Vashon Summer Arts Fest wraps
The Vashon Summer Arts Fest, a two-month long celebration of interdisciplinary and visual arts at Vashon Center for the Arts, is now in its final week, with the center open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. A total of 117 local artists have participated in the Fest since it opened on July 6. Solo and duo exhibits currently on view include art by Alisara Martin, Apple Cox, Brette Flora, Dewain Gauntlett, Gordon Quinlan, Heidi Anderson, John Lucas and Susan Lynch, Kristin Reitz-Green and Marcia McKenzie. A ceramic artists group show curated by Jon-Eric Schafer and Lin Holley, featuring more than 30 local artists, is also on view.
Head to West Seattle
The Arts in Nature Festival, at Camp Long in West Seattle, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26. Several island artists will participate in the roster of more than 40 artists at the event. There will be poetry and prose by Seth Zuckerman, traditional Sundanese folk music by Holly and Oy, carving and stories by Odin Lonning, and an art-making station by Caroline Rockey of Paper Wings. Merchants will include Vashon Semilla Designs and Kari Rowe’s The Foraged Collection. Also, the festival is curated and produced by islander Kristen Tsiatsios. For more information, visit dnda.org/festival.
‘Seussical’ at VCA
Kids and grownups alike can see the Cat in the Hat, Jojo, Horton, Maizie, Gertrude, Sour Kangaroo and the whole Who family in “Seussical: The Musical” — a culmination of a two-week theatre summer camp at Vashon Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Katherine L White Hall of Vashon Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5.
Audition for a play
Take a Stand Productions is holding auditions for a fall production, “My Mother, MySelf.” The play is a dark comedy that tells the stories of five pairs of Seattle mothers and daughters. Auditions for the show are at Ober Park’s performance room from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 and 28. Parts are available for five white women ages 30 to 60; one Hispanic woman age 30 to 35; two African-American women ages 30 to 65; one white teenager and one Hispanic teenager. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-460-6444. Take a Stand Productions uses profits from its plays to support Rainmakers, a free experiential art-based program for island girls ages 14 to 18. Rainmakers encourages exploration, self-awareness, trust, self-esteem and positive peer relationships.
Troll’s Cottage in the park
Vashon’s Summer Concerts in the Park series will close out at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, with the beloved homegrown reggae band, Troll’s Cottage, fronted by islander Jacob Bain. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to Vashon Center for the Arts.
Club O is coming up
Islanders can dance the night away at Club O 21+ from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 31, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The space’s Bruce’s Black Box Theater will transform into a dance club complete with tunes spun by one of the island’s favorite deejays, Alex Craighead. Libations and snacks will be available. The night, $10, at the door, is for ages 21 and older.
Arts center adds new board members
Vashon Center for the Arts has announced six new members of its board of trustees, a group that includes expertise in the arenas of business, legal affairs, communications, and music and visual arts. The new board members, all island residents, are Britt Frida, Kimberly Jackson, Wendy Kearns, Allison Reid, Margo Tantau, Michael Tracy and Cathy Winjun. The board now numbers 21 people.