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

Jun
7
Fri
TREE
Jun 7 – Jun 29 all-day

This show’s curation is lead by guest curator Dawna Holloway, founder and director of studio e gallery (Georgetown / Seattle).
Taking the arboretum as its inspiration, Tree celebrates the community that sustains studio e. Through an eclectic group of works united by a common theme — “tree-ness”— the show emblemizes their makers’ connection to studio e as both gallery artists and talented friends of the gallery.  The contrasting and varied approaches to the subject offered by these 20 or so artists range from new abstract expressionism to color field painting, to conceptual, video work and design, all of them contributing to and coalescing in the ecosystem of Tree.
Tree ecosystems mirror human communities in striking ways. Contemporary forestry research has revealed that, beneath the forest floor, trees are constantly engaged in resource exchanges and other interactions that likewise unite them as an ecosystem of individuals. Trees thrive in community. Via a network of roots, fungal web, and interaction with insects, they communicate information, share resources, and attract help.
Natural science in general is undergoing a similar paradigm shift, from examining organisms in isolation to understanding them as players in inextricably interconnected systems. If we bring this lens to Tree, the web of interconnections that relates these works finds its nexus at studio e.
Having grown from no more than a well-lit space for a showing of the work of friends, studio e’s vitality depends on the artists, photographers, designers, writers, curators, collectors, fellow gallerists, and art administrators-in-training who make it the thriving arts ecosystem it is today.
“The reason trees share food and communicate is that they need each other. It takes a forest to create a microclimate suitable for tree growth and sustenance.
-Tim Flannery, Introduction to The Hidden Life of Trees (2015)
Artists include: James Arzente, Brian Beck, Cat Clifford, Brian Cypher, Michael Doyle, Warren Dykeman, Marilyn Frasca, Damien Hoar de Galvan, David E. Kearns, Paul Komada, Molly Magai, Kate Murphy,Sarah Norsworthy, Tuan Nguyen, Sue Rose, Brian Sanchez, Gabriel Stromberg, Emily Tanner-McLean, Gillian Theobald, and Cappy Thompson.
“Dawna Holloway and her studio e gallery are building a strong reputation encouraging experienced and emerging artists to stretch themselves and their works. The shows that Dawna has curated are passionate and clear examples of strong curation meeting vibrant and vital art. VCA jumped at the chance to collaborate on a topic rooted in an environmental theme that would combine the energies of our great gallery spaces, our 29th annual garden tour, and one of the hottest galleries in the Pacific Northwest. It was an easy idea to say “yes” to.” – Kevin Hoffberg, Executive Directory
First Friday opening: June 7th 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Show run: June 7th – June 29th
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday 12noon – 4:00pm
Gallery art walk with tour guide Jim Demetre June 22nd(12pm and 1pm)

TREE
Jun 7 – Jun 30 all-day

This show’s curation is lead by guest curator Dawna Holloway, founder and director of studio e gallery (Georgetown / Seattle).
Taking the arboretum as its inspiration, Tree celebrates the community that sustains studio e. Through an eclectic group of works united by a common theme — “tree-ness”— the show emblemizes their makers’ connection to studio e as both gallery artists and talented friends of the gallery.  The contrasting and varied approaches to the subject offered by these 20 or so artists range from new abstract expressionism to color field painting, to conceptual, video work and design, all of them contributing to and coalescing in the ecosystem of Tree.
Tree ecosystems mirror human communities in striking ways. Contemporary forestry research has revealed that, beneath the forest floor, trees are constantly engaged in resource exchanges and other interactions that likewise unite them as an ecosystem of individuals. Trees thrive in community. Via a network of roots, fungal web, and interaction with insects, they communicate information, share resources, and attract help.
Natural science in general is undergoing a similar paradigm shift, from examining organisms in isolation to understanding them as players in inextricably interconnected systems. If we bring this lens to Tree, the web of interconnections that relates these works finds its nexus at studio e.
Having grown from no more than a well-lit space for a showing of the work of friends, studio e’s vitality depends on the artists, photographers, designers, writers, curators, collectors, fellow gallerists, and art administrators-in-training who make it the thriving arts ecosystem it is today.
“The reason trees share food and communicate is that they need each other. It takes a forest to create a microclimate suitable for tree growth and sustenance.
-Tim Flannery, Introduction to The Hidden Life of Trees (2015)
Artists include: James Arzente, Brian Beck, Cat Clifford, Brian Cypher, Michael Doyle, Warren Dykeman, Marilyn Frasca, Damien Hoar de Galvan, David E. Kearns, Paul Komada, Molly Magai, Kate Murphy,Sarah Norsworthy, Tuan Nguyen, Sue Rose, Brian Sanchez, Gabriel Stromberg, Emily Tanner-McLean, Gillian Theobald, and Cappy Thompson.
“Dawna Holloway and her studio e gallery are building a strong reputation encouraging experienced and emerging artists to stretch themselves and their works. The shows that Dawna has curated are passionate and clear examples of strong curation meeting vibrant and vital art. VCA jumped at the chance to collaborate on a topic rooted in an environmental theme that would combine the energies of our great gallery spaces, our 29th annual garden tour, and one of the hottest galleries in the Pacific Northwest. It was an easy idea to say “yes” to.” – Kevin Hoffberg, Executive Directory
First Friday opening: June 7th 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Show run: June 7th – June 29th
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday 12noon – 4:00pm
Gallery art walk with tour guide Jim Demetre June 22nd(12pm and 1pm)

