Nov
3
to Dec 30

5 x 5

This show is our favorite. At the end of summer, we provide every artist in the collective with twenty or more 5" x  5" squares of bare fine grade plywood, and we each come up with very different ways of treating these surfaces. It is always a wonderful surprise to see new approaches, new techniques and new ideas emerge.
The images range from Lin Holley's Cats with Pussy Hats to surprising and wonderful new work by Michelle Friars and Jennifer Hawks among others. 
 
These small works are uniformly priced at a very affordable $65.00 and our followers love to come and chose their favorites, either as presents for the holidays or just to add to their own collections. We recommend that you come early for the opening because our discerning supporters quickly make their selection.
 It is also a fun party! We are looking forward to seeing you.

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Oct
6
to Oct 28

Hideaway - Sharon Shaver and Jiji Saunders

“Hideaway” opens First Friday, October 6 at VALISE Gallery. The exhibit is a visual conversation about seeking shelter and solitude in settings far from the madding crowd. Member artists Jiji Saunders and Sharon Shaver will show acrylic and encaustic paintings of forest creatures, cabins and caves. They are collaborating with a group of artists to create 3D interactive representations of their painted imagery. Shaver’s bear will be portrayed in brocade by Shaver and textile artist Kim Brown. During the month of October, VALISE artists will construct one of Saunders’ shelters in the gallery.

Shavers’ colorful acrylic paintings show bear, coyote, fox, cougar in wild northern landscapes, dealing with the impact of a solitary cabin plunked down in their environment. There have been many cabins in Shavers’ life. The duality of enjoying wilderness living and at the same time feeling a sadness for the trees cut down and the animals displaced has occupied her mind for years. When she lived off the grid in a log cabin she built in Alaska, Shaver enjoyed both the immense quiet and the special joy of socializing with other cabin dwellers and many glimpses of the moose who her cabin displaced.

 Saunders’ encaustic paintings feature caves and primitive shelters in wild wide-open spaces under big dramatic skies. Her paintings are sparked by her experiences passing caves as a kid in the Rocky Mountains and piling grass with her daughters into hiding places that easily collapse.

 Hideaway

 See that slumped place -
pump house or fairy den.
I am hiding inside -
but you are not invited in.
Purpose unknown, call it
Shack, shed, or cabin.
Rarely -  there is a congress
between persons here.
More often - a meeting
of person and perception.
The quiet lets me think.

-Jiji Saunders

 The exhibit opens First Friday, October 6 with an artist’s reception from 6 to 9 pm. The show will continue through the month of October closing on Saturday October 28. VALISEGallery is located at 17633 Vashon Hwy SW and is open Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 5 pm.

Grass Shelter Study, Acrylic on Wood, 10"x10" by Jiji Saunders

Grass Shelter Study, Acrylic on Wood, 10"x10" by Jiji Saunders

Coyote, Acrylic on Canvas by Sharon Shaver

Coyote, Acrylic on Canvas by Sharon Shaver

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Aug
4
to Aug 31

Donald Cole and Gregory Burnham: Short Stories

Artists Donald Cole and Greg Burnham bring visual storytelling to Vashon's VALISE Gallery in SHORT STORIES exhibition this August.

Cole playfully explores the possibilities of materials to express the experience of beholding the awe inspiring world. Cole reflects, "the appearance and the content of my work comes from several sources: the joy of painting and creating, and my own social, psychological and ethical responses to the world as I live and view it."

Gregory Burnham's impossible-to-catagorize works dazzle with their fluidity of character and invented language.

I bring a gumbo of styles over several decades. Bamboo. For many years I've made large outdoor screens and sculpture; now they're shrunk and brought inside. Photo collages floating around my studio finally found a voice. I added a few chapters to paintings started long ago and far away. Discarded everyday objects found a new context and identity. My fiction writing background added a few touches here and there.

Donald Cole and Gregory Burnham: SHORT STORIES 

VALISE Gallery 17633 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070

August 4 - 26, 2017. Hours 11am--5pm

, Thursday--Saturday

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Jun
2
to Jul 1

Two Man Show

Two-man art show: 

 

METATINATIONS by Brett Carlson. Carlson, a metal artist, continues his
meticulous exploration of hand-cut tin, piecing together
strips of metal reclaimed from diverse sources to create new images. Using recycled decorative tins, brads, and wood,
his work creates a rebirth of iconic images into new concepts and visuals. 

