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Vashon Allied Arts Archives Sale

May 24-26, 2013

Heather will participate in the 2013 Vashon Allied Arts Archives Sale with her remaining Remnants pieces. VAA says "One of the best and most amazing arts sales on the Island happens at Vashon Allied Arts Gallery Memorial Day weekend when more than 70 Island artists bring archived works to sell to their friends and collectors."

VALISE gallery

November 2-24, 2012

Heather and Matthew presented new work at VALISE gallery on Vashon Island during the month of November. Opening reception was First Friday, November 2nd from 6-9pm.

Circle Complete Installation & Video

June 2012

Matthew completed his outdoor installation entitled Circle Complete at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center and made a video documenting his creation process. Click here to check it out!

Summer HOLD Update

May 10, 2012

HOLDstudios is working hard for its clients and offering a Summer Sale, plus Matthew will be creating an outdoor installation in Webster's Woods at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and Heather has an exhibition scheduled at VALISE gallery for the month of November! Read all about it on our blog!

Happy Holidays from HOLDstudios!

December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays to you and yours! A quick winter update with pictures and a fresh movie. Best wishes in 2012!

Fall HOLD Update

September 21, 2011

HOLD studios has lots going on, including Heather was published in the Vashon Beachcomber, we have new videos to share and our new baby is due October 30th! Read all about it on our blog.

Flourishing Remnants got some press!

June 2011

There have been two nice reviews about the Flourishing Remnants show at Vermillion, one in The Stranger and one in The Sunbreak. Plus, Matthew was one of six artists nominated for the Summer Art Walk Award sponsored by City Arts Magazine!

Joy & Olds Support Vashon Allied Arts

September 2011

Heather Joy and Matthew Olds each donated a piece of work from their Abandoned Concentrations exhibition to the Vashon Allied Arts Annual Auction.

VALISE gallery

August 5 - 27, 2011

Heather Joy and Leanne Olds presented new work at VALISE gallery on Vashon Island. Opening reception was First Friday, August 5 from 6-9pm, with an artist talk just prior from 5:30-6pm. Here’s a video about the process of the show and some of the opening.

Vermillion Gallery

June 3- July 9, 2011

Matthew and Heather presented new work at Vermillion Bar & Gallery in Seattle, WA entitled Flourishing Remnants. Opening reception was Friday, June 3 from 6-9pm, and Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk was on Thursday, June 9 from 6-9pm. Click here to check out a little movie Matthew made of putting the show together.

Blue Heron Fine Art Center

March 4 - 24, 2011

Matthew and Heather presented new work at Vashon Allied Arts, Blue Heron Gallery in a show entitled Abandoned Concentrations. Opening reception was First Friday, March 4th from 6-9pm with an Artist Talk from 5:30-6pm. Click here to see the quick short Matthew made of him pulling together, building and then installing the sculptural installation at the gallery.

King County 4Culture Grant for Matthew

May 29, 2010

Matthew has received a fantastic grant! The project is titled “Beall Greenhouses as source” and will be exhibited in 2011.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

July 11 - October 10, 2010

Matthew and Heather both had work in the exhibition Safe Harbor curated by PAFAC director and resident curator, Jake Seniuk. Click here to see a video about the installation of Heather’s Land Grab piece.

Website Remodel

March 7, 2010

HOLDstudios launches their remodeled website for easier navigation and access to great acclaim.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010

January HOLD update: HOLD wishes you a wonderful holiday season and may 2010 bring you lots of exciting times. Thanks for another great year!

Awards for Matthew & Heather

October 2009

Matthew was awarded Best of Show and Heather got a Special Award at the Art Port Townsend/Expressions Northwest exhibition at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend. Juror: Jess Van Nostrand, Exhibitions Curator, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle.

September HOLD Update

September 3, 2009

September is a busy month full of lots to see and do! Won’t you join us?

Picture of the Day Launched

January 27, 2009

HOLD has launched a Picture of the Day webpage. Subscribe to find out what we post each day!

News Flash 

October 3, 2008

Heather’s last day officially at Artist Trust.  Now full time artist and CEO of HOLDstudios!  YIPPEE!!!

HOLD is now for real

September 29, 2008

HOLD launches new website!


Heather is Now Manager of Spaceworks Tacoma

As Matthew tends to HOLDstudios, Heather returns to an arts administrator role at Spaceworks Tacoma as of March 25, 2013. Spaceworks is a joint initiative of the CIty of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant space with projects that transform Tacoma into a stronger, more active city.