Exhibit, sale of Bennett originals May 26-27 | Kitsap Week

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SILVERDALE — Elton Bennett (1910-1974) remains the master of the silkscreen art form.

Born on the coast of Washington, his images of the ocean, mountains, and waterways of the Pacific Northwest captured the beauty and essence of a time gone by.

Bennett and his wife, Flora, died in a plane crash in 1974. His remaining original works were placed in a trust which later became the property of his daughters.

The Silverdale Beach Hotel will host a presentation of Bennett’s original works on May 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The bulk of estate originals will be donated to The Polson Museum in Hoquiam, where plans are under way to create a building dedicated to exhibiting Bennett’s works.

Bennett’s daughter, Barbara Parsons, said his philosophy was simple: he wanted people to enjoy his art. He shunned selling his work in galleries, preferring to place his original art in unexpected places. His prices were so low during his lifetime that people often did not realize that they were buying an original.

Contact Parsons at (360) 532-3235 or, or visit


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