Artists who have been around the block shine in new show

Chris Beck (Kathleen Webster Photo)

Chris Beck (Kathleen Webster Photo)

Save the dates for Festival 25: Catch Us While You Can, a month-long celebration of art and music created by local artists who have shaped the island art scene for 25 years or more.

Presented by Open Space for Arts & Community, the exhibition will launch during First Friday festivities at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Open Space. More than 70 island visual artists, including painters, sculptors, print-makers, potters and photographers will exhibit, showing an artwork from the past along with a current one. Some of the pieces will be for sale, but other artworks will only be there to be ogled, spark memories and provide a roadmap to see how the past might lead to the future of the arts on the island.

The gala opening will feature live music from island favorites, including the Portage Fill Big Band, Kat Eggleston and other island stalwart musicians, including guitar god Jason Lollar, who will play with his band, One More Mile. There will be room to dance, feast on complimentary appetizers and libations and hobnob with a veritable who’s who of influential elder artists in attendance. Sponsors of the show include Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA), Vashon Events and 4Culture, which has supported the show with a grant.

Christine Beck, longtime arts advocate, potter and organizer, described Festival 25 as a collaborative arts event she has envisioned for years.

“Talented artists and passionate musicians who have contributed to our island’s reputation as an arts haven deserve to be honored, and we want to invite our community to join in this celebration,” she said.

But Beck also stressed that Festival 25 is more than just a blast from the past. “Knowing where we have been will hopefully inspire our artists for the future,” she said.

Festival 25 will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September except for Sept. 14, 15 and 16. There will also be free concerts and four artist salons, led by island artists, during the run of the show. More information will be shared soon, organizers said.

More in Arts

Duo brings poetry, power to upcoming performance

Concert-goers can expect to hear music that is stirring, contemplative and topical.

A new musical production wraps ‘O Brother’ songs in fresh gimmick

A fresh narrative, built around Vashonian lore, will adapt famous soundtrack to island story.

What’s Happening June 13 – 20

Tributes to music greats, a showcase of island gardens, beer and the Blues, and more.

Third-graders sound the alarm to save salmon and orcas

Artworks call on their viewers to step up to protect the fragile ecosystems of the Salish Sea.

Jon Langford comes to town

Founded punk band The Mekons and alt-country ensembles The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts.

Vashon Dance Academy does ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Performance will incorporate ballet, hip hop and modern dance to tell familiar story.

Music talk delves into the life and times of Ravel

The lecture will include performances by acclaimed musicians.

What’s Happening June 6 – 13

Claudia Schmidt, a celebrated singer-songwriter, will perform at a house concert at 7 p.m. Monday.

Can’t-miss performances, blockbuster new shows to debut

Island’s first art walk of the summer will unfold from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Japanese Day of Exile remembered in art and poetry

Commemorates the day Japanese American residents of Vashon Island were forced to leave their homes.

What’s Happening May 16 – 23

A night of guitar, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” an exhibit of photos from the border, and more.

‘Mamma Mia’ leaves audiences singing

The production is, in the end, the ultimate crowd pleaser.