When You’ve Seen It All, There’s More!

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The VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour is fast approaching, and Waterworks Studio will fling wide the doors Friday, November 30 at 6pm, with its’ traditional Preview Party. Located on Maury, stop 27 on the tour brochure, the revelry features music by Richard Person and Jim Hobson, refreshments and fabulous treats created by the Waterworks artists, and the unveiling of the always anticipated Artists’ Tree. Waterworks will be open for tour December 1-2 and 8-9 from 10am to 6pm.

This year Waterworks proudly presents not only the artists you have come to know and love but three new artists to stuff your stockings and delight your eyes. Jeaneen Bauer, a familiar face to those who bank at PSCCU, will offer her delightful felted animals- a Noah’s Ark of sheep, giraffes and more. New to Vashon, Steve Silva brings to his work a history of shipwright’s training and cabinet making. If you’ve have seen his wonderful candleholders and hanging flower vases at Saturday Market, you know who we mean. And from Port Townsend, that town that everyone loves second only to Vashon, comes Rick Myers, Urban Sketcher extraordinaire, exhibiting paintings and sketches.

Not to be outshone by their new colleagues, the venerable artists of Waterworks have spent their year creating new work, and fresh designs to delight visitors. Lindsay Aickin’s beloved prayer flags will return but she has additions to her artistic repertoire as does clay sculptor Lin Holley whose work is known far beyond the Northwest. Photographers Kathleen Webster and Kim Farrell worked this year on new images boldly presented, capturing the island and beyond. The Queen of Recycle, Julie King, once again takes recycling to fine art and craft with eclectic pieces for the home and garden while Kate Rutherford makes magic turning special stones into elegant jewelry.

Painters Jeff Good, Darsie Beck, Bob Horsley and Ken Fulton have all done time this year with Urban Sketchers and it shows- crisp lines to Monet-like softness sometimes created in plein air and resulting in landscapes, architectural renderings, maritime paintings and more. These artists work in a huge variety of mediums with extraordinary skill.

Wearables, always a favorite, will be featured by Mary Shemeta with her signature felted silk along with those don’t miss dryer balls and knitwear by Zoe Cheroke for the chilly heads and hands of children and adults. Zoe has also created her unique notecards for this year. To decorate those new duds, Ginny Ciszek will offer her fun, quirky jewelry along with notecards while Dale Randles has carved combs, rings, hair sticks and barrettes out of a beautiful variety of woods. Soaps and sachets created by Cascadia Makers Merrilee Runyan and Jordan Beck will be there to satisfy your stocking stuffer needs.

John Moore, master of wooden spoons, once again brings those beautiful pieces for kitchen and tables- many of island wood. To enhance the kitchen and table, Chris Beck will offer her popular high fire celadon porcelain designs along with the new design, Eclipse, that debuted this Fall. A Beck salt dish with a Moore spoon is the perfect gift!

This year’s Waterworks raffle basket filled with specially selected pieces from each of the artists will benefit the Vashon Maury Food Bank. Tickets $1.00 anad you do not need to be present to win.

So just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s new artists, fresh work and new designs! Join all of the Waterworks artists kicking off the holiday season and studio tour with the Preview Party November 30 and the next two weekends of the VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour!