See vintage Christmas cards from leading Northwest artists

EDMONDS – A 21st century holiday tradition at the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds is back – an exhibition of Christmas cards by renowned artists and designers from the Northwest of the 20th century.

Until January 9, original works of art by regional artists are on display to send to fellow artists, friends and families to celebrate the holiday season. The cards were created using an array of mediums including woodblock and linoleum block, prints and drypoint, silkscreen, watercolor, oil and collage.

The collection includes examples of familiar names as well as creative people now forgotten by time. Most maps reflect the era in which they were created.

Most notable in this year’s collection are the subject cards of Cascadia’s current exhibit, Kenjiro Nomura, as well as his friends Paul Horiuchi, Fay Chong and George Tsutakawa.

New additions to the exhibit this year include an extremely rare original Christmas card watercolor by Mark Tobey from 1955. It was sent to artist John Matsudaira, whose family donated it to the Cascadia Collection.

Tobey was one of four featured artists in “Mystic Painters of the Northwest,” a 1953 Life magazine article that drew the nation’s attention to the Northwest School of Art.

This year’s collection also includes a selection of cards by Michael Spafford from the 1970s to the 90s. The intricate and whimsical woodcut maps reveal the design sense of one of Seattle’s most acclaimed artists.

The museum, located at 190 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission for members and students is free, adults $ 10, military and seniors $ 7, and families (two adults and up to three children) $ 25. More at 425-336-4809 or


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