In the Valley of Mystic Light: An Oral History of the Skagit Valley Arts Scene

In the Valley of Mystic Light: An Oral History of the Skagit Valley Arts Scene

by Claire Swedberg, Rita Hupy


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Claire Swedberg and Rita Hupy conducted hundreds of interviews to investigate what role a community plays in the arts, and what the arts can bring to a community. The result is In the Valley of Mystic Light, the first book to chronicle the unique story of the La Conner art scene, while exploring, on a personal level, what it means to be a Northwest artist. This remarkable story provides an illustration of the universal creative process as told by the mystic artists of the Northwest and the townspeople who provided them with support and inspiration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640081611
Publisher: good deed rain
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Acknowledgements 7

Part I 1930s — The Early Years

Chapter 1 – Seattle Artists 15

Chapter 2 – A Farming and Fishing Village 24

Chapter 3 – Morris Graves and Guy Anderson Move In 32

Part II 1940s

Chapter 4 – WPA program and World War II 45

Chapter 5 – Objectors Find Community 61

Part III 1950s and 60s

Chapter 6 – Arts Meets Crafts at Quaker Cove 78

Chapter 7 – Blend of Arts and Farming 93

Part IV 1970s

Chapter 8 – Founding an Artists Colony at Fishtown 116

Chapter 9 – Life at Fishtown 131

Chapter 10 – Influx of painters 152

Chapter 11 – Gaches Mansion

and the Museum of Northwest Art 182

Part V 1980s and Beyond

Chapter 12 – Quilt Museum and Fabric Arts 204

Chapter 13 – The Vision of Carvers 215

Chapter 14 – Beyond Fishtown 233

Chapter 15 – Passing of the Northwest Masters 255

Chapter 16 – The Future of an Arts Community 273

Chapter Notes 290

Contributors 294

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