Elizabeth Shepherd

Guild’s goal is to transform town with tiles

An ambitious group of artists has announced a bold plan to make Vashon a more beautiful place — one tile at a time.

Art studio tour is a feast for the eyes

After a long and dreary winter, as soon as rhododendrons begin to burst with color on Vashon, you can bet that art is about to start blooming as well.

Quilts and tiles add spice to art tour

The first weekend of this year’s Art Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, will be augmented by special events showcasing two art forms particularly beloved on the Island — tilemaking and quilting.

The best moments in theater happen here on Vashon Island

The theater bug first bit me when I was 4 years old.

Homegrown opera company takes root on Vashon

Island music lovers are buzzing about the announcement that a new opera company is about to bloom on Vashon, with productions of Puccini’s “La Bohème” scheduled for September and Aaron Copeland’s “The Tender Land” planned for May 2010.

Jazz, rock and reggae ride the Bike

Save a parking space in front of Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi: Musicians will need it to unpack van loads of instruments and gear this weekend.

Drama Dock’s new production features a flock of fine thespians

On a recent misty Saturday afternoon on Vashon, a flock of ducklings skittered past a regal frog, who was holding court on a lily pad.

Artists work together to weave a common thread

It’s not what you expect to find at an art gallery — a colorful line of hand-knitted socks hanging high above the entryway.

Teens slake a musical thirst

Islanders will be treated to a long, cool drink of some of Vashon’s finest music this weekend, thanks to an intrepid group of McMurray eighth-graders who are raising money to install a new water fountain at the school.

Lelavision: theater with a bang

Lelavision Physical Music, an innovative performance duo that creates and debuts much of its groundbreaking work on the Island, is preparing to present an ambitious new work that features high-minded science and low-flying projectiles.

Michael Meade searches for the soul’s ‘hidden gold’ in economic hard times

Vashon author and mythologist Michael Meade will bring his unique blend of storytelling, poetry and discussion to the Island this weekend, focusing on a timely theme — how to not only survive but thrive during hard times.

Young thespians bring Wonka to the stage

It was a situation that called for theatrical nerves of steel — a leading lady battling the flu, an unfamiliar stage and chorus members performing in bright green wigs that began to shed all over the floor.

A Vashon orchestra reaches for the high notes

On a recent spring evening, Islanders who were walking their dogs near the Vashon High School tennis courts could be forgiven if they suddenly pricked up their ears and felt an icy chill of apprehension.

Lifting voices, lifting spirits

Shane Jewell and his wife Emily Pruiksma were on a bike ride on Vancouver Island last summer when inspiration struck.

From Uganda to Vashon, a priest finds his way

On a recent Saturday evening at Vashon's St. John Vianney Church, the Rev. Sylvester Ssemanda stood in the church’s narthex, quietly greeting parishioners who were leaving the 5 p.m. Mass.

“Fame, the Musical” comes to Vashon High School

Island teens will sing, dance and act up a storm in “Fame, the Musical,” opening March 13 and running through March 29 at Vashon High School theater.

The Blue Heron brings back a night of the blues

A bluesy thing happened on the way to Vashon Allied Art’s “Blues Reunion” concert in December — it got snowed out.

A better way to eat and grow

“Good Food,” a new documentary film about organic farming, is coming to Vashon Theatre for a screening at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.

Vashon troupe premieres new play

A new full-length production by the acclaimed Island performance troupe, UMO Ensemble, is about to have its world premiere.

The Bike brings twang and reggae beats to town

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi’s upcoming musical offerings will include two bands, each offering a different style of high-energy dance music.