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Art abounds on first Friday tour
Art in the Alley will show new works in acrylics by Christine Marsh and Kelsey Johnson, peacock cuenca tiles by Amber Matusky plus jewelry and renderings by Katie Underwood. Adrianne Mildon on piano and Van Crozier on sax will provide entertainment. Snacks, wine and beverages will be served.
At Blooms and Things, West Seattle painter Linda Myers will display canvases from “Your Wedding Painted.”
Café Luna will hold an artist reception for Megan Hackett, a graduate of VHS and student at the California Institute of the Arts for Acting.
Hackett is an expressive painter, and a collection of her work that explores her personal themes will be on the walls of Café Luna.
Island Quilter will host a reception for returning artist LUKE Haynes and his new show “The Second Coming,” an exhibition of his latest architectural and creative quilt designs. Haynes first showed with the gallery in 2012. His work is currently in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, Newark Museum and the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On his website, Haynes states that he pulls concepts and images from historical paintings, sculpture and craft, which allows the pieces to have multiple layers of visual as well as conceptual intrigue. King5 News said “LUKE Haynes is to quilting, what rock ‘n’ roll is to music.”
The Hardware Store Restaurant will exhibit work by island photographer Molly O’Brien, who specializes in equine portraiture and wildlife photography. Her photo travels have taken her to Ireland, Spain, South Africa, Kenya, the American West and above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Yellowstone National Park and the Bighorn Mountains are the subjects for this show.
The Heron’s Nest will show Mary Lynn Buss’s artisan handmade tiles, which are about seeing beauty in the mundane. Her often custom designs can be utilitarian as well as humorous, even sacred or profound. Her show will include pieces from her “Acts of God” works along with other new work from “The Aura Series.”
Hastings Cone Gallery will exhibit “ballast — a conversation in photographs.” This series of cell phone photographs began as a text conversation between New York cinematographer Ian Vollmer and Vashon artist Monica Gripman and lasted for a year. The two artists exchanged images that explore memory, identity and relationship. The presentation includes a limited edition book and sculptural photographic installation.
Our Community Credit Union will show the oil and pastel works of Jerry Belcom.
At Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU), islander Sean Malone’s photographs taken while he was stationed in Korea in the 1960s will continue through the month.
Raven’s Nest will be closed for First Friday, but a schedule of upcoming art exhibits and native art workshops will be posted on the door.
SAW (Starving Artists Works) will exhibit Ken Judd’s robot pioneers. Judd creates his sculptures from found objects and inexpensive, odd materials that inspire his vision.
Two Wall Gallery will show David Affholter’s photography.
Three artists who explore beauty in every day subjects will share the VAA Gallery. Potter Larry Halvorsen creates his signature look using the sgraffito carving technique. His vases, tables and sculptures are inspired by the styles and functional simplicity of early cultures. Photographer Peter Serko carries his camera with him so he can capture whatever catches his eye. Working in black and white, Serko explores landscapes throughout the changing seasons. Oil/mixed-media painter Sarah Dillon lives in Seattle. She discovers interesting urban images in her daily life and expresses mood through bold color and highly developed surfaces.
VALISE will present “Secret Terrain,” a show focusing on two divergent interpretations of environment. Vashon artist Gregory Burnham’s work looks at the homes we make out of the maps and landmarks that guide us. Burnham will show 40 photographs of tiny figures in unusual environments. Renee Nunez calls into question the humanist notion of a hierarchy of species. Her exhibit dissolves the taxonomic barriers between animals and plants with both reverence and humor. She dissolves the frame, preferring to mass her intricately painted and handcut canvas layers on the gallery walls and ceiling.
Vashon Golf & Swim Club will continue to show Valerie Willson’s oil paintings.
Vashon Intuitive Arts will feature Nancy Leith’s inspirational fabric mandalas.
Vashon Maury Island Heritage Museum continues the showing of “Two Women Artists Painting a Century Apart,” featuring paintings of Vashon by Abby Williams Hill. Refreshments will be served.
At the Vashon Senior Center, The Relay for Life of Vashon Island will host the new mixed media show “Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Tell Their Stories” and will be present to provide information about cancer care resources. Proceeds from the baked potato bar benefit the center.
At the Vashon Tea Shop, Suzanna Leigh’s oil paintings on fabric will continue to be shown.