The Galleria at the YW

New Works:
Valerie Galloway and Patricia Katchur

New Exhibit opened May 21, 2014 and runs through July.

Valerie Galloway was born in France, to an American father and a French mother, and has lived many places, including: France, Germany, Hawaii, California, Maryland, New York City, and currently in Tucson, Arizona. While in New York City she worked in Advertising and Fashion Photography as a studio manager and producer of still life photo shoots. Ms. Galloway has a BFA in photography from the University of Arizona, though drawing and painting were always her first loves.
She is influenced by old family photos, especially ones of her French mother and aunt, who always looked so glamourous with their fabulous 1960’s hairdos. She's also influenced by French New Wave cinema, and old American TV shows from the 1960’s and 70’s. Recently Valerie has been incorporating vintage clippings from old French dictionaries, which she is exploring further.

Patricia Katchur grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and received a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Growing up in Pittsburgh she says - against the the backdrop of smoky, steel mills of a dying, industrial era - was a visual feast. In contrast, the picturesque landscape of trees, rolling fields and atmospheric weather exposed the natural world in a way that still lights a fire in my heart. A strange beauty co-existed in both these natural and unnatural worlds.
She spent her junior-year-abroad based out of Salzburg, Austria, studying art history and travelling across the Europe.
Tucson has twice been home. She spent her first first 6 years in Tucson straight out of college. Initially, the Sonoran desert was uninvitingly harsh and abrasive. But the desert is bewitching, and once one understands its conflicting beauty, it never lets go.
Patricia's motto is "I love a challenge and hate failure.
I follow my instincts.
I’m not afraid of change."
Her career has been a blend of art, commerce and collaborations including restaurant work, movie production, organizing events & exhibitions, co-founding a historic photo process workshop organization and co-owning and managing a custom black & white photo lab in NYC. Patricia is currently the Proprietress of Yikes Toys! in Tucson. 

More than just Tucson’s newest venue for The Arts

The YW in Southern Arizona has been an incubator for change for almost 100 years. We connect and empower change agents who have the vision and desire to make a difference in their own lives and in the public square. The Galleria at the YW is a key part of the community happening here. It is a great new downtown venue for art. But it is more than that. The artists we are inviting into The Galleria are doing something important. Their work is making us think. It’s giving us something to talk about, making us wonder, sometimes making us angry and sometimes making us laugh, but always making us hope. These artists are mostly women, but not always. They are exploring themes that connect to our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. They give us a reason to gather. And you just never know what might happen after that.

Regular Galleria Hours: M-F  9am - 5 pm
YWCA's Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85754