It was a big weekend for art openings in the Yakima Valley, and I hit three of them with my trusty On magazine iPhone videocamera just for you.
First, I stopped Friday evening at Jennifer Borst’s “Of Ether and Sea,” in the Gilbert Cellars basement lounge. I’ve long been a fan of her visual art, as well as the music she’s made with Not Amy and more recently Planes on Paper. The show was mostly painting, but Borst is also adept at photography and collage. Some of the best pieces in “Of Ether and Sea” included bits of paper, so Borst certainly hasn’t abandoned collage entirely.
That show will hang till May 31. Gilbert Cellars is at 5 N. Front St.
On Saturday, I hit Monika Lemmon’s opening reception at Oak Hollow Gallery. Lemmon, originally from Selah, is also a multitalented artist, with a background in metalworking and glassblowing. But I’ve always enjoyed her painting for its richness and its slightly skewed take on the natural world. This show was no different, full of surreal takes on the human body as well as the natural landscape.
Oak Hollow is at 5631 Summitview Ave. Lemmon’s show, which includes sculpture from fellow University of Idaho master of fine art candidate Jacob Commodore, will hang until April 5.
Finally, late Saturday afternoon I made it over to the unveiling of the new round of Windows Alive art. The work, by artists Sandi Drury, Kandice R. Jackson, Lindsey Merrell, Pat Miller, Mike Ritch and Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, is displayed in empty downtown storefront windows. It’s a project of the city of Yakima’s Arts Commission, and it’s as varied as it is eye-catching.
I shot video at all three places, so please give that a look. Then, when you’ve got a minute, go to the shows yourself. They’re all worth it.