Mervi Pakaste, Pieces for Peace Book of Prints

Lisa Myers Bulmash, Bought and Paid For

Justin Gibbens, Valley of the Silent Men (detail)

Turn Around Time Book Cover

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April 3 – May 30, 2020
Virtual Opening Reception: April 3, 5pm

Exhibit Sponsors:
Dick & Jane’s Spot

Main Gallery:
Between the Fold – A National Call for Book Arts

GALLERY ONE VISUAL ARTS CENTER announces their sixth national juried exhibition. Entries in the field of book arts were accepted from across the nation and juried by Lisa Myers Bulmash and Ed Marquand for inclusion in a two month exhibition, April & May 2020 in the Main Gallery of Gallery One in downtown Ellensburg, WA. The jurors will distribute $800 in awards. Check back soon for a slideshow of the accepted works posted here.

Mezzanine Gallery:

Never the Same Book Twice – Lisa Myers Bulmash

As a visual artist, Lisa Myers Bulmash is obsessed with joining elements that seem to have no relationship to each other. As an artist parent, she is driven to spotlight the contradictory narratives in American society that marginalize the most vulnerable. These collisions of ideas lead her to work in three mediums: collage, assemblage sculpture and altered books.

In each medium, she explores issues of identity, trust and imperfect memories. Her collages layer translucent images over opaque scenes to illustrate how the past continues to shape the present. Assemblage sculptures combine 2D and 3D elements to flesh out flattened narratives attached to the Black body. Niches and tiny containers in her altered books compel the viewer to adjust focus onto the individual realities hidden in our shared myths.

Lisa chooses to center African American and female experiences in her work and to expand the classical practice of using an individual narrative to illuminate the general human condition. Her symbolic language creates a much-needed magic for the viewer — especially those who experience a daily sense of erasure or isolation.

 

Eveleth Green & Picasso Gallery:
Turn Around Time – Justin Gibbens

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As a contemporary wildlife artist and an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, Justin Gibbens was genuinely excited when award-winning author David Guterson approached him about his interest in a collaborative book project. Over the course of several months in 2018-19, Gibbens had the pleasure of working with David and Mountaineers Books in developing a series of illustrations for Turn Around Time, a book-length walking poem. By combining naturalistic painting styles from both Western and Asian traditions, the aim was to strike a balance between refinement and expressiveness. By inserting imagery conjured by Gibbens’ own imagination and experience, these illustrations offer additional contemplation, appreciation and surprise. All of the original works were executed in ink and watercolor. Gibbens’ hope was to create an added layer of captivation to a poetic text that unfolds with rich and vivid descriptions of the Pacific Northwest’s alpine wilderness.