Cascadia Art Museum :: Woodland Reverie

Woodland Reverie: The Art of Helen Loggie

and graphite tree drawings by artist Donna Leavitt.

I always feel so centered upon entering the exhibit rooms in this museum. Here are the drawing and etching exhibits you personally complain are absent in most places. That the artists being showcased are local and most likely an under known female is wonderful. Coming here and then stopping at the waterfront to get that hit of salt water a few yards away is always soul cleansing.

My discontent in many gallery or museum exhibits lately is a considerable lack of featuring people who have drawing skills. That is never a problem here at Cascadia, which showcases the history of our local visual arts that were here from 1860-1970.

What does it take to be an artist living in the Pacific Northwest? Here at Cascadia there is always a direct plumb line back to those who would have asks themselves the same question.

Below are some of Loggie’s etchings:

In a separate room Donna Leavitt’s contemporary tree drawings pair nicely with Loggie’s historical etchings in particular.

I consider this the little museum that could.

More information on Helen Loggie is here.

Donna Leavitt’s website is here

The exhibit Woodland Reverie is up through June 30th.
190 Sunset Ave. S., #E, Edmonds, WA 98020

PS When you are done visiting walk a few yards away to the waterfront and get a hit of salt water and ferry boat departures.

Always Keep the T-shirts

Things you can get mad at yourself about.
I used to have a Dawn Cerney t-shirt but then it became too small and now it is gone. I bought it at the Henry Art Gallery when they used to have a shop, so now it additionally would have been an souvenir of times gone by. Here’s an interview with Joey Veltkamp from 2009 regarding the body of work this t-shirt was attached to. Dawn is currently in a two-person / two-gallery exhibit at Studio e (in conjunction with Season) right now in a show titled The Perfume Counter, and it is a marvel (seriously, go see it).

Here’s one of her recent pieces below:

I am going to Didi Herron’s art show this Friday and there will be t-shirts there based on her paintings.

I like this concept: always have t-shirts at your art opening. I hope I will make t-shirts when the time comes.

Incidentally I haven’t seen Didi since art school five million years ago but I am really excited to see her recent work. She always had beautiful paint handling and personally she was my favorite colorist (i.e. I liked what she did with all of the colors).

Here are the exhibit details:

More Didi paintings: Self Portrait, 3×3


Animal Farm, oil on canvas, 18×24, 2019


Tiny Tortures
oil enamel and oil on canvas
72″ x 60″

Thinking a lot lately of when I first fell in love with painting and gathering up my heroes from that time. I’m certain Matisse’s The Red Studio was a heavy influence here. Also thinking about trying to find the beauty in the everyday, which is what those lovely French painters  Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard strove for, as well as my beloved Bay Area Figurative artists such as David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff and Wayne Thiebaud AND Joan Brown AND Elizabeth Murray.

This painting was about the panic of mice living in my apartment at the time. I just realized I posted about it previously in 2015.