The newly renovated Skagit Valley College Art Gallery opened in September of 2008. It is located in the main entry way of the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center. The gallery has over 600 square feet of exhibit space and is open most days from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sea Swept, acrylic, aluminum paint, found print on panel, 4’x4’, 2017
The paintings in the exhibition, “Plunge” demonstrate a range of meditations on land, both physical and social. Some of the ideas that carry themselves throughout the body of work include; the impact of climate change, structures of control, and tactics. The implications suggested by color and form is directly related to the concepts in the work. In the piece “Sea Swept”, bands of color reflect both linear perspective and warning codes, similar to the fire danger signs found along western roadsides. Notions of control and tactics are fused in paintings depicting floating horseshoes and buoys. The buoy’s grid formation references the children’s board game of battleship and the horseshoes signify another, similar, game of tactics and competition. Aluminum paint is used to suggest tactical measures as well as a landscape stripped bare of its’ resources. The exhibition title, “Plunge” refers to coastal terminology, more specific a type of breaking wave. These paintings suggest the moment of or after the waves have broke.
Martin was raised in Montana where he received his BFA from the University of Montana and completed his MFA from The University of South Florida, Tampa. Martin is a dual-citizen of the United States and Canada and is also a recognized member of the Métis Federation in Manitoba, Canada. He currently lives with his family in Bellingham, Washington; where he teaches Art at Whatcom Community College.
Artists: Sue Roberts and Natalie Niblack
Dates: November 15, 2016 – January 6, 2017
Artist Talk: November 15, 2016, 12:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery, Cardinal Center, Mount Vernon Campus
Skagit Valley College Art Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by regionally, national, and internationally acclaimed artists.
Artist: Nathan Barnes
Dates: September 23 – November 9, 2016
Artist Talk: September 27, 2016 - 2 p.m. in Multipurpose Room
Artist: Nan Wonderly
Dates: Nov. 2 - Dec.11, 2015
Artist Talk: Nov. 5 in the gallery at 12pm
Artist: Kathleen Faulkner
Dates: September 21 - October 20, 2015
Artist Talk: October 20 at 12:30 in the Art Gallery
Artist: Abraham Murley
Dates: Jan. 12 – Feb. 27