Jacob Smithers featured in Artsnow Gallery

There is a strong sense of timelessness in the pieces
Jul 10, 2012
"Lichen Space" by Jacob Smithers

Photographer Jacob Smithers will be featured in the Artsnow Gallery at the Edmonds Conference Center through July and August.

Attend an Artist Reception “Environmental Still Life” featuring photography by Smithers from 5 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, July 19, at the Arts Now/Edmonds Conference Center.

“It’s interesting how as people we change so much as the years go by, but deep down we retain a strong sense of self and that core of who we are tends to stay the same, ” says Smithers, who often uses aged structures and nature as his subject matter.

The photographs border between figurative and abstract; they close in and capture patterns and textures of rural subjects.

There is a strong sense of timelessness in the pieces; the frames further the themes that are explored by adding a new level of experience.

“When I first began framing photographs in conventional frames,” Smithers said. “I felt they detracted from the photographs rather than complimenting them. I recognized this imperfection in my process and longed for a solution.

“One day as I was walking down the street I noticed a pile of junk. In the pile there was an old cooler window, the kind bartenders pulled sodas out of in the 50’s, and I thought to myself, ‘I bet I could frame a photo in there’.”

Indeed, Smithers uses antique frames and other materials with minimal alterations or repairs.

Smithers was born in the Seattle area, majored in Environmental Science at Seattle University, and studied under Photographic Center Northwest & Seattle University’s Claire Garoutte.

He continues to work with several non-profit organizations, harmonizing his love for photography and community.

The collections will be displayed in the gallery until Monday, September 10.

In addition, refreshments will be available.

Cascadia Big Band will provide live Post-Swing era music in the Chrysanthemum Hall where dancing will be available.

This is a FREE Event.


"Shutter Slats" by Jacob Smithers
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