Rosemary Belknap’s “Gentle Morning” is in the silent auction for “Masquerade,” VCA’s Sept. 21 gala fundraiser. Bidding starts on this and 11 other silent auction items on Friday, Sept. 6. Bidders will also have the opportunity to choose a “buy it now” option (Courtesy Photo).

Rosemary Belknap’s “Gentle Morning” is in the silent auction for “Masquerade,” VCA’s Sept. 21 gala fundraiser. Bidding starts on this and 11 other silent auction items on Friday, Sept. 6. Bidders will also have the opportunity to choose a “buy it now” option (Courtesy Photo).

Cruise through Vashon for art, music and stupid bikes

A gallery cruise kicks off Friday evening at art spots all over the island.

A new fall season drops on Friday, Sept. 6, with a gallery cruise set for 6 to 9 p.m. at art spots all over the island. The First Friday fun will be augmented by Stupid Bike Night — an annual parade through town by islanders on inventively souped-up, outlandish bikes. If you are out late, check out “One Night in Bangkok,” when May Kitchen + Bar transforms into a dance club. The JD Hobson Band will also play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.

Vashon Center for the Arts

A preview of VCA’s annual auction, “Masquerade: A Midnight’s Summer Dream,” set for Saturday, Sept. 21, will take place. Viewers can see works that will be a part of the live auction and make early bids on silent auction items. Works in the live auction are by Kristen Reitz-Green, Britt Freda, Pam Ingalls, Steffon Moody, Ted Kutscher, Brian Fisher, David Kroll, Nadine Edelstein, Bill Rives and John Anderson. More than 70 artists have donated work to the silent auction.

Masks created by artists, in celebration of the event, are also on view in VCA’s gift shop.

This year’s auction will be a one-night affair — a change from VCA’s tradition of holding the auction over the course of two nights. The new format will also give islanders a window until Sept. 21 to bid on any silent auction item or “buy it now” for a set price. Bidders can also return to the VCA gallery during regular hours to raise their bids if needed, through Sept. 21. Bidders need not attend the auction to buy silent auction items.

VCA Acting Executive Director Allison Halstead Reid explained the auction’s new format as a move to benefit island artists.

“Our hope is that three weeks of perusing silent auction items will elevate the overall value of the items as well as showcase the generous artists who have donated their works to support VCA,” she said.

The gala will also include the offer of 12 experiences. Dinner, with appetizers and dessert dash, will be served afterward in the VCA atrium. Doors will open on Sept. 21 at 5:30, with the auction at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the auction only are $50; auction and dinner combo tickets are $175. Proceeds will replenish VCA’s much-used scholarship fund and also support all of VCA’s programs in arts education, exhibition and performing arts presentation. For tickets, visit

Allison Crain Trundle Arts

Art by Allison Crain Trundle and music by Luz Gaxiola will be presented.

Café Luna

“Water & Light,” the first combined showing of watercolors and photography by island visual artist, photographer and musician Ken Widmeyer, will be shown.

Camp Colvos

Art by Jennifer Hawke will be on view.

The Dove Project

An exhibit by Kara LC Jones, “The Beings,” details the artist’s creative path through chronic illness.

Fern Cove Natural Medicine

Andrew Johns photographs and music by the Tab Tabscott Trio will be presented.


Art by island artists will be exhibited.

The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery

Paintings by Carrie Dinah-Rivah will be on display. The artist identifies with the traditions of the Northwest School of painters blending abstraction and rendered forms in dream-like layers.

Island Paper Chase/Alice Larson

The origami gallery will show hand-folded paper art.

Margaret in the Hallway

“Paintings on Pillows and Other Puffery,” a show by Margaret Heffelfinger, will be on display.

Raven’s Nest

New works from the Shotridge Collection will be on view.


Dot Cherch’s illustrations on wood that recount her memories of meals and people will be on display.

SAW (Starving Artist Works)

Mixed media works by multiple artists will be displayed.

Snapdragon – Hastings Cone Gallery

An exhibit of Monica Gripman’s photographs of the Seattle and Vashon music scene figures, presented by Debra Heesch, will continue.

VALISE Gallery

“Look Ma—No Hands,” an exhibit of painting, mixed media and photography by Gregory Burnham, will pay tribute to Burnham’s imaginary friends from childhood.

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