Award-winning show on LGBTQ life on Vashon has closing party

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 7:43pm
  • Arts

By Peter Woodburn

For Vashon Heritage Museum

When the Vashon Heritage Museum opened its exhibit, “IN and OUT: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” back on June 7, 2019, nearly 600 community members showed up for a celebration. Now, two years later, the museum is throwing a closing party at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, as the exhibit’s time in the museum comes to an end.

“IN and OUT’s impact extended beyond its exhibition,” said Elsa Croonquist, executive director of the Vashon Heritage Museum. “During its time on the island, the exhibit helped support and develop a scholarship for Vashon High School Queer Youth, the Queer Film series, speaker programs, and Dana Schuerholz’s photography exhibit ‘This is What Activism Looks Like.’”

The closing celebration will feature light refreshments, a lesbian hat fashion show featuring work created by Harstine Island artist Kathy Ross, and a DJ. It will also provide the community one last glimpse of the award-winning exhibit celebrating the long, quiet history of the LGBTQ community on Vashon-Maury Island.

The innovative exhibit depicts the stories of LGBTQ islanders as vignettes within cells that are part of the honeycombed beehive of the community. It also features an AIDS memorial garden, an interactive gender garden, and a closet with a soundscape that the visitor must pass through in order to access the exhibit. It also includes a timeline of international, national, state, and local events from 560 B.C. forward that puts Vashon’s queer history in context.

Although the show closes in September, the spirit of the exhibit will live on. The Vashon Pride Alliance established a $2,000 scholarship for queer students at Vashon High School, which was generously funded by a gift from Puget Sound Energy. Also, the celebrated Queer Film Series continues, with showings of “Saving Face” on Sept. 7 and “The Celluloid Closet” on Sept. 21, at Vashon Theatre. In addition, portions of the exhibit will be displayed at South Seattle College, and co-curator Stephen Silha says he is fielding calls from organizations around the nation about borrowing elements of the exhibit to help reflect on LGBTQ issues within their own communities.

More information about the exhibit, the Queer Film Series and the museum can be found at vashonheritagemuseum.org.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@vashonbeachcomber.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Arts

Annual auction offers art and more, from the comfort of home

The culmination of VCA’s art auction will be a free, live-streamed gala at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

our town
Our Town: Sharon Munger’s artful life on Vashon

“I know of no other place I want to be, with such a vibrant art community,” says Munger.

What’s happening in arts

Peruse a new mini gallery and check out an upcoming short film festival at Night Light Drive-in.

flower press
Our Town: Local photographer learns new language of artmaking

According to Ed Holmes, the creative voice is present within all of us.

Flower-powered band to perform season-ender on outdoor stage

Seattle-based band General Mojo’s to close out Summer Stage season at Open Space.

Book Vashon
Islanders share life stories through new memoir collection

“Where We Came From” preserves group’s stories for their friends, families and next generation.

What’s Happening in Arts | Sept. 9 to 16

Support Vashon Center for the Arts, learn about plankton, and enroll in sculpture classes.

light show
Laser and music show will light up the night next week

“Liquid Light” returns, in a follow-up from its debut presentation from July 4th.

Pascale Judet Artwork
Drawings and paintings by Pascale Judet can be seen at VALISE Gallery’s new show.
First Friday gallery walk beckons art lovers on Sept. 4

First Friday will launch VCA’s annual art auction, which culminates with a gala on Friday, Sept. 24

John de Groen Photo
A celebration of the life of Marshall McKay Murray will take place on Oct. 16.
What’s Happening

Fall arts classes, upcoming performances, a celebration of life for Marshall Murray

More than 300 ride to glory with Passport2Pain

An estimated $40,000 was raised by riders in this year’s event.

What’s happening Aug. 19 – 26

Go glam at a house concert, islanders work with youth to create book, and more.