ArtSEA: Pottery Northwest reopens in Pioneer Square

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I also recently paid a visit to Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry for a sneak peek at fame’s new photography exhibit The American landscape photographer Ansel Adams (1902-84) — titled: Ansel Adams: Masterpieces – Opening this Saturday (May 25th – September 5th).

“Not only was he a master of composition, lighting and tonal quality, he was also an incredible master of printing,” he enthused Leonard GarfieldCEO of MOHAI as he guided me through the gloomy showroom (the dim lighting is meant to protect the photos from UV damage).

Overwhelmed by the sublime views of craggy rocks and snow-capped mountain peaks, I was drawn to the nuances revealed by this feat of engineering: the mist between the trees, the puffy clouds, and the ethereal light streaming down from the sky.

A passionate conservationist, Adams often turned his lens to the American West. The show features some of his biggest hits in the genre, recorded Yosemite National Park, Monument Valley in Arizona and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

I asked Garfield if there was a Pacific Northwest connection as well. “He didn’t spend that much time in the Northwest, unfortunately,” Garfield said as he directed me to the only “local” photo on the show. taken Mount Rainier National Park around 1942, the photo shows a fresh fern in a darker bush, dewdrops on the leaves. It’s just called “leaves”.

I told Garfield I was surprised Adams would focus on a fern when was the most majestic mountain of them all (at least in my opinion). exactly there. “For me, the Northwest is about the undergrowth,” he replied. “There’s this wonderful canopy that allows nature to keep reinventing itself, season after season, if you will. And he kind of captured that.”

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