My love and appreciation for the beauty of nature is relatively new to me. I spent most of my life unaware of how fortunate each and every one of us is to live in such a beautiful world. Like so many others
A pair of artists serves up a bounty of abstract color and texture in February’s VAA Gallery exhibition. Photographer Karen Frank focuses on nature’s transformation of human detritus found on the beach. Painter Ken Susynski’s landscapes are influenced by European land and cityscapes.
Lotus is sharing her native-eye images of Vashon at Café Luna in February. Her perspective is a very personal view of the Island, with less attention to the island scenes that catch the eyes of tourists, though the classic scenes
This January, award-winning Tlingit artist Odin Lonning displays multi-tribal works at the Vashon Community Care Center, 15333 Vashon Highway. Lonning is a prolific designer, renowned for his work in Tlingit and other Northwest Coast Native styles.
Martin Koenig: Close to the Bone: The Balkans, 1962-1987 will be on view at Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, 9928 SW Bank Rd., Tues – Fri 9-6 & Sat 10-2, showing 11/1 – 12/31. Exhibition opening on First Friday, November 2.
Approaching our end of summer season on Vashon brings lovely images to mind: warm, sunny days, garden harvest(this year, anyway), beach play, and of course, our own sheepdog trial. The island and greater Seattle area communities have gathered each year to see this traditional interplay of handler, sheepdog, and sheep played out on the bucolic setting of Misty Isle Farms through courses modeled on competitions held in the Scottish borderlands for over a century.
VAA honors six exemplary Island artists for this year’s Art Auction. Each artist created a special commissioned piece in their medium to be auctioned during Art Auction weekend, Sept. 21 and 22. Join us at the Auction Preview Party and Artist Reception: Friday, August 31, 6 p.m. The Gallery will also be open First Friday, Sept. 7, 6 pm.
Water. We’re surrounded by it. We swim in it, sail on it, kayak on it, commute on it and wonder at its ever-changing beauty. Island artists capture the theme of water and nature in ethereal oil and pastel paintings by Leslie Wu and wooden boat sculptures, filled with earthen objects by Tom Northington. Painter Mary Rothermel’s delicately painted sunset screens will hang from the gallery ceiling above the sculpture.
Engaged painters Anelecia Hannah and Charles Philip Brooks present paintings from two long-standing traditions of American painting.
These young painters each embody a tradition in American painting. At age 26, Anelecia Hannah’s quiet still lifes, interiors and portraits draw on traditions passed down through a lineage of American painters–careful craftsmanship and meditative observation are wedded with continual wonder and curiosity in every day visual experience.
Summer is blazing its way to Vashon in a whole new way, at Ignition Studios, starting May 4th! Not only is Ignition on the May Studio Tour map with artist David Blad in residence, but new plans are in place for a summer outdoor "artists market". The Gallery is also now enrolling for two May Weekend Portrait Painting workshops and a huge new space has opened up in the garage area for art parties throughout the year—birthdays, "girlz nite", bridal or baby showers, you name it!
If you’ve always wanted an Art Hansen etching, now is your opportunity. Vashon Allied Arts will host a one-day sale of the Island’s internationally renowned artist’s unframed etchings, Saturday, March 17, at the Blue Heron. Doors open at 11 am for VAA members, noon for the public, until 4 pm. Available in both black and white and color, at reasonable prices, the sale will feature more than 180 etchings including works never before shown on the Island.
In the Gallery, March showcases art by two artists, Tom Hughes, who creates temporary sculpture with a message, and photographer William Mitchell. Meet and chat with artists, Friday, March 2, 6 p.m., and enjoy live music by Riverbend.
In cooperation with the University of Puget Sound, Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum’s newest exhibit, "Abby Williams Hill: Wanderlust, Works on Paper, 1895-1927," opens on First Friday, March 2, 2012. A select collection of her drawings and sketches span three decades in time and subject - from Vashon Island, the North Cascades, Montana, and the Southwest to Germany, France, Switzerland, and Belgium.
The old 1930’s garage behind Movie Magic is getting a new life with a whole lot of interior refinishing and the advent of Ignition Studios and Gallery. As a creative work space, the historical four-bay garage is now the new studio home of Vashon Vintage, Island Artistry Tile & Stone, and other area artists. The adjoining space, originally the old shop’s auto parts store, houses Ignition’s Gallery. The Studio and Gallery are hosting their Grand Opening First Friday Exhibition, "Spark in the Darkness" on February 3rd from 6-9 p.m. Entertainment will be provided, beginning at 7:30 by the UMO School of Physical Arts; they will demonstrate the art of "Poi"—fire dancing.
VAA’s February Gallery exhibition will showcase works of three regional artists, from intricate feather basketry and larger than life oil still lifes to vibrant, textural abstracts. Gallery opening is 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb 3, with complimentary appetizers and live jazz by Vashon musicians; horn player Richard Person and pianist Jim Hobson.
Originally born and raised in the woods of Vashon Island, Madeline Waits currently resides in Olympia, WA, where she practices a variety of art making. Heavily influenced by the work of Marc Chagall, Ana Mendieta, Andrei Tarkovsky, and T.S. Eliot, Waits’ show
Two nationally known artists and avid outdoorsmen, painter Kesler Woodward and photographer Paul Bannick, exhibit work in the VAA Gallery opening 6 p.m., Friday, January 6. The show runs through the month. They will also speak in VAA’s Arts and Humanities Series at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8.
While a working studio all year, Waterworks Studio, truly shakes its sleepy head and come vibrantly alive for the Holiday Art Studio Tour, kicking off the 2 weekend long Tour with the Waterworks Preview Party Friday, December 2, from 6 pm on. Waterworks Studio on Maury Island is #26 in the gorgeous Holiday Art Studio Tour brochure, available at most Island merchants and on line at www.VashonIslandArtStudioTour.com. Waterworks can also be seen online at www.waterworksonvashon.com
Blue Heron Gallery will host the 5th annual Miniature Show and showcase over 100 pieces by 40 Island artists. Mediums will include wood, painting, mixed media, photography, fiber, clay and more—with one catch, all pieces must be under 50 sq. inches for 2-D work and no bigger than 6 in. x 6 in. x 6 in. for 3-D work. Artists will each show one to five pieces.
Feast on visual splendors by three women artists during November at Blue Heron Gallery: acrylic on canvas by Allison Crain Trundle, paper and acrylic baskets by Dorothy McGuinness and hand forged sterling silver jewelry by Zuzana Korbelarova. Join us for the Gallery opening Friday, Nov 4, at 6 pm, with live music by Cinq á Sept and complimentary appetizers.
Tim Carney’s new show entitled ‘Iridescent Inspiration’ will debut at Sunshine AND IDEAS on Friday, October 7th at 6:00 PM
Tim Carney is an artist who is an alchemist at heart. He embodies his artwork with shimmering magic by using space age optical materials that disburse light and produces iridescent rainbow hues of eye dazzling colors.
Two long-time Island artists explore vie intérieure (inner life) in VAA’s October’s Gallery exhibition. Pascale Judet, acrylics and Joanne Hammer, oils bring their work together in a first time public collaboration. Hammer’s work, naïve and colorful with an affinity toward raw spirit forces, emotes themes of mortality, life’s fragility, layers of memory and depictions of meadows, ponds and animals. Deeply sensory and experiential, Hammer’s work (half drawing and half painting) offers expressions of transience and what it means to live close to the land. "Having the consciousness to really observe changes in the natural world and ourselves--being a part of balance with nature—that comes from living here."