Food Culture of Southwest Washington

slowfoodSlow Food Southwest Washington is hosting an art show at Angst Gallery this October that will showcase our food regions — Valley, Estuary, Forest and Highlands. Artists are welcome to submit art in all media that captures the essence of one of Southwest Washington’s four food regions (see Call for submission below). The exhibit will be an opportunity to highlight local eco-gastronomic chefs, farmers and local food pioneers, while reclaiming an artistic language for the flavor, environment and people that make up this food region..

The Food Culture of Southwest Washington art exhibit will open on Friday, October 7th, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 2016 and will run through Saturday, October 29th.

On Tuesdays throughout October, a food photography class will be offered, along with a menu highlighting the best of Southwest Washington’s eco-gastronomic traditions.

Food photography classes will be held each Tuesday in October 6:30–8:30. Each class will be $50. Contact for more info and questions on package deals:

The Art Exhibit is a fundraiser for Slow Foods Southwest Washington.

Call for Submission: Food Culture of Southwest Washington Exhibit

Submit your art and help Slow Food Southwest Washington highlight regional eco-gastronomic chefs, farmers and local food pioneers, while reclaiming an artistic language for the flavor, environment and people that make up this food region.

Two ways to participate:

1. Photo contest. Complete the photo submission form HERE. Slow Food Southwest Washington will print them and sell prints. Each week a $100 prize will be given to the photo which sells the most prints. The Submission Deadline is September 28th at 6:00pm.

2. Submit art for display in the gallery. (Gallery 40%, Artist 40% and Slow Food Southwest Washington 20%.) Use this consignment form when you drop off your submission at Angst. Entries may be dropped off Tuesday, September 27th – through Friday, September 30th from 2:30-5:00 p.m. Email if these times don’t work and you need to deliver your work at another time. Angst Gallery reserves the right to disqualify any artwork that does not fit into the theme of this event or that is not ready for hanging.

Fees: There are no fees to submit. However, donations to Slow Food Southwest Washington are gladly accepted.

Eligibility: Entry is open to all regardless of artistic experience.
Submission theme: Your art piece should either capture the terroir of one of the four food regions of Southwest Washington or spotlight one not yet identified. Here is a description of the food regions:

Valley Terrain: Where rich soils have been deposited from glacial and river activity that nourish the abundant grasses, orchards and vegetables of our region.

Example: In this broadest category we seek pieces that feature fields, vegetables, orchards, pasture, grasslands, native prairie bulbs, or even dirt. The work could portray individual or raw ingredients such as vegetables, fruits, bulbs, or cheeses, or a finished, prepared dish that is reminiscent of the place where the ingredients were grown.

Forest Terrain: High elevation pine forests, oak groves of the lowlands, and all other forest regions in between.

Example: Mushrooms, berries, herbs, barks, and ferns are typical of this region. This category includes foraged items and the meals that can be made from them. A still life of foraged items on the kitchen table, scenes of wild edibles in their natural ecosystem, or a meal made with forest ingredients would be prime subjects for submission.

Highlands Terrain: This region includes the high, dry, plateau areas near Skamania along the Columbia Gorge.

Example: Highlight the vineyards, cattle, hunting, or foraging that takes place in this area.

Estuary Terrain: This region is any place where land and water meet: estuaries, canals, river bottoms, bogs, lakes, and creeks.

Example: Capture the shellfish, foraged foods, fishing, cranberry bogs and sea kelp in these areas.

For more information, contact Warren Neth: or 360-771-1296