Catch Us While You Can! 25+ Years Making Art on Vashon


One of the first questions Islanders ask each other is “how long have you lived on the Island”? For an artist or performer, there are some slightly humbling ways to quantify that question- if you run into your work at a “collector’s sale” aka yard sale or (yikes) Grannies’ Attic or if you’re a performer, your work dates back to (and sometimes beyond) vinyl, reel to reel, 4 tracks or cassette tapes! Catch Us While You Can, with visual and performance exhibitions during the month of September at Open Space for Arts & Community seeks to nail that question down- if you lived and worked in the arts on Vashon for 25 or more years, you’re in!

Hosted by O Space and sponsored by VIVA, Vashon Events and 4Culture, for the opening on September 7 the veteran visual artists of Vashon will take over the Atrium, Black Box and Gallery at O while the equally well aged musicians will fill the Grand Hall with sound. The party will continue throughout the month with gallery hours each weekend except the 14th-16th, salon discussions with venerable visual artists once a week, and a final weekend festival of visual and performing arts. Such a show is bitter sweet as our Island art icons age and a special memoriam section will be devoted to honoring those artists who are no long with us. Suggestions for this section are most welcome.

Each visual artist should be prepared to submit a piece that reflects their early work (or image thereof) that is not for sale, a current work for sale, and a photograph of themselves and bio. Musicians are asked to submit a recording of early work for playing during the exhibit run, their bio and photograph, and be prepared to perform. Visual art is being coordinated and curated by Christine Beck and Kristen Reitz-Green while musicians will work with Vashon Events to best meet their scheduling and sound needs.

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2018 and will be accepted at O Space. There is no size restriction on work as O Space’s generous walls can accommodate small to large and there are no entry fees for either visual or performing artists. A grant received from 4Culture will assist with honorariums to musicians.Visual artists should contact Christine Beck,, and Kristen Reitz-Green,, and performers contact Vashon Events,

So mark your calendar and join us throughout September and Catch Us While You Can!

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

Presented by Open Space for Arts & Community
25 + Years Making Art on Vashon
Friday, September 7th through Sunday, September 30th