A RIVER OF INK: NEW AND UNUSUAL WORK
by Jim Woodring. The award-winning artist follows his recent solo show at Seattle's Frye Art Museum with an exhibition of new pen-and-ink drawings that takes the medium into new territory. 

Opening reception Friday June 2, 6 to 9 PM
Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 11AM to5PM

 

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BLOCKED
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

BLOCKED

George Wright 

George Wright 

Jiji Saunders 

Jiji Saunders 

Michelle Friars 

Michelle Friars 

VALISE presents

B L O C K E D

Vashon Island's venerable cooperative art gallery VALISE salutes the coming warm weather by inviting you to step into the realm of the unthinkable:  that daunting lacuna, that symbol of substance, that aggressive move, that staked-out territory, the BLOCK.

Seven of Vashon's most intrepid artists explore this challenging and ambiguously complex subject through worksin encaustic, oil, watercolor, charcoal, construction, collage, ink and sculpture.  

From vanquishing the universally-feared artist's block to embracing the always-welcome volume of charged substance to the very walls on which this art hangs and to the very art itself, this show offers visitors a dynamic spectrum of explorations of a multifaceted theme. 

On offer are several ranges of visual experience. Encaustic painter Jiji Saunders'  ethereal landscapes pair well with Jennifer Hawke’s constructions; Rachel LordKenaga’s abstract paintings engage George Wright'sminimalist constructions with fervent gusto while Pascale Judet's contemplative visual essays and Michelle Friars' enigmatic charcoal drawings describe a wide arc of emotion under the watchful gaze of Sharon Shaver’s eerily calm paintings.

The show opens May 5 and runs through May 27. Opening snacks-and-wine gala with live music, Friday May 5, 6:00 - 9:00.  The gallery is open 11 - 5, Thursday through Saturday.   

 

VALISE 17633 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070   

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Apr
7
to Apr 29

STAY: Art inspired by Architecture at VALISE Gallery April 7 - 29

STAY: Art inspired by Architecture at VALISE Gallery April 7 - 29

Opening reception Friday, April 7 from 5 to 9 pm

Vashon's long-running collective gallery VALISE celebrates the arrival of Spring by hosting a very special exhibition of work by three of Washington State's most earnest and expressive artists: Lin Holley, Lori Duckstein and Denise Snyder. In their provocatively-titled show STAY: Art Inspired By Architecture, this harmoniously diverse trio presents work that reflects and refracts the artists' complex relationships with the structures, forms and implications of all things building-related.

Sculptor Lin Holley's speculative building forms reflect both her ongoing practice as an architect as well as the cultural influences of her many pilgrimages to Asia, and particularly the aesthetic of Japan.

Lori Duckstein’s lush, evocative paintings often include architectural elements in her work in remembrance of her architect father. 

Denise Snyder creates bold structures of natural materials and has been strongly influenced by Scandinavian design. Her constructions soften and complement the man-made environment.

The artists will be on hand for the opening to meet and talk art with visitors on Friday, April 7 from 5 to 9 pm.

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Mar
3
to Apr 1

Death Vessels

In March, VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery presents “Death Vessels.” This show is part of the community-wide program, "A Vashon Conversation:  For the Living About Dying." VALISE Artist Members have invited other island artists to join them in exploring the death vessel as a last resting place. Our artist members have had lively conversations about the death vessel as urn, ship and method for transporting blood internally.

 

This exhibition explores the complex perceptions between life and death and engages with the human endeavor to control our exit from this life by envisioning the last vestiges of our remains in a death vessel. Expect to see these themes portrayed in paint, sculpture and mixed media.

 

The opening reception for “Death Vessels” is on First Friday, March 3 from 6 to 9pm. VALISE Gallery is located at 17633 VASHON Hwy SW. The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm and by appointment.

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Feb
3
to Feb 25

Uncharted Waters

Unchartered Waters At Valise Gallery Opens in February.


 

Colors are bright and shapes are bold in this new body of work by Vashon Island artist Kristen Reitz-Green.  While those are familiar elements in her paintings, with this exhibition, which opens Friday, February 3, she now takes an even more

intimate view of well known objects.  The result of such close examination is a step into abstraction is a decidedly dynamic and fresh perspective for her collectors and admirers.

