Jim Diers Photo

Jim Diers Photo

First Friday serves up art, concert, and stupid bikes

Last week, islanders and weekend visitors wandered out to partake in the first “First Friday” of the fall season — a night filled with familiar Vashon traditions.

At Vashon Center for the Arts, masked visitors perused paintings, sculptures and other pieces of art by local artists currently being offered up in VCA’s annual art auction. All items are open for bidding for the next three weeks and the auction will culminate in a live-streamed gala on Sept. 24.

In town, islanders took to the streets to attend an outdoor concert by the popular local band, Publish the Quest, held at Snapdragon, and also ogle the splendor of Stupid Bike Night — a stealth community event that has taken place for several years on the first Friday of September.

This year’s edition of Stupid Bike Night didn’t disappoint, featuring almost 40 riders tooling through town, just after twilight, on outlandish forms of tricked-out, lit-up, pedal-powered means of transportation — including a flame-throwing bicycle equipped with a working bar and grill. Many riders wore wild, colorful costumes, including Elvis suits, neon wigs, glow lights and glitter.

The event is organized annually by the creators of the bikes— a club that includes Jason Culp (center). For Culp, the bike night was a family affair — he’s seen here riding with his son, Xylus Cartier, and mother, Jennifer Culp.

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