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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.

Chloe Allred

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Chloe Allred is a twenty two year old artist who lives and works in Seattle and is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts(BFA, 2013), and is a Robert B. Mcmillen Foundation scholar. She has been accepted to and will attend New York Academy of Art for a graduate degree in painting. She has work in both the Mary Alice Coolie Print Collection and the University House Collection. She has shown her work in many different, and exciting places from Seattle, New York, Maryland, and even São Tomé, Africa. Chloe also loves to teach and was recently a teaching assistant and visiting artist for Beanne Hull’s Sky Art Week in Skykomish, Washington(sponsored by 4 Culture).

She loves painting, printmaking, poetry and illustration. Chloe wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, Olive, last year, and is currently working on her second book. She spends every moment possible painting, or dreaming of painting, and loves most of all to paint the human form.

Contact Chloe for commissions, teaching positions, or general questions below:


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