The Light at the End of the Tunnel


It’s a New Year and VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery is living in the moment with “The Light at the End of the Tunnel.” As we move forward into the formidable future and release old routines and contrivances, we embark on a path of rediscovery, restoration and reconnection with open-heartedness and the recognition that the only constant is impermanence. Our longing for better days may be what guides us, where our feelings propel us to seek peace, justice, truth, equality, acceptance, shelter, sustenance, and environmental protection.

We invite you to peer through the 12 windows of our collective’s imagination. The light at the end of the tunnel may well be the beacon of our own humanity – that brilliance of awe, hope, love, and understanding. While the tunnel of darkness that obscures and confines us to uncertainty and the challenge of isolation, the end will be a new beginning and the light will be brought forth from the spaciousness of new awareness. Get to know these individual artists – Dot, George, Rachel, and Jesse; Robert, Pascal, Jiji and Bill; Sharon, Lenard, Hita and Gregory – as their divergent ways of expression make compelling work, whose ideas, colors and forms, observations and allegories riddle the canvas. We may charm you or disarm you, warm you or bombard you; colorize you, familiarize you, tantalize or energize you; laugh with you, enliven you, engage with you and stand beside you. We’ll let you ponder with insightful wonder, so twist and shout, come look and see what’s it all about.

VALISE will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 1-4 pm. All safety protocols and masks required with limited capacity, and thank you for your consideration and support. The opening celebration is First Friday, January 8 from 6 to 8 pm. Preview the show on Friday afternoon! The show runs through Sunday, January 31. VALISE Artist Collective and Gallery is located in downtown Vashon at 17633 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon Island, Washington.

VALISE stands for Vashon Artists Linked in Social Engagement. We chose these words for their humorous, ironic, and activist bent. The gallery is dedicated to presenting subjects and media that are daring and unexpected. We want to stir our audiences. We want to challenge members to initiate fresh work. We want to share the venue with the community and inspire new ideas. Half of our shows are by collective members and the other half are by artists from Vashon and beyond, regional and nationwide. The goal of VALISE gallery is to be an important and accessible art venue for the community.