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A feast of First Friday shows fill the Island’s art spaces

Terri Fletcher’s tree limbs encrusted with buttons and beads will be shown at VALISE. - Courtesy photo
Terri Fletcher’s tree limbs encrusted with buttons and beads will be shown at VALISE.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

The fall art season enters full swing this Friday, with openings planned at most of the Island’s galleries and shops.

Blue Heron features Morgan Brig

A solo exhibition of work by Island artist Morgan Brig will open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Blue Heron Gallery.

The show will feature more than 30 mixed-media works that incorporate copper, found objects, enamel, paper, photos and engraved glass globes.

Storytelling is important to Brig, and her pieces contain a narrative thread, hinted at with words, symbols and numerals.

Brig explained that symbols, words and shapes come to her as she spreads objects on her work table, and that she “allows the magic to happen” as she incorporates layers and sculptural elements in each piece.

Brig is represented by the Patricia Robar Gallery, where she had a show in August, and the Gail Severn Gallery in Sun Valley.

Live music will be provided at the opening reception by horn player Richard Person and pianist Jim Hobson.

Two Wall shows street art

Two Wall Gallery’s October exhibit, “WALL/2/WALL,” will focus on street art and graffiti styles.

According to curator Jack Strubbe, the show will be the first installment of annual exhibits that show how artists have used the streets as platforms for expression.

October’s show will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — a long-running outdoor art venue for political protest.

Local artists as well as Seattle artists will participate in the show, which will include photo documentation of a recent Seattle festival of grafitti art.

Much of the show will also be temporarily repurposed as set elements for the upcoming runway show, “Viva Vashonistas!,” to be presented Oct. 17 at Open Space for Arts and Community.

The show will run until October, and Strubbe encourages repeat visits, as he will be adding elements to the exhibit throughout the month.

Bones, souls and more at VALISE

Two Island artists, Terri Fletcher and Gay Schy, will have shows at VALISE Gallery, with an opening reception slated for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Schy will exhibit a new body of encaustic paintings, created through an ancient technique involving hot wax and pigment.

Schy described the abstract work, which often includes architectural detail, as “suggestive of a variety of meanings.”

Fletcher will exhibit a new installation that show organizers described as comprised of 80 “souls” and three “bones.”

The “souls” — miniature images made of resist dyed and embellished tracing vellum — were created from parts of two larger pieces that Fletcher exhumed from storage.

The “bones” — the second part of Fletcher’s installation — are three cherry limbs found on a Vashon beach that have been encrusted with buttons and beads.

The gallery will be open each Saturday in October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Fletcher at 463-1979 or Schy at 567-5450 to see the show at other times.

Yakima Valley shines at Café Luna

Debbie Dawn Numoto will open a new show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Café Luna.

Numoto will exhibit new original pastel, watercolor and mixed-media works, including torn handmade paper as well as paintings of her childhood home, the Yakima Valley, including the Yakima River, flowers and beach scenes of the Pacific Northwest.

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