 

Reitz-Green attributes recent political results, and the emotions she felt surrounding the results, as the impetus which led her to paint the highly conceptual, simple forms.  As it turned out, her, her deep dive into uncharted waters has produced a collection of thoughtful reflection, deep feeling and creative exuberance.

 

Uncharted Waters, curated by Eric Heffelfinger, opens with a reception for the artist at 6 p.m. on First Friday, February 3 at the Valise Gallery and runs through the month.

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Jan
6
to Jan 31

The Process Show

 

The members of  VALISE Gallery are busy preparing for the next show: “THE PROCESS SHOW”. We want to share with you our life in the studio, how we get to a final painting, a sculpture, an installation. We all have different approaches to this project, some of us eager to share more than you ever wanted to know about our process, others very shy and reluctant to lift the veil. We have had) interesting discussions about our different attitudes toward ‘showing’ versus ‘hiding’. Come and see the results by visiting us on opening night, Friday January 6 between 6 and 9, and then during the month of January from Thursday to Saturday, 11 to 5. We are looking forward to seeing you. We will offer hot cider to keep you warm, and if you are an artist or a maker of any kind, we would love to hear about your own process. 

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Dec
2
to Dec 31

Opening Friday December 2 from 6:00 to 9:00

The very popular 5" x 5" show by our collective members will continue into December with many wonderful new pieces. Come early!  


Work by Sharon Shaver, Gregory Burnham, Jiji Saunders, Lin Holley, Brett Carlson, Hita von Mende, Rachel LordKenaga, Ina Whitlock
and Pascale Judet

Gallery hours for December: Thursday through Saturday11:00 am to 5:00 pm 

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Nov
4
to Dec 31

November - December VALISE Collective 5x5 Show

In November and December VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery presents our annual member show “Five by Five”. Each of VALISE’s 12 member artists received 20 - 5"x5" wood panels on which to create art. Artists were free to create independently, and works will include drawing, painting, photography and assemblage. Many of the artists are keeping their works secret until the unveiling of the show on November 4. The completed works of art will sell for $65 each.

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Gun Show
Oct
7
to Oct 29

Gun Show

 “Gun Show”

Featuring work from many of our VALISE collective members:

Greg Burnham, Brett Carlson, Lin Holley, Pascale Judet, Rachel LordKenga, Jiji Saunders, Sharon Shaver, Hita Von Mende and Ina Whitlock.

 

 

 A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren, p.237-8 , Apr 22, 2014

“We lose 8 children and teenagers to gun violence every day. If a mysterious virus suddenly started killing 8 of our children every day, America would mobilize teams of doctors and public health officials. We would move heaven and earth until we found a way to protect our children. But not so with gun violence.

The politics surrounding this issue make me want to tear my hair out. I know that Americans care fiercely about keeping our kids safe. So why do we toss common sense out the window when it comes to protecting our kids from gun violence?

Of course, not every kid has the same risk of becoming a victim. A large number of those gun deaths are in poor neighborhoods. Gang violence and street crime pose a far smaller threat in well-off suburbs than in gritty inner cities”.

 

--Mission statement:

“Our lives begin to end

the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King Jr., Assassinated April 4, 1968

 

Our hope for the tone of this show is to initiate dialogue regarding gun law reform in Washington.

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Sep
2
to Sep 30

Jim Woodring and Jeff Farnam

Second chance: during September, Valise Gallery will still host this great two-man art show with Jeff Farnam and Jim Woodring.Opening party  Friday September 2, 6 - 9 PM.

In Farnam's show, titled "Hey found object", the Seattle native strives to make undeniable, one-of-a-kind physical art by giving new life to things tossed aside. Colorfully curious characters grace his collection of paintings on wood and found objects.

Vashon resident Jim Woodring has earned an international reputation as a master cartoonist, storyteller and metaphysician. His "The World Of Frank" exhibition presents beautifully crafted pen & ink drawings and prints featuring the iconic cartoon character Frank. 

 

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Aug
5
to Aug 30

Jim Woodring and Jeff Farnam

 

During August, Valise Galllery will host a lively two-man art show with Jeff Farnam and Jim Woodring.Opening party  Friday August 56 - 9 PM.


In Farnam's show, titled "Hey found thing", the Seattle native strives to make undeniable, one-of-a-kind physical art by giving new life to things tossed aside. Colorfully curious characters grace his collection of paintings on wood and found objects.

