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“Old Glory,” by Gregory Burnham, will be part of “The American Flag in Art” show at Two Wall Gallery. - Courtesy photo
“Old Glory,” by Gregory Burnham, will be part of “The American Flag in Art” show at Two Wall Gallery.
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Two Wall Gallery’s November show will be a group exhibition of artworks incorporating the American flag by a number of Vashon artists. Assembled by guest curator Martin Halliwell, the exhibit, “The American Flag in Art,” will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7.

This exhibit concentrates on the multitude of emotions toward an iconic symbol that represents freedom to many Americans but something else to many others. Those far from our shores, who often have a response to this symbol that is unexpectedly negative and confusing, also will be represented.

“The American Flag in Art” will include a variety of media, including assemblage, oil-on-canvas, collage, found objects, photography and even a large work with more than 3,000 origami pieces to form one large flag.

Participating artists will include Greg Burnham, who will show a variety of his assemblages that some might see as surrealistic whimsy, and Don Cole, who will be presenting two large acrylics.

Curator Martin Halliwell, noted photographer Rondi Lightmark and Mark Milroy will present photographs and mixed media works. Also presented will be an “Origami Peace Flag” by Alice Larson, of Paper Chase, incorporating the thousands of individually folded pieces of paper that together make a large flag with origami cranes for the stars. Larson said that this work in particular speaks to her hope for America and the world as we enter a new era. According to Halliwell, “This exhibit displays an aesthetic that allows each viewer to subjectively interpret on an artistic level.”

The Two Wall Gallery invites Islanders to meet and greet the artists this First Friday just three days after what promises to be the most historic election in modern history. Regardless of whether you celebrate or commiserate, you’re invited to congregate and appreciate “The American Flag in Art.”

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