Members of Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) are eager to see you.
In early March, the group was one of the first arts organizations on the island to respond to the coronavirus crisis, canceling plans for their 2020 Spring Art Studio. More recently, VIVA also recently jettisoned plans for its December Holiday Art Tour.
But now, VIVA has developed a new way to stay ahead of COVID-19, while still giving its members a way to connect with islanders.
A colorful, 12-page brochure — “VIVA Art by Appointment: Your Personal Path to Island Artists,” has now been published, listing 70 art studios on Vashon that are now booking safe, socially distant private appointments.
Many of the artists in the brochure, including Christine and Darsie Beck, Rose Belnap, Brian Brenno, Morgan Brig, Terry Donnolly, Brian Fisher, Margaret Heffelfinger, Suzanna Leigh, Liz Lewis, Irene Otis, Ilse and Gunter Reimnitz, Kristen Reitz-Green, Donna Romero, Carl Schewennesen, Ann Leda Shapiro, Janice Wall, Valerie Wilson and Joan Wortis, are long-time islanders who have helped build the island’s vibrant art scene for decades.
Find the brochure at many island stores, restaurants and businesses, or download it at vivartists.org. All appointments must be booked in advance directly with artists, and masks and social distancing are required for both artists and visitors.
In other news from VIVA, the group recently received notification that it had won a $5,250 cultural relief grant from 4Culture.