MEMBERSHIP MEETING 6-6:30
ARTIST SALON 7-8:30 (FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
NEW LOCATION: The Blu Grouse in Georgetown/Seattle
Martin-Zambito Fine Art
The Puget Sound Group Northwest Artists is the earliest extant arts organization in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1928, the initial membership was comprised of a wide variety of artists who worked in both the commercial and fine arts fields.
David Martin will discuss the careers of some of the earlier members who worked in a modernist style such as Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan and Peter Camfferman. Some of these early members such as Walter Isaacs and Ambrose Patterson made significant contributions to regional art through their instruction at the University of Washington. He will explore the diversity of the group as seen through the work of Andrew Chinn and Fay Chong as well as the impact of the Federal Art Projects (WPA) on several important members. Finally, he will show how members James Peck, Harry Bonath and Jess Cauthorn helped to define a style of regional watercolor painting that combined elements of European and American Modernism with a unique Northwest sensibility.
David F. Martin is co-owner of Martin-Zambito Fine Art in Seattle, WA and is an independent arts researcher, writer, curator and historian who has documented the art history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest since 1986 as well as Western New York State since 1981. He is the leading authority on early Washington State art and artists. Many of the artists he has chosen to focus on are women, Japanese Americans , Gay & Lesbian and other minorities who had established national and international reputations during the period 1890-1960.
He is former Program Director for the American Art Council at the Seattle Art Museum. For three years he served as regional President of the Northwest Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. He is the author of several award-winning regional catalogues and contributes essays and catalogue entries for national and international publications on painting, printmaking and photography.