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March 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Remembering Alden Mason: a celebration

Artist Alden Mason helped us see the landscapes of the Northwest in a new way. Even its most familiar features, from trees to salmon.

Alden Mason, 2005. Mixed media on paper. 26 x 35 inches. Courtesy Foster/White Gallery

Alden Mason, Salmon Talk, 2005. Mixed media on paper. 26 x 35 inches. Courtesy Foster/White Gallery

Mason died last month, and when I wrote his obituary, arrangements for a service had not yet been settled. But the Foster/White Gallery which represented Mason, 93, has scheduled a memorial at the gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to his artwork, Mason also left a legacy of artists that he helped train as a professor at the University of Washington for more than 30 years, including Chuck Close and Robert Shimomura.

Another Mason alum, Greg Kucera and Phen Huang, director at Foster/White are also curating a show of Mason’s work at the Bagley Wright Exhibition Space from April 25 – June 30. The gallery is at 407 Dexter Ave. North in Seattle. Phone 264-8200. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Alden Mason, 2000. Acrylic on Canvas. 66 x 50 inches. Courtesy, Foster/White Gallery

Alden Mason, Totem Salmon, 2000. Acrylic on Canvas. 66 x 50 inches. Courtesy, Foster/White Gallery

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