The largely queer Vashon Kazoo Marching Band participated in the Strawberry Festival parade several times between 1984 and 1999. The photo is include in “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon,” at Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum (Courtesy Photo).

The largely queer Vashon Kazoo Marching Band participated in the Strawberry Festival parade several times between 1984 and 1999. The photo is include in “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon,” at Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum (Courtesy Photo).

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.

June is busting out all over, with art and music filling Vashon’s business district and beyond during the first gallery cruise of the summer. Most art spots will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7. Exhibitions of special note include VIVA’s 90-member proud exhibit at The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery, the long-anticipated opening of “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon” at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum and VCA’s “TREE,” a group exhibit curated by Seattle’s Dawna Holloway, timed to coincide with the arts center’s Garden Tour later his month.

Allison Crain Trundle Arts

Art by Allison Crain Trundle will be on display.

Anu Rana’s Healthy Kitchen

Richard Rogers will exhibit some of his favorite photographs taken on Vashon.

Café Luna

Watercolors by Laurie Anderson will be on view.

Camp Colvos Brewing

Paintings by Elizabeth Steele will be displayed.

The Dove Project

The Dove Project, the island’s domestic violence agency, joins the Gallery Cruise this month, with artist Jennifer Hawke’s “Notes from the Past: On Surviving.” The show includes paintings, drawings in process, poems and other ephemera. The Dove Project is located at 17311 Vashon Hwy. SW, behind AJ’s Espresso.

Gather Vashon

The shop will show work by local artists, and Gus Reeves will play music.


The fair-trade shop will be open, with music by Stephen Buffington.

The Hardware Store Gallery Restaurant

The second annual member show for Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) will feature 90 island artists who create in a wide range of media. The show includes art by both longtime island artists and talented newcomers. Photos of the artists, placed behind the artworks, will put a face to each work and connect VIVA members to the island community. All work is for sale. Kevin Moe will add music to the mix.

The Hastings-Cone Gallery at Snapdragon

Works by Madisen Gateman and Kaden Lindstrom will adorn the gallery. Gateman will exhibit assemblages of islanders’ grocery lists that she has obsessively accumulated during the past four years, beginning when she worked at Thriftway and started to find them discarded. Her collection now numbers 500 lists. Linstrom will exhibit up-cycled lighting figures. DJ Michael Whitmore will spin tunes at the gallery opening, which will include a champagne reception at 7 p.m.

Island Paper Chase

An origami spring flower shop, by Alice Larson, will be on view.

Judd Creek Ranch Gallery

“Indoor/Outdoor” will include works of art for home and garden. The show includes prayer flags by Lindsay Aickin, yakisugi by Paul Clarke; live-edge furniture by Bruce Dearborn; stone mosaic by Nadine Edelstein; mixed-media sculpture by David Gaut; sculptural assemblage by Jennifer Hawke; ceramics and textiles by Mary Hosick; jizo by Eric Nelson; sculptural ceramics by Andy Ruble and mindful portraiture by Robert Troup. The gallery, located at 22237 103rd Ave. SW, is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, June 7 and July 5, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.


Art by William Stoneman will be on display.

Margaret In The Hallway

Margaret Heffelfinger will continue to exhibit her paintings of unruly animals.

May Kitchen + Bar

Poet/magician Thomas Pruiskma will peform for diners, and later in the evening, the restaurant will transform into One Night in Bangkok, a dance club.

Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union

Art by Lauren Bredice and music by the Kings of Mongrel Funk will be offered up.

Raven’s Nest

Art by Israel and Sue Shotridge and other Native American artists will be on display.

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi

The Bucklin Hill Band will play a free show of country music at 8 p.m. The band is an accomplished group of showmen with years of professional musical experience. The band includes a national flatpicking champion, featured in Guitar Player Magazine, seasoned studio session musicians and a lifetime member of Commander Cody’s Lost Planet Airmen. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.

SAW – Starving Artists Works

Works in wood by Ralph Moore will be shown. Moore has lived on Vashon since 1979 and has sold his cutting boards at the Farmers Market, local shops and on island studio tours. His work combines woods from Vashon, including madrona, holly and vertical-grained Douglas fir, with sustainable hardwoods from Central and South America.


The “Danny and Dot Show” will include Dot Cherch’s paintings of food on reclaimed Pacific Northwest wood, each inspired by the artist’s memories of specific people and meals. Burien artist Danny Mansfield will also exhibit fabric constructions of faces, trees, hands and other abstractions. Mansfield’s work is stitched by hand and by sewing machine and inspired by his grandmother, who taught him how to sew.

Vashon Bookshop

Island guitarist, composer and teacher Daryl Redeker will perform with his students at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Vashon Bookshop. Youth performers are Dimitrius Brown, Emmett Sherman and Eva Cain. All are accomplished and soulful musicians, Redeker said.

Vashon Brewing and Community Pub

Music by Steve Amsden and art by Geri Peterson will be presented.

Vashon Center for the Arts

VCA will present “TREE,” a group exhibit curated by Dawna Holloway, the director and founder of the Seattle gallery Studio E. Artists will include James Arzente, Brian Beck, Cat Clifford, Brian Cypher, Michael Doyle, Warren Dykeman, Marilyn Frasca, Damien Hoar de Galvan, David E. Kearns, Paul Komada, Molly Magai, Kate Murphy, Sarah Norsworthy, Tuan Nguyen, Sue Rose, Brian Sanchez, Gabriel Stromberg, Emily Tanner-Mclean, Gillian Theobald and Cappy Thompson. Their works range from new abstract expressionism, to color-field painting, to conceptual, to video work and design. A press release noted that tree ecosystems mirror human communities in striking ways, sharing information and resources and summoning help when needed. Likewise, the release said, communities depend on a thriving arts ecosystem. Special guided tours of the exhibit are planned for noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, during the Garden Tour weekend.

Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum

The museum will open its largest special exhibit ever, “IN AND OUT: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” from 6 to 9 p.m. More than a year in the making, the exhibit explores the rich history of LGBTQ people on Vashon, and their challenges, contributions and visions. Vashon has the highest per capita population of LGBTQ people in Washington State and is home to a rich assortment of families, individuals, artists, entrepreneurs, gardeners, chefs, organizers and public servants who identify as LGBTQ.

To create the exhibit, co-curators Ellen Kritzman and Stephen Silha interviewed islanders, issued a questionnaire asking about LGBTQ life, assembled a multi-generational advisory committee and even held a “story circle.” They researched family histories, put out the word for photos and artifacts and searched for film and videos.

“It has been an enormous privilege to have folks be willing to be fully out of the closet, and open up their lives to us and to you,” Kritzman and Silha wrote in the curators’ statement. “We hope we have made the exhibit interesting and impactful for everyone, gay and straight and everywhere on the spectrum.”

The exhibit includes a timeline of LGBTQ history, a honeycomb of stories about island queer history, an AIDS memorial garden curated by Terry Welch and Peter Serko and a display by Vashon High School’s largest student organization, the Queer Spectrum Alliance (QSA).

The exhibit runs through March 2020. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Vashon Senior Center

Geri Peterson will be on hand at the center on Bank Road from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to answer questions and talk about her water color paintings of flowers, sea life and other subjects.

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