EXHIBIT OPENS APRIL 1ST, 2017
ARTIST TALK: SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017 (4-5PM)
Join us in the month of April, when Gregg Laananen and Rob Vetter will fill Smith & Vallee Gallery with beautiful, mountainous oil paintings. Great friends who share a vague sense of hostility directed at corporate art, in their words “a touch of resistance towards the global hegemony of art.com” - but also share a love for the PNW, especially the North Cascade Mountain range, and their paintings prove it.
Gregg Laananen is a self-taught artist living and working in the foothills of the North Cascades. He has recently moved from the small logging community of Deming, Washington to the bright lights and big city of bustling Mount Vernon, WA. Although he can now relish in the opportunities for walking to dinner, he continues to flee to the forests and mountains to find solitude and meaning. His paintings are searches for those quiet places that avoid erudite description and the advance of our smart century.
With a palette reflecting a life lived entirely in western Washington, Rob Vetter has, over the past twenty years, duly earned the nickname “Painter of Grass.” God only knows what he did before discovering Sap Green. And, after all, what type of sap is green? The sap of grass. Rob is an alumni of Western Washington University, where he studied painting, and is known by some only as the creator of the 2x4 Landscape, a tool he employs in his fight against corporate art.