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WHAT: Works by Ann Morris and Kathleen Faulkner
WHEN: Through March 31
WHERE: Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison
INFO:  http://www.smithandvalleegallery.com

WHAT: “Backwards and Forwards”
WHEN: Through March 31
WHERE: i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court
INFO: http://www.ieedison.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

One of the most refreshing exhibits in the Skagit Valley is the combined show of artwork by Kathleen Faulkner and Ann Morris at Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison. Faulkner’s work, often seen here during the past 10 years, has achieved a high level of beauty and significance in her recent oil pastels.

Her images of the valley, its mountains and waterways, are based on photographs, enhanced by memories. “The Source” is the view of Mt. Baker from her bedroom window in Anacortes. “Some Days Are Like That,” at first glance a magnificent abstraction, turns out to be a study of water reflections.

“Edison Slough” and “Minus Tide” are magical: cloud reflections glow against water, luminous with the illusion of depth created by countless fine pastel strokes.

Three smaller works, “Things We Need,” are fanciful groupings of enigmatic shapes floating on black backgrounds. Are they diatoms seen through a microscope?

Once again, boats become a medium of expression—as we have seen before at Smith & Vallee and at MoNA‘s recent “Surge” exhibit. Ann Morris uses a jig on which to build delicate “vessels” that she hopes will survive to glide into the next dimension carrying traces of her life and personality.

“Twisted Basket” is made of cane and date palm shards. Others incorporate bracken stems, rope, twigs, slivers of bamboo, gauzy veils—even remains of butterflies and dragonflies, delicately brushed with acrylic to ward off bugs and decay. 

Curator Andrew Vallee arranged the lighting to cast a web of shadows from the delicate vessels onto the wall beneath them, enhancing the drama of intermeshed object and space.

In contrast, Morris’ bronze sculptures are compact, weighty and convey a sense of endurance. The skeletal “Raven Bowl” is cast bronze—skull, beak, ribs and vertebrae. “Crow Boat” is comprised of two bronze bird’s claws in a foot-long canoe. For Morris, these vessels are “symbols of our own journey through nature and time.”

Just down the street, i.e. gallery offers “Backwards and Forwards,” a retrospective of 40 years of work by Ed Kamuda. Half a century ago, the young New Yorker arrived in La Conner intending to write poetry. He quickly fell under the spell of artists Guy Anderson and Clayton James, who challenged him to become a painter.

Kamuda has been an avid student of 20th century European artists. You can see possible influence of Chaim Soutine in his early work and of Paul Klee in the exuberant “Seeding the Planets” (1996).

Compare the gestural energy of Kamuda’s colorful “Man Measuring” (1994) against Chagall’s “Green Violinist.” But it’s Kamuda’s own sheer originality behind “As Time Goes By,” (2009-2010)—a highway twisting into the sky, witnessed by somber ellipses suggesting heads and distant hills.

Around the same time, he created the powerful and intriguing “The Clock in the Ice.” Across a blue-black background adorned with yellow rectangles and brown chestnuts, a fluted spiral winds into a black square. You could look at it forever and never understand.

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