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.
Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
Alvaro Siza, Architect
Sara Vernia moved to the Northwest in 2007 from her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska and worked as a transportation engineer designing roadways in rural Alaska. Her passion for architecture and art led her pursue a Masters of Architecture at the University of Oregon, completed in 2013.
The collection of images shown during this exhibit represent a portion of a larger body of photographic work. In her photography, she examines the light, the darkness and also the ‘half-light’ that are carved by man. This examination is part of journey to understand reality on a deeper, visual level.
Email Patrice for information about showing artwork at Virginia Inn Restaurant and Bar.