Jul
5
Fri
Summer Arts Fest: July 5 Art Exhibitions
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm

First week of Summer Arts Fest with art exhibitions by Kim Farrell, Lindsay Dakota, Michelle Lassaline, Nate Clark, Robin Jones, Roman Zlobin, Taylor Renno and Vladimir Luna.

 

Kim Farrell “Out of the Dust: songs from Africa” (photography).

Kim’s photographic images were created in awe and admiration of tribal people of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia and the wildlife of Tanzania in hopes they can be preserved before they are lost.

 

Lindsay Dakota “Between Here and There” (multimedia).

With a background in industrial design, architecture and interior design, Lindsay’s thought process is to distill a composition down to its very essence. The ‘Here’ is about teh immense power and drama… ad what stories were created between Here and There.

 

Michelle Lassaline and Nate Clark “The Inside of a Boa Constrictor” (multimedia).

The artists have created new works that combine each of their artistic practices: Nate’s hand-tied nets and laminated wooden shapes and michelle’s found object assemblages.

 

Robin Jones “the earth has music for those who listen” (oil on wood and aluminum with gold or silver leaf).

Paintings with interconnected themes around nature and human interference with it, as well as interpretations of characters in plays and historical figures.

 

Roman Zlobin “White, White and Beyond” (Photography).

In Russian, the word “Color and “light” are very similar in spelling and their sacral meaning. As a Russian, to Roman, the white color and the light are one and the same. No matter what color is present in his photographs, teh important this is the light.

 

Taylor Renno “Preservation” (multimedia).

Her collection of paper keepsakes explores the relationship of keepsakes and our ability to access the memories associated with them. It is dedicated to those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers.

 

Vladimir Luna “Brief Cosmogony of the Human Condition” (multimedia).

Vladimir uses various materials such as mud, ash, plaster, acrylics, pencil, coffee, ink on wood or fabric with a variety of techniques; applying them dry, using gouaches, accelerating the drying process, sanding, scraping.

 

Gallery Hours (starting July 1) Tues – Fri: 12-5pm, Sat & Sun: 12-4pm (closed Monday)

Jul
12
Fri
Summer Arts Fest: July 12 Art Exhibitions
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm

Gordon R Barnett’s collection of 200 unique bells will be ringing in all their glory in the VCA Gift Shop. Vashon MakerSpace a place where islanders can create, learn and share their art, will be represented by a diverse exhibition of  ten (10) artists.
Gordon R. Barnett “GRB Bells” (jewelry)
A wide selection of GRB Bells, silver & bronze that are cast using traditional lost wax methods along with many contemporary refinements in technology. His designs are responsive to many sources including; nature & symbols; numerical concepts & architecture; mythology & sacred geometry.
Vashon MakerSpace group show (multimedia)
The goal of this show is to encourage those with skills and knowledge to enrich other by sharing and celebrating their expertise and ideas. Collection includes wood work, cement formed face sculptures, jewelry, pottery, artistry illustrating First Nations stories and Indigenous wisdom. Curated by Neil Wiesblott, this exhibit includes art by Bob Powell, James Chesney, Jeff Berend, Jude Spaith, Lee Beck, Maria Higuera, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Odin Lonning, Steve Caldwell, Steve Schllossman.
Runs July 12 – July 21
Gallery Hours (starting July 1) Tues – Fri 12-5pm, Sat & Sun 12-4pm (closed Monday)

Summer Artsfest: July 12 Art Exhibitions
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm

Almost 200 unique bell designed from Gordon R Barnett’s bell collection will be on display in the VCA Gift Shop. Ten (10) artists and their diverse artistry make up the MakerSpace group show.
Gordon R. Barnett “GRB Bells” (jewelry)
A wide selection of GRB Bells, silver & bronze that are cast using traditional lost wax methods along with many contemporary refinements in technology. His designs are responsive to many sources including; nature & symbols; numerical concepts & architecture; mythology & sacred geometry.
Vashon MakerSpace group show (multimedia)
Curated by Neil Wiesblott and includes art by Bob Powell, James Chesney, Jeff Berend, Jude Spaith, Lee Beck, Maria Higuera, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Odin Lonning, Steve Caldwell, Steve Schllossman. The goal of this sow is to encourage those with skills and knowledge to enrich other by sharing and celebrating their expertise and ideas. Collection includes wood work, cement formed face headstones, jewelry, pottery, artistry illustrating First Nations stories and Indigenous wisdom.
Runs July 12 – July 21

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.