Objectification

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Madison Viall, Staff Writer

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Interested in the art this year has to offer? In Bow Edison, WA, an art gallery called Smith and Vallee Art Gallery has set up their show called “Objectification.” The gallery opened December 2nd and closes December 31st. This month focuses on 3-dimensional and functional artwork with some 2-dimensional pieces created by over 60 artists around the Pacific Northwest.

Gallery Manager Lucy Mae Martin explained the process of gathering works. “When setting up new art for the gallery we call artists from all over the Pacific Northwest and look at their art for everything the artist puts into making their masterpiece. For this years gallery, artists are to design art using old run down items,”said Martin. “Artists are using a old shovel and turning it into a ‘U’ shaped shovel called ‘Lame shovel’, using a sewing machine to create a picture of a Dodo Bird and using old face masks and placing them on a wall, calling it ‘The Wall of Faces’,”said Martin.

  “Once or twice a year over 60 artist come to display their art… If someone was interested in buying artwork that fits their interests, it could range between $50-$6,000 depending on the artist’s design, work, and effort put into making their picture or sculpture,’’ said Martin.

The place is a work of art as well. Smith and Vallee owner Andrew Vallee said “ The foundation is around 100 years old. It was once a schoolhouse called ‘Boys Shop.’  Years later,  the schoolhouse was moved and then the foundation changed to a woodshop, created by Jeff Osborne. There is still some old handwriting on the wall from when the foundation was still a schoolhouse. I had to do some repairs on the foundation and when I finished, I decided 10 years ago to change it into an art gallery for artists in order to give people the joy of art.’’

Next month’s gallery theme was created by Becky Fletcher and Leo Osborne. They hope to get people interested in taking home a piece of creative artwork that fits their interests and that they can enjoy for years to come. Someone who enjoys nature can find a set of gilded antlers on display until December 31st.

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