This past weekend, I had a chance to attend the opening of the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds. Edmonds (my home town) is a small coastal city just north of Seattle. The addition of a new art museum is very welcome to this area which has a small arts community. Developers took over an old Safeway building and converted it into a museum and outdoor dining area.
The 11,000 square foot museum had a nice collection of regional artists – works that I haven’t often seen in museums. Visitors are greeted by Lance Wood Hart murals (commissioned by the WPA in the 1930’s) that lead on to several gallery areas. Most of the display consisted of the works of regional artists and illustrators like Morris Graves and Irwin Caplan below.
It’s a nice gift to the Seattle area arts community. At one point last year the city’s art walk seemed to be in limbo because of some disputes with local artists, but since then we’ve heard that the Edmonds Art Walk is returning – all good news. There is a local painting group that I recently joined and I heard that Cascadia has offered meeting space to them – so hopeful there will be more positive ripples from having a new art museum in the city.