Vashon Center for the Arts

What began as the Vashon Arts League in 1949 by Island artists Fred Eernisse, Norman Edson and Art Hansen with the simple vision to showcase art created by Islanders. What eventually became the Vashon Associated Arts (VAA), a loosely knit group dedicated to the arts, without a solid place to call home for a couple decades, the organization nearly disbanded but rescued by Chris (Wheeler) Beck, who created the current organization we know today, complete with board of directors. In 1988, they purchase the building that Islanders came to know as the Blue Heron Art Center.

31 years in their home at the Blue Heron Arts Center, and VAA has grown into their large building to 8 full time employees, 120 classes offered every year, 40 events per year, a full-fledged dance program, monthly rotating gallery shows and much more. You can view their complete Board and Staff on the website.

Koch Gallery

Upcoming Events

Dec
1
Sat
Suzuki Violin Lessons- 30mins
Dec 1 2018 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Suzuki Violin Lessons- 30mins
Dates: Sept 10-Jan 28 (skip school breaks/holidays)
Tuition: $545 Member | $585 General
Instructor: Gaye Detzer
Location: Vashon United Methodist Church
Ages: 4-18
The Suzuki approach is based on the philosophy that young children learn music just as they learn to speak their native language – through regular listening, developmentally appropriate instruction and frequent opportunities to play alone and with others. Gaye has been a Suzuki teacher for almost 40 years. Students can register for 15, 30, or 45 minute lessons. For questions, or to schedule lessons, please contact Gaye at gayed@vashoncenterforthearts.org
Arts Ed Scholarship Application
REGISTER

Suzuki Violin Lessons- 45mins
Dec 1 2018 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Suzuki Violin Lessons- 45mins
Dates: Sept 10-Jan 28 (skip school breaks/holidays)
Tuition: $740 Member | $765 General
Instructor: Gaye Detzer
Location: Vashon United Methodist Church
Ages: 4-18
The Suzuki approach is based on the philosophy that young children learn music just as they learn to speak their native language – through regular listening, developmentally appropriate instruction and frequent opportunities to play alone and with others. Gaye has been a Suzuki teacher for almost 40 years. Students can register for 15, 30, or 45 minute lessons. For questions, or to schedule lessons, please contact Gaye at gayed@vashoncenterforthearts.org
Arts Ed Scholarship Application
REGISTER

Suzuki Violin Lessons-15mins
Dec 1 2018 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Suzuki Violin Lessons- 15mins
Dates: Sept 10-Jan 28 (skip school breaks/holidays)
Tuition: $295 Member | $315
Instructor: Gaye Detzer
Location: Vashon United Methodist Church
Ages: 4-18
The Suzuki approach is based on the philosophy that young children learn music just as they learn to speak their native language – through regular listening, developmentally appropriate instruction and frequent opportunities to play alone and with others. Gaye has been a Suzuki teacher for almost 40 years. Students can register for 15, 30, or 45 minute lessons.
Contact Gaye with questions and to schedule lessons:
gayed@vashoncenterforthearts.org
Arts Ed Scholarship Application
REGISTER
 

Apr
5
Fri
Lexicon of Light
Apr 5 – Apr 27 all-day

The Lexicon of Light art project curated by Michael Elenko aims to integrate the storytelling power of poetry and photography. The resulting interplay of poetic verse and photographic imagery exhibition is on display during which is National Poetry Month and also during VCA’s 3-day Literature Conference.  The Lexicon of Light aims to turn the traditional practice of ekphrasisinside out. Ekphrasis involves a poetic interpretation of a visual work of art, whereas, the objective of The Lexicon of Light is to transform personal impressions of poetry into photographic images.
Vashon poets composed original poems and photographers set out to transform their impression of the poetry into photographic images. Both will be displayed in the exhibition. Poets: Catherine Johnson, C. Hunter Davis, Susan Lynch, Ann Spiers, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, Linera Lucas, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Cal Kinnear, Lynn Carrigan, Robert C. Leung, Margaret Roncone, and posthumously Ina Whitlock. Photographers Mary Liz Austin, Crystal Culp, Dawn Stief, Rebecca Cullimore, Terry Donnelly, Claudia Hollander-Lucas, Will Lockwood, Kent Phelan, Keith Prior, Shelley Hanna, Andrew Johns, Michael Elenko, Peter Serko, Kate Munson, Sherry Lee Bottoms, Anne Gordon.
First Friday Opening : April 4th 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Poetry reading and artist talk :   April 25th  7:00pm  – 8:00pm
Show closes April 27th
Gallery Hours : Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday: 12noon – 4:00pm (closed Sunday & Monday)
 

The Photographer’s Story
Apr 5 – Apr 27 all-day

The Photographer’s Story
Three photography exhibitions:
Mark Milroy  “Mysterious Abstractions”
Ed Holmes  “A Door is a Story Untold”
Roman  “Nude Debut”
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Mark Milroy explores the hallways and caverns of Ft Wordens Kinzie Artillery Battery (Port Townsend, WA) in creating abstract photographic images in “Mysterious Abstractions”. Over time the decay of the building along with rust and mold and the layering of paint have created a multilayered patina of surfaces that are curious, rich and strangely artistic, and from which appeared the beginnings of abstract paintings shrink wrapped over architectural elements.
“A Door is a Story Untold”, by Ed Holmes expresses the idea of a doorway being more important than a door itself. A door is a boundary of what resides inside. It is a passageway between life’s events. Imagine what a Door knows; overhearing gossip, beholding your first goodnight kiss, slammed in anger, left ajar where secrets are exposed, yet it doesn’t tell. All taken place silently, witnessed by the door.
Roman Zlobin’s “Nude Debut” is a study of the female form in various environments and with the use of different photographic processing techniques. “The shape and form of a female body takes a special place in my work as I am forever fascinated and inspired by a woman’s beauty, both as pure form, but also as form held by the state of nature – light, time of day, weather, and the changing seasons.”
First Friday Show Opening, April 5 at 6:00pm.
Show closes, Saturday April 27, 2019
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00am – 3:00pm & Saturday: 12noon – 4:00pm

Vashon Center for the Arts mission is to make quality arts education affordable for all with a scholarship fund providing support leaving no student turned away for lack of funds.

Vashon Center for the Arts Education

Vashon Center for the Arts Education program believe that art has the power to ignite creativity, build confidence, foster connections and change lives. The Blue Heron Education Center is home to a bevy of classes in drawing, painting, theater, photography, ceramics, creative writing, music, movement and more. Vashon’s talented artists are the community’s richest resource therefore VCA partners with 45-50 local artists to offer over 90 classes and camps per year to students of all ages and abilities.