Sunday, May 30, 2010

Update from the Gallery & Woodworks

In anticipation for our next show of Todd Horton's work, we headed South to his new studio in Bow. What we found were over 50 pieces that we had created in the last six months. We are very excited to exhibit dozens of them for his upcoming show "Minor Keys" at the gallery which highlights four different arteries of his work.

Accompanying Todd will be sculpture by Peregrine O'Gormley and works on paper by Chelsea Jepson!

Please join us Saturday, June 5th from 5 - 8pm for our Opening Artist Reception. We will have lots of food and wine plus some entertainment from a Persian Tar player.

Todd Horton and Andrew Vallee


We have a full room waiting for furniture deliveries!

Friday, May 28, 2010

It's Out There!! - Smith & Vallee in City Arts Magazine

Okay, we have been dying with anticipation to tell you about our exciting inclusion in an article about different arts scenes outside of the city (aka, Seattle). We have, of course, known for years about all of the wonders of the arts in this area and are happy that others are taking notice.

How it Happened

We were setting up a for a Leadership Skagit benefit at the gallery on a quiet day when the editor of City Arts Magazine, Mark Baumgarten came in to take a look. Despite the hurried mess of setting up for the function, we were able to talk to him and tell him what we are all about.

The Cover

Does it look familiar? It's an artwork by Michelle Newman currently on display in our exhibition Don't Call it Student Art. Since City Arts normally stages and shoots its own cover image, it was great that they thought this image epitomized exactly this so, so cool road trip idea. More about that here.


Wes Smith and Andrew Vallee smile for the camera
(or try to look super slick)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PREVIEW: June, 2010 - Todd Horton, "Minor Keys" with Peregrine O'Gormley and Chelsea Jepson

Todd Horton, “Minor Keys”
with sculpture by Peregrine O’Gormley
and works on paper by Chelsea Jepson

June 5 - 27, 2010
Opening Artist Reception: June 5, (5-8pm)

Smith & Vallee Gallery is proud to present new work by Todd Horton and his current body of work entitled “Minor Keys.” Best known for his squeegeed animals that are at once in motion and suspended in time, Horton’s work has mystical qualities that are subjective to each viewer. Much of his new work is also inspired by the Samish Flats, where he now calls home, and Horton’s squeegee in his landscapes blurs and softens the horizon to reflect the dewy Northwest spring. Horton will be accompanied with sculpture by Peregrine O’Gormley and works on paper by Chelsea Jepson.

Todd Horton, Field of Dew

Todd Horton, Sound of Water

Todd Horton, Midnight Heart

Todd Horton, No More Enduring Than Last Night's Dream

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Smith & Vallee... Superstars?

Okay, not really. BUT, Wes Smith was featured for an ad for an Intuit credit card iPhone app.

Check out some of the shoot that took place in Andrew's Edison kitchen. Coming soon, the real deal.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New work by Todd Horton

Smith & Vallee Gallery is very proud to show Todd Horton for the month of June (coming up soon!). Todd has recently made the move to Skagit County and, of course, has subsequently been playing around with Skagit landscapes.

Below is some artwork currently at our sunny gallery! Look for more updates of show additions soon.

Samish River off the Thomas Rd Bridge, $700

Samish Foothills, $600

Across the Samish Flats to Lummi, $1,100

Blanchard Above the Samish Flats, $1,200

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Don't Call it Student Art!

Featuring artists from the Western Washington University Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Don’t Call it Student Art exemplifies the diversity of art school and pushes the question about when an artist becomes an “artist.” Please join us for the artwork of Chase Boston, Emily Jerome, Lindsay Kohles, Elisabeth Morrell, Michelle Newman and Austin Stiegemeier.