Helen S. Smith Gallery
1/4 – 2/11/2022 virtually, and the exhibition will physically open to visitors beginning on 1/18/2022

Heimta is an Old Norse term meaning To fetch, gather, or glean. And it is the principle underlying this grouping of works by Cindy Small that are now on exhibit. Pictured at right, The Consecrated Grounds of Cape Lookout.

Small says, “I am a conjuror of stories. And a harvester of materials. Inspirations for color, pattern, and environments are discovered through a compulsive gleaning season. I am continually gathering and don’t remember a time when I wasn’t.

“The assemblage aspect of the work is always a challenge, making disparate parts codependent. I am fascinated by how one thing reacts to another, and how that interaction is transformative. The narrative is encapsulated within an assemblage framework, creating a contemporary icon of the depicted event. Magical realist contexts create a place where the living interact with unusual forces. These captured moments linger between the conscious and the sub-conscious; the moments when your mind wanders through your own library of fantastic stories.”

Please join us for an Artist Talk and gallery presentation by Cindy Small about the exhibition, residencies and her artistic process on Thursday, February 3rd, noon.  The webinar will be held over Zoom at this link.

The Helen S. Smith Gallery, Green River College, on Green River College’s main campus was named in honor of the college Foundation’s first President. In addition to being one of the college’s founding members, she was known as a strong advocate for the arts in the community.  The Helen S. Smith Gallery is an academic resource for the Green River campus and regional art community.  Now 50 years and counting, the gallery continues to carry on her legacy as an academic resource to Green River College by presenting compelling and innovative exhibitions featuring emerging and established Northwest Artists throughout the year. The gallery also highlights works by Green River student artists twice annually.