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A tapestry of art from near and far | First Friday

February 27, 2013 · Updated 10:37 AM

Most galleries with First Friday showings are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

This month, Vashon Allied Arts Gallery (formerly called the Blue Heron Gallery) will open “Reflections in Glass,” a exhibition by internationally known  Northwest artists Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles. The exhibit will also include regional artists Armelle Bouchet O’Neill, Amy Pruzan and Rachel Rader.

All five artists have been recipients of Pratt Fine Art Center scholarships. In 2000, Pohlman and Knowles established the Pratt’s Pohlman Knowles High School Scholarship, a fund that continues to support emerging local artists. Polman and Knowles travel the world to explore diverse cultures and then create art as a direct response to their experiences.

One of the pieces in the VAA show, “Tapestry,” pictured above, offers a colorful assemblage made of blown and sculpted glass, metals, natural materials, found objects, beads and antique West African findings. Its origins developed when the two visited Zimbabwe.

Vocalist and pianist Maggie Laird will play music at the opening.

The Hardware Store Restaurant will offer fiber art, mixed media and more from local artist Nancy Sipple and a collection of her friends. Sipple, an accomplished artist in a wide range of fiber media as well as a silversmith, will exhibit her embroidery, children’s couture clothing, quilting, fabric painting and works that combine sterling silver, wood and fabric. Friends she has asked to join her for the exhibition include Judy Dohm (applique quilting), Jo-Anne Kirby (fabric sculpting), Anne Rindge (applique quilting), Miyoko Matsuda (applique/sashiko quilting), Susie Jones (applique quilting), Lisa Bird (applique quilting) and Edie Ulatowski (Icelandic knitting).

Ignition Studios and Gallery will present “Unschooled Saints (A Love Letter To Skateboarding)” — a show of original hand-painted skateboard decks, photography, ‘zines, stickers, street art documentation, skateable sculpture and more. Artists involved in this celebration of skateboarding culture will include Evan Farrow, Tim Harris, Charles Philip Brooks, Anelecia Hannah and others.

Island Quilter will exhibit “ManMade, Part 2,” a show of works by male quilters. This show is a continuation of the shop’s February exhibit, a juried exhibition of work by quilters from all over the United States, from child protege Max Zuber to professionals like Rob Appell and Luke Haynes.

Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union will feature a show of self-portraits by students in Gay Roselle’s art class at McMurray Middle School. Music will be provided by Kiki Means from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the high school string ensemble I Solisti de Vashon from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Raven’s Nest Art Gallery will show a collection of art works and gifts depicting killer whales, including cedar carved canoe paddles, engraved jewelry, matted and framed art prints, apparel and more. A special guest, storyteller Gene Tagaban, will present a story about the spirit of the killer whales, at 7 p.m. Tagaban will be available for questions and answers throughout the reception — he’ll be at the gallery all evening promoting his upcoming storytelling workshop, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.

For additional information about the workshop, contact Sue Shotridge at 200-3302.

“Holy Moly Moments,” three collections of photographs by Richard Kasden, will grace the walls of Vashon Community Care. The 80-piece show will be seen on walls throughout the first floor of the building, and a slide show of photographs from Bali, Thailand, Burma, Nepal and India will take place at 6:45 p.m. Kasden’s work is all relatively new — he began photographing Mt. Rainier from his home on Vashon a few years ago.

The work in this show includes some of those photographs, as well as others Kasden took on an eight-month trip around the world. He said he is especially excited to share photographs captured during a five-day solo trek in the Himalayas in Nepal. One entire wall will recreate a sunrise that he saw on that walk. Visitors can select a favorite photograph from the show to purchase as a greeting card or postcard, which Kasden will print during the reception.

The Heron’s Nest will show watercolor batiks by Marcia McKinzie.

VALISE Gallery will present “Lessons from the Heart,” curated by Mia McEldowney (see story, page 1).


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