Starting Monday, June 18 and running until Sept. 19, the Helen Smith Gallery at Green River College presents its latest virtual exhibit, Aunna Moriarty and Vian Nguyen's Growing Pains. Courtesy photo, Sarah Dillon Gilmartin.

GRC’s Helen Smith Gallery presents between June 28 and Sept. 19, 2021

Shifting between childhood and adulthood propels an uncovering of information and a new reality, as human beings become independent thinkers. While ignorance is bliss, knowing can be a burden.

And that’s what Growing Pains by Aunna Moriarty and Vian Nguyen, the latest virtual exhibit at Green River College’s Helen S. Smith Gallery, is all about.

Between June 28 and Sept. 19, 2021. Growing Pains will explore the weight of generational trauma, guilt, and influence within personal family systems. Through photography, sculpture, and painting, Moriarty and Nguyen manifest new interpretations of childhood comfort objects, such as toys, games, and play structures.

An artist panel discussion is at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 21.

The Helen S. Smith Gallery on Green River College’s main campus was named in honor of the college Foundation’s first President. In addition to being one of the college’s founding members, she was known as a strong advocate for the arts in the community. The Helen S. Smith Gallery is an academic resource for the Green River campus and regional art community.

Now 50 years and counting, the gallery continues to carry on her legacy as an academic resource to Green River College by presenting compelling and innovative exhibitions featuring emerging and established Northwest Artists throughout the year. The gallery also highlights works by Green River student artists twice annually.

For more information, contact Sarah Dillon Gilmartin, Gallery Director: sdillon@greenriver.edu 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA 98092




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