Jeff Kanzler, JD Hobson and Gregg Curry will play a free concert “in the round” at Vashon Center for the Arts on Friday evening (Pete Welch Photo).

Jeff Kanzler, JD Hobson and Gregg Curry will play a free concert “in the round” at Vashon Center for the Arts on Friday evening (Pete Welch Photo).

First Friday brings wealth of art and music

Most galleries and exhibits are open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

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Join islanders for a blustery November art walk on Friday, Nov. 2, and also consider ducking inside Vashon Center for the Arts for a free “in the round” concert featuring JD Hobson, Jeff Kanzler and Gregg Curry, taking place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Hobson plays music inspired by his Virginia Appalachian blues roots. Kanzler’s music has been called “beautifully crafted country-folk” by Don Yates, program director of KEXP. Curry’s music combines classic rock, soul, blues and the country, bluegrass and gospel of his native Alabama.

Cafe Luna will show “Hidden Details,” a photographic study of Vashon’s wildlife and landscape by islander David Waterworth.

The Hardware Store Restaurant will have a group show from the members of longtime artist collective Barnworks.

Island Paper Chase will show candy wrapper origami, created by gallery owner Alice Larson from candy wrappers left by visitors who have eaten chocolates in the gallery.

Judd Creek Ranch Gallery, at 22237 103rd Ave SW, will show “Structure & Light: The Art of Yuri Kinoshita.” The Seattle-based artist, who was born in Japan, creates site-specific installations that explore the interrelations between light and shadow. Warm pie and port will be served.

The Land Trust Building on Bank Road will be the site of Vashon Audubon Society’s launch of its 2019 calendar. Approximately 30 islanders submitted 200 bird photos for the calendar, all of which will be featured at the exhibit. The calendar features 33 bird photos plus other birding information, and new this year, an image of an artwork by Nancy Sipple of a pileated woodpecker. Calendars will be for sale for $15; proceeds fund Audubon’s free speaker series, the fourth-grade birding program and a scholarship to a graduating senior.

Margaret In The Hallway, a subsidiary of Gather Vashon, launches a new exhibit of fabulously fashionable Fidos.

Raven’s Nest celebrates November’s designation as National Native American Month with “Raven the Trickster,” which includes work by indigenous makers that includes miniature sculptures, children’s storybooks, art cards, prints, mobiles, apparel, puzzles, jewelry, drums, decals and more, all depicting Raven, a powerful figure in Northwest Coast mythology.

VALISE Gallery’s popular “5 X 5” show will open with small paintings by each of the cooperative’s 11-member artists: Hita von Mende, Pascale Judet, Rachel LordKenaga, Julian Dahl, George Wright, Gregory Burnham, Jiji Saunders, Andrea Bellon, Adrain Chesser, Jennifer Hawke and Sharon Shaver.

Vashon Center for the Arts will open “Wordless Stories … Big and Small Works from Around Here,” featuring the work of local artists Victoria Adams, John Anderson, Cris Bruch, Jack Chevalier, Jean Emmons, Scott Fife, David Kroll, Eric Nelsen, Hans Nelsen, John Overton, Julie Spiedel and Mark Bennion. Bennion also curated the show. During the month-long show, Vashon poets are invited to compose verses in response to the work, a process referred to as “Ekphrasis,” from a Greek term referring to the dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art. Selected poems will be read at a closing party for the show on Thursday, Nov. 28. Poems should not exceed one page and must be submitted in PDF form by midnight, Sunday Nov. 19. Attach PDFs to an email addressed to both and with “Ekphrasis” in the subject line. Poets should also note on their PDF which artwork inspired the piece.

Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum will continue its exhibiton of “Joy and Heartache,” about Japanese-Americans on Vashon, and also hold a open house from 6 to 8 p.m. to gear up for its June 2019 exhibition, which will celebrate Vashon’s rich LGBTQ history. On Friday, meet the curators, Ellen Kritzman and Stephen Silha, and the exhibit’s advisory committee. The committee is seeking photographs, stories, artifacts and ideas for the exhibit and events related to it. A GoFundMe campaign, at, has been has been created to raise money for the the show. For more information, contact Stephen Silha at

Vashon Senior Center, on Bank Road, will exhibit work by its retired employee Linda Fox. The show includes watercolors, tiles fired in collaboration with David Blad, photographs and collographs. The reception goes until 7 p.m.

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