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Take a hike to see what’s on the walls around town

The Hardware Store Restaurant will show Pam Ingalls’ latest portrait show, “Facing Kenya: Maasai Portraits from Mara Hills Academy.” The show — part of the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour —  features portraits of people associated with two schools for girls that are funded by the Maasai Children’s Initiative (MCI), a Vashon-based nonprofit. A preview of the show will also be held on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the restaurant. Ingalls will donate a percentage of her sales to MCI, as well as money raised from raffling off one of her paintings. Raffle tickets, $10, are on sale at Vashon Bookshop.

SAW, a shop whose name is an acronym for “Starving Artists Works” has a new location next door to Café Luna. The shop, formerly located in a storefront next door to The Hardware Store Restaurant, features work by approximately 50 Vashon artists.

Snapdragon will be the site of “Le Dragon du Printemps,” a collaborative show by the children from La Petite Etoile French School. Guest artist Catherine Gill guided the young artists in printmaking and using spring leaves, flowers and cedar from the school’s play yard to create a spring dragon.

The Two Walls Gallery will be the scene of three youth shows in one, all created during Vashon Artists in the Schools residencies. Works will include 30 colorful gourd masks made during a VAIS workshop at McMurray Middle School with gourd artist Charlotte Masi. Another set of work, photo transfers into beeswax on panels, was made by eight home schooled families under the guidance of photographer Ray Pfortner. And another body of work, resulting from a workshop with Pfortner and Vashon High School art teacher Terry Swift, will show Polaroid emulsion lifts on various substrates. According to Pfortner, the rare Polaroid film used in the workshop is no longer being produced and was found in an art storage closet by Swift. More of the these works will be shown at a Vashon Allied Arts Gallery exhibit on Friday.

VALISE will show “The Outsiders In All of Us,” an invitational show open to all islanders. Works by artists of all ages and from all walks of life will be on display. The title of the show refers to a genre of artwork created by untrained artists, but VALISE gallery members hope islanders will use the exhibition as a jumping off point to explore other meanings of the word “outsider” and how it applies to their own relationship to the art establishment.

Vashon Allied Arts Gallery will present its biennial Vashon High School student art exhibition, featuring works by art students in grades 9 to 12. Drawings, paintings, jewelry, photography, printmaking, ceramics and more will be on view.

The show will also include 25 photo emulsions, a process of manipulating Polaroid film shots in water and transferring them to stone, Plexiglas, wood, paper and fabric. Most of the works in the show are for sale, with 60 per cent of the proceeds going to the student artists.

Vashon Intuitive Arts will be the site of “Dream Portals: Esoteric Revelations through Art,” a show of works on canvas by Carol McCloud.

Subject matter includes esoteric archetypes, mystical images, cross-cultural symbolism, natural phenomena and dreams that express the universal state of human experience.


Café Luna will exhibit the work of Cara Briskman, whose photo-encaustic works combine unedited black and white prints and natural beeswax painting. Duet will display colorful abstract acrylic paintings by Lenard Yen. Vashon Golf & Swim Club will be the site of a show of pastels and watercolors by Jerry Balcom. Vashon Senior Center, on Bank Road, will host a show of works by the students of  Vashon artist Wendra Lynne. There will also be a food fundraiser: Baked potatoes with all the fixings will be sold for $4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Zombiez will display Earth Day-inspired art, created by students at Creative Preschool.

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