Marguerite Garth’s photograph, “the forsaken 1” is part of an exhibition at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

Marguerite Garth’s photograph, “the forsaken 1” is part of an exhibition at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

Spring into April’s First Friday Art Walk

Most island galleries and art spots will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. with many featuring musical acts.

Allison Crain Trundle Art

There will be art by Allison Crain Trundle and music by the Tab Tabscott Trio.

Anu Rana’s Healthy Kitchen

Art by David Pekarek will be on display.

Café Luna

Mona Krogstie will show flat, tin sculptures of clothing, jackets, dresses and shirts. Krogstie described her work, saying, “My metal work has always been inspired by salvaged castoff. I started by wiring it together, then I fell into arc welding. Perfect combo. … My true passion is hunting salvage metal and turning it into something ‘funk’tional.”

The Country Store & Farm

Art by Chris Allen will be on display.

Gather Vashon

Work by 60 artists, several of whom are new to the gallery, will be on display in the downtown shop.


Kevin Moe will play classical guitar in the shop.

Judd Creek Ranch Gallery

A show called “Kimono and Kimono Refashioned” will be on display.

The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery

A photography exhibit by Molly O’Brien, “Bison, Badlands & Beaches,” will be on display. O’Brien is an island photographer who specializes in equine portraiture and wildlife photography. She has spent the last few years in Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon, recording ranch life on the Northern Plains and mountains.

Island Paper Chase

Island Paper Chase will feature an origami flower shop in celebration of spring, made by Alice Larson, who has used a range of papers to make realistic looking bright and colorful flowers of various sizes. Visitors can enjoy looking or pick and choose to make their own bouquets.

Margaret in the Hallway

Margaret Tylczak’s exhibit of oil paintings is called “Dancing Lessons.”

May Kitchen + Bar

Poet and magician Thomas Pruiksma will roam the restaurant, dispensing magic and poetic wit. The restaurant will be transformed into the nightclub “One Night in Bangkok” later in the evening.

Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union

Artwork by Swaneagle Fitzgerald, honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women, will be on display, and there will be music by Mary Tuel. Fitzgerald is a human rights activist working to protect human rights in the Northwest, Southwest, border and beyond. She is largely self-taught and uses India ink and Prismacolor pencils to construct detailed imagery.

An artist’s statement by Fitzgerald said, in part, “Many … situations have captured my heart, commitment and art for nearly 40 years. Among them are fully addressing the atrocity of missing and murdered Indigenous women, a free Palestine, food, clothing and shelter for all, an end to prevailing patriarchal abuse and a livable children’s future. I am grounded in attaining justice. It is my belief that the most important function of art is to make human conscience visible, tangible.”

SAW – Starving Artist Works

The shop will showcase the work of Brian and Tara Brenno, who met in college in 1983 and have been making art together ever since. They use repurposed and recycled materials, collaborating to create works for the home and garden. Brian creates blown glass flowers, and with recycled bottles, he also makes garden art and vases. Tara makes clay bowls, drawing on them using a squeeze bottle with a fine tip and glazes that are food safe. Her new drawings, doodles inspired by nature, are drawn on pages from old dictionaries.

Snapdragon Bakery and Café

The Hastings-Cone Gallery, inside the Snapdragon complex, will have a champagne reception for an exhibit of assemblage and paintings on found objects by Jennifer Hawke.

VALISE Gallery

The gallery will host an invitational 3D show, with sculpture, wood figures, painted boxes, ceramic and metal constructions, and found and painted objects by invited guest artists: Morgan Brig, Terri Fletcher, Lin Holley, Darsie Beck, John Hilding, Stan Elleflot, Bill Cleaver, Jeaneen Bauer, Bill Jarcho and Maxx Yamasaki. VALISE member artists, most of whom usually only create 2D work, have also created 3D work for the show.

Vashon Bookshop

Old-time music by Julie and Carmen will be played in the shop.

Vashon Center for the Arts

Several shows will be on display, many themed as a part of VCA’s Lit Con event in April.

VCA Atrium: An exhibit by 30 McMurray Middle School students who worked in a Vashon Artists in Schools project with island photographer and educator Ray Pfortner will show photo transfers onto beeswax on more than 100 pieces on wood panels, travertine tiles and marble.

Koch Gallery Show: “Photography — that tells a story,” includes work by Mark Milroy, Ed Holmes and Marguerite Garth. Milroy has explored the abandoned Fort Worden Kinzie Artillery Battery in Port Townsend and created abstract photographic images of the building, capturing a multilayered patina of decaying surfaces. Ed Holmes’ show, called “A Door Is a Story Untold,” expresses the idea of a doorway being more important than a door itself, both a boundary and a passageway. Garth’s show, The Forsaken” explores abandoned ranches.

VCA Atrium: “The Lexicon of Light – From Poetry to Pictures,” is a group exhibit curated by Michael Elenko, for which Vashon poets composed original poems and photographers set out to transform their words into photographic images. Both poems and photographs will be displayed in the exhibition. Poets: Catherine Johnson, C. Hunter Davis, Susan Lynch, Ann Spiers, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, Linera Lucas, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Cal Kinnear, Lynn Carrigan, Robert C. Leung, Margaret Roncone, and posthumously Ina Whitlock. Photographers: Mary Liz Austin, Crystal Culp, Dawn Stief, Rebecca Cullimore, Terry Donnelly, Claudia Hollander-Lucas, Will Lockwood, Kent Phelan, Keith Prior, Shelley Hanna, Andrew Johns, Michael Elenko, Peter Serko, Kate Munson, Sherry Lee Bottoms and Anne Gordon. A poetry reading and artist talk will be held at 7 p.m. next Thursday.

Joy and Chai Mann Gift Shop: “Word and Image” will include broadsides, postcards and book sculptures. The broadsides vary in sizes, from postcard to 18×21 inches and includes digital print, limited edition press prints and hand painted originals by Suzanne Moore, Annie Brule and Chatwin Book Publishing, Claudia Hollander-Lucas and the “Dead Feminists” series by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary. Melody Bush’s book sculpturing repurposes used books into art and gifts. The exhibit includes contemporary examples of the illuminated manuscript (“Floating Through the Desert,” by Nancy Leavitt) and the illustrated fine press book (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, illustrations by Barry Moser), printed by hand in the letterpress tradition.

More in Arts

Organizations join forces to restore meadow

Vashon Nature Center will take up residence at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Musical trifecta showcases early, classical and chamber music

From a string quartet to the talents of a piano prodigy, audiences are sure to be dazzled.

What’s Happening April 18 – 25

A reggae god, a dance for a cause, a boogie at the bookstore, and more.

What’s Happening April 11 – 18

Get shook at Open Space, see student photography at Vashon Center for the Arts, and more.

Lit Con set to unfold on Vashon

Poets will ply their wisdom in workshops and readings.

Jazz series brings acclaimed players to town

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto will take the stage at Vashon Center for the Arts

A lecture on Debussy won’t be all talk

The event will also include a chance for islanders to hear the composer’s lovely music.

What’s Happening March 28 – April 4

Fairy tales, edgy puppets, cold brews and more.

Songwriters celebrated in concert at Havurah

The local group Tip the Scales will shine a spotlight on beloved fixtures in Vashon’s music community

A local artist takes the helm at Open Space

Jiji Saunders was appointed executive director of the space in late January.

Aerial experts prepare to wow with new production

The high-flying ensemble has been at work for more than a year to create the original piece.

Dancers dare to dream new ‘Original Works’

The show is an annual tradition for Vashon Center for Dance