Arts in Brief | Feb. 9 edition

St. Ophelia concert, Jam in the Atrium jazz series, and an art history talk about Kerry James Marshall

Saint Ophelia plays album release show

Saint Ophelia, a beloved Vashon band, will play an album release show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Open Space for Arts & Community. with Máire Kennan as an opening act.

Saint Ophelia is a five-piece alternative folk-rock ensemble fronted by vocalist/guitarist Rebekah Kuzma, singer-songwriter Joe Panzetta and pedal steel player Dan Tyack. The band’s second album, “Love Deserves the Crown,” was self-released in December.

Máire Kennan is a singer/songwriter from Vashon and a senior in high school.

Find links to stream all her music and watch a profile on the making of her debut album, “Man in My Pocket” at her website,, and listen on Spotify under Maire Kennan. Purchase tickets to the concert at Youth will be admitted for free.

Jam in the Atrium

Guitarist Tim Lerch will be the guest artist at the next Jam In The Atrium, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

Lerch will perform some of his favorite tunes with the afternoon’s host, local bassist Bruce Phares, and also participate in back-and-forth dialogue with Phares between songs — discussing guitar technique, styles, equipment, and disciplines. Lerch is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, teacher, mentor and author.

A former monk, he brings a humble attitude to guitar playing, yet he performs in many different popular ensembles, including the popular group, “Pearl Django.”

According to Phares, the afternoon promises to be one of the best ever in his new “Deconstructing Jazz” series, and he especially encourages guitarists of all genres to attend. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted.Find out more about Lerch at

Poets celebrate love

Ten local poets will present live readings of their works in “Vashon Poets on Love: Lost, Found & Everlasting,” a special radio presentation, hosted by Susan McCabe, from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) on Voice of Vashon, 101.9FM KVSH or streamed live at

Talk on Kerry James Marshall

The work and life of Kerry James Marshall, born in 1955, will be celebrated and discussed by art historian Rebecca Albiani, in an art talk at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

According to Albiani, Marshall is one of the finest painters working anywhere, “turning the sites of the Black American experience – the barber shop, the diner, and the projects – into settings for figure paintings that combine art historical savvy with the urgency of breaking news.”

Purchase tickets for the talk at

Flynn Cohen in concert

Master guitar and mandolin player Flynn Cohen will present a concert of ancient and modern songs and fiddle tunes, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Vashon Havurah.

Dirty Linen Magazine recognized Flynn as “a versatile string virtuoso,” and he has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He has been seen in concert with the American folk band Low Lily (formerly known as Annalivia), and the acclaimed Irish accordion player John Whelan, as well as in duo shows sharing music from his four solo albums.

He has also fused stylistic influences of bluegrass, old-time, Irish traditional music, folk-rock, and early music in performances with a who’s who of other noted artists of those genres, including Ruth Moody, Matt Heaton, Halali, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Matt Glaser, The Boxcar Lillies, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Revels, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others. He has performed at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He taught for many years in the Music Departments at Keene State College in New Hampshire and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and is currently an online guitar instructor with Peghead Nation.

Donation for the concert is $20-$25 at the door, by cash or check only. Contact Jan Strolle at or 206-228-0730 for advanced reservations. Vashon Havurah is located at 15401 Westside Hwy SW, Vashon. Doors will open at 6:30. p.m.