William Cumming

At 88, Northwest artist William Cumming has a legacy of vibrant art and an equally colorful story. A Depression-era survivor, former Communist, teacher, and serial husband, Cumming's art draws on a life rich with experience. His name is often associated with those of the Northwest School—Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey—but his fame lagged behind theirs. Now a Frye Art Museum retrospective, "William Cumming: The Image of Consequence," follows his career from politically influenced art reflective of the Depression, World War II, and the McCarthy era to his more recent Western scenes and bright representations of families at the park or beach. New works by Cumming can be viewed at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery's "William Cumming Exhibition." Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Jan. 1. Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1533 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29.

 
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