26.000 x 18.000 inches
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Painting - Watercolor
Located in La Conner Washington State United States
An original watercolor by James Williamson re-created as a fine art print by Fine Art America.
LaConner, Washington�s Rainbow Bridge Spanning Swinomish Slough.
A bright orange architectural wonder, Rainbow Bridge contrasts deep green trees and ever-changing Northwest skies, and stands out as a work of art along LaConner�s historic waterfront. Below the bridge, buildings of a picturesque fishing company nestle along the banks of the Swinomish channel. Re-created from an original watercolor, of the same size, by Northwest artist James R. Williamson, this view of Rainbow Bridge is from the Swinomish Reservation located directly across the waterway from the historic town of LaConner. The view is south towards Skagit Bay. Boaters can travel west towards Deception Pass or continue south to Everett and Seattle.
LaConner extends along a steep hillside adjacent to Swinomish Channel. Pleasure boats use the narrow waterway traveling to the San Juan Islands or Whidbey Island. False-fronted stores extend out over the waterway on pilings a heritage of the steamboat �Mosquito Fleet� era when LaConner was the region�s most stylish town.
In 1863, Alonzo Low opened a trading post in the small town of Swinomish located on the Swinomish Slough, a shallow waterway that offered protective passage for steamboats between Bellingham Bay and communities on Puget Sound. Thomas Hayes then bought it from him. While he owned it, he added on a post office. In 1886, John and Louisa Ann Conner became owners of the trading post. As the postmistress, Louisa got letters addressed L. A. Conner. The young community retained the name LaConner in honor of Louisa Ann Conner.
A citizen described the town as: �The Conner�s Store with an apartment above, a hotel, a tin shop, a blacksmith�s, and a telegraph office. LaConner is the oldest town in Skagit County, Washington State.
LaConner soon became a popular farm community and hub for steamers carrying passengers and freight from Seattle. Logging and fishing prospered. Artists have settled in the area since the 1940�s, enjoying the unique light and inspiration from nature. Tourists discovered the area during the 1970�s, along with folks seeking the peace and quiet of an old fashioned town.
Today LaConner is a balance of families who work and live here, the Swinomish people across the channel and an influx of visitors the seasons in this unique small town. Inspired by the magnificence and proximity of mountains and forests, river and sea and soothed by the cadence of the seasons, artists in the late thirties first sought refuge � a place and pace to nourish their creativity. LaConner continues to inspire and reflect the work of artist including international recognized maritime and landscape artist James R. Williamson exclusively featured at Champagne Cove.
Browse through interesting shops, art galleries, talk to the locals, watch waterfront activity, sample LaConner�s fine restaurants and enjoy a variety of accommodations. LaConner�s civic pride shows in the American flags lining the streets on holidays; in well-maintained historic buildings; and in a walkway that invites a leisurely stroll along the Swinomish Channel. The fertile farmland continues to produce food and seed crops and the famous tulips and daffodil bulbs.
LaConner is on the National Registry of Historic Places and the County Historical Museum located in town is filled with treasures belonging to many of the original town residents.
Swinomish Swinomish Channel The Swinomish community is a confederation of several separate tribes or bands of Coast Salish occupying contiguous areas. They include the Samish, Kikyalus, Lower Skagit and aboriginal Swinomish. These groups were brought together by the government to what is now called the Swinomish Reservation. The reservation is located on 10 square miles in Skagit County Washington, on a peninsula of Fidalgo Island in Puget Sound near the town of LaConner.
Spanning Swinomish Channel, Rainbow Bridge is the architectural centerpiece of LaConner. Bright orange, this engineering wonder and art sculpture offers a unique visual experience to visitors. Viewing this steel masterpiece or driving onto the bridge and over Swinomish Channel many come to realize that �The Bridge is their friend�.
June 27th, 2012
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