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Humanities in the Harbor: "Paint Will Fly: The Origins of the Northwest Watercolor Society" by David Martin

Harbor History Museum and Tacoma Community College - Gig Harbor campus are excited to present Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community that will run throughout 2017.

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in April with a special presentation by David Martin on the origins of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

David Martin will discuss the origins of the Northwest Watercolor Society, one of the earliest, most successful and internationally recognized arts organizations in the state. The Society was instrumental in promoting the use of watercolor painting throughout the Northwest and elevated its prominence as a preferred medium for regional artists. See rare photographs of the early artists as well as images of paintings that have been stored in institutions and family collections for generations. 

David F. Martin is the leading authority on the art history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. An independent curator and writer, he has focused his studies on Women, Asian Americans, Gay & Lesbian and other minority artists who had established national and international reputations in painting, printmaking and photography during the period 1890-1960.

He is consulting curator for the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, WA. and has written numerous catalogues and articles on NW art history. He is the author of  A Fluid Tradition: The Northwest Watercolor Society at 75, University of Washington Press, 2015.

The Spring Series of Humanities in the Harbor will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm and talks begin at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to join the speaker after the lecture for a reception.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at, or KC Bitterman, Manager of Continuing Education at Tacoma Community College, at