ARTIST TALK | July 6, 2019 3:30 pm
ARTIST RECEPTION TO FOLLOW | July 6, 2019 5:00 pm

Curator's Statement

Sculptor VanZanden returns to Smith & Vallee Gallery for his fourth exhibition. In this body of work VanZanden continues his exploration of the sea, the natural life within it, maritime vessels, and the interplay between modern civilization and the environment. VanZanden’s relationship with the sea takes on a deeply personal trajectory in many of his pieces, focusing on the passing of his best friends Gunther Jose Frank and Sean Mansfield who were lost at sea ten years ago. A self-proclaimed garbage artist, VanZanden works almost exclusively in repurposed materials.

Okazaki’s paintings are intuitive, drawing on Northwest archetypes and revealing the magic of everyday life. Her paintings are often set in the idyllic natural world of the Pacific Northwest, featuring both farmland and the Salish Sea. In Okazaki’s words, “ I paint with a sense of immediacy and wholeness of experience, where the work evolves spontaneously, telling its own story. The act of painting is both a tactile response to the outside world and the telling of a dream narrative, where in both instances images are generated through the language of visual symbols and archetypes that I have assembled over decades of work.”

– Andrew Vallee


Past Exhibits

MAY 31 - JUNE 30 | 2019

David Eisenhour delves into the difficult challenge that the use of fossil fuels presents to the world, interpreting its impact with a sense of beauty and angst. Phytoplankton inspired coal dust monoprints on recycled cedar and bronze sculpture. This body of work is a continuation of his dialogue. In the words of Eisenhour, “We are all part of a Carbon Dialogue. Carbon is a common element of all known life. Carbon, millions of years of life, has been released into our atmosphere in a relatively short period of time. Most of this body of work alludes to the oversized impact climate change has on our oceans. Much of this work leaves room for personal interpretation.

SmithVallee Exhibit postcard HartJames JanHoy
APR 5 - APR 28 | 2019

Hart James presents her first major exhibition at Smith & Vallee, with abstract oil and charcoal paintings that speak to the energy and power of the natural world. Jan Hoy returns to Smith & Vallee Gallery with her deceptively simple, yet extraordinarily elegant and complex sculptures. The work of these two artists, on one level may seem quite different, however, there are many connections that bind the two. They are interpreting the natural world through the lens of abstraction, using earth-toned pallets with a palpable reverence for the intrinsic beauty of our world.