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Exhibit in Edison pairs skateboards with 3D art

The 2015 exhibition schedule at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., in Edison, kicks off with a bang with a showcase of new work by local skateboarding legend Matt French and sculpture and 3D-artwork by Smith & Vallee Woodworks woodworker Pieter VanZanden.

French grew up riding skateboards in Lynden and snowboards on Mount Baker. He got his start as a working artist in the late 1990s after submitting artwork to Thrasher Magazine and to friends at Mervin Mfg.

That got the ball rolling for Matt and he has been making art around-the-clock ever since as a contributing artist for Volcom, Vans, Gnu, Lib Tech, and more.

VanZanden was born in Coupeville and grew up in Oak Harbor. He has worked in construction for 15 years and he uses construction skills in building as well as his life experiences to create his artwork. He endeavors to change his medium and materials every month.

VanZanden’s work utilizes everything from garbage to scrap wood to children’s toys to create work that forces viewers to see the world around them in new ways.

Details: smithandvallee.com, 360-766-6230

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