Grand Opening of new AVA Gallery
Friday, January 11, 6:00-9:00pm
Van Dusen Building, 10th and Duane Streets
Come One, Come All!
Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Celebrate Art in Astoria!
Free and Open to the Public - All Ages Welcome
Join Astoria Visual Arts for an AVA Member-Artists Reception + Open House on Friday, January 11.
AVA has joined the Astoria Studio Collective in transforming the historic Van Dusen Building into a bona-fide artists hub. Come check out AVA’s new gallery space, visit with some of your favorite artists, and celebrate the New Year artfully.
Food and drink supplied courtesy of
Carruthers Restaurant | Columbia River Coffee Roasters | Fort George Brewery + Public House | WineKraft
The first exhibit in AVA's new space at 10th and Duane will be new figurative paintings of Teresa Robinett. Come meet Teresa during ArtWalk, Saturday, January 12th from 5-8 PM.
Most of the subjects in Teresa Robinett's latest series are from childhood, where she says, "All of our stories begin." "Big Girl" shows a young girl with a bruised eye and swollen lip and is inspired by the day Robinett's sister fell down the basement stairs and almost lost an eye. Her sister's face was permanently scarred and the event became a cautionary tale within the family about being safe, not running down stairs, and the importance of paying attention. A tale that focused on fear and a warning not to be clumsy.
What if, the artist suggests, her sister's story was instead one about her courage, bravery and survival. In the painting "Big Girl" the young girl is shown facing forward with her injuries, while a small mask is stitched atop her head to symbolize her as a character transformed. She became not just a bruised girl, but something else. Masks and costumes have the power to create a new identity and a new narrative.
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