First Friday art walk spotlights Vashon artists

Art lovers far and wide, rejoice.

Café Vino Olio

“A Walk in Our Woods,” a duo exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and cutouts by John Lucas and Ann Leda Shapiro, will open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Café Vino Olio, 17607 Vashon Hwy.

For the past several years Lucas and Leda Shapiro have been visiting Vashon Island Land Trust and Park District trails, dragging along art supplies to draw the forests and the trees. They take the raw work back to their studios and continue evolving images with very different outcomes.

Lucas has a diverse background in overseeing the handling and installation of public and private art, hospice work and international travel.

Leda Shapiro has a background in university art education as well as being a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and a world traveler.

They have both lived on the island and have been friends for more than 30 years.

Find out more about their work at and

Vashon Center for the Arts

The third annual show of The Notable Collection will open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA).

VCA’s Notable Collection comprises the work of seven Vashon artists — Victoria Adams, Brian Fisher, Morgan Brig, Pam Ingalls, Kristen Reitz-Green, Cathy Sarkowsky and Erin Schulz — who, according to gallery director Lynann Politte, have all “distinguished themselves in the art world with their own distinct style and vision.”

This collection is available for viewing in both VCA’s Koch Gallery and online, at

“The high quality of the work of this group of full-time artists is well-recognized, with their art exhibitions not only at VCA but also in galleries, museums, and private collections on a local, national and international level,” said Politte.

Swiftwater Gallery

Swiftwater Gallery, a new nonprofit cooperative featuring the works of 51 local artists, will hold a fundraiser in advance of its official opening next month, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at 17600 Vashon Hwy SW.

A wide variety of works from the cooperative’s members will be available for purchase, with half the proceeds going to help the artists make the space their own.

The gallery will occupy the former home of Gather Vashon, an enterprise run by Kathy Raines and Whitney Rose from 2018 until a few months ago.

Prior to that, the storefront was the longtime home of the Heron’s Nest Gallery, a retail gallery run by Vashon Center for the Arts (then known as Vashon Allied Arts).

Swiftwater Gallery will also include classroom and meeting space, allowing members to offer educational programs and salons.

Swiftwater Gallery’s official opening will take place on Feb. 3. After then, the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.