Juli Goetz Morser

Healing through art: one islander’s experience

For the past several years, island caregiver Joy Nelsen returned home from work with a handful of facial tissues. Ever so carefully, she would unfold… Continue reading

Longtime artistic director of VCA dance departs for new show

When VCA Center for Dance Director Christine Juarez stepped into the Blue Heron in 1996, she found a fledgling program of 50 students supported by… Continue reading

Island poet reads from new chapbook

Evidence of Sandra Noel’s world spills out on the pages of her latest book of poetry, “Into the Green.” With the keen eye of an… Continue reading

Collaborating Vashon artists create mosaic pizza ovens

Mosaic artist Elaine Summers and tile artist Nadine Edelstein understand the magic of collaboration. Each is a successful professional in her own right, but about… Continue reading

Sneak preview of new film will benefit VCC

CORRECTION: The screening of “Wakefield” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Vashon Theatre. As soon as she’d read E.L. Doctorow’s… Continue reading

The Diary of Anne Frank: a timely staged reading

Since its publication in 1947, “The Diary of Anne Frank” has been a haunting example not only of Nazi atrocities promulgated by Adolf Hitler during… Continue reading

New collection of linked stories walks backward in time

When Microsoft’s first technical writer left the software giant in 1983, creative writing was a dream lodged somewhere in the back office of her mind.… Continue reading

New executive director brings arts management expertise to VCA

Last Friday, as Vashon Center for the Arts prepared for a First Friday opening in the Koch Gallery, a new face moved among the busy… Continue reading

Take a fresh look at art on First Friday

Most galleries and art spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m. Island photographer Marla Smith will exhibit “A Sparkle In Their Eyes,” portraits of… Continue reading

Youth dancers and musicians perform original works

Four years ago, VCA Center for Dance Artistic Director Christine Juarez decided to produce a stand-alone show of unique works by young island performing artists.… Continue reading

Collaboration creates functional art

Islander Priscilla Schleigh’s dream came true just over a decade ago when she opened her store, Giraffe, on Vashon.The Northwest native had fulfilled her vision… Continue reading

VOV holds first annual ‘reality’ voice contest

When yet another auction doesn’t fit the same old bill for a signature fundraiser, what’s a Vashon nonprofit to do? In the case of Voice… Continue reading

Honoring Center: Where art and history intersect

Change is all around us all the time, though rarely do we stop to consider its trajectory from a single central point. Yet, for the… Continue reading

Renowned mythologist tells tales for our times

In these tumultuous times, one man is offering an ancient antidote to despair. Longtime island resident, author and nationally renowned mythologist Michael Meade has spent… Continue reading

Beloved island author celebrated

This version corrects the day of the week for the birthday party in honor of Betty MacDonald. It will be Sunday, March 26. Countless baby… Continue reading

Renowned Irish musician and Celtic fiddler perform at Vashon High School

There will be laughter and toe-tapping, if not dancing in the aisles, when renowned Irish musician and folklorist Mick Moloney and Celtic fiddler Athena Tergis… Continue reading

New prog-rock-jazz-funk band debuts

Vashon firefighter Jason Everett knows how to put out fires. He also knows how to start them — metaphorically speaking. Since his teenage years in… Continue reading

VIAST grants art scholarships for second year

Last May, when graduating senior and artist-photographer Lhamu Konrad received the first annual art scholarship award from the newly incorporated nonprofit Vashon Island Art Studio… Continue reading

Sharing the Stage: learning from experience

If, as the proverb states, experience is the best teacher, then the community-building organization Sharing the Stage provides invaluable schooling for aspiring youth musicians. Hosting… Continue reading

Open Space granted county permit: Construction begins in May

For the past three years, Open Space for Arts &Community has been planning a spectacular new act now slated to open on May 22. That’s… Continue reading