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

THEATER REVIEW: American Idiot at Lakewood Playhouse

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I carried delicious anticipation and a...

I Am My Own Wife at Harlequin Productions

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Harlequin Productions will bring Doug Wright’s...

Theater Review: Stardust Christmas Fandango

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Harlequin Productions’ The Stardust...

Theater Review: Winnie the Pooh

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Olympia Family Theater has never done a bad...

Kathy Gore-Fuss: At Home in Nature

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS For nearly four decades, the art of Olympia artist Kathy...

The Stardust Christmas Fandango at Harlequin Productions

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS This season’s The Stardust Christmas Fandango at Harlequin...

Jeffree Stewart’s Breath and Bone Songs

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Jeffree Stewart has been making art in the Olympia area...

Lauren Love

Goodnight Desdemona (Hello, Comedy)

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Practically everything William Shakespeare wrote has been...

THEATER REVIEW: Young Frankenstein

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Now Extended thru End of November Anyone who...

REVIEW: Susan Christian’s Long Journey

VISUAL ARTS REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Susan Christian’s paintings at Stable...

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...

Young Frankenstein Comes Alive

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS NOW EXTENDED THRU NOV 26 Standing Room Only in Yelm, the...

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...

 




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