artwork for the show.”

More about the Northwest School artists and the exhibit can be found here.

The exhibit, which will run through December, will also include art by Edmonds residents James Martin and Helmi Juvonsen.

The EAFF Gallery and EAC Display Case are located at the Main Street entrance to the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 425-771-0230.


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