“Three trucks” by McMurray Middle School student Lucy Wing is part of a student photo show at VCA. (Lucy Wing Photo)

“Three trucks” by McMurray Middle School student Lucy Wing is part of a student photo show at VCA. (Lucy Wing Photo)

Shows by island artists dominate June’s First Friday Art Walk

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 1:18pm
  • Arts

Take an art walk to celebrate the First Friday of June.

VIVA members strut their stuff in two locations

June’s First Friday art walk will be notable for the opening of a Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) members’ exhibition in two locations — The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery and Gather Vashon. Both venues will boast an all-star cast of 100 island painters, photographers, potters, sculptors and others who are among VIVA’s 178 current members.

This exhibit is a coming-out party for VIVA, which was formed in February when the board of the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour voted to change the group’s name and expand its purpose. VIVA plans to offer a slew of new member services, including year-round exhibits, workshops and other educational offerings.

Kristin Reitz-Green, an island painter who is the curator of the members’ show, was active in the formation of VIVA. As a former classical musician who belonged to professional music guilds and unions, ReitzGreen said she felt it was important for artists on Vashon to have a collective voice.

“We are a huge part of this community,” she said, adding that the inclusion of so many members in the group’s first show “speaks to the depth of the arts on this island.”

Every artwork in the show, she said, will have a photo of the artist who created it beside the work, so that islanders can make a direct connection between the creators and the creation of art on Vashon.

“People see us all the time,” she said. “We’re everywhere.”

Landscapes by local artists, Pride show and student work at Vashon Center for the Arts

“Vista,” another notable group exhibition at VCA’s Koch Gallery, will bring together seven contemporary Vashon artists to explore the notion of landscape and perspective in different media. Artists are Ted Kutscher, Janice Wall, Terry Donnelly, Eddy Radar, Jon-Eric Schafer, Michael D. Maher and Rose Belknap. Another VCA lobby show marks LGBT Pride month with “In Your Face: Portraits of Bold Women” by Kate Thompson. In a statement about the exhibit, Thompson explained the impetus for the show. “Of the many communities I live in, smart, adventurous gay women are my floor. They keep me honest, grounded and relatively sane. I wanted to return that gift.” Also in the lobby, there will be an exhibit of work by 50 McMurray Middle School students who worked with island photographer Ray Pfortner in a Vashon Artists in Schools residency, learning photography and encaustic techniques.

More in Arts

Summer Arts Fest rolls on with six new exhibitions

Jo Robinson will debut ultra-close-up photographs of blossoms as they transform into fruit.

Art appreciation: Ray Pfortner shares 25 years of memories

The exhibit is a nod to the fact that Pfortner has now resided on the island for 25 years.

A new poet laureate brings passion to her post

Susan Lynch accepted the mantle as laureate on June 27 at a ceremony at Vashon Winery.

Acclaimed dancers find a space to create on Vashon

Seattle Dance Collective will perform its debut program at Vashon Center for the Arts.

What’s Happening July 18 – 25

An islander takes on the heart of Paris, an ensemble acapella performance, Sarah Christine, and more

Drama Dock rocks its take on ‘Tommy’

Three young actors are standouts in the community theater production.

Go on a midsummer’s night gallery cruise

Most spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

What’s Happening June 27 – July 4

Sona Jobarteh, a glam production of “Tommy,” hip hop luminaries, Seattle Dance Collective, and more.

Legendary artist Coco Montoya will headline at Rotary’s blues festival this weekend

“If it feels good to us, we hope it feels good to the crowd.”

Up-and-coming country queen brings twang to an island show

Her recent album included assists from major players from Seattle and beyond.

What’s Happening June 20 – 27

Get out and journal with Darsie Beck; country singer Miller Campbell; beer and the Blues, and more.

‘Come Together’: a tribute to The Beatles

Island bands and musicians will perform songs from the Fab Four canon.