Vashon resident Jim Woodring has earned an international reputation as a master cartoonist, storyteller and metaphysician. His "The World Of Frank" exhibition presents beautifully crafted pen & ink drawings and prints featuring the iconic cartoon character Frank.

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Jul
1
to Jul 30

3

Valise collective member Rachel LordKenaga has invited Seattle artists Kate Anthony and Robin Richardson to show work in August. The show is called 3. Three women artist who have known each other for years and are exploring abstraction in their own ways. LordKenaga will be showing abstract expressionistic figurative oil paintings,  Anthony will be showing linear sumi ink paintings, Richardson will be showing classic textural abstract oil paintings. 

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Feb
5
to Feb 27

Beach Dialogues

“Beach Dialogues”

Artists to date: Eric Heffelfinger – gold & silversmith 
Joanne Bohannon – ceramist
Josee Morin – painter
Terry Donnelly & Mary Austin – photographers
Paramasivam Samanna – sculptor / painter
And the members of Valise Gallery

Premise: The Beach…that thin slice of land that separates terra firma from the ocean. Depending on your perspective, the beach can either be the last vestige of protection from the deep, dark unknown or a welcome mat to that fascinating, alluring big blue. Or maybe it’s a bit of both. What ever your perspective, the fact is that most people have fond memories of their time spent at “the beach”…a beach that is quickly changing.

As the walrus said to the carpenter on their famous beach walk in Lewis Carroll’s poem; “The time has come to talk of many things”.      

Ø  Approximately 70% of the Earth’s population lives within 50 miles of an ocean. About 25% of mankind’s food comes from the ocean with over ½ a billion people relying solely on the oceans for their subsistence, and the oceans are essential in maintaining chemical equilibrium in our atmosphere…the air that we breath. We rely on our oceans not just for survival but also for our recreation, our enjoyment, and our spiritual growth. In fact, our oceans are part of our DNA and biological make-up.

Ø  Because of their importance to the whole world, the oceans are considered a shared asset – not just for humanity but for all life on earth. Yet we continue to foul our own nest. We use the planet’s oceans as a dumping ground for our waste; sewage, thousands of different chemicals including pesticides, anti-bacterials, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials and many other non-biodegradable materials…and we drastically overfish our oceans…all with no regard for or understanding of the outcome.

 Show mission:  An artistic and creative discussion via the artist’s medium pertaining to their personal experiences, views, opinions, solutions, and overall perspective of this issue.

My hope for the tone of the show is to initiate a creative, uplifting & positive dialogue between the artist and our community.

 -Eric Heffelfinger- Exhibition Curator

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Treasure Maps Show-OPEN TO ALL
Oct
2
to Oct 31

Treasure Maps Show-OPEN TO ALL

OPENING: Friday October 2 at VALISE
                  6:00-9:00 PM
DROP OFF WORK: SUNDAY, September 27
                  2:00-5:00 PM
PICK UP WORK: SATURDAY, October 31
                  4:00-6:00 PM

VALISE Gallery invites all islanders (and non-islanders) to submit an artwork of their making for our October exhibit entitled “Treasure Maps.”  We invite you to create a map of anything that is important to you, in any medium, for inclusion in the show.  The show will run the full month of October.

Your map should be a map of anything you want to illustrate.  Examples might include places near your home that are important to you, places that have been important to you in the past or are important in your family’s history, or even depictions of changes on Vashon or elsewhere.  You can map your kitchen, the route you take to work, or where your dog likes to do his duty (from which your neighbors might discover who left that mess in their front yard).  It can be a road map, a topographic map, a family history map, or a map of where one can find the best blackberries or where your favorite trees used to be.  It can even be a map that leads to buried treasure.  We only ask that you map something that has meaning for you.

For further details on when and how to submit your map, as well as instructions on preparation, please contact Greg Wessel at sleepingdogcafe@aol.com.  You can also pick up a copy of the instruction sheet at the gallery.

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Pascale Judet and Friends
Sep
4
to Sep 26

Pascale Judet and Friends

While we are all distracted by this endless beautiful summer, September is almost upon us and we are preparing for the next Valise Gallery show.  We will be presenting 6 artists whose combined careers add up to more than 200 years of art making.  Ten years ago, Claudia Hollander invited Morgan Brig, Joanne Hammer, Pascale Judet, Rebecca Dvorin Strong and Bonnie Wilkins to form an artist group with the moniker 'Le Petit Salon' (with a nod and a wink).

