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Island art scene grows and changes

This holiday season has brought a treat for Island art-lovers — two new art spots have opened up Vashon.

The Raven’s Nest

The Raven’s Nest, located in the historic Old Fuller Store at the intersection of Vashon Highway and Cemetary Road, is the new showroom for the Shotridge Collection, which specializes in producing art cards, limited edition prints, jewelry and other designs created by Israel and Sue Shotridge.

The Shotridges have lived and worked on Vashon for the past 13 years.

Sue is a businesswoman and jewelry designer known for her intricate necklaces that evoke Native culture, and Israel is one of the world’s most sought-after Tlinget carvers.

His body of work includes totem poles standing throughout Alaska and the United States, and he has also created a wide range of other Tlingit art forms, including screens, canoes, masks, bentwood boxes, bowls, ceremonial objects, drums and jewelry.

The Shotridge Collection, overseen by Sue, is a thriving business that produces art cards, prints, jewelry and ornaments that are sold in gift shops throughout Alaska and nationwide.

Sue Shotridge said that she is excited to welcome Islanders to the new showroom.

“For native art to breathe life into this corner in this historic building — what could be better?” she asked, as she organized the shelves in the cedar-scented showroom.

She emphasized that the space was not a gallery, but rather the hub of all of the various enterprises of the Shotridge Collection.

But she said the Raven’s Nest will also be a place where Islanders can purchase a wide array of gift items.

The Raven’s Nest will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12.

Israel will demonstrate carving on both days, and Paul Colwell and Friends will perform live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Draw the Line Arts Gallery

Island artist Karen Amanda is the force behind a new gallery that has opened at 17233 Vashon Highway S.W.

The space, dubbed Draw the Line Arts Gallery, will host regular exhibits and also be a spot for art workshops and other special events. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

A group show is currently on display, featuring mixed-media works by Amanda, paintings by Mark O’Connell and Maxine Matson, collage and bead work by Marilyn Bergstrom, photographs by Ron Reeder and Judith Roan, jewelry by Terrance McBride, glass art by Worchester and fiber pieces by Suzanne Foster.

Greg Wessel to leave Two Wall

One of Two Wall Gallery’s curators, Greg Wessel, is resigning from his position.

Wessel has worked with the gallery since 2008, and is ending his duties at Two Wall in order to spend more time on his own artistic endeavors. His last effort with Two Wall will be to host the second annual Vashon Flag Competition in April of 2011.

Co-curator Jack Strubbe will be taking over Wessel’s responsibilities.

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