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Art Talks with Rebecca Albiani

  • Whidbey Island Center for the Arts 565 Camano Avenue Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)

Art historian Rebecca Albiani presents a dynamic and fascinating three-part lecture series on Seattle Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition featuring works by the Pre-Raphaelites, designer William Morris, and members of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The “Radical Victorians,” Pre-Raphaelites and members of the Arts & Crafts Movement, were committed to the idea that art had the power to heal a society dehumanized by industry and mechanization. The artists’ works demonstrate a spectrum of experimental practices and are Britain’s first modern art response to industrialization.

Their attention to detail, use of vibrant colors, and exploration of literary themes and contemporary life, is gloriously evident in the paintings, watercolors, and superb examples of decorative art produced during the second half of the 19th century.


The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

March 20 | 11am

William Morris: The Revolutionary

April 17 | 11am

The Arts and Crafts Movement: Form, Function, and Influence

May 15 | 11am


Rebecca Albiani has been an arts lecturer at the Frye Art Museum and in the Puget Sound area for the last two decades. She was Fulbright Scholar in Venice and graduated with honors in Art History from Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley. Her sell-out talks are as dynamic as they are informative. Audiences love her witty repartee and her ability to make art history come alive.


BIOGRAPHY | William Morris

"William Morris was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain: his work as an artist, designer, craftsman, writer and socialist dramatically changed the fashions and ideologies of the era…” more.

ESSAY | William Morris, His Politics

“William Morris was deeply disturbed by the inequities and income disparities he observed in Victorian society. In 1883, he joined the Social Democratic Federation, the first official socialist party established in England. Like many in the movement, Morris struggled to define his vision…” more.


“Since 1996, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has presented events with leading figures in the world of art, film, literature, music, politics, and theatre.

There have been countless lectures and onstage conversations -- and a few surprise performances -- offering diverse perspectives about the forces that impact our culture.

It is a great pleasure to introduce you to our new Humanities Series; a program designed to continue the tradition of sharing big ideas and to introduce our community to the influencers and thought leaders shaping our society.” — Verna Everitt, WICA Executive Director

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