ArtsWest’s gallery is a generously-sized, C-shaped exhibition space [the open space in the “C” is ArtsWest’s theatre] that features work by contemporary artists from the Pacific Northwest region.The exhibitions, usually including two to four artists, run for approximately seven weeks each.
Informal, conversational artist talks are featured at each show’s reception. Each artist in the exhibition speaks briefly about their work and visitors have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation. Both lively and informational, the talks give visitors a chance to meet the artists and consider the intersection of the work with contemporary issues.
After submitting their work during our annual call-to-artists, artists are selected to show in the gallery by a panel of three Seattle-based arts professionals along with the gallery director. The panel for the 2015-16 season included Susanna Bluhm (ArtsWest gallery director, artist), Beth Cullom (director of Cullom Gallery), Cable Griffith (artist, instructor at Cornish College of the Arts), and Esther Luttikhuizen (curator of King County’s Public Art Collection, coordinator of Gallery 4Culture).
Now in the Gallery
Oct 29 – Dec 15 2015
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, November 12th, 6:00-7:30pm
Art proposes an alternate value system based on aesthetic properties or the beauty of an idea. Doilies inhabit a strange place in this system. Craft objects originally admired for their elegance and as demonstrations of their maker’s skill, doilies have been stripped of their aesthetic value by contemporary taste. They’re now so out of style that I can buy one on Ebay for $12. Aesthetic value (the lack of) trumps the value of labor, the value of the hours and months it took to make these objects.
Some doilies do stick around, out of sight in drawers and cedar chests, but nonetheless saved. Why? Because of affect. We love their maker—our mom, aunts, grandmothers, and godmothers. The care women lavished on these works is a visible artifact of the work they did caring for others, caring for us. Love, like art, proposes an alternate value system.