Washington State Magazine

Fall 2010 cover

Fall 2010

Cultivated Landscapes

In This Issue...


Back to the city :: Agriculture is rooting its way back into the urban landscape. As King County's farm specialist, Steve Evans '78, '82 has watched agriculture disappear from the area. But now some of the land is going to smaller farms with high value crops. Meanwhile, small farms agent Bee Cha helps East African refugees farm in the urban Pacific Northwest. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Urban agriculture, Gallery 1 and Urban agriculture, Gallery 2 Scenes of urban farms and agriculture around Seattle and Tacoma. Photography by Zach Mazur '06. }

Cultivating new energy :: If only we could simply grow our own fuel. Washington State researchers are looking at the possibilities. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Slideshow: Renewable Energy from Wind }

The kinder, gentler orchard :: The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 initiated the gradual phasing out of organophosphate pesticides. By 2012, the major chemical defense against wormy apples will no longer be available. But not to worry, thanks to a continuous refinement of Integrated Pest Management and collaboration amongst growers, industry fieldmen, and WSU researchers. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cultivated Landscapes Scenes around Washington by photographer Zach Mazur '06. }


One version of pastoral :: Shakespeare offers little in terms of convincing natural description. His Forest of Arden is praised for what it isn't rather than what it is. by Will Hamlin

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Erratic Boulders Boulders scattered around Waterville Plateau in north central Washington. Photography by Zach Mazur '06. }



:: FIRST WORDS : The Cultivated Landscape

:: SPORTS: Tools for training

:: IN SEASON: Walla Walla Sweets

:: LAST WORDS: Spiritual landscapes

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Grilling Walla Walla Sweet Onions }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Walla Walla Sweet Onions Photography by Chris Anderson. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Pumping Up in the new WSU Weight Training Facility }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Clips from Back to the Garden From the documentary by Kevin Tomlinson '75 }

Cover illustration: Stone City West by Robin Moline.
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Fall 2010
Web Exclusives

About the cover:
Stone City West by Robin Moline

by John Paxson | © Washington State University

WSM Fall 2010 cover art

The cover illustration for Washington State Magazine’s Fall 2010 issue—Cultivated Landscapes—pays homage to Grant Wood’s famous Stone City, Iowa painting of 1930. It was Wood’s first major landscape and is now on permanent display at Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum. Wood is most closely associated with the American movement of Regionalism and advanced figurative painting of rural American themes in an aggressive rejection of European abstraction.

Stone City, Iowa, Grant Wood, 1930

Stone City, Iowa was painted the same year as his seminal American Gothic. Wood by now had abandoned his earlier Impressionist-inspired style for a clear and studied vision: ordered landscape, stylized hills and trees, and characteristic swellings and ovals. Wanda Corn (Grant Wood, The Regionalist Vision. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983) writes of the sensuousness of Wood’s land, anthropomorphic in an almost human form. While some critics have complained that Wood’s landscapes lacked emotion, others countered that these compositions are rather purposely distanced from the viewer and imbued with a kind of ironic regret.

Since this issue thematically examines our own intimate connections to our Northwest land—in both its natural and cultivated forms—what better piece to serve as a point of reference?

About the artist:

Robin Moline is a commercial illustrator whose artwork has been commissioned by clients around the globe. Upon graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design she began exploring a style reminiscent of Grant Wood and other Regionalist Artists of the 20s and went on to make it her signature style. She has won numerous awards for her illustrations used in advertising and publishing, and has a permanent mural on display at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois. Her studio is located in the St. Croix River valley where she resides with illustrator-husband Leland Klanderman.

You can order the cover illustration as a poster at zazzle.com.

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