Arts

The garden of Mia McEldowney and Bill Mitchell is one of those open to visitors on this year’s garden tour.

Vashon Garden Tour happening June 21, 22

For the past 18 years, Island gardeners have opened their garden gates to allow the public to see the outdoor sanctuaries, private yards and garden beds that represent hours of hard work. Once again, this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, garden owners invite Islanders to visit and appreciate their labors of love.

  • Jun 20, 2008
The garden of Mia McEldowney and Bill Mitchell is one of those open to visitors on this year’s garden tour.

From glass blowing to dance, Vashon Arts has it for teens

Teens can find creative outlets — from Glass Camp to Summer Stage, to photography and dance — at Vashon Allied Arts’ summer programs.

  • Jun 18, 2008
Pangéo

Vashon concert series to go around the world in 4 shows

Islanders will have a chance to kick up their heels at four world music concerts presented this summer by Vashon Park District and Vashon Folkdancers. The unusual outdoor concert series will not only provide an eclectic lineup of world music groups but also engage concertgoers in lively, participatory folk dances from various cultures.

  • Jun 11, 2008
Pangéo
Mazzei plays Luna June 14.

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Juried open mics

  • Jun 10, 2008
Mazzei plays Luna June 14.
The Chain Gang

Backbone Campaign benefit at the Bike

The Backbone Campaign, the Vashon-based organization known for its eye-popping mix of giant puppets and progressive politics, will hold a benefit called “Songs of Freedom: People Power Music Across the Decades,” featuring a full roster of Island singers, songwriters and musicians. The benefit — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi — will also include an auction of items donated by Island businesses.

  • Jun 10, 2008
The Chain Gang
Recording artist Scott Cossu will play piano with flute player Ann Lindquist.

World-renowned pianist and composer brings R&B and jazz to Blue Heron

World-renowned pianist, composer and recording artist Scott Cossu will bring an evening of world-influenced jazz and rhythm and blues to Blue Heron Art Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

  • Jun 10, 2008
Recording artist Scott Cossu will play piano with flute player Ann Lindquist.
Birdhouse by Bobbi Arnold

Garden tour showcases art, birdhouses, music and more

Vashon Allied Arts’ Garden Tour, scheduled for June 21 to 22, has something for everyone this year — not only leisurely strolls through exclusive private gardens, but also opportunities to hear live music, shop for garden-related items, bid on a silent auction of one-of-a-kind birdhouses and enjoy a cornucopia of new garden art by dozens of artists.

  • Jun 10, 2008
Birdhouse by Bobbi Arnold
High school students took some of the best shots

‘Shoot to Show’ exhibit opens at Hardware Store

This spring, Island photographer Ray Pfortner offered what he called the most challenging installment of his popular “Shoot to Show” classes at Vashon Allied Arts. The subject matter and theme were the animals of Vashon-Maury Island.

  • Jun 4, 2008
High school students took some of the best shots
Rebecca Strong began working on her tree series after an injury.

Vashon’s Blue Heron to feature woodwork, works of woods June 6

Rebecca Dvorin Strong, known for her abiding interest in dark and light interiors and landscapes, began a new series of tree paintings in fall 2006. These oils and gouaches will be featured, along with fine woodworking by Island artist Steven Caldwell, at Blue Heron Gallery in June. The exhibition will open 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, with a reception with the artists, refreshments, and live music by Richard Person, Jim Hobson and George Heidorn.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Rebecca Strong began working on her tree series after an injury.
Ceramics take center stage at Little House

Ceramics take center stage at Little House

The Little House will feature the ceramic and photographic works of Island artist Christine Beck, opening at 6 p.m., Friday, June 6.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Ceramics take center stage at Little House
“The Rat’s Nest” shows a Burton cottage.

Burton and desert inspire paintings

The Back Bay Inn will feature the work of watercolor artist Marilyn Blitz in an exhibit opening from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6.

  • Jun 3, 2008
“The Rat’s Nest” shows a Burton cottage.

Scott shows new paintings at Gallery 070

Gallery 070 will present new paintings by Jeff Scott in an exhibit that opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Kim Cronin and Pat Reardon will open at the Blue Heron on Saturday.

New works come to Blue Heron

The New Works series, presented by Vashon Allied Arts, continues at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Blue Heron with two musical groups in one evening.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Kim Cronin and Pat Reardon will open at the Blue Heron on Saturday.

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  • Jun 3, 2008
Silverwood Gallery: Women as keepers

Silverwood Gallery: Women as keepers

Silverwood Gallery will open an exhibit of Ivonne Escobar de Kommer’s new copper repousse sculptures from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 6.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Silverwood Gallery: Women as keepers

Two poets explore power, mortality and sexuality

“How the End Begins: Two Poets on Power, Sexuality and Mortality” will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Vashon Library.

  • Jun 3, 2008
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Dancers reach for the stars in new work

Vashon Junior Civic Ballet is a free program sponsored by the Vashon Park District. It is open to all members of the community who would like to dance or work backstage in two productions a year. The company currently includes 24 dancers, ages 4 to 24, who rehearse on Saturday afternoons at Ober Park. A summer dance camp for two age groups will be offered in August, and rehearsals for the company’s annual “Nutcracker Ballet” will begin in September. For more information, contact Vashon Park District at 463-9602.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Dancers include (front row
Ron Irvine has finally achieved his goal: A wine made from Vashon-grown grapes.

In search of the holy grail: Vashon winery owner reaches a viticultural milestone

It was one of those damp days in mid-May when the temperature had stalled in the low 50s, apple blossoms shivered on trees, and Vashon, it seemed, could never be the kind of place a sun-hungry grape might ripen.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Ron Irvine has finally achieved his goal: A wine made from Vashon-grown grapes.
Passionate art collector Ann Nicklason drops off a piece for the Collector’s Choice Art Sale to Janice Mallman

Nationally-known artists’ work to be featured at Blue Heron on Vashon

The Blue Heron Art Gallery will be the scene of a unique art sale this weekend, made possible by the generosity, sharp eyes and talents of Island art collectors and artists.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Passionate art collector Ann Nicklason drops off a piece for the Collector’s Choice Art Sale to Janice Mallman
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VAA to feature world fusion group

Island music aficionados are in for a double treat at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, when Vashon Allied Arts New Works Series continues with two acts in one evening — all-original world music by Resonance, a new Island-based band, and a performance by popular Island duo Pat Reardon and Kim Cronin.

  • Jun 2, 2008
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