Cascadia Art Museum reopening to public with new exhibits

Originally published on September 11, 2020 on My Edmonds news.

After months of closure due to COVID-19, Cascadia Art Museum is opening its doors next week with three new exhibits — Dreaming Forms: The Art of Leo Kenney, Stolen Moments: The Photography of Shedrich Williames, and Gifts and Promised Gifts — in addition to the museum’s permanent collections. The first two days of the exhibit, Sept. 17-18, will be for members only, with general admission starting Sept. 19. All three exhibits run through Jan. 10, 2021.

Dreaming Forms: The Art of Leo Kenney highlights Kenney (1925-2001), a highly celebrated regional artist of the mid-20th century. Kenney’s style combined Surrealism with his own unique interpretations of Northwest iconography, working with oil- and water-based mediums such as gouache and tempera.

Stolen Moments: The Photography of Shedrich Williames is the first solo exhibition of Shedrich Williames (b.1934). Williames photography reflects his personal quest to document the light that animates people, landscapes and still-lifes.

The third exhibit, Gifts and Promised Gifts to the Museum’s Permanent Collection, showcases several important donations that have been entrusted to the museum. A few examples are works by Edmonds’ own Guy Anderson (1906-1998), Evert Sodergen’s iconic Sculptured Chair, 1953, and John Matsudaira’s masterpiece Quiet Motion and Blue, one of the featured paintings at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

The staff and volunteers at the museum have been anticipating this opening since closing down in March. The experience will be a little different due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Only 20 visitors will be permitted into the galleries and it will be first-come, first-served. All galleries and the museum store will be open and face coverings are required. In addition, one-way directional paths have been added to observe social distancing.

To learn more about the new regulations, museum hours and events, visit the website.

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