‘Trees & Flowers’ at Cascadia Art Museum
From the 19th century through today, local artists have used floral and tree motifs in their work in various mediums.
Many of these works are on display at Cascadia Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Botanical Exuberance: Trees & Flowers in Northwest Art.” It began April 6 and continues through June 25 in Edmonds.
The exhibition at Cascadia Art Museum begins with 19th and early 20th century paintings by Tacoma’s Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943). Hill painted many of her canvases outdoors while keeping a close watch on her four children.
Her paintings were so highly regarded that she was commissioned to paint four landscapes used as travel posters for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railways.
Ella McBride (1862-1965) was famous for her flower studies exhibited in major salons and illustrated in publications worldwide. A pioneering conservationist, McBride was an experienced mountain climber and was among the original group of people advocating to make Mt. Rainier a National Park in 1899.
Paul Morgan Gustin (1886-1974), one of the region’s earliest successful artists, was also an avid outdoorsman. Over several decades, he created a series of watercolors depicting the natural wildflowers surrounding Mt. Rainier.
The museum is showing a major collection of this series for the first time.
Two artists from Bellingham, Elizabeth Colborne (1885-1948) and Helen Loggie (1895-1976), chronicled the trees of Washington state. Loggie’s etchings and Colborne’s crayon drawings reveal their intense fidelity to nature and passion for their home state.
Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004) was also a passionate gardener and member of the Seattle Garden Club for many years. Although she is known for her highly detailed urban scenes, Humber also produced floral still-life’s that are rarely seen today.
From the beginning of her career until the later days of her life when she was confined to a wheelchair, she continuously indulged in the beauty of flowers as subject matter.
Among other works in “Botanical Exuberance” are floral studies by paintings by Margaret Camfferman (1881-1964) who drew inspiration from her own gardens and orchards on Whidbey Island, and a rare still life by Yasushi Tanaka (1886-1941).