The island’s latest art space, called Gather Vashon, opened on Valentine’s Day in the former home of the Heron’s Nest.
The owners, who previously managed the Nest, are offering art — currently all from island artists — as well as a space for classes around a 12-person table, and a sofa in a living room-like area, where customers and browsers can sit and relax.
“What we want is for it to be a beautiful place for people to kick their feet up and be comfortable — and be surrounded by art,” Rose said.
A trip through the shop shows that some of the Nest’s longtime artists have work there, with Liz Lewis pottery, Brian Fisher prints and Eric Heffelfinger jewelry all available. But artists new to the shop and in some cases new to the island have work there as well.
“Giving emerging artists a place to show and sell their work is a priority of ours,” Rose noted.
Heffelfinger and island artist Darsie Beck are scheduled to hold classes there, and other classes are expected.
The space is not just for artists, Rose said. Book groups, knitting groups and other community gathering are all welcome — in the part of the store that used to house Dova Silks.
Currently, the shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday but Tuesday. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. come summer.