Vashon Island is renowned for its vibrant arts and culture scene. Our little island is a hub for many galleries, artists, and musicians in Washington State’s Puget Sound. Regular events, workshops, and exhibitions testify to the thriving local talent, making the island a rich tapestry of artistic expression and cultural experiences.
It’s a place where culture thrives amidst the lush greenery and calming waters. As October 2023 approaches, there’s an array of events and exhibitions that make Vashon a must-visit. Here’s a snapshot of what awaits you:
Community Art Spaces and Creators
A Hub of Creativity: Vashon Center for the Arts
Located at 19600 Vashon Hwy SW, the Vashon Center for the Arts is more than just a space; it’s an experience. Their art gallery showcases works from artists spanning the Pacific Northwest, with a special spotlight on the thriving artist community of Vashon Island. The VCA curates exhibitions monthly, with new displays opening on the first Friday of each month. The art here promises to be seen and felt, engaging viewers in meaningful dialogues.
Showcasing Creativity: Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA)
VIVA operates predominantly online as an artist membership nonprofit. As October sets in, they’re offering a unique ‘Art by appointment’ system for holiday shopping. Dive into island-style art and discover masterpieces from Vashon’s best.
Creative Expressions at Starving Artist Works (SAW)
Open from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 12-4 p.m., SAW at 9920 SW Bank Rd showcases an eclectic mix of art and crafts. This is the place to be if you’re hunting for something distinctive and locally made.
Margaret in the Hallway
Head to 17600 Vashon Hwy SW, and you’ll find a gallery that’s as intriguing as its name. Open from Friday to Monday, the space celebrates Margaret Heffelfinger’s artistry, currently spotlighting a series called “Dogs, Cats, Fish, and Best Titles Ever.”
Raven’s Nest: A Beacon for Pacific Northwest Native Artwork
Native art finds a beautiful representation at Raven’s Nest. At 17508 Vashon Hwy SW, Israel Shotridge and friends offer a collection of art that’s steeped in tradition yet contemporary in feel. With the holidays around the corner, their framed art prints might be the addition your home needs.
Madalitso Band! The Sound of Malawi – On Wednesday, October 4th, the Vashon Center for the Arts will host the Madalitso Band. Hailing from Malawi, this dance folk duo is set to make Vashon groove. Tickets are available here.
First Friday Gallery Cruise – On Friday, October 6th, Vashon Events presents a unique blend of virtual and in-person gallery showcases. Stay updated with their newsletters, peering into Vashon’s vibrant arts scene.
It’s Vashon Isle! – This unique show from October 13th to 15th at Vashon Center for the Arts draws parallels between Vashon’s past and present, intertwined with music and tales.
Two Drink Minimum Comedy Show – Unwind with Vashon’s funniest at Dig Deep Gardens on Saturday, October 14th.
Peter Mulvey KAT Eggleston & Joe Panzetta in the Round! – A night of melodious tunes and enchanting tales await you on Monday, October 16th at the Vashon Theatre.
Claudia Schmidt – On Wednesday, October 18th, the Vashon Havurah will echo with the melodies of Claudia Schmidt, promising an evening of immersive music and tales.
Vashon Island promises to celebrate art, music, stories, and memories this October 2023. It’s not just about viewing art; it’s about experiencing the culture and vibrancy that Vashon is renowned for.