Helen A. Loggie (1895–1976) was a nationally recognized artist whose works were largely inspired by her surroundings on Orcas Island. Born in Bellingham, Washington, she built a house on the shores of Eastsound in 1930–31, where she spent summers working on her charming and detailed pencil drawings of the island’s trees, meadows, and surrounding islands.
Helen Loggie studied at Smith College and the Art Students League of New York, where she studied under Robert Henri. She toured Europe in 1926-27 where she made an extensive body of sketches and paintings. Soon before returning home to Washington, she met etcher and printer John Taylor Arms, beginning a twenty-five year collaboration. In 1957 she was elected an Academician of the National Academy of Design.
“[S]he takes to her art a clarity of perception, an uncompromising honesty, a profundity of feeling, a humility of spirit, and a respect for her medium, that are reflected in everything she does.”
—John Taylor Arms, from “Exhibition of Drawings and Etchings by Helen A. Loggie” Kleemann Galleries, New York, N.Y. October, 1938
Helen Loggie’s works are part of the permanent collections at the Western Gallery of Art at Western Washington University, the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, and the British Museum in London.
The Lambiel Museum exhibits the largest collection of her pieces in the world. On display are one hundred and forty-two of her original pencil and charcoal drawings, etchings, pastels, and oil paintings. They include work from 1915 to her last published etching, “Hosanna,” in 1960. Also on display is her most famous work, “The King Goblin”—both the original drawing (1936) and the etching (1939). On exhibit also is the stylus and magnifying glass she used to create her world-class etchings.
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The San Juan Islands Museum of Art presents a retrospective of Loggie's work from the Lambiel Museum from January 29th to March 7th, 2010 at the Museum on 28 North First Street, Friday Harbor, Washington. For more information call the Museum at 360.370.5050.