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The V.I. is proud of its reputation as Seattle’s first artbar.

The grand opening in 1981 featured a group exhibition of rising stars in Seattle’s art world curated by Rolon Bert Garner, a multi-talented artist in his own right. Garner was the founder of the happening “and/or gallery” in the ’60′s and founder of Artech art handling company in the ’70′s. The V.I. has shown over 300 different artists since that time, and, along with Garner’s exhibitions at the Two Bells Tavern, started a tradition which has become a part of Seattle history.

When the expanded V.I. re-opened in 2008, Garner curated a group show, entitled “Old Faces/New Spaces,” which featured the work of some 30 artists who were important in establishing this tradition.

March/April Artist:

Melanie Masson


Opening Friday, March 13 from 6-9pm during the Belltown Art Walk.

Short and Sweet:
“Passage:  Leading Lines on the North American Landscape”

“Passage” is a survey of leading lines on the North American landscape.  Every glacier, wheel, and footfall that carved these lines bore a purpose, sheer repetition branding a deeper promise of worth into the soil.  Following these pathways, which by nature branch one to another, reinforces the way while drawing a parallel to those who came before — each generation driven by the same prospects we seek:  change, destination, hopes we intend to plant at the end of the lines.

Email Patrice for information about showing artwork at Virginia Inn Restaurant and Bar.