This piece was done for the Historic Seattle Art Show, a juried show and benefit sale.
Title: The Fearless Beer Hunter
Description & inspiration:
From deep in the mists of the 19th century, we discover this image of the mythical beginnings of the beer brewing industry in Georgetown. An 1870s man in a bowler hat hides in the ferns in the woods, holding a net at the ready. In a small clearing beside the river, a pair of bird-like, legged beer bottles (unlabeled, unstoppered, innocent of all that is to come) enjoy the comforts of their home: a stump house thatched with cattails. One peers from the doorway, wary, as if sensing that everything is about to change.
Long-time Northwesterners will remember the Rainier Beer ad campaign with the legged, running bottles; this image is a play on that local history. Stump houses apparently were a thing (although rare); this one references the logging history of the region, with second growth cedar and Douglas fir trees in the background. The river is the Duwamish, before it was straightened.
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