Connected brings together the work of three Pacific Northwest artists and one artist from Iran focused on interpreting and conversing about our shared experiences.
Sherry Ying Ruden's mixed-media rice paper collages combine kindred shapes and instinctive compositions to stage what feels like overhead views or extreme magnifications of worlds familiar to us all. Sherry extends her creation of other worlds into her digital Typical Baskerville series, where she introduces us to a trove of contorted characters from a fictitious past that is comically relatable to our lives today.
If the Salish Sea needed a champion for its cause, James M. Lilly is the artist up for the challenge. Bringing awareness to the range of creatures that we cohabitate with in the northwest, James puts them front and center of his work. Mapped coordinates embedded in the work reveal the site of inspiration for each piece; a delightful level of detail that connects us to our environment.
Sometimes it is easier to talk about human nature using examples from other animals, similar to how
Don Wesley connects our world with that of birds. His work shuttles between objective adoration of birds to subjective staging and casting of them in his metaphorical subplots of the human condition. The artist has this constant desire to connect the avian world to our own. Don's recent work focuses on human fantasy and desire and how it consumes us.
Neda Tavallaee is classically trained at printmaking and painting and works from her home studio in Iran. Her work portrays a diverse range of women's topics and history. The subjects in her recent mixed media collages seem to be using their own reflections in the mirror as confidants and co-conspirators. The rich layers of her work camouflage a deeper message to us all. In a world where everything is watched, Neda gives you the feeling nothing is what it seems.
Appointments available for Wednesdays. Please provide 48 hour notice.
GalleryW presents a two-month show in March and April, centered around the theme of emergence. Coinciding with the return of guests to Skagit Valley to witness the beauty of early spring, we want to put on a show that examines the deeper workings of our own emergence as artists and makers. To support that vision, we will be showing work that pushed us into new territory as artists and humans. This invitational exhibit will be an exciting and diverse show like none you've seen before in Skagit County!
Participating artists (with their instagram handles)...
Pouya Ahmari @pouya_ahmarii
Paul Blum @zakblum
Jay Bowen @jay.bowen.art
Susan Cohen Thompson @susancohenthompson
Kathleen Faulkner @kathleen_faulkner
Todd Horton @toddjhorton
Mandy Jene Turner @mandyjeneturner
Vincent Keele @vincentkeele
Frankie Krupa-Vahdani @frankieweirdlastname
Margy Lavelle @lavellemargy
James M. Lilly @james_lilly_art
Heather Martin @heatheramartin33
Christen Mattix @christenmattix
Eve McCauley @evemccauleyart
Kevin Paul website
Bethann Shannon @babooks1111
Pete Silzer @petersilzer
Neda Tavallaee @nedatavallaee
Corey Urlacher @goatus36
Lucy Mae Van Zanden @lucymaestonecarver1
Pieter Van Zanden @pieterjosevanzanden
Don Wesley @donwesleyart
Dates: March 1 - April 30, 2023
March and April Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
Opening Reception: Saturday March 4, 3pm - 8pm
Additional programming forthcoming for March and April...
Below you'll find the flyers from our past feature shows. In-person guests also experienced selected works by GalleryW artists alongside all feature shows.
GalleryW presents Art White Elephant gift swap & theft with musical guests Murkwerks, DJ Wes Ray and guests.
Starling Rush showcases works from Wesley's various studios over the years; from his initial paintings like Starling No 1 (Ballard 1999) to his latest animations and digital projects including Starling Rush NFT; generative composite art for trading on the blockchain.
Be sure to catch this historical intersection of art and technology. Using NFTs, artists around the world are empowering themselves and others. GalleryW celebrates this moment in art and technology history and aims to convey the social value of the blockchain to those who may not know of its workings and capabilities.
The blockchain and Web3 is creating a new way for women to connect with the world. NFT Women showcases a diverse range of individual women's artworks to women-led projects with thousands of community members. From global storytelling, to building a school in the Metaverse, the stories of the future are happening now.