Dress for a fall nip in the air, or even a drop or two of rain, during October’s First Friday gallery cruise. The art, music and community camaraderie will be worth it, with art and friends to be found at dozens of locations around town. Of special note is a workshop and performance by indigenous fusion artist and activist Dakota Camacho at Spoke Gallery. Most galleries are open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Allison Crain Trundle Arts
Allison Crain Trundle will exhibit her works.
Geri Peterson’s watercolors will be on display.
The DOVE Project
Amanda Peterson’s artwork will be shown.
The gallery is devoted to works by local artists.
Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery
Kristen Reitz-Green will exhibit “Local Favorites,” a show including paintings of such island-centric subjects as marbles from Granny’s Attic, scenes from KVI beach and cats rescued by Vashon Island Pet Protectors.
Island Paper Chase/Alice Larson
Alice Larson’s hand-folded paper art will be on display.
Margaret in the Hallway
Margaret Tylczak’s exhibit of paintings is called “Go Fish.”
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
The credit union walls will be filled with work by youth artists, from toddlers to teenagers, in all mediums. Two youth musical acts will also perform. RISE (Rock Island String Education) includes Kim Thal, Steve Amsden and their students. The youth jazz trio, Off the Deep End, includes Benny Robinthal on baritone sax, Chick Green on bass and Ethan Choo on drums. Pizza and popcorn will be served.
“My Island Home,” an exhibit of work by photographer Ray Pfortner, will be on display.
Indigenous fusion artist and activist Dakota Camacho will offer a class at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery, and present excerpts of a new performance work at 7 p.m. For more information, see sidebar.
SAW — Starving Artist Works
Erinn McIntyre, a knitter and crocheter, will exhibit hats, scarves, gloves, sea creatures and butterflies. McIntyre uses the money she earns from sales of her work to buy more yarn to produce cold-weather items, which she then donates to organizations serving the homeless.
Snapdragon’s Hastings Cone Gallery
The debut exhibition of paintings by Megan Hastings, augmented with her embroidered works, is called “The Little Match Girl.” Hastings, who is known for her culinary artistry as co-owner of Snapdragon and The Wild Mermaid, is also an accomplished artist who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College, also in Chicago. This is her first painting exhibit — until now, her work has concentrated in textiles. The show’s title refers to the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, showing vignettes as if illuminated with a single match. Music by DJ Michael Whitmore will add to the festivities.
Vashon Center for the Arts
A student show, “The Last Taste of Summer” will feature the photography of 34 island teens who participated in summer photography camps taught by Ray Pfortner. The show boasts 68 works. Additionally, the Koch Gallery and atrium area of VCA will be filled with work by seven artists from the Pacific Northwest. Mary McCann, from Olympia, Washington, will exhibit abstract work with geological storylines. Anna Macrae, from Sammamish, Washington, will also show abstract paintings that reference urban and rural landscapes. Brian Sostram, an artist from Idaho, will show paintings he has made by applying paint with knives, squeegees, brushes and other mark-making tools. William Song, from Vashon, will have an exhibit of abstract work called “Tonal Resonances.” Vashon artist Steffon Moody’s show, “Fear and Inspiration,” is made up of large oil paintings with epic subject material. The paintings were all based on ink drawings that are also in the show. Artist Kris Hurwit will show work in monotype, oil and fiber that were inspired by her trek following the 1,000-mile path of a grey wolf seeking new territory and a mate. The VCA gift shop will feature Julie Prather’s glass lamps and mirrors.
Vashon Heritage Museum
The museum will show off its permanent collection, its special exhibition “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon,” and a new display of 100-year-old apple peelers from the collection of islander Gordon Millar. The evening will also include opportunities for attendees to celebrate the harvest season by sipping cider and peeling apples in the museum’s front yard. The Gordon Millar Apple Peeler exhibit will run through mid-November. Two other smaller “suitcase” exhibits from the museum are also now on view in the Vashon schools. At Vashon High School, an exhibit about KVI beach and its history will be on display through November; and at McMurray Middle School and Chautauqua Elementary, a small exhibition about Africa will rotate between the schools throughout the school year.
“Abandoned,” a new exhibit of conceptual fine art photographs by Julian Dahl and mixed-media works by Jon Haaland, will be on view. The exhibit explores the impact of the Great Recession that began in 2008. According to Dahl, “This show is our family’s attempt to make sense of the collapse of 2008. I offer photographs of my children in abandoned places of our making, places left by other families before us. This work is an open invitation to consider standing for a world of affordable housing for all because everyone deserves a home.”
Indigenous artist and activist Dakota Camacho will talk to students, lead a workshop and perform on Vashon on Friday, Oct. 4.
Camacho, who uses non-gendered pronouns, is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher whose work involves indigenous life ways, performance, musical composition, community engagement and education. They have worked internationally at festivals, universities and community organizations as a public speaker, facilitator, composer and performer. Recently, they have performed at Seattle’s On the Boards and Lincoln Center and received a prestigious award from New Music USA.
Born in Snohomish Territory and raised in Tscha-kole-chy (Whidbey Island) within a predominantly diasporic indigeous community called the CHamoru, Camacho’s lineage comes from Låguas yan Gåni, the archipelago known as the Marianas Islands — and specifically the archipelago’s largest island, Guåhan (Guam).
Camacho’s Vashon appearances on Friday, Oct. 4 will begin at 2 p.m., with a presentation at the Harbor School about their Matao/CHamoru cultural resurgence work and its relationship to indigenous communities around the world.
At 5:30 p.m. at Spoke Gallery, Camacho will offer a workshop engaging Matao (CHamoru) movement, song, language, ritual practices and practices. The class aims to develop strategies for activating balance and harmony (inafa’maolek) in participants’ lives and communities. No experience is required. There is a $15 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
At 7 p.m. Camacho will present excerpts of a work, “MALI’E |- Tåno’ Uchan -|- : -|- Tåno’ Dxʷdəwʔabš,” which premiered at On the Boards in June. The work is described in a press release as “the unfolding of a ritual honoring Camacho’s ancestral and creative lineages.” Again, there is a $15 suggested donation, but all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.
“It’s a really personal work,” Camacho said, “It involves my family’s story of surviving violent displacement, and how we maintain our cultural integrity by building relationships with other indigenous communities.”
From more information, visit dakotacamacho.com. For tickets to workshop and performance, go to dakotacamacho.brownpapertickets.com and dakotacamachoperformance.brownpapertickets.com.