An arts fest rolls on, with dozens of new artists on display

Two group exhibits open Friday, along with a photography show and other displays.

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 10:04am
  • Arts

The art just keeps coming at Vashon Summer Arts Fest.

The festival of visual art, now in its fourth week, is opening two new large group exhibits on Friday, but that’s not all. There will also be a photography exhibit by Kris Pedrid, and the display of a huge handmade book made by Alisara Martin.

Martin’s “ReLume” is a 4 by 5-foot tome that uses hand-printed lithographs, screen prints and etchings.

The book — scaled to remind the viewer of what it was like to be a small child — is meant to be touched, read and collect the scruffs and scars that come with age, said the artist.

Pedrin’s photography show, “Western Landscapes — My Personal Observations,” is meant to convey the photographer’s fascination with his subjects to the exhibit’s viewers, said Lynann Politte, VCA’s gallery manager.

One group show, by Vashon Clay Community, will include functional and sculptural works by 20 artists of varying backgrounds and levels of expertise. Exhibiting artists include Abraham McBride, April Dalinis, Barbara Wells, Christine Beck, David Blad, Eric Nelson, Gale Lurie, Jane Neubauer, Jon Eric Schafer, Karen Fevold, Lin Holley, Lisa deFaccio, Liz Lewis, Marla Smith, Mary Hosick, Mary Lynn Buss, Mary L. Robinson, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Roxanne Thayer and Sonja Bergstroem.

The other group show, by 15 artists representing the island’s well-known Waterworks Studio collective, will fill the VCA Gift Shop. Works will include paintings and notecards by Darsie Beck, Jeff Good and Ken Fulton. Works in wood by John Moore, Steve Silva and Dale Randles will also be in the show. Ceramics by Chris Beck and Lin Holley will also be exhibited, along with altars, spirit dolls and jewelry created by Ginny Ciszek, Kate Rutherford and Jeaneen Bauer. The show will be rounded out with photographs by Kim Farrell and Ray Pfortner, juxtaposed with stone collectibles from Zoe Cheroke and shimmering wearable art by May Shemeta.

Now in its second year, Vashon Center for the Arts Summer Arts Fest is a two-month festival showcasing and selling artwork by more than 100 Vashon Island visual artists in 40 solo and collaborative exhibitions from July 5 to Aug. 25. An opening reception for the next exhibits will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26.

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