By Lee McDonald, DuPont
Historian Drew Crooks will examine the amazing life and creative achievements of Edward Lange at the DuPont Presbyterian Church (502 Barksdale Ave, DuPont) on Sunday, April 14. Born in Germany in 1846, Lange came to Long Island, New York in the mid-nineteenth century. He was a self-taught artist on Long Island for several decades before coming west to Washington State in 1889.
Once in Washington he carried out art commissions in Olympia, Pierce County, and throughout the state. His highly detailed drawings were often printed as separate panoramic (or “birds-eye”) views of towns or as illustrations in publications that boosted businesses and communities.
These communities included Black Diamond, Bremerton, Centralia, Chelan, , Coupeville, Franklin, Lacey, Oak Harbor, Olympia, Roslyn, Seattle, Skykomish, Spokane, Steilacoom, Tacoma, Tenino, Tumwater, Wenatchee, and White Bluffs. The artist died in 1912, but many examples of his charming artwork still exist. They provide wonderful windows thorough which we can see the past.
After the presentation, Drew Crooks will be available to sign copies of his new book, Edward Lange: An Early Artist of Olympia and Washington State. This publication has over 120 illustrations, many of them full page in size. It is based on ten years of research by the author.
Drew graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s degree in museum studies. For over thirty years he has worked with various museums in South Puget Sound, and written extensively on the region’s history.
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