Keeping pace with its promise to add new art exhibitions each week throughout the summer, Vashon Summer Arts Fest will open two new shows at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Vashon Center for the Arts.
The arts fest, now in its second year at VCA, kicked off last week and will run through Aug. 25. It will ultimately include work by more than 100 local artists.
On Friday, a display of 200 silver and bronze jewelry bells, by Gordon R. Barnett, will be unveiled in VCA’s gift shop. Barnett’s bells, familiar to many islanders, have designs that incorporate themes of nature, symbols, numerical concepts, mythology and sacred geometry.
A group show by Vashon MakerSpace members will also fill the VCA Atrium. Curated by Neil Wiesblott, this 10-person show is intended to spark creativity, collaboration and curiosity. The exhibition will include works in wood by Steve Caldwell, Lee Beck, and Steve Schlossman, and sculptures of faces, cast in concrete, by James Chesney. (Chesney also exhibited his concrete chairs and finely crafted wood benches in last years Summer Arts Fest.) Mary Rose O’Reilley will show raku ceramics, and Native carver Odin Lonning will show works illustrating First Nations stories and Indigenous wisdom. Jeff Berend has crafted wood and steel items that include a wine cabinet and Vashon map. Bob Powell will exhibit signs made out of stainless stell, and Marie Higuera will show a new collection of jewelry. Jude Spaith’s “Cara,” a sculpture made of anhydrite, will round out the show.
VCA’s daytime summer gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Opening receptions for new exhibitions in the Summer Arts Fest will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 23.