Alec Clayton

Alec Clayton is an artist and writer. He writes for OLY ARTS, as well as for the Weekly Volcano, The News Tribune and Thurston Talk (Olympia). Clayton’s published novels include the three books of the “Freedom Trilogy”: The Backside of Nowhere, Return to Freedom and Visual Liberties; plus Until the Dawn, Imprudent Zeal, The Wives of Marty Winters and Reunion at the Wetside; and a book of art criticism, As If Art Matters. All are available via Mud Flat Press. He grew up in Tupelo and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 1988 where he is active in many progressive organizations such as PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Contact any member of the OLY ARTS writing staff at editorial@olyarts.com. 

Writing by Alec Clayton

REVIEW: Harlequin’s Present Laughter

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Nöel Coward’s 1940s-period romance...

"Phoebe 1," oil on wood panel by Peter Scherrer

REVIEW: Jean Nagai and Peter Scherrer

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Salon Refu ends its brief but amazing...

Susan Christian

Susan Christian: Painter and Gallerist

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS One might think, if one pored through painter and gallery...

Charging, archival digital print by Joe Hedges

REVIEW: Joe Hedges at SPSCC

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS If Joe Hedges is trying to convey a...

Amy Shephard, photo by Heather Schofner Photography

Center Salon at The Washington Center

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Billed as being “much like Parisian salons of old,”...

River Ridge High School Drama Club

Thurston County Scores Big at the State Thespian Festival

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Student actors, playwrights and stage crews scored big in...

Shakespeare in Hollywood

Shakespeare in Hollywood (and at OLT)

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Imagine you’re on the set of a Hollywood movie made in...

Heather and Michael Christopher

Heather and Michael Christopher: Together in Theater

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Heather and Michael Christopher are a power couple in the...

Aaron Lamb

Present Laughter at Harlequin Productions

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Prepare to laugh when Harlequin Productions stages the Noel...

"Some Time Ago," acrylic on paper by Jean Nagai

Jean Nagai and Peter Scherrer at Arts Walk

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Jean Nagai paints with acrylic and correction fluid on paper...

"Tech Twins," stoneware and mixed media by Joe Batt

Joe Batt and Students at Arts Walk

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS South Puget Sound Community College professor of art Joe...

painting by Megan Bailey

Megan Bailey at Allsorts Gallery

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Megan Bailey is an art student at The Evergreen State...

“Facing North,” sculpture with moss and other natural materials by Lucy Gentry Meltzer, overhead natural wood frame by John Corzine, photo by Scot Whitney

REVIEW: Lucy Gentry Meltzer at Salon Refu

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Lucy Gentry Meltzer’s Biophilia...

Charging, archival digital print by Joe Hedges

Joe Hedges: Empirical Evidence at SPSCC

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Coming next to The Gallery at South Puget Sound Community...

"Once I Was a Baby Blue Convertible," linoleum block print by Mimi Williams

REVIEW: Papercuts, Pastels and Prints at Childhood’s End

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I have been following Sherry Buckner’s...

Thomas Lockhart, Deya Ozburn, Jeff Hirschberg and Anita Pirkle in The Trip to Bountiful

REVIEW: The Trip to Bountiful

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I watched a preview performance of The Trip...

"Shells," sculpture by Lucy Gentry Meltzer

Lucy Gentry Meltzer: Biophilia Collection at Salon Refu

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Artist and costume designer Lucy Gentry Meltzer is the next...

Elizabeth Alexander and Simon Tran in Alice in Wonderland

REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland at OFT

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Come out of the rain to kick off spring with...

1984

REVIEW: 1984

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The setting is bleak, harsh, cold. Everything...

Marek Chabrowski, ink drawing

The Art of Poland and Chopin

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS South Puget Sound Community College and the...

Susan Christian

REVIEW: Susan Christian

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Once again Susan Christian is showing her...

Scot and Linda Whitney

Linda and Scot Whitney, Artists of Real. Live. Theater

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Running a theater company requires a large package of...

Jason Haws and David S. Hogan in The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

REVIEW: The Understudy

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS It’s a shame that more than half the...

photo by Dan Barron

REVIEW: Dan Barron at Salon Refu

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I was warned ahead of time by Salon Refu...

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance at The Washington Center

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The ever-popular The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of...

"Mountain Lake," screen print by Sherry Buckner

Sherry Buckner’s New Works at Childhood’s End

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Sherry Buckner returns to her beloved theme of plein-air...

Jesse Morrow as Nell Gwyn in Playhouse Creatures

REVIEW: Playhouse Creatures

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis is a...

Becky Knold

REVIEW: The Ways We See

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Now showing in The Washington Center for...

Robert and Fannie Mitchell. Tribal affiliation: Dine. Photo by Matika Wilbur

Project 562 at South Puget Sound Community College

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Matika Wilbur’s Project 562 is a photographic document of...

PJ Perry, photo by Robert Falk

Ups and Downs: An Aerial Valentine at Rhythm & Rye

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Look up, look up for acrobatic feats of aerial grace at...

 




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