Morris Graves in his Leek Garden by Imogen Cunningham, Silver gelatin print, 1973
This month Morris Graves would have turned 100 years old. In his honor the Mystic Sons of Morris Graves, Seattle Lodge 93 will host the Morris Graves Centenary Invitational Art Exhibition & Seance. The exhibition will include works by members and friends of the fraternal order including homages to Graves as well as rare works created by Graves especially for the Seattle Lodge.
The exhibition will begin tomorrow, August 5th, with a reception during Seattle's Pioneer Square First Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Tashiro Kaplan artists cooperative. The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays through August 28th. On the 28th, Morris Graves 100th birthday, members of the Lodge will conduct a seance accompanied by Ajar West playing the Theremin.
Graves, my personal hero and role model, was a Seattle native and artist who came to international renown in 1953 when a feature article in LIFE magazine, titled Mystic Painters of the Northwest, portrayed Graves as central to a group of Northwest artists inspired by Asian arts and philosophies and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.