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

Olympia Beer advertisement: "Always Welcome"

“It’s the Art” of Olympia Beer Advertising

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS “It’s the water” is the slogan that put Olympia on the...

Pisano and Imogen in Harlequin Productions' Cymbeline

REVIEW: Cymbeline at Harlequin Productions

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Few community theaters, or for that matter...

“Intimacy Happens,” mixed media by Marilyn Frasca, photo courtesy of the artist

REVIEW: Marilyn Frasca at Childhood’s End

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Marilyn Frasca is a marvel. If there was...

Jesse Geray (Igor) and Ian Montgomery (Frederick) in rehearsal for Young Frankenstein. Photo by Daniel Wyman

Young Frankenstein Comes Alive

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Standing Room Only in Yelm, the same outfit that brought...

Heather R. Christopher as Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

REVIEW: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at OFT

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at...

Piaf! The Show

Parisian Piaf: Sa Vie en Rose

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS A touch of French cabaret comes to Olympia in the form of...

"Go-Stay," painting by Susan Christian

Susan Christian at Stable Studios

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Stable Studios is tucked away in an easy-to-overlook...

Tom Rieger, left, and Amos Callender, right. Photo courtesy Thomas Architecture Studios.

Sand Carving at Thomas Architecture Studios

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS For the two days of Arts Walk and approximately a week...

"Street Love," mixed media by Evan Clayton Horback

Mixed Media From Evan Clayton Horback

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Evan Clayton Horback is the cover artist for this year’s...

A Night With Janis Joplin

A Night With Janis Joplin — CANCELED

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Adapted from a press release dated September 27: The...

Brian Jansen

Brian Wayne Jansen: Brave Chameleon

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Whether as the lothario Vince in Brian Willis’s Seven...

Silent Sky

REVIEW: Silent Sky at Olympia Little Theatre

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Before there were machines called computers,...

REVIEW: August: Osage County at Harlequin Productions

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August:...

John Luther Adams

Classical Energy at Emerald City Music

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS Continuing its quest to bring classical music to the...

Marilyn Frasca

Marilyn Frasca: Poet, Painter, Mystic

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Marilyn Frasca is one of the South Sound’s most beloved...

Deane Shellman

Olympia Little Theatre Looks to the Stars

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS At a time when women and science are dismissed out of hand...

"Logical Consequences," acrylic painting by C.J. Swanson

Color and Structure: Susie Englestad and C. J. Swanson

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Featured artists for August and September at Art House...

"Dragon Ballet" by Arrington DeDionyso

A Paper Narrative: Art at Browsers Bookshop

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Browsers Bookshop is going into the art-exhibition business....

Dennis Rolly, photo by Scot Whitney

Dennis Rolly: Larger Than Life

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS When not appearing on area stages, Dennis Rolly can be found...

"Strange Fire" by Alec Clayton

Alec Clayton: Artist, Author, Critic

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS When artists stop creating art in one medium, they most...

"Coriolis," sculpture by Cyrra Robinson, photo by the artist

REVIEW: Cyrra Robinson’s Of the Abyss

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS New to Olympia’s art scene is metal...

Darol Anger and Rushad Eggleston

Darol Anger and Rushad Eggleston at NOVA School

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Darol Anger and Rushad Eggleston have played together in The...

Capital Lakefair Parade, 1964

The History of Capital Lakefair

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS This year Capital Lakefair celebrates 60 years of service to...

Steve Stefanowicz of Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks at Music in the Park

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS There’ll be Too Many Cooks at Music in the Park, and that...

Will Lippman, Bruce Haasl, Christie Oldright and Carolyn Willems Van Dijk in First Date. Photo courtesy Harlequin Productions

REVIEW: First Date at Harlequin Productions

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Harlequin Productions’ First Date is a...

Christian Doyle, photo by Scot Whitney

Christian Doyle: The Natural

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS “Christian Doyle is one of those rare actors who makes it...

Dana Winter, Heather Christopher, Meghan Goodman, Samantha Chandler and Katelyn Hoffman in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

REVIEW: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche at TAO

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Theater Artists Olympia’s 5 Lesbians Eating...

"Misty Falls," sumi ink by Andrea Erickson

Bamboo: The Summer Gentleman

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The loft-gallery space above Buck’s 5th Avenue is awash...

David Scherer-Water

Local, Satirical Author David Scherer-Water

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS There are unique and quirky aspects of Olympia that are...

High Sierra Jazz Band

High Sierra Jazz Band at Lacey in Tune

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Three Rivers, California at the entrance to the Sequoia...

 




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