A slew of shows by local visual artists are now on view as part of Vashon Summer Arts Fest, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The fest is a sprawling, two-month long celebration of the vibrant art scene on the island, so be sure to check out the action more than once over the coming weeks. And bring your pocketbooks — many pieces are for sale. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit vashonsummerartsfest.org.
On view now through July 22:
Allison Trundle’s “Rewild” — large paintings themed around nature and technology, dreaming and animal tracking.
Brian Dempsey’s “Mythos” — an exhibition of painting, illustration and sculpture.
Christy Marsh’s “Venus Rising” — a collection of oil and oil/cold wax paintings by the self-taught artist who began painting four years ago at age 56.
Ethan DeLorenzo’s “Architectural Instrumentation” — a multi-media installation that uses the VCA buildings as instruments. DeLorenzo recorded the sounds of the buildings, created a musical composition, then collaborated with Vashon Island native Maeve Haselton, who choreographed and performed to the sound pieces. His installation consists of video monitors for visitors to watch and hear the final art experience of dancer and composition.
Gretchen Hancock’s “Vashon Views” — oil paintings of Vashon and Northwest scenes that allow viewers a moment of recognition and connection when seeing something they know transformed into a painting.
Karlista Rickerson’s “Beyond The Saltwater’s Edge” — scuba diving photography, with images of the marine life in Tramp Harbor, Sandy Shores and Maury Island Marine Park.
Kevin Taylor’s “Forced Interaction” — paintings assembled from hundreds of precisely made parts, using MDF, resins and automotive paint.
Lori Walters’ and Margo Tantau’s “Vash(On) My Mind” — paintings and mixed media inspired by the beauty of Vashon.
Louis Luechtefeld’s “Animations By Louis” — storytelling by the 11-year-old animator includes a collection of videos using techniques such as stop motion and time lapse.
Vashon photographers group show, curated by Kim Farrell — “Everyday Abstracts” — eight photographers showing abstract images (not altered by Photoshop) to demonstrate how photographers uniquely “see” the world.
On view until July 29:
Scott Durkee’s “Art in Motion” — 10 artistic mobiles that hang from the ceiling, moved by the air that breezes through the lobby and gallery.
Suzanne Hubbard — a participatory project called “The Big Weave” is taking shape in VCA’s lobby. Hubbard will be in residence to guide participants in creating a community tapestry from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 27 and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
Vashon Wood Artists Group show, curated by Steven Caldwell and Shawn Nordfors — an exhibit of sculptures by Hans Nelsen, Shawn Nordfors, Steven Caldwell, Israel Shotridge, Curt Minier, Steve Schlossman and Rick Paquette.