Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington


The Drawings and Etchings of Helen Loggie

August 11 - October 8, 2000


Art critic Ann Friedman once said that Bellingham artist, Helen A. Loggie (1895-1976), "gave personality to the trees." An exhibition that rediscovers the little-known drawings by Northwest artist Helen Loggie will be on view August 11 through October 8, 2000 at the Frye Art Museum. Guest curator Vickie Halper, former curator at the Seattle Art Museum, has selected representative drawings and etchings that demonstrate the full range of Loggie's artistry. The exhibition is titled "This Flowering Earth: The Drawings and Etchings of Helen Loggie."

Loggie's work is exacting in its attention to detail. The artist was so meticulous in her work that she often spent months producing a small rendering of a scene or a single tree. Each naturalistic drawing provokes a sympathetic response in the viewer. Loggie believed that "Underneath all surface harmonies and discords, there flows in nature...the rhythm of the universe. It must exist from the deepest root to the topmost needle." (left: Twisted Cedar, 1932, etching, 25.3 x 20.2 centimeters)

Loggie, horn in 1895, was a Bellingham native. Her drawing talent was recognized as a teenager, but she had no formal artistic training until her sophomore year in college. After college she spent time studying in New York with artists of the "Ash Can School," including George Bellows and George Luks.

Urban realism did not appeal to Loggie. Returning to Bellingham, she spent the remainder of her life perfecting her drawing technique for portraits of nature. The honors from the world at large were not slow in coming to her during her lifetime. This exhibition is a rediscovery of her great talent and skills.

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For further biographical information please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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