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Vashon art is here, there and everywhere

In May, Cafe Luna will show photographs that islander Christopher Gaynor took when he served in the Vietnam War.  - Christopher Gaynor Photo
In May, Cafe Luna will show photographs that islander Christopher Gaynor took when he served in the Vietnam War.
— image credit: Christopher Gaynor Photo

Kasia Stahancyk’s fused glass artwork will be on display at Blooms & Things. Stahancyk retired early to Vashon to pursue her art. Her creations are decorative yet functional and have been exhibited in regional shows and art fairs. Much of her work is in personal collections in Europe and the U.S.

Café Luna presents “A Soldier Boy Hears the Distant Guns: The Vietnam War Photographs of Christopher Gaynor.” These candid and often haunting portrait photographs were taken by former army sergeant and photographer Gaynor during his 1967-68 tour in Vietnam. Many of the photographs were also in Gaynor’s show at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum, which won the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) Award for Best Exhibit 2012.

Duet will hold a special silent auction for a vintage art piece by the late artist Michael Spakowsky. Drawn in 1969 when Spakowsky was 19 years old, this pen and ink piece is a nautical scene featuring tall ships. Interested parties can place bids now through the end of the First Friday gallery walk. The retail gallery will exhibit other paintings by Spakowsky as well as a show of new acrylic paintings by Lenard Yen titled “Mixed Motions.”

Hastings-Cone Gallery will exhibit work by Oregon artist Paula Bullwinkle.

HUB 070 Gallery, in the Spinnaker Building, will show “May Flowers” by Lisa DeFaccio, an exhibit lusterous and luminous blossoms in ceramics. It will show through June 27.

Maxwell Family Medicine will show work by international artist Aliona Aziornaya, who fuses images of pre-Christian and pre-Soviet Russia with a contemporary look using mixed media, pastels and oils.

OCCU will show mixed media created by its employees — mosaics by Anna Campanoli, photography by Kirsten Bachant, knitings by Carole Sussman and oil paintings by Margi Amstrup.

Quartermaster Press will have monoprints and cards designed and printed by the artists in the collective.

Raven’s Nest will feature hand-pulled original serigraph prints and cedar carvings by award-winning Coast Salish artist Peter Boome. In addition to his Salish contemporary designs of Puget Sound and Coast Salish, Boome also creates intertribal art influenced by his childhood experiences on a reservation in Utah. A small collection of Boome’s cedar carvings, a rattle and bentwood boxes will also be on display. Boome will be at Raven’s Nest to talk about his work.

Pam Ingalls’ eighth annual portrait exhibition at The Hardware Store Restaurant is called “Facing New Zealand, Portraits of Maori People & Their Land.” Ingalls said, “The urban Maori people so impressed me as being committed to their community. They are vibrant, fascinating people who have integrated into Western culture without losing their cultural identity. Plus they are beautiful and very fun to paint.” Daryl Redeker will perform throughout the opening.

Starving Artist Works (SAW) will celebrate its second anniversary on Friday. SAW opened its doors in May of 2012, then showing works by 20 artists. Two years later, it now represents over 90 Vashon artists.

Two Wall Gallery will exhibit photographs by Harbor School students, taken under the guidance and instruction of island artists Christine Beck and Ray Pfortner during the school’s week-long Voyagers Week Travel Study program to Port Townsend. This digital photography intensive immersed students in lessons of composition, framing, lighting, critiquing and exhibiting photographs.

For its annual May show, VALISE invited islanders to submit a piece of artwork created in any medium — painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, textiles, digital, installation, video, sound, light, poetry and music. The show will be a full exhibition of all the artwork the gallery received.

Three Vashon artists will display their artwork in three different mediums at the Vashon Allied Arts Gallery. Photographer Kim Farrell captures surfaces in old buildings to create the texture and color found in abstract art. Kathy Larsdotter’s paintings focus on the Vashon-Maury shoreline and watershed. Ivonne Escobar de Kommer uses copper and large test tubes in her work based on the natural elements she finds in her garden.

Vashon Tea Shop will exhibit Claire Schlosser’s playful acrylic paintings in a show titled “Angel Unicorns and Fairy Friends.” Island musicians Todd Zimberg and Maggie Laird will perform throughout the opening.

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