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Art of the State: Washington
     

Art of the State: Washington

by Nancy Friedman (Text by), Diana Landau (Editor)
 

The Evergreen State is a land of big gestures and upstart attitudes. It's given birth to Boeing's jumbo jets, to Grand Coulee's jumbo dam, and to jumbo tycoons like Microsoft's Bill Gates. Even its legends-like Bigfoot and Paul Bunyan-are outsize. The dynamic landscape, with its fuming volcanoes and towering trees, spurred pioneers to harvest streams, tame

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The Evergreen State is a land of big gestures and upstart attitudes. It's given birth to Boeing's jumbo jets, to Grand Coulee's jumbo dam, and to jumbo tycoons like Microsoft's Bill Gates. Even its legends-like Bigfoot and Paul Bunyan-are outsize. The dynamic landscape, with its fuming volcanoes and towering trees, spurred pioneers to harvest streams, tame hydropower, and turn trees into timber; today, people come here to enjoy these wonders in their natural state. Washington's bounty is known to all who savor its crisp red apples and delicious Rainier cherries; gardeners delight in its lush rhododendrons. Once the gateway to Klondike gold, today Seattle is a hot spot for contemporary cuisine and New Age entrepreneurs like Starbucks Coffee.

The state's artists also celebrate the land, starting form the rich traditions of its Native tribes. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Northwest School painters-Morris Graves and his colleagues-merged symbolic landscapes with Asian themes. Famed glass artist Dale Chihuly creates works that echo nature's forms at the Pilchuk School. Washington writers, among them Tom Robbins, Raymond Carver, and David Guterson, have won renown by portraying quirky individuals against the dramatic physical setting.

One of the most livable states, Washington is shaping a vibrant, cosmopolitan culture where adventurers find space to live out their dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810955592
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Art of the State Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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