Over a decade ago, we met regularly at each others' studios to share small technical tips and large ideas, cookies and tea, and strategies for survival as professional artists. The group eventually disbanded and we all went our individual way, encouraging each other as our careers developed.  In January of 2015 Pascale Judet, a member of Valise, had the idea of a reunion show with these same artists who generously accepted to contribute. Come and see what they did!

Look for an excellent show in September
Opening: Friday September 4 from 6 to 9 pm.
September Gallery hours:
Wed Thurs and Friday 12 to 3
Friday 6 to 8
Saturday 11 to 5
 
 Contact Pascale Judet
 Home:  206-463-3485
 Mobile:  206-295-0010

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Greg Burnham -Cabinet of Curiosities
Aug
7
to Aug 29

Greg Burnham -Cabinet of Curiosities

Paintings/Mixed Media/Sculpture

What do you get when you cross Mr. Rogers and Timothy Leary?

 Longtime islander and collective member Greg Burnham flings open his Cabinet of Curiosities, invoking a bygone era tradition of sharing one's collection of unusual objects.

Gallery visitors will find:

--A large kinetic installation, 'All Aboard (Except You)', that takes the viewer on a 15 second orbit of our surreal world.

--Bamboo sculptures of all shapes, sizes and colors.

--Large abstract acrylic paintings.

--Mixed media constructs of wood blocks, paint and photography

The show is whimsical, quizzical, hallucinatory and speaks to all ages.

The show opens on First Friday, August 7th, from 6-9 pm and runs through August 29th. The gallery is open onFridays from 5-8 pm,  Saturdays from 11-5 pm and by appointment.

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Jeff Farnam and Jiji Saunders
Jul
3
to Jul 25

Jeff Farnam and Jiji Saunders

During July, VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery presents Jeff Farnam (Jeff mf) and Jiji Saunders.
Seattle artist Jeff Farnam (Jeff mf) strives to make undeniable, one of a kind, physical art by giving new life to things tossed aside. Colorfully curious characters grace his collection of paintings on wood and found objects. Of his art he asks, "Is it a stoned turkey grazing for grubs?  A green-eyed guppy looking for love? A crusty old cowboy on a three-legged cat? There's something rustling in the bushes and now you can’t turn back."
Also in the gallery this month, VALISE member Jiji Saunders installs an exhibit that, on the surface, seems to be a child’s birthday party. On closer inspection the sculpted figures appear peculiar and uncanny. “The characters I created reflect our cultural traditions around children, the tension between expectation and disillusionment, and the uncanny and deja-vu nature of successive birthdays.” Saunders' installation includes ceramic sculptures painted with encaustic wax and adorned by metal hats, crowns and bibs. It also includes oil paintings and photography and image transfer on wax.
Jeff Farnam (Jeff MF) and Jiji Saunders show through August 1. The opening reception is July 3 from 6 to 9 pm. VALISE Gallery is open on First Fridays from 6 to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment (206) 305-4917.
For more information contact:
Jiji Saunders at jijisaunders@gmail.com
206-305-4917

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Incubation Structures: Two Installations by VALISE artist Victoria Clayton and the artist group ƨɘɘdbees
Jun
5
to Jun 27

Incubation Structures: Two Installations by VALISE artist Victoria Clayton and the artist group ƨɘɘdbees

In June VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery presents Incubation Structures, two installations about frameworks created in a natural environment and what is hatched from them.  VALISE member artist Victoria Clayton and the artist group ƨɘɘdbees will create conceptual environments through which the viewer is invited to wander to discover the intimate landscapes where ideas are conceived.  

 ƨɘɘdbees |sēd|bēz| is an anonymous group of artists who, on occasion, swarm together to pollinate, germinate and cultivate conceptual seeds.  Collectively, the current artists in the group have been producing nationally collected and socially focused art for over 40 years.

 The show opens on First Friday, June 5th from 6 to 9 pm and runs through the month of June.  The gallery is open on first Friday from 6 to 9 pm and Saturdays from 11 to 5 and by appointment 206.409.4701.

