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Cascadia Art Museum explores contributions of gay and lesbian artists


Last updated 11/1/2019 at 5:22pm

Cascadia Art Museum.

Left: Silhouette portrait of Jule Kullberg and Orlena Harsch, circa 1930, by Jule Kullberg.It's a rare depiction of a lesbian couple during this period. Right: "Untitled," Delbert J. McBride. McBride was of Quinault and Cowlitz ancestry.

Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds will be the first museum in the country to explore regional gay culture through the work of early- to mid-20th-century gay and lesbian artists in an exhibit opening Thursday, Oct. 24.

"The show is groundbreaking because no other museum in the United States has ever produced an exhibition demonstrating how gay artists influenced the culture of their particular state or region," said David Martin, Cascadia's curator.

In Washington state, the famed Northwest School was defined by artists Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson – who was born and raised in Edmo...

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