Official Website of the Clymer Museum & Gallery

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clymer Museum and Gallery is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the art and life of John Clymer, the art and life of his contemporaries, and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depict and focus on the culture, life and country of Clymer’s America.

First Friday Dec. 1st, 2017

5:00pm to 7:00pm
"Americana in Modern Colors"
Featuring S. Carlyle Smith
& the Annual Clymer Small Works Show

"Americana in Modern Colors"
featuring: S. Carlyle Smith
& the Annual Clymer Small Works Show

Opens: First Friday Nov.3rd & First Friday Dec. 1st, 2017
Open through December 30th

  • Wine & Live Music First Friday’s in November & December

Artist Statement

I’m fascinated with the 1920-1950's. Maybe it's a "past-life" thing. I wasn't born until 1955. The period was rich in design. The vehicles, clothing, architecture, appliances and print media were futuristically elegant. Most of my reflections of this time are through a gray colored lens. I use old black and white vintage snapshots of candid common events. None of my images are of re-enacted events; all actually happened. They are common settings, just uncommon that the photos survived. We still live much the way they did back then. Most of the situations in these scenes are universal, timeless and cross-cultural. I'm highly selective of my imagery. I am respectful of the spirit of those in the photographs. I avoid photographs that would embarrass those who have passed on. Instead I want to celebrate their time here on earth.

These images evoke a nostalgic feeling, although my paintings have a contemporary relevance and color palette. I try to bring this era to life with color. Not simply colorizing the scenes but pushing color to a plausible but unusual limit. I leave the people vague so that the viewer can inject himself or herself or someone they know into the image. There's a part of me that is striving to capture a sense of the reality of today's moment and its relationship to the past. There is an illusive, moody feeling that I still haven't arrived at. I have the rest of my life to try.

S. Carlyle Smith

Born 1955, had a wonderful childhood in Utah. My “warm, fuzzy” scent is Turpentine. Both of my parents painted, I did paint-by-numbers. My Great Grandfather painted pinstripes on cars, freehand in Detroit way before I was born. I Moved to Montana in 1978 where I've lived and painted for over 38 years. Primarily self-taught but, studied under Freeman Butts, Carolyn Anderson and Thomas English. I learned much from mentors Arlene Hooker Fay, David Katz, W. Steve Seltzer, Tom Gilleon, Ron Ukrainetz, Mimi Grant, Joe Halko and Ron Deloney. My work has been featured three times in U.S.Art Magazine including one “Editor’s Choice”. Twice in Southwest Art Magazine including "Artist to Watch", American Art Collector Magazine and in Classic Style Magazine. Of the hundreds of paintings sold, I do know they are in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. I don't know who most of my collectors are since they were sold in galleries who kept their clients a secret. Living the “charmed life” that I do, I was treated extremely well by galleries. Especially by Coda over my twelve years in Palm Desert and seven years in New York (SOHO). Of the twenty seven galleries that have represented me. My first and seventh galleries were in Santa Fe. Currently represented by; Samarah Fine Art, Whitefish, Montana.

"Two Tone"


Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 11AM-5PM
Saturday (Nov. - April) - 11AM-3PM
Saturday (May - Oct.) - 11AM-4PM
Saturday (Nov. 1 - Dec 18) - 11AM-4PM
Sunday – (Nov. 1 to Dec. 18) - 12PM-4PM
Closed all major holidays & the first two weeks each January

Contact Information

Phone: (509) 962-6416

Address & Directions

416 N. Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Map Link


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