It was such a success last year that Vashon Center for the Arts is doing it again this year. We’re talking about Vashon Summer Arts Fest, VCA’s annual two-month long summer arts festival that is set to run from Friday, July 5th through Sunday, August 25.
“The Summer Artsfest is the ultimate celebration of Vashon artists,” says Lynann Politte, Gallery Business Director at VCA. “It’s a non-stop, two month showcase of the diversity and breadth of artistic talent on Vashon. Every week our guests will have a chance to see art from familiar island artists as well as from people who may never have shown before. It really is like no other show.”
Vashon Summer Arts Fest is a juried festival open to any and all Vashon-based artists. Each artist is given a two-week show and a designated wall or floor space “mini-gallery” on which to display their art. The festival will showcase and sell artwork by more than 100 Vashon Island visual artists in 40 solo and collaborative exhibits held in the Koch Gallery, the Fong-Wheeler atrium, and Mann Gift shop.
“We are proud of the fact that we were able to accept 100% of the submissions we received this year,” said Kevin Hoffberg, VCA’s Executive Director. “And, why wouldn’t we! We find that folks bring us their very best thinking and work, and with a little bit of calendar flexibility, we were able, for the second straight year, to accommodate everyone who wanted to show year. It’s truly a feast for the eyes and soul.”
One of the unusual features of Vashon Summer Arts Fest is there is a new show opening every Friday throughout the summer.
July 5th will be the grand opening featuring solo works by Kim Farrell, Lindsay Dakota, Robin Jones, Roman Zlobin, Taylor Renno, and Vladimir Luna. Michelle Lassaline and Nate Clark will also debut their group show.
For July 12th, Gordon Bennet will showcase 200 of his beloved bell pendants. Occupying most of the atrium floor will be the incredibly popular Vashon MakerSpace group show, curated by Neil Wiesblott and featuring the work of Bob Powell, James Chesney, Jeff Berend, Jude Spaith, Lee Beck, Maria Higuera, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Odin Lonning, Steve Caldwell and Steve Schllossman.
On July 19th Christopher Allen, Jo Robinson, Karlista Rickerson, Kate Munson, and Lenard Yen will mount solo shows and Jon-Eric Schafer will bring in a group show of plein air painters from the 2019 Garden Tour gardens.
July 26th brings in a Taste of Waterworks, beautiful gift items by the artists of Waterworks Studio featuring Christine Beck, Dale Randles, Darsie Beck, Ginny Ciszek, Jeaneen Bauer, Jeff Good, John Moore, Kate Rutherford, Ken Fulton, Kim Farrell, Lin Holley, Mary Shemeta, Ray Pfortner, Steve Silva and Zoe Cheroke. Vashon Clay Community group show has brought together 20 clay artists, from Masters level to newer potters, and have produced a wide variety of functional and sculptural works for this group show. Artists exhibiting are Abraham McBride, April Dalinis, Barbara Wells, Christine Beck, David Blad, Eric Nelson, Gale Lurie, Jane Neubauer, Jon Eric Schafer, Karen Fevold, Lin Holley, Lisa deFaccio, Liz Lewis, Marla Smith, Mary Hosick, Mary Lynn Buss, Mary L. Robinson, Mary Rose O’Reilley, Roxanne Thayer, Sonja Bergstroem. Alisara Martin and Kris Pedrin will round out the show with solo exhibits.
The festival will kick off with an opening party on the first Friday of July (July 5th) at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
“Last year we showed and sold a tremendous amount of art,” said Lynann Politte “Vashon Summer Arts Fest is a wonderful showcase and marketplace for a wide range of art and artists. There really is something for everyone. I think our visitors are going to be really pleased.”