Elizabeth Shepherd

Pete Welch has brought more vibrancy to Vashon's music scene.

A music fan keeps the shows rolling at Vashon’s bustling bistro

In the past year, a soft-spoken man who says he “can’t play an instrument or sing a note” has become one of the most important figures in Vashon’s vibrant music scene.

Pete Welch has brought more vibrancy to Vashon's music scene.
Bea Johnson lingers on a path in her garden

Stop and smell the roses on Vashon’s Garden Tour

A bounty of bucolic blooms, inspired artwork, live music and informative workshops will all come together later this month as part of Vashon Allied Arts’ 19th annual Garden Tour.

Bea Johnson lingers on a path in her garden
Jim D’Asaro and Rebecca Spencer on their deck

Theater pros find a vibrant life on Vashon

For every newcomer who meticulously plans a move to Vashon, there are always one or two others who seem to arrive on the Island by chance.

Jim D’Asaro and Rebecca Spencer on their deck
Mike Urban’s steel sculpture

Island galleries strut their stuff

Vashon’s galleries will roll out the red carpet for June’s First Friday Gallery Cruise. Art aficionados, get ready for an artful stroll.

Mike Urban’s steel sculpture
Figures from the Tay Phuong Pagoda.

Artists share tales of a trip and raise money for a good cause

Three Island artists — Donald Cole, Joan Wortis and Elaine Hanowell — will present a slide talk this weekend about their recent journey to Vietnam.

Figures from the Tay Phuong Pagoda.
Seattle’s Yellow Hat Band will play at “Preserve the Reserve.”

An evening of music and food benefits the Backbone Campaign

The Backbone Campaign will serve up barbecued salmon, giant puppets, a lively auction and homegrown entertainment in a fundraiser scheduled for 5 to 11 p.m.… Continue reading

Seattle’s Yellow Hat Band will play at “Preserve the Reserve.”

Weekend promises a plethora of performances

Music lovers can prick up their ears this weekend and hear something they like — the Island will boast eight separate music events in a three-night span, and many of the shows are free.

The Qadim Ensemble will join author and storyteller Michael Meade (top of page

Keeping Vashon poetic

A small group of Island poets and poetry lovers has been hard at work for the past several months, passionately planning an event they hope will put Vashon on the map as a Northwest poetry destination.

The Qadim Ensemble will join author and storyteller Michael Meade (top of page

State awards VAA $1 million grant

Vashon Allied Arts is slated to receive more than $1 million in state funds to help it move forward on its ambitious plans to build an expansive new arts campus — including a state-of-the-art performance hall, exhibition space, classrooms and more.

Graduating seniors who will dance in “Swan Lake” include (left to right) Erik Hansen

A swan song for seven ballet dancers

Seven graduating high school seniors will take center stage this weekend when Vashon Junior Civic Ballet presents one of the best known ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”

Graduating seniors who will dance in “Swan Lake” include (left to right) Erik Hansen
Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis.

Acclaimed cellists will star in chamber orchestra concert

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra will presents its final concerts of the season this weekend, with a children’s concert planned for Saturday and a full concert scheduled for Sunday.

Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis.
Aerialist Esther Edelman will be one of many featured performers at Islewilde’s benefit.

Performers converge for ‘mother of all shows’

A constellation of Island performers will come together on Mother’s Day eve to raise money for Islewilde, Vashon’s annual homegrown performance festival.

Aerialist Esther Edelman will be one of many featured performers at Islewilde’s benefit.
A detail from the tile façade for Bob’s Bakery.

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.

A detail from the tile façade for Bob’s Bakery.
Portraits of King Islanders by Pam Ingalls will be shown at The Hardware Store Restaurant.

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.

Portraits of King Islanders by Pam Ingalls will be shown at The Hardware Store Restaurant.
The Vashon Allied Arts Community Quilt will be on view during the Quilt Guild’s show.

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 Vashon Allied Arts Community Quilt will be on view during the Quilt Guild’s show.

The best moments in theater happen here on Vashon Island

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

Jennifer and Andy Krikawa

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.

Jennifer and Andy Krikawa
Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band.

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.

Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band.
Band director Chris Overstreet practices a piece.

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.

Band director Chris Overstreet practices a piece.
Yarn skeins by Kim McDonald.

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.

Yarn skeins by Kim McDonald.