Enduring Legacy: Women Painters of Washington 1930-2005

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David Francis Martin, Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Whatcom Museum of History & Art, 2005 - Art - 127 pages
Women Painters of Washington (WPW), one of the state's oldest arts organizations, was founded in 1930 with the aim of overcoming limitations faced by women artists. Over its seventy-five-year history, the group has counted among its members talented artists of national prominence whose stories have not been widely shared, until now. David F. Martin explores the history of WPW, from the founding members' early efforts to support fellow women artists, to the cultural exchanges and international exhibitions in which current members have taken part. He examines their artistic achievements and the recognition they received from both the national and the international art world, accomplishments that have been overlooked by Northwest scholars, collectors, museums, and galleries. In addition, the book offers a selection of work by current WPW members that demonstrates the organization's continued vitality. Abundant colour plates clearly illustrate the talent and innovation of these artists.

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