More First Friday fun

Most art spots in the lineup are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Navigating,” by Erin Shultz, at The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery (Courtesy Photo).

“Navigating,” by Erin Shultz, at The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery (Courtesy Photo).

Be sure to catch all the other goings-on during this week’s Gallery Cruise, taking place at art spots around town from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. Highlights will include the following, but head over to to see a full listing of all the art and music offerings.

Café Luna: The café will exhibit the self-portraits and other themed artwork made by first-grade students of Chautauqua Elementary School. Their show is aimed at raising awareness and money for The Backpack Pantry, an island organization that provides free meals to school-aged children outside of school hours.

The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery: “Seasons,” an exhibit by Erin Schultz of works celebrating people, places and things centered around Vashon’s seasons, will be on view at the gallery. Shultz, who has lived on Vashon for about 13 years, has had her artwork featured in Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector and showings at the Haggin Museum (California), the Tucson Desert Art Museum (Arizona), RS Hannna Gallery (Texas) and has been a regular among finalists in the International Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon.

Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union: Photographs and paintings by island artist Richard Rogers, and music by Cat Bird, will be offered up at the credit union.

Raven’s Nest: The gallery and shop, filled with works by Indigenous artists, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Lovebird,” a collection of products including collaborative silver jewelry by Sue and Israel Shotridge, as well as cotton tapestries, art prints, art cards, vinyl decals and more — all depicting the “lovebirds” raven and eagle, as designed by Israel Shotridge. A chocolate display will complement the artwork.

Vashon Bikes: The shop will display Leah Mann’s glass art, which she makes by repurposing chain rings from the shop. Part of the proceeds from sales of the works will go to the Vashon Mountain Bike Association, which is responsible for the maintenance and stewardship of mountain bike-specific trails in Dockton.

Rachel LordKenaga’s painting of the white rabbit at VALISE Gallery (Courtesy Photo).

Rachel LordKenaga’s painting of the white rabbit at VALISE Gallery (Courtesy Photo).

VALISE Gallery: The gallery will exhibit “Alice,” a take on the Alice in Wonderland story told by artists from the Great Northwest. Artists Rachel LordKenaga and Janna Cuneo have collaborated on an installation of textile mushrooms surrounded by paintings. Lenard Yen will add colorful psychedelic paintings. Cuneo is a Seattle artist; LordKenaga and Yen are longtime islanders and members of VALISE’s artist collective. The show will open with a tea party. For more information on the gallery and its hours, visit

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