EDMONDS, Washington, December 2, 2021 – The holiday spirit returns to the Cascadia Art Museum with its annual display of vintage Christmas cards by renowned Northwest artists and designers. The exhibition is from December 2, 2021 to January 9, 2022.

For most of the 20th century, regional artists created original works of art to send to fellow artists, friends and families to celebrate the holiday season. The cards were created using a range of different media such as woodblock blocks and linoleum; etching and dry points; screen prints, as well as watercolor, oil, collage and other materials.

This collection includes examples of many familiar names as well as creative individuals now forgotten by time. The first card is a 1909 watercolor by John Davidson Butler (1890-1976), given to his parents the same year he exhibited his paintings at the Alaska Yukon Pacific exhibition in Seattle. This map contrasts sharply with the unconventional and somewhat bizarre leaflet produced by iconoclastic Seattle architect Robert Reichert (1921-1996) almost fifty years later. Most maps reflect the era in which they were created. Most notable is Charles W. Smith’s (1922-2009) 1952 image of a tired Santa Claus, resting on a Hardoy chair with a Calder-type mobile hanging above it.

A book containing many cards from our collection is available in our museum shop.

About the Cascadia Art Museum

The Cascadia Art Museum is a non-profit educational organization that celebrates the rich tradition of visual arts and design in the Northwest during the period 1860-1970. The museum provides enriching experiences for the community and visitors through original exhibits, public programs, publications and outreach activities. The Cascadia Art Museum seeks to reassess the hierarchy of traditional art history by regularly including the work of women and minority artists who have made substantial contributions to the cultural identity of the region.


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