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The Arts Scene: It’s Harris times two 
at Gilbert’s Cellar Gallery

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Cellar Gallery below the Gilbert Cellars Tasting Room in Yakima is a unique space with rock walls that provide an interesting but challenging environment to display art. The gallery is housed in the basement of the Lund building, built in 1899; the structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the early 1900s, it was the home of the Alfalfa Saloon operated by Ernest Lund.

The room features a traditional picture rail hanging system that uses an alternative method of hanging artwork, with two points on the back of the artwork and one on the rail. Although this type of hanging system is easier on the walls than traditional picture hooks, it is necessary to rethink how to hang artwork.

The rich black stone walls and track lighting provide an optimal setting for viewing the creativity of the artists. And from 5-8 p.m. today, you will have the opportunity to view a new exhibit in this gallery. The opening will feature a talk by the artists at 7 p.m. Gilbert Cellars is at 5 N. Front St.

Gilbert Cellars and the Larson Gallery are continuing their partnership, offering temporary exhibits in the Cellar Gallery with the work of T.A. Harris and Susan Harris.

T.A. earned a BFA and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in photography. He says his work is created to “achieve a sense of mystery, that not everything needs to be stated through the appearances of the material world but act through sidelong glances and calculated indirection to guide the eye to a more complex place combining thought, perception and symbology.”

He taught photography full time at the Art Institute of Seattle for 25 years. After living in Seattle for 50 years, he moved to Yakima with his wife, Susan, in 2013.

Originally from Berkeley, Calif., Susan lived a nomadic lifestyle in Montana, Delaware, Las Vegas, Central America and Seattle. These “cross-cultural” experiences have given her a worldview not only of the things that make us different, but also those elements of everyday life that we universally share.

Susan states that she has “taken a more serious approach to painting, doing mostly still life paintings on the theme of Yakima Valley abundance. My paintings are an exploration of light and shadow and how they inform what is seen.”

• David Lynx is the executive director of the Larson Gallery on the campus of Yakima Valley College. Learn more at

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