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A curator aims to shake things up at Two Wall

Islanders can expect a few changes at Two Wall Gallery, according to the gallery’s curator, Jack Strubbe.

Strubbe, who is an Island landscape designer and member of Vashon Tile Guild, is now solely in charge of the art space, following the recent departure of the gallery’s other curator, Greg Wessel.

Strubbe said he is eager to reach out to forge new liaisons with off-Island artists in an effort to “promote dialogue and keep us from being so insular.”

The gallery’s most recent offering, “Subversion, Sacrilege and the Occasional Monkey,” is the first exhibit in what Strubbe is calling “a new season of exploratory art.”

Two Wall Gallery is an unusual art space sandwiched in a hallway in the Wallflower Building.

“It’s one of the few spaces on the Island that isn’t dependent on making money to survive, because the building’s owner wants it there,” he said.

Over the course of the past several years, the gallery has been the site of regular monthly exhibits showcasing a wide variety of art, but no show in recent memory has caused such a stir as the one presently hanging in the space.

Nearby shopkeepers have questioned whether, in an already tough economy, the hallway gallery is an appropriate place for this particular exhibit. The gallery, they note, is unattended most of the time, leaving it up to them to field questions and negative comments about the art.

But Strubbe, who hosted First Friday receptions for the show in December and January, said he has received many positive comments about the exhibit as well, and that he welcomes continued dialogue about the show.

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