Cascadia examines work of 2 women artists

Jul 18, 2018
Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004) Demolition, circa 1948, oil on board, (Private Collection)

Cascadia Art Museum’s latest exhibit, “Drama and Design:  Yvonne Twining Humber and Blanche Morgan Losey,” brings together the work of two prominent regional artists active in Seattle fro 1930 to 1950.

Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004) was a Northwest transplant, arriving in Seattle in 1943 after her marriage to local businessman Irving Humber. Originally from New York and Boston, Humber had developed a national reputation for her unique paintings created for the WPA Federal Art Projects during the Depression.

Her hard-edged Precisionist style was highly unusual in the Northwest, gaining her additional local and national attention, including a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 1946.

Before her death, Humber endowed the Twining-Humber Award for Lifetime Achievement through Seattle’s Artist Trust. The award, established in 2001, gives an annual $10,000 prize to a Washington female artist over the age of 60 who has dedicated a substantial portion of her life to art.

Cascadia Art Museum curator David Martin was a close personal friend of the artist, and has selected some of her finest paintings from public and private collections both locally and nationally.

“I had been a great fan of her work when I lived on the East Coast, where she was very well known,” Martin said. “When we moved to Seattle in 1986, my partner Dominic Zambito and I sought her out and reintroduced her work to the local institutions. Her work deserves to be remembered.”

Blanche Morgan Losey (1912–1981) was born in Los Angeles, but raised in Olympia and Tacoma. She moved to Seattle in 1937. She studied at the University of Washington, where she received a bachelor of fine arts in architecture and interior design.

"Of special interest will be a selection of her original watercolor designs for the stage sets and costumes created for Seattle’s Federal Theater Project, as well as the Negro Repertory Company during the Depression,” Martin said.

“We are very excited that these works will be shown publicly for the first time at Cascadia Art Museum.”

Losey held the position of senior interior designer at Seattle’s Frederick & Nelson department store from 1939 to 1977. Her noted design projects included the Seattle Opera House and the “Higashi Nishi” (East-West) Japanese Garden and Room for the Uniroyal display at the Century 21 Exposition, Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.


“Drama and Design:  Yvonne Twining Humber and Blanche Morgan Losey”

Where: Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave S, Edmonds

When: July 12-Sept. 30. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday;  open until 8 p.m. third Thursday of the month.
Admission: $10, $7 seniors and those 5-18. Free 5-8 p.m. during Art Walk Edmonds

Information:, 425-336-4809

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