Labor-of-love gallery hits it big with daring choices and cutting-edge art.. The Experience Although Esther Claypool Gallery opened in 1998, it's quickly evolved into a heavy hitter. The partners--Esther Luttikhuizen and Brad Claypool--show work they love: intelligent, challenging and humorous. No one word classifies the art, though "cutting edge" applies to some such as David Anderson's comedic musings on fantasy fruit. Glass houses by Theresa Batty relate poignant impressions of early 1900's children, while Ford Gilbreath's handpainted silver gelatin prints reflect the ethereal beauty of local waterways. George Chacona paints the romantic to political on marble and portrays them in photographs. Distinctly American describes the poetic landscapes of Andrew Keating, and emanates from Deborah Merksy's soft-edged block prints.
In the Know As art devotees, the gallery donates 2% of sales to grants distributed by Washington's Artist Trust.
The Crowd Quirky art lovers with a taste for the offbeat-yet-substantial.