The Vy Biel Gallery

Showing May-July 2023


Co-show of colleagues and artists Valerie Roberts and Tamara Hahn, long-term island painters focusing on multi-layers and colors to create engaging, bright and dynamic works of art. 

Re-Emergence is a reflection about spring and renewal, as well as about personal journeys of getting back to painting.

Valerie's abstract works and Tamara's botanically inspired paintings are full of color, movement and growth suggestive of the dynamic winds and weather patterns of springtime.



Inspired by nature, flowers, Monet and the playfulness of art as therapy and meditation, Tamara works primarily in acrylics , mixing texture and color into organic layers.
Originally from Montana, and a graduate of the UofM, Missoula.  A 23 year resident of Vashon, raising three daughters with her husband Jon-Eric Schafer.



Valerie Lulu is a Vashon Island painter who works in a number of mediums: watercolor, oil, encaustic and most recently, acrylic. She tends toward abstract expressions, as it feels like the most direct way to depict her love of color and light.

Valerie’s mother was an artist and art teacher and so she grew up in a climate of creativity and art appreciation, often going to local art museums, galleries and other artist’s homes. She is a native of Seattle, and spent all summers on Vashon Island. She is graduate of Western Washington University with degrees in Art and French.




















Nature of Our Island

Watercolor art prints by Annie Brule


Artist Reception- First Friday Gallery Cruise, February 3rd 5-8PM.

Annie Brulé, a Vashon-raised naturalist and artist, is pleased to share a new selection of her springtime botanical artwork, as well as a selection of animals—all species native to the Pacific Northwest and to our island.
Annie brings her background in ecology, studio art, and graphic design to projects that bring folks of all ages closer to the natural world. She is a book publisher, a parent and an illustrator with a deep love of learning. After adventures far and wide, Annie lives on-island again with her family: four humans, three chickens and a cat.

Annie’s clean and colorful pen-and-ink and watercolor paintings of plants are rooted in her collaborative work with Indigenous educators around the region, often in connection with the creation of ecology curricula for K-12 classrooms. Migratory animals also appear, many of which also contribute to the current exhibit “Natural Wonder,” at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum put on by the Vashon Nature Center.  

Illustration—a bit different from fine art—provides a great opportunity for affordable art finds; all the work in this show will be fine-quality archival prints on heavy paper, all priced at or under $50, making artwork that’s fun and accessible for more folks.




Previously in the Gallery:  



Wild Horses 

-a photographic series by Joseph Romain. 


Opening Reception First Friday Dec 2nd 5-8pm 


Joseph grew up in Seattle and trained as a photojournalist.
His love of PNW landscapes and the years spent as a city-dweller merge together to create gritty, graceful and evocative visual stories. His visual experiences inspire curiosity, grace and a sense of wonder for all who are open to it.
Wild Horses sculpture overlapping exposure photograph
The Wild Horses collection is a photographic series of the sculpture "Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies" by Chewelah sculptor David Govedare, located in Central Washington State, off I-90. This series was captured using a Holga camera with 120 film, and intentionally overlapping the exposures.  



"How to be Whole"

Shinrin yoku by Miya Sukune

Shinrin yoku by Miya Sukune


Opening reception Friday October 7th 5-8pm

Presenting live music by the Jazz Bros

The Jazz Bros are an Island quartet (trumpet, congas, piano, bass) that plays bossa nova and jazz standards.

Miya Sukune is a visual artist who loves oil painting, watercolor, gouache and colored pencils.  Her brushes and pencils have supported a career that encompasses painting exhibitions, public art, art residencies, and publications.

Her new show, “How to Be Whole” explores the fragmented histories and absences that have created the artist's immigrant family story. With a few facts and imagination, she explores the lives of relatives who time has separated from her. She paints her grandfather who she has never met in order to find him and get to know him.

This project is supported by a grant from 4Culture.