Brackenwood art colony

DEFINITION

An early 20th-Century gathering place for artists at the home site of Margaret and Peter Camfferman at Whidbey Island in Washington state. The couple, who were abstract painters, built a home by hand on their property, near Langley, in 1915, and called their place Brackenwood. The site, now part of a street in Langley, included cabins for visiting artists, and was especially noted as a gathering place for artists interested in modernist styles. The Art Colony flourished from 1916 until Peter's death in 1957. Associated with the Camffermans were many members of the Women Painters of Washington; the Puget Sound Group, which was all male painters; and art faculty and students associated at the University of Washington. The Camffermans were some of the early modernist painters in the Northwest. Sources: David Martin, Martin-Zambito Fine Art, Seattle, WA: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"; Robert Ladd, Washington state art collector

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