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

The V.I.’s 1981 grand opening 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 1960’s and founder of the Artech art-handling company in the 1970’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.

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2020

October-December

Mike Hascall

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March/April

Claire Johnson

January/ February

From the Curator’s Collection

Rolon Bert Garner “Oh Lord”
Acrylic on Canvas, Circa 1975

2019

November/December

Joe Jaqua

September/October

Sebastiano Tecchio

July/August

Doug Parry: Linger Longer

May/June

Willow Bader

March/April

Meghan Howard

January/February

Dimitriy Gritzenko

2018

November/December

AJ Power

September/October

Dale Travous: “Sparks”

July/August

Susan Walker: “I Capture Moments”

March/April

Scott M.X. Turner: Move

January/February

Shruti Ghatak

2017

November/December

Becky Knold

September/October

Johnny Harris

July/August

Kate O’Neil: The Window Series

May/June

Linda Okazaki: Come to the Table

March/April

Erin Goodwin-Guerrero: Great Mysteries and Knotty Little Problems

January/February

Joey M. Robinson: Motion

2016

November/December

Carolyn Law: Climate Changing

July/August

C.T. Chew: Stamps & Posters

May/June

Max Steele: Unique Photoprints

March/April

Clare Johnson: “I feel both ways”

“Paperbacks” 12″ x 12″

2015

November/December

Conor Musgrave

“I am here…….” (36 x 36)

“Big Red”  (36 x 24)

Three Days Without Art

The V.I. will observe Three Days Without Art, September 1, 2, & 3, 2015, to honor Rolon Bert Garner, 1940-2015, who initiated the art program at the V.I. Beginning on September 4th, a gradual accumulation of artwork will be mounted of those artists who were influenced and encouraged by R.B.G.

July/August

Convergence: Five from the Skagit

Painter Margy Lavelle has curated this exhibition of fellow artists from the Skagit Valley. Allen Moe is a sculptor who casts cement from silicone molds. Michael Clough uses geometric patterns to express his view of the natural world. Kathleen Faulkner is a painter and jewelry artist. Heidi Epstein works in oil pastel and watercolor on paper.

Heidi Epstein: “What the Swans Leave Behind, Skagit Valley”

May/June

Makers’ Marks:  Approaches to Printmaking and Beyond

Painters Under Pressure Salon (PUPS) is a Seattle based printmaking salon.  For over a decade, they have come together to share information, opinions, laughter, and support.  Members include David Owen Hastings, Ruth Hesse, Stephen MacFarlane, Iskra Johnson, Tracy Simpson, and Jon Taylor. 
You can find more of their work and further links on their FaceBook page:  Painters Under Pressure Salon.