I’m embarrassed to say it took me 15 years to finally visit the light filled and prolific studio and factory of Irene Otis, at stop number 16, our Vashon institution of tiles and insight, color and hope. It was a challenge to stay on task and take in the art, as I so much wanted to discuss issues of joy, freedom, suffering and faith, which arose in Irene’s refreshingly candid discussion of her recent trip to a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar.
The Line of Demarcation, an imaginary line of division, a line between us and them, enemy and foe, the known and unknown. The line between water and air, sea and sky has been our focus for the last year.
Harbor School students, under the guidance and instruction of renowned island artists Christine Beck and Ray Pfortner, will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at Two Wall Gallery beginning May 2, 2014, and running throughout the month of May.
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.