Saturday, December 1, 2012

Scotch Tree

For five years we diligently saved our Lagavulin scotch bottles with a plan in mind.  In December of 2012 it came to fruition. Presenting our Scotch Tree.  Yes. It will certainly be out again this year and if you are good we may give you a nip of our favorite scotch.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A New Name

In August of 2006 Hallway Gallery opened its doors in Bellevue, Washington with an opening exhibition of new work by artist Gretchen Gammell. It has been six years since and every year in August the gallery has featured Gammell’s work. The gallery changed locations twice consistently expanding and upgrading each time. The current location on Bellevue Way and 8th, the economic hub of the greater eastside of the state, is a brilliant, bright and sophisticated spot to showcase the international talent that comprises our roster of artists and Gretchen Gammell is no exception. This August we welcome Gretchen Gammell back to the gallery along with a new name.

Hallway Gallery will now be conducting business as Hall Spassov Gallery. Every successful gallery has a developed aesthetic and Hall Spassov Gallery certainly has theirs. Husband and wife owners Erik Hall and Amy Spassov made the difficult decision to change the name in order to define that aesthetic and clearly state the direction of the gallery. Representing such world-class talent as Rein de Lege, Ellwood Risk, Robert Chapman and JD Hansen the gallery brings a progressive selection of art to new and established collectors through out Washington and the United States.

Look for exciting exhibits throughout the rest of 2012 that include Los Angeles based Ellwood Risk, French artist Gerard Cambon, Italian phenom Emilio Valerio D’Ospina and Robert Chapman, assistant to mid-century master Willem de Kooning for the final years of his career.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bubble Cars

For our June exhibit we installed two candy colored "bubble cars" on loan from a private collector and friend of the gallery.  The vehicles are very fitting given the nostalgic and seemingly "Hitchcockian" flare of Amy Spassov's 2012 exhibition.  Messerschmitt was originally known for the famous German Aircraft built for the German army, Messerschmitt AG, designed by Willy Messerschmitt.  After World War II, and for the obvious reason the company was not allowed to produce aircraft so they came up with an alternative design.  These 1956 three wheeled "bubble cars" or "cabin scooters" known as Messerschmitts will be on display for the duration of Amy Spassov's exhibit "Re: Figments" for the month of June at Hallway Gallery. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Road Trip


Erik Hall's solo show at Gilman Contemporary  Sun Valley, ID
June 2012    

Artists Erik Hall and Abby Grosvenor visit at the opening.

A road trip tradition for us.  A stop to admire these beautifully designed wind turbines. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Studio Visit

Meeting with Ellwood T. Risk in his Los Angeles studio 

We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of Ellwood's work for his September 2012 solo show at
Hall Spassov Gallery. View Ellwood T. Risk's work. 

Judith Kindler

It is a rare occurrence that we will purchase a piece of artwork for display in the gallery.  Most works are consigned by the artist.  However, of late we have purchased more and more works.  Of those works is an exquisite piece titled Random Acts and Laws.  It was completed by much lauded artist Judith Kindler and sold originally in 2001.

We had brushes of fate with this piece as it had come across our desk twice before in 2010.  Finally, at an auction in 2011 looking to acquire another work by a different artist we had yet another brush of fate.  This time was different than the previous encounters. Something about the piece spoke with more clarity on this occasion and the beauty and importance of this work was at once very clear.

We purchased it.  What once was the treasure of a downsized collection was now front and center in our personal collection.  It is in the gallery every day and every day we marvel at its mystery.  It is a wonderfully executed piece by a loved Northwest painter.  The first of what would be a long line of encaustic works by which Judith Kindler would become famed for, it is a work of historic importance.

Random Acts and Laws, 2001   Judith Kindler
Encaustic on Mounted Panel

We encourage all who read this to come in and witness this tremendous work in person.  The gallery is open from 9:30AM to 8:00PM daily and located at 800 Bellevue Way NE Suite 150 in Bellevue.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Pallet Desk

A desk says a lot about the person behind it.  We need a studio desk at Hallway Gallery that can be used for projects that are not suitable for the front desk.   The desk needs to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and ultimately moveable.  As far as what it says about the person behind it... this one says less trash and more cash.

We decided to make the desk using the wood from old pallets.  The aged slabs of a pallet are not the best wood for structural use on their own, but when adhered to a custom fabricated frame made of oak ply they become not only strong, but stylish as well.  Because we are not throwing out the pallets... less trash!

We decided after much deliberation (mostly Erik's) that purchasing a desk made in this fashion would be wildly expensive.  We also threw out many other ideas that were not versatile enough, not as environmentally conscience and just plain unattractive.  Because we were not spending more on inferior design and poor construction.. more cash!
Oak plywood frame in progress

Frame near completion

Leg cut-outs

Leaving behind the character of the pallet wood

 Perfectly imperfect