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May
1
to May 30

All Island Annual Open Show: SPOON

ALL ISLAND OPEN ANNUAL MAY SHOW 
May 2015

Inspired by Pablo Neruda's poem "Ode to the Spoon" the theme for this year's show is: 

THE SPOON

 We are counting on YOU to take this idea wherever you want in any form you want, and we will display the result of your labor in the gallery this coming May.                                                                                    START WORKING NOW!

click here to read The Spoon, by Pablo Neruda

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Pretty Little Head: Molly Mac and Julia Freeman
Apr
3
to Apr 25

Pretty Little Head: Molly Mac and Julia Freeman

Molly Mac and Julia Freeman's VALISE exhibition poses a contemporary reflection on the mythological contest between the Sirens and the Muses. The artists' work will consider popular depictions, interpretations (and misinterpretations!) of this mythological battle throughout history, and juxtapose these narratives with contemporary depictions of “catfights” in the media. 

Both artists collaborate in the creation of the works in the show, though Freeman directs the production process for the fabric sculpture and clay works and Mac directs the video production. 

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Rachel Lordkenega and Jon Haaland
Mar
6
to Mar 28

Rachel Lordkenega and Jon Haaland

The Line of Demarcation is a show created by Valise Member Rachel LordKenaga and her oldest friend in Seattle Jon Haaland.  Through her oil paintings and his photographs they explore the horizon, both massive and minute with parallel senses of calm and mystery. 

The Line of Demarcation, an imaginary line of division, a line between us and them, enemy and foe, the known and unknown. The line between water and air, sea and sky has been our focus for the last year. Here in the Pacific Northwest our relationship to the sea and the horizon is intimate. It's a type of therapy to watch the elusive and ever changing horizon. That line that separates us from the beyond. The vastness of it's ever presence is always reminding us of our smallness in the world. The world at hand may be stormy, but there is always a peace, a calm, to be found in the horizon - a sense of place.

On the other hand, when we change perspective from the vastness to focus closely on the line itself, the image changes. In that literal line between air and water the world is transformed. In the overlooked spaces of our everyday lives, light plays on water to concentrate and refract our space and our lives into a new form, creating new spaces to discover. It's a space that changes our perspective to the parts of life we're missing, and reconnects us to the everyday places to find the beauty of the world.

This show, Line of Demarcation, is our interpretation of these horizons. Whether the line is so vast as to be indiscernible or so infinitesimally small that we easily miss it, it's a line where we find our place, a place of beauty and a calm.

The show opens First Friday, March 6th from 6 to 9 PM, and runs through the month. The gallery is open that evening & Saturdays from 11 to 5, and by appointment.  

Contact: Rachel LordKenaga
VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery

Phone: 206-419-5052
Email: ruluzu@gmail.com

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Unframed & Unhinged, Affiliates Show
Feb
6
3:00 PM15:00

Unframed & Unhinged, Affiliates Show

VALISE Affiliates to show themselves Unframed and Unhinged for February exhibit.

For February, VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery presents our annual show of art by Affiliate Members, Unframed and Unhinged: The Affiliates of VALISE.

“Affiliates” of the collective pay less dues but they also don’t get to show as often. For that reason, their artistic potential backs up until it explodes onto the Vashon art scene in a wild frenzy of artistic license.
Affiliates include: 
•    Rachel LordKenaga, whose work reflects her interest in exploring memory and mood. Her paintings were inspired by old photographs of people. She can’t remember who they all are, but she is not in a bad mood about that.
•    Ivonne Escobar de Kommer, a native of Chile, creates widely celebrated copper sculptures. She says that once she discovered metalwork, she “never stopped hammering,” which may also explain why she has had to change residences so often. 
•    Lin Holley, whose current work incorporates etched metal, clay, wood, and found objects (some of which you might have lost, but you can’t have them back) to create small worlds that are fragments of peaceful moments. 
•    Ina Whitlock, who has used art since childhood to express her feelings. Her parents probably had a different opinion about that, but for this show, she scoured beaches for items that washed up on the sand. “These found objects returned as gifts from garbage dumped into Puget Sound years ago,” she says. “The evocation of the found pieces, and the use of the written word with some, has been a process of discovery.” 
•    Greg Wessel, whose linocut prints are “cognitive behavioral therapy.” Net proceeds from the sale of his prints will be donated to the nonprofit Geology in the Public Interest.

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