Total Experience Gospel Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

Total Experience Gospel Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

What’s Happening July 11-18

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:16pm
  • Arts

Gospel goodness

The award-winning Total Experience Gospel Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The choir was started by Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright in 1973, and this is Pastor Pat’s 45th and final year of conducting the ensemble. The event, which islander Larry Flynn has brought to Vashon annually for years, is a fundraiser for Seattle’s Bailey-Boushay House, which provides care for those with HIV, AIDS and other terminal diseases. Tickets are youth $5, VCA members $10, seniors $12, and general $14. All tickets at the door are $18. To purchase tickets in advance or more information, visit

Quartermaster Press in Tacoma

Original prints from members of Quartermaster Press will be on display at the Tacoma Art Museum from July 11 through Sept. 27. The exhibition, “Quartermaster Press Studio: Pressing Forward,” is inspired by works in TAM’s print collection. Printmaking demonstrations by members will take place in the Cheney Classroom from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on July 19, with an opening reception and collograph demonstration with Brian Fisher; and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, with a monotype demo with Suzanne Moore.

Summer salons

Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) will offer summer artist salons at Gather Vashon. The meet-and-greet artist salon series will offer six opportunities to share casual conversations around various artistic interests. Participants should bring their ideas and dreams for future VIVA classes and events. Salons are organized by discipline, for professionals, enthusiasts and all who want to learn more. No advance registration or membership with VIVA is needed to participate, but attendees are encouraged to bring a beverage, snack or appetizer to share, as well as examples or photos of their recent artwork. Upcoming salons will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates – July 19: Pottery and ceramics with Chris Beck, Lin Holly and Marla Smith; July 24, Printmaking and illustration with Jean Echevarria; Aug. 9: Paint and Watercolor with Jeff Good and Valerie Willson; Aug. 22: woodwork and carving with John Moore.

Art and identity camp for kids

Kids can explore their racial and cultural identity through writing, graphic stories, theater games, improvisation and mask making at a camp running July 16 to 20 at VCA. Teachers include Tina La Padula, Carina del Rosario, Amy Burtaine, Thomas Elliott and Victoria Clayton. The cost of the camp is $200/$225, but scholarships are available. For more information visit

#MeToo Workshops at VCA

In conjunction with its upcoming #MyMeToo gallery show, VCA is offering a series of free workshops to anyone interested in using the arts to explore the themes and conversations that have evolved out of the #MeToo movement. The workshops are free to participants, but attendees must register in advance. Participants will have the option of including their completed artwork in the October gallery show. Written work can be included in the show as a stand-alone piece or incorporated into visual artwork.

The next workshop in the series, “How Moments Become Movements: Writing Workshop for Participants Identifying as Female,” will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14. The goal of this session, for those ages 16 and older, is to understand how one voice can undo years of silence, and to learn how to add your voice to the chorus with nuance, honesty and an agenda in mind. To register and for more information, visit

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