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Ballard - Martz and Cox
Holly Ballard Martz and Valaree Cox - New Paintings
Valaree Cox
October 8, 2008 - November 9, 2008
6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.

        The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is pleased to offer new paintings by two northwest artists.

Holly Ballard Martz of Bremerton paints thoughtful and lyrical images with messages in collage and iconography. These new images revolve around redundant figures juxtaposed to each other in interesting and thoughtful placement. At first glance you are haunted by the target symbolism, but lead quickly to being at ease as Martz allows the target to be more than an a paper object for an accurate shot.
Martz has become a gallery favorite since her first exhibit in 2003.

Valaree Cox after 12 years of working in metal as a jeweler and several more doing assemblage art, has now turned to painting.  "It is fulfilling for me to land in a place where I can combine those mediums on a 2-dimensional surface." "I love the process of building up on a surface starting with plaster, then paint and paper and using found objects to make my art.  It makes for an interesting look, feel and the question, why is she using an old fishing lure in a painting?"  

Every single element in one of her paintings has a very specific significance to her.  "I love the viewer to find there own meaning or just an emotional feeling from each piece of artwork.  One they can love to look at over and over again."

The work this year by Cox is all about 'Transition'.  Transition is a part of life that happens constantly, yet for many of us it is still something that is hard to adjust to.

"The past year has been full of change for my family and me.  There were big shifts on many fronts that have profoundly affected the rest of my life and the best way I express my feelings about it is through my art.
Each piece in this exhibit relates to a person or an event that has been part of that change, from a parent with physical issues to one with mental ones.  I used my own photographs taken over the years on each piece.  That was a satisfying media to combine with other elements that I like to use in the 'collage' and painting method I use in my mixed media work.
The art was a transition for me and so it goes on and onů"


        
Valaree Cox
Shift Now
18 x 24 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 1200 US
Valaree Cox
Air
12 x 12 Inches  Mixed Media on Canvas
$ 450 US
Valaree Cox
Fire
12 x 12 Inches  Mixed Media on Canvas
$ 450 US
Valaree Cox
Water
12 x 12 Inches  Mixed Media on Canvas
$ 450 US
Valaree Cox
Earth
12 x 12 Inches  Mixed Media on Canvas
$ 450 US
Valaree Cox
Yes Bay, No Way
18 x 18 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 950 US
Valaree Cox
Flown By
12 x 24 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 825 US
Valaree Cox
From my House to Yours
12 x 24 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 825 US
Valaree Cox
It Happens too Fast
24 x 12 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 825 US
Valaree Cox
Three for Three
18 x 18 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 950 US
Valaree Cox
Heading for the Country
20 x 16 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 950 US
Valaree Cox
Still Wanting It All
18 x 14 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 750 US
Valaree Cox
Losing Time
24 x 12 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
$ 825 US
Valaree Cox
A Changing Day
18 x 12 Inches  Mixed Media on Board
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