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Iridescent Light: The Emergence of Northwest Art


The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) featuring works by twenty-one artists in its present exhibition, Iridescent Light: The Emergence of Northwest Art, opened January 12, 2002. (left: Morris Graves, Working, Walking, Singing in the Next Dimension, 1978, watercolor and tempera on paper, 24 1/2 x 44 1/4 inches, private collection, Photo Schmidt Bingham Gallery)

Paintings, sculpture, glass art and photography reflect the inspiration the opalescent gray light and unique cultural mix has given to Northwest artists. Deloris Tarzan Ament, distinguished art critic with the Seattle Times from 1971 to 1995, is the author of the accompanying book. Underwritten in part by the Museum and co-published with the University of Washington Press, Iridescent Light details the biographies of the chosen artists whose work adorns the gallery walls.

"For this show I chose not to second-guess the author but simply present the artists as listed," said Barbara Straker James, curator at MoNA. "As one well-known art patron said, 'everyone's list would be different.' Viewing the work will help make the case as to who belongs in this ambiguity called the Northwest Tradition."

Ament and photographer Mary Randlett, who chronicled the careers of Northwest artists for more than 50 years, spoke and signed books at the opening reception January 12. The popular MoNA Forum series, beginning Monday, February 25, 2002 and running for five consecutive Mondays, will feature lectures and panel discussions on Northwest art. Family Art Days will be held the third Saturday of the month through March 2002. Iridescent Light runs through March 31, 2002.

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