Posted by: wadahp | July 11, 2011


An Exhibition and Lecture of Interest to People interested in the regional Arts and Crafts Movement

June 17 –September 25, 2011
Whatcom Museum
250 Flora Street
Bellingham, Wa. 98225
Tuesday through Sunday, Noon – 5 pm
(360) 778-8930

The Whatcom Museum presents this first comprehensive exhibition of the art of Elizabeth Colborne. As one of Bellingham’s most accomplished early artists, she developed a national reputation as a successful illustrator, painter and printmaker.

Drawn primarily from the Whatcom Museum permanent collection, the works display the rich variety of her technical abilities and showcase her special love for the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Many of these were created from subjects located within a few miles of the museum.

As a major contributor to the regional Arts & Crafts Movement, Colborne was one of the few local artists to have studied with Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922), an important artist and teacher whose influence in American art history is unparalleled. That influence can be seen in her use of sophisticated compositional elements, her harmonious color balance, and the adaptation of local subject matter within a Japanese-inspired aesthetic. For most of her adult life, Colborne divided her time between New York City, the base for her professional career, and her beloved hometown that remained the source of her most inspired work.

Lecture and book signing by guest curator and catalogue author, David F. Martin, Sunday, July 10, 2:00 pm at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham.


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