Find incredible gifts of art at studio tour, local galleries

Vashon will be extra artful in December.

Vashon will be extra artful in December, with a First Friday gallery tour followed by a two-week-long artist’s studio tour on Vashon. Here’s where to look for inspiration, and a bounty of one-of-a-kind gifts.

Dig Deep Gardens

“From Place to Place,” an exhibit of Vashon landscapes, figure paintings, and still lifes by Pam Ingalls, will have an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Dig Deep Garden’s Greenhouse Gallery. Daryl Redeker will serenade gallery-goers with his guitar at the opening. The exhibit runs through the month of December and is also a part of the VIVA Art Studio Tour, taking place Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Open Space for Arts & Community

A group exhibition, “House of Art,” followed by a community dance, will take place at Open Space starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. Artists in the show include Tavi Black, Karen Chachkes, David Godsey, Elizabeth Klob, Janet McAlpin, Caroline Robin, Soup Rossignol, Collin Veenstra, Janet Welt and Chuck Zimmer. Dancing will start and 7 and run until about 10 p.m. Enjoy drinks, snacks and community at the event.

Vashon Center for the Arts

VCA will present its 17th Annual Miniature Show, featuring 100+ pieces of giftable art by Northwest artists and also artists from Minnesota, Oregon, and California. The collection includes paintings, monoprints, pottery and jewelry.

In addition, the VCA Gift Shop will showcase a collection of fine jewelry by Eric Heffelfinger, a Vashon longtime resident and jewelry craftsman. Attend an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The show is also part of the VIVA’s studio tour.

VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour

Find one-of-a-kind gifts and support Vashon’s vibrant arts scene at the tour, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 2-3 and 10-11.

This year’s tour includes 40 studios featuring more than 100 artists. It’s a free, self-guided event, produced by Vashon Island Visual Artists. A detailed map and full-color guide, showing all participants, are available at

Of special interest this year is Stop #9 — Waterworks Studio, which will close after this year’s tour after being a central destination on the tour for decades. A total of 17 artists will display their work at Waterworks this year. A preview party will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 for the Waterworks’ grand finale.

VALISE Gallery

VALISE will continue its holiday show, “A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, Part 2” through Dec. 24.

Works in the show range from zany to reflective, with many styles and mediums, all coming together at affordable prices for artwork fitting the size specification of 5-inch by 5-inch and priced at under $100 each. The show will also include larger artwork.

Participating artists are Bill Jarcho, George Wright, Lenard Yen, Hita VonMende, Pascale Judet, Manuel Alvarez, Rachel Lordkenaga, Sharon Shaver, Jiji Saunders, Dot Cherch, and Gregory Burnham.

The show’s opening takes place from 1-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Regular gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, from 1-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.