Marcia McKinzie’s art will be on display at Snapdragon. (Courtesy Photo)

Marcia McKinzie’s art will be on display at Snapdragon. (Courtesy Photo)

First Friday offers a variety of options for island art lovers

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 12:03pm
  • Arts

‘Cinderella’ Presented on Vashon

Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a timeless fairy tale that will be brought to the Kay White stage by VCA’s talented student cast. More than 20 students and a trio of directors have collaborated to make this a memorable show. Tickets, $5 to $14, are available at VCA for the following performances: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

The Hardware Store Restaurant

Pam Ingalls’ twelfth annual portrait exhibition, “Teen Spirits, Facing Vashon Teenagers,” opens on First Friday at The Hardware Store Gallery.

“This really is the year that teenagers have given our country hope,” Ingalls said. “Listening to their fearlessness as they point out truth to power inspires me so much. I wanted to get to know a few island teens, and to try capturing their spirit with paint.”

The exhibit opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, featuring Daryl Redeker playing guitar from the stage above the gallery. The oil paintings will be on display until May 30, and the shoiw is also part of the The Vashon Island Visual Artists Spring Art Studio Tour, May 3-4 and 10-11.

Vashon Center for the Arts

First Friday will bring art to life at Vashon Center for the Arts, with a show of student photographs, as well as artist talks and demonstrations as part of the Quartermaster Press Retrospective.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, artist Suzanne Moore will discuss the tradition and transformation of printing, followed by a multi-plate etching demonstration by artist Deborah Taylor at 6:30 p.m.

Moore will discuss the printing press, which has been traditional equipment since the Tang Dynasty, and in the hands of contemporary artists, new approaches and individual experimentation allow the creation of distinctly modern prints.

Taylor will show how to make a fine print using two copper plates. She will give a brief history of etching, explain different techniques for etching an image into copper, how to ink and wipe an etched plate, and how to register and print a two-plate colored print using an etching press.

Additionally, photographer Ray Pfortner worked with students in a Vashon High School photography class in a Vashon Artists in Schools residency, Urban Photography. Students took to the streets of Seattle visiting landmarks along the way to hone their skills in visual literacy. The exhibit of student work will be up for the month of May in the Vashon Center for the Arts lobby, starting with a First Friday event at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4.

Cafe Luna

A photography show, Wombs and Blooms, will be on display at Cafe Luna this month. The show is a tribute to motherhood, showcasing the bond between mother and child. Throughout the years as a family photographer on the Island, Marla Smith has captured many Island mothers on her camera as they share their journey of motherhood with her.

This photograph is part of the Wombs and Blooms show at Cafe Luna. (Marla Smith Photo)

This photograph is part of the Wombs and Blooms show at Cafe Luna. (Marla Smith Photo)

“It has brought me immense pleasure to be able to document these cherished moments in time for them,” Smith said. “Along with these images are prints of flowers in bloom mirroring the blossoming of love and new beginnings. It is my pleasure to partner with Cafe Luna and share with you these lovely ladies and beautiful blooms.”


Abraham McBride Pottery will be SAW gallery’s featured artist for the month of May. McBride started his professional pottery career at the age of 13. Ten years later, he works on pottery in his spare time as well as teaches Parkour classes at the O space. All McBride’s pottery is made with food-safe glazes and it is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. The May display contains many new pieces.


Island artist Marcia McKinzie will show her watercolor batiks and pastel impasto at the Hastings-Cone Gallery at Snapdragon this month, starting with an opening on first Friday.

Spoke Gallery

Sarah C.B. Guthrie will show the latest works from her painting series—What 3 Colors Bring You Joy?—at Spoke Gallery this month. The show opens at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, at 9225 SW 178th St. Guthrie will paint What 3 Colors Bring You Joy? live on-site in response to the audience. People who attend will have a chance to see their joy come to life.

Vashon Senior Center

A self-taught artist Christopher Roberts will focus on painting abstract and impressionistic works with rich surfaces and vivid colors. The artist’s reception will take place at Vashon Senior Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, and Roberts’s work will be on display all month.


Valise gallery’s May show BLOCKED opens at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4. The gallery will also be open for VIVA’s Studio Tour.

The Hive

Emily Bergman’s art will be on display at the Hive.

Margaret in the Hallway Gallery

The hallway gallery, located in town between Blooms and Gather, will feature a variety of oil and mixed-media cats by Margaret Tylczak this month.

Vashon Intuitive Arts

Christy Marsh will show her mixed medium works at VIA on first Friday.

Island Paper Chase

Island Paper Chase will celebrating spring with hand-folded origami paper flowers this month. The gallery will be transformed into a colorful garden, and visitors will be able to take a stroll among large and small blossoms that won’t wilt.

Folded paper flowers will be on display at Island Paper Chase. (Courtesy Photo)

Folded paper flowers will be on display at Island Paper Chase. (Courtesy Photo)

Judd Creek Ranch Gallery

See story about this new gallery opening on page 11.

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