The holiday spirit returns to the Cascadia Art Museum with a display of vintage Christmas cards in December


Christmas cards from Northwestern artists, 1900s – 1990s

December 2, 2021 – January 9, 2022

The holiday spirit is back at the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds with the annual display of vintage Christmas cards by renowned Northwestern artists and designers.

For most of the 20th century, regional artists created original works of art to send to fellow artists, friends and families to celebrate the holiday season. The cards were created using a range of different media such as woodblock blocks and linoleum; etching and dry points; silkscreen prints, as well as watercolor, oil, collage and other materials.

This collection includes examples of many familiar names as well as creative individuals now forgotten by time. The first map is a 1909 watercolor by John Davidson Butler (1890-1976), given to his parents the same year he exhibited his paintings at the Alaska Yukon Pacific exhibition in Seattle. This map contrasts sharply with the unconventional and somewhat bizarre leaflet produced by iconoclastic Seattle architect Robert Reichert (1921-1996) almost 50 years later. Most maps reflect the era in which they were created. Most notable is Charles W. Smith’s (1922-2009) 1952 image of a tired Santa Claus, resting on a Hardoy chair with a Calder-type mobile hanging above it.

A book presenting many cards from the collection is available in the museum shop.

Museum location and hours

Cascadia Art. Museum
190 Sunset Ave. S.

Open Thursday to Sunday: 11 am-5pm


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