Helen S. Smith Gallery
Now through 12/3/2021

Tone Poems is a mixed media painting and assemblage exhibition that borrows ideas from musical concepts that use descriptive elements to evoke the meaning of a story, memory, or place. Large scale paintings are built upon musical staff lines inscribed into an initial gesso layer to provide a linear, graph-like structure. As a composition develops, it becomes a “score” in which sumptuous color, intricate surface textures, and rhythmic patterns suggest the sensations of a particular theme within a pictorial space. Color harmonies are used to represent changes in pitch or modulations from higher to lower notes for expressive phrases. Other materials such as embroidery thread, strings from cellos or violins, and/or actual musical instrument parts are sometimes embedded in or attached to a surface to create another layer of spatial depth and lyrical detail. (Pictured here, October Tone Poem.)

Tone Poems represents our first physical exhibition in the gallery space in a year and a half.  The Helen S. Smith Gallery is located in the Library Building on the Green River College campus, 12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn. Open hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 6 PM (extended to 7 PM between September 20-30), and Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM.

If you are unable to visit the gallery in person this fall, you are welcome to view the virtual exhibition.