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See art everywhere on a midsummer night’s stroll | First Friday
Take a stroll, in your shirtsleeves, to see what art Vashon hash to offer this First Friday.
Most galleries are open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Blooms & Things
Islander Karlista Rickerson, a retired nurse who began diving at the
age of 48, will display photographs she has taken underwater off Tramp
Harbor and the waters off the King County natural area that now exists
at the former Glacier Northwest site.
“My husband gave me an underwater camera so that I could capture what
I was seeing and share it with him," Rickerson said. "I soon realized
that there were lots of people who had no idea what colorful marine
life we had here in Puget Sound. I enjoy comparing marine life with
what I find above water. The dahlias in our gardens look like the sea
anemones, decorator crabs can look like orchids, and little 'sea
butterfly' nudibranchs can look like bird eggs."
All the sea creatures in the photographs will be labeled.
Water, an appropriate subject matter for Vashon artists, is the theme
of the Blue Heron's July show. The exhibit features oil and pastel
paintings by Leslie Wu, wooden boat sculptures by Tim Northington and
painted hanging screens by Mary Rothermel. The reception will feature
live music by Nonesuch, a trio featuring Marilyn Kleyn on flute,
Nicholas Anderson on Bouzouki and Steve Austin on fiddle.
Wu, a muralist and children's book illustrator, moved from Portland to
Vashon last year. She has exhibited her landscape paintings in
galleries for 20 years.
Northington and Rothermel have shared their lives, professionally and
artistically, for more than 30 years. Their latest collaboration
“Tendering Balance” plays on the meanings of the word "tender," and
features Northington's intricately sculpted wooden boats, with
Rothermel's painted panels hanging suspended above the sculptures.
Greg Davila will display "Into the Mystery," a show of photography.
The shop will display the maritime watercolors of Islander Michael
Spakowsky, a lifelong Islander who is known and beloved for his fine
artworks and his musical chops as a founding member of the Doily
The fiber arts cooperative will feature the work of Linda Stemer, the
artist behind Blueprints on Fabric. Her show is titled "Cyanotype
Impressions - Vintage Lace Photograms on Silk and Velvet." Linda
archives her collection of antique lace using fabric treated for the
Two shows of photography, featuring 17 Islanders from middle school
students to retirees, will grace the restaurant's walls. Both exhibits
are the result of intensive workshops led by Island photographer Ray
The first exhibit, a juried show of work created in Vashon Allied
Arts' 9th annual "Class to Show" class, includes images from The work
of eight photographs is represented here. The theme of the class was
"Burton" — anything within the boundaries of that Island community was
fair game for the photographers in the class.
According to Pfortner, the class included several firsts: the first
father-son pairing, the first grandmother-granddaughter pairing, the
first iPhone camera, and the shortest time allowed for capturing
images ever in the history of the class — less than two months this
spring. During that time, the eight photographers shots thousands of
digital photos, posted hundreds to photo share sites on Flickr.com,
and in the end, submitted 10 images for jurying.
The jury was made up Island photographers Christine Beck and Kathleen
Webster, VAA Director of Education Wendy Finkleman, Beachcomber
reporter and photographer Natalie Johnson, and Melinda Sontgerath,
owner of the Hardware Store.
The second exhibit on display will showcase work created by a group of
students during McMurray Middle School's exploratory week. Eight
eighth-graders, led by Pfotner, retired McMurray teacher Karen Person
and high school senior Juliana Goth, captured images on Vashon and in
Seattle and Tacoma.
Said Pfortner, "To see the fine photographs these Islanders produce
regardless of age is humbling — as is the refreshing way they see the
world around them."
The Heron's Nest
The shop will feature wood works by Allan Stover and fiber works by Kira Bacon.
An exhibit will feature quilts by the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, a
branch of the Modern Quilt Guild, a sewing collective dedicated to the
traditional craft with a modern aesthetic.
Maxwell Family Medicine, 9929 S.W. Bank Road
John Anderson, assuming the persona of renowned painter and art
theorist August Wieland, will exhibit iPhone photographs that look
like paintings. A press relase for the exhibit quotes Anderson as
saying, “these photographs only have no meaning by accident,” noting
this is a "a confession of stunning honesty which lays bare the naked
ambition to exorcize control over the medium, but only in so far as
all photographs are ultimately self-referential, self reflecting the
Mileta Creek Restaurant at the Vashon Gold & Swim Club, will show oil
on panel paintings, by Hartmut Reimnitz. After retiring from
commercial fishing Hartmut Reimnitz turned to his first love of
painting in oil, a boyhood dream. He spent a large part of his life
outdoors in nature observing the beauty and energy of the natural
environment. This love of nature is reflected in his paintings of some
of Vashon's most pristine forests and scenery. Reimnitz is a member of
Barnworks and has shown his work at the Blue Heron, Heron's Nest, and
Silverwood Gallery. His work is on display at the restaurant
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
The credit union will display the photography of Raymond Martinez, and
present the music of Carter Castle.
The shop will display a collection of Alaska tradebeads, used as
currency by the Eskimo, Athapaskan, Aleut and Tlingit people as
currency. Visitors can create their own jewelry, using the beads. Shop
owner Sue Shotridge has collected tradebeads for more than 25 years.
Some of the beads on display will be for sale.
Artworks by Noel F. DeDora will be displayed. DeDora paints and draws
in a wide variety of medium, depicting a wide range of subjects
including tropical trees and orchids and birds. His work has been
features in Rocks and Minerals Magazine.
Vashon Senior Center
The center, on Bank Road, will display color photographs of Island
birds, animals and scenery by Lotus.
Painter Allison Crain Trundle will be show her large, colorful
abstract canvases at Snapdragon through the month of July. Trundle, an
Island resident, received her BFA through the painting program at the
University of New Mexico and has shown at galleries throughout the
Southwest and Northwest. Most recently she presented her work at the
Blue Heron gallery. She lives and resides on Vashon.
UpCycled, a shop that sells previously owned furniture, housewares,
art and antiques, is now offering the art collection of Islander Jean
Navarre. Navarre's collection — amassed during 30 years of
purchasing artwork — includes 22 pieces from eight contemporary
artists, including French-American painter Mireille B. Ripley,
American painter Bev Walker and Mexican painter and sculptor, Fernando
Ramos Prida. The shop is located at 17123 Vashon hwy SW.
Valise mixed-media artist John Martin and Seattle metal sculptor Penny
Laine will combine their talents in "Elements," an exhibit on view
throughout July at VALISE Gallery.
Martin combines extensive career knowledge of woodworking,
engineering, and prototyping to create complex, mysterious, curious
and provocative creations which are often interactive and kinetic.
While inspired by finite known forms, John pushes his work beyond the
known and recognizable, opening it to infinite abstract
Laine is an emerging artist whose designs wrought from industrial
scrap metal bridge strength and delicacy. Bold yet soft, raw and
compelling, her free-standing sculptures and wall pieces are inspired
by the human form and nature.
The shop will be the site of a preview of a fiber arts fundraising
auction, scheduled for Aug. 11, to benefit Vashon Community Care.
Works by knitters, spinners, weavers and quilters.