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DATE: April 1, 2011 7:09:38 AM PDT
Western Gallery's Northwest Art on Paper Exhibition Opens April 11

Contact: Sarah Clark-Langager, Director of the Western Gallery, (360) 650-3963, Sarah.ClarkLangager@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – The Western Gallery at Western Washington University will premiere the Washington Art Consortium’s newest collection featuring Northwest works on paper from April 11 through May 21.

Guy Anderson's "Summer Wind," from the collection of the Washington Art Consortium, will be one of the pieces displayed in the upcoming show at Western Washington University's Western Gallery. Photo courtesy Guy Anderson.

The collection features 82 artists and has a thematic format focusing on the Northwest’s distinct geography and topography, urban habitats and inhabitants, and long standing wish for connectivity.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The collection is part of the gift of Safeco Insurance, one of the country’s leading corporate collections of Northwest Art.  Safeco chose the Consortium as the recipient because of its unique national model of collaboration among seven institutions in the state, Western being one of the founding members. 

When Safeco Insurance began their collection in 1973, they distinguished themselves from other corporations by focusing on regional artists.  Over the years they have demonstrated the breadth of Northwest art.  With their extraordinary gift in 2010, the Washington Art Consortium now has a regional collection that interfaces with their other collections of 20th century American works on paper.

Over 100 objects are included in the collection.  Coastal and interior waters are the subjects of Native American artist Marvin Oliver and Vashon Island artist Victoria Adams.  Birds and flowers are major components in the works of Michael Spafford, Justin Gibbens and Anne Appleby.  The photographer Terry Toedtemeir is concerned with the changing terrain of eastern Washington and Oregon while Fay Chong depicts the growth of a more urban landscape.

Photographer Michael Burns and painter Sally Cleveland portray the streets and towering buildings, back lots and ports of the urban environment. Light filtering in from a window, intimate settings and surreal scenography play a part in the interiors of Norman Lundin and Louis Bunce.  Still life is the focus in the habitats of Glen Alps and Robert Helm.   People are constructing buildings in the work of Jacob Lawrence and couples are trying to communicate in the work of Faye Jones.  Artists and their art are the subjects of photographer Mary Randlett. 

The theme of interconnectivity brings together the traditional Northwest mystical realm of Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, and Guy Anderson.  A more contemporary focus on the cosmos and the virtual world is seen in the work of such artists as Bill Ritchie and Barbara Robertson.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Wednesdays when the gallery is open until 8 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.  For more event details please visit http://westerngallery.wwu.edu/.    

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