A painting by Rachel LordKenaga is part of VALISE’s tea-themed exhibition (Courtesy Photo).

A painting by Rachel LordKenaga is part of VALISE’s tea-themed exhibition (Courtesy Photo).

The year’s first First Friday art walk beckons

Most galleries and art spots open at 6 p.m.

  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019 11:22am
  • Arts

Most galleries and art spots open at 6 p.m.

Bundle up for the first Friday of the new year, set for Friday, Jan. 4, at galleries and art spots around town. The night will include numerous exhibitions and even a free night of music at Vashon Bookshop.


The store will pulse with the sounds of guitarist Daryl Redeker and friends, starting at 6:30 p.m. For the free show, Redeker will be joined by Dodd Johnson, Sam Van Fleet and Sara Van Fleet, who play with him in the band Van Redeker. Wunderkind youth musicians Dimitrius Brown and Iris Sachman, who played together in high school as the popular duo Petrichor, will also take the stage. According to Redeker, the evening will feature an all-acoustic set of original music as well as standards by David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Frank Sinatra and other music makers.


Noted island jeweler Eric Heffelfinger will have a show of gold and silver jewelry.


Work by oil painter Pam Ingalls will be on view. This show opened in December.


Fable Collection’s exhibition, “Felted Sculpture & Whimsey” will be on view. This show opened in December.


The gallery will show a retrospective of John Overton’s works. His work is in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. During his extensive career, he has studied, practiced and taught sosaku-hanga — a Japanese printmaking movement that places the artist in complete control of all the phases of printing. The exhibition runs through Jan. 27. A workshop with Overton, scheduled for Jan. 19, is now sold out. A second free workshop, on Jan. 20, by Vashon Poet Laureate Ann Spiers, will explore haiku/haiga — an art form that marries words and visual art. Spier’s poems, including haiku, are published widely in journals, anthologies and web journals. Space is limited — for more information and to sign up, visit juddcreekranch.com.


The gallery, a subsidiary of Gather Vashon, will show Margaret Heffelfinger’s artwork of dogs, including big paintings.


In the Koch Gallery, “Time Made Visible” will be a group show by the nine members of Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound. For more information on the group, visit tapestryartists.org. In VCA’s Joy & Chai Mann Kiosk, “I Can See Russia From My House — Daily Living in Vladivostok and beyond through the eyes of Roman Zlobin,” will be on view. Zlobin recently moved to Vashon and brought with him a body of photographic work from Russia, which he’s since augmented with new work drawn from the Pacific Northwest. A third show, “Reasons Revealed,” with work by artists Deborah Kapoor, Laura Ahola-Young and Alyson McCrink, will be in VCA’s Fong-Wheeler Atrium.


An installation of a new permanent exhibit, “The World’s Smallest Tea Shop and Other Curiosities,” will include tea-inspired art such as paintings of cats holding cups of steaming oolong in their paws, a giant wooden jigsaw teacup, a steel tea cart with Walrus and Carpenter cutouts, and an Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea party painting. Adrain Chesser, a photographer and a member of the collective, has worked for years to develop exclusive tea blends made from Northwest ingredients. He will host tastings and share his knowledge of tea-making at the opening and during VALISE’S new expanded weekly hours, which are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.


Geri Peterson’s “Watercolor Creations” class will continue showing their festive holiday art illustrations. Some of the artists will be on hand, along with Peterson, to talk about their work at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the center on Bank Road.

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