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northwest art at the sheraton

updated sat 24 mar 12


Paul Lewing on thu 22 mar 12

I happened to be at the Sheraton this morning for an event completely
unrelated to NCECA, and was reminded again of what a lovely collection
of work by Northwest artists they have in their lobby. Mostly
painters, lots of them associated with the University of Washington.
There's Mark Tobey and Ken Callahan, the two best known masters of the
Northwest School, characterized by dark and mystical imagery with a
decidedly Asian influence, Paul Horiuchi, one of the early pioneers of
collage, George Tsutakawa's absolutely wonderful sume ink landscape,
Jacob Lawrence who came out of the Harlem Renaissance, several
drawings or prints and a large glass pice by the ubiquitous Dale
Chihuly, as well as a case full of glass art by other artists (some of
whom I much prefer to Chihuly) And there's a Bob Sperry tile piece.
Look for it in the corridor to the restrooms. There are two large
panels, with crackled slip on black glaze. Take a close look at the
black 16" square tiles. They're actually mullite kiln shelves glazed
with a black glaze.
Paul Lewing