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

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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, cdbeck@yahoo.com, and Kristen Reitz-Green, reitzgreen@comcast.net, and performers contact Vashon Events, vashonevents@gmail.com.

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