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Festival 25

Sep 7Sep 30

6:00 pm

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Festival 25: Catch us while you can, Come celebrate a month-long, multi–media celebration of art and music by Vashon Islanders who have shaped the Island art scene for 25 years or more.

Presented by Open Space for Arts & Community, First Friday launches the festivities at 6 pm, Friday, September 7, at Open Space. More than 70 Island 2-D and 3-D artists exhibit their works, a piece from past and present. First Friday opening features live music from Island favorites, Portage Fill with room to dance, Kat Eggleston and more. Appetizers and libations available.

In addition to Open Space, community sponsors include VIVA, Vashon Events and 4 Culture.

Christine Beck, long-time arts advocate, potter and organizer says this event is a collaborative arts event she envisioned for years. “I decided to write a 4Culture grant to provide seed funding to make this happen,” she adds. The King County arts organization awarded Beck $1500 toward the project.

“Talented artists and passionate musicians who have contributed to our Island’s reputation as an ‘arts haven’ deserve to be honored and we invite our community to join the celebration.”

In addition to the exhibition, open 10 am to 4 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sundays during September (except September 15-16) check out free concerts Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30 and four artist salons (details below!) held at Open Space during September.

Festival 25 Artist Salons at Open Space

All Salons are free of charge!

Penny Grist and Larry Muir Salon

Wednesday, September 12, 7 pm

Reinvent yourself! There may come a time in the life of an artist when, by choice, chance or circumstance, you change your medium. Share stories and discuss strategies for navigating transitions from the comfort and confidence of the familiar to the excitement and anxiety of the unknown. It could be a smooth sideways step or a nerve-wracking leap of faith. Either way, change is challenging. Join us at the O Space. Grist has created art on the Island, from jewelry to mosaic for well over 25 years.

Peter Serko Salon

Monday, September 17, 7 pm

Change your point of view…change your art. Peter will discuss and demonstrate how changing point of view helped transform his work as a photographer. From photographer to actor, Peter has been involved on the Island arts scene from many different angles. His current passion, in addition to photography and caring for his granddaughter, is bringing focus through art to a multi-media project around World AIDS Day in December.

Don Cole and Joan Wortis Salon

Wednesday, September 19, 7 pm

We plan to talk about the intersections our lives and work, what turns us on and what moves us. Shared experiences, visual and cultural, impact us both and then are abstracted and processed differently.

Don and Joan have been working artists for most of their adult lives. Don, who began his career in New York’s Soho galleries, paints mostly large canvasses, abstract but based in different realities. His early work when he lived in Soho involved a good deal of dumpster diving from the large trove of fabric remnants discarded by neighboring factories. This predilection for fabric is one of the many commonalities he has with Joan who, when they met, was a hand weaver and textile designer. She has, with his encouragement, gone on to making works on paper. Their travels in Asia influence much of their work, now done in their large shared studio, which is what brought them to Vashon and where they work doing different but related work.

Valerie Willson Salon

Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm

I will first talk about my history as an artist and why I  made changes in my career. I have made a living off my work since I graduated from The Pacific NW College of Art in 1973. One of the most lucrative and interesting parts of my career is participating in major art fairs all over the country. While it’s hard work, art fairs can offer financial reward for artists. Few people in the NW do the major art fair circuit because there are not many shows in the NW. As a painter, your only option is to drive. I will discuss all these elements of art shows—how competitive they are, how much it costs, how much you can make, how to find out about shows and the great comradery of people you meet. Join the discussion and bring your questions.

Music schedule:

Friday night, September 7th, 2018:

Main Stage:

06:00 – 06:30pm Kat Eggleston
07:15 – 08:15pm One More Mile
09:00 – 10:00pm Portage Fill Band

Acoustic Stage:

06:40 – 07:10pm John Van Amerongen
08:20 – 08:50pm Bob Krinsky

Saturday night, September 29th, 2018:

Main Stage:

05:00 – 05:45pm The Spotlights
06:30 – 07:15pm High and Lonesome
08:00 – 08:45pm Subconscious Population
09:30 – 10:15pm Sinner & The Saints

Acoustic Stage:

05:50 – 06:20pm Bob Kueker
07:20 – 07:50pm Mary Litchfield Tuel
08:50 – 09:20pm Chuck Roehm

Sunday night, September 30th, 2018:

Main Stage:

03:00 – 03:45pm Mike Shapiro plays with Fire
04:30 – 05:00pm Catbird
05:45 – 06:30pm RiverBend
07:15 – 08:00pm Loose Change

Acoustic Stage:

03:50 – 04:20pm Some Hat
05:05 – 05:35pm John Browne
06:35 – 07:05pm Loren Sinner with Bob Goering


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