International designer hosts solo show at Loomis Hall

Published on Wed, May 11, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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International snow and skateboard artist Matt French will display his works of India ink, collage, monoprint and mixed media as well as professional pieces that have been used by snowboard companies such as Gnu, Volcom and Lib Tec, this week at Loomis Hall.

An artist's reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Loomis Hall in Blaine. Hors d'oeurves and beverages will be provided as well as music by DJ Who?. The event will be French's first solo show in the U.S. in five years. His most recent show was October 5, 2010, in Tokyo, Japan.

The Lynden native said he started painting at an early age when his mother, also an artist, would give him materials to draw and paint with to keep him occupied so she could focus on her own work. He was introduced to comics during the 1980s when he found boxes of comics in the basement of a rural Lynden house he and his family moved into.

"From then on, it was all art and skateboarding," he said. 

 He said he heard of Loomis Hall through a friend and, upon taking a tour, decided he "had to have a show there."

"I've exhibited all over the world in places in New York, L.A. and Tokyo, and Loomis Hall is one of the coolest venues I've ever seen," he said, noting the building's unusual features such as its spiral staircase, glass walkway and views of Drayton Harbor. "When I saw it, I had to have a show there. I could go on and on about all the cool things about that place." 

Loomis Hall Gallery is located at 288 Martin Street in Blaine. For more information, call 360/603-4119 or visit