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Painting of Tumwater Falls

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It’s the Art! Show

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation delivers a second round of original artwork with It’s the Art! Olympia Beer Advertising Art Show 2019. The show will feature over 50 hand painted Olympia Beer advertisements from the 1930s through the 1950s. These spectacular pieces are rich in color and nostalgia. The Foundation held a similar art show in 2017 that drew record attendance. This year’s show will feature all-new, never before seen paintings. It runs from November 7th through December 7th, 2019, at the historic Schmidt House.

These fascinating pieces were meant to be discarded after being translated to billboards but were saved by brewery workers and are now housed in the archives of the Olympia Tumwater Foundation. The paintings reflect the World War II era, featuring bold, simplistic and eye-catching designs – all painted by hand.

O Bee is fortunate to have access to these extraordinary archives. Twelve of the advertisements featured in the show appear in our 2020 Calendar. The wintery scene (above) of the Tumwater Falls was painted by Rudy Bundas, circa 1955, and highlights the December page. Calendars are now available in all branches while supplies last.

Attendees will receive a passport to collect stamps. Passports can be stamped at the art show, at participating Tumwater craft breweries and at Tumwater’s Comfort Inn. Completed passports will be entered to win prizes. You don't want to miss it!
It’s the Art! Olympia Beer Advertising Art Show 2019
November 7 – December 7, 2019
10 AM – 4 PM
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays only
(Closed Thanksgiving Day)
The Schmidt House
330 Schmidt Place SW
Tumwater WA 98512


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