It’s Christmas! It’s Waterworks!

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If Waterworks signals the kickoff for your Christmas festivities, it’s time to party! Vashon Island Visual Artists begins its Holiday Studio Tour December 7/8 and 14/15 and Waterworks opens the tour with the Friday, December 6, Preview Party starting at 6 pm. Music, refreshments and art fill every nook and cranny of Waterworks this year with some exciting new additions. Each year Waterworks seeks out astounding new artists to add to the collective and this year the three new additions will amaze you- Michelle Lassaline, Sara Barry and Yuchen Lin.

Michelle is familiar to any Islander who frequents Saturday Market- if she’s not in disguise that is! Sometimes a person, sometimes a pelican, sometimes a fox, Michelle creates rapid watercolor perfection as she renders clients as the animal they envision themselves. A well-kept secret is that Michelle also creates museum quality paintings and shows in museums, galleries and in publications nationally. Michelle’ works will be showing in the main gallery and she will also be doing her market style paintings for guests on the patio.

Equally talented artist Sara Barry joins Waterworks with her textile line. Sara takes Indian saris and other fabrics and miraculously turns them into throws, bowls, potholders and a myriad of useful items in glorious colors. The bowls, a relatively new addition, are simply exquisite and the throws, lightweight with a luscious selection of colors, are irresistible.

And Waterworks third new treasure is the talented soap maker Yuchen Lin who make perhaps the most elegant soaps ever seen. Not only are the designs aesthetically exquisite, all of the soaps are vegan and no plastic packaging is used. Yuchen Lin is a one-woman miracle of soap manufacture and her works are ideal for that special person on your list.

The Waterworks creative cast you know and love will of course be on hand- Lindsay Aickin with her sell out prayer flags, a perfection of John Moore’s wooden spoons and utensils and woodworker Dale Randles’ carved personal ornaments, Lin Holley’s ceramic creations and Chris Beck’s functional porcelain ware, that Island iconic stone jewelry by Kate Rutherford and whimsical, eclectic jewelry from Ginny Ciszek.

Now that might seem like enough but its Waterworks so there’s more! Jill Andrews back with knitted and felted work along with Zoe Cheroke’s knitwear and collectible cards, those spirit dolls and precious felted animals by Jeaneen Bauer, hanging candle and flower holders and more from Steve Silva, and decorating the gallery walls painters Jeff Good, Darsie Beck, Bob Horsley, Ken Fulton and Port Townsend’s Rick Myers with a profusion of watercolors, acrylic and ink, and the rich and varied photography of Kathleen Webster and Ray Pfortner

Whew- 21 incredible artists to help you tick the boxes on that Christmas list! And the party starts with the Preview, December 6 filled with the music of Richard Person and Jim Hobson. Starting at 6pm, plan to join us-the Artists’ Tree filled with ornaments handcrafted by each of our artists will be front and center, the bonfire will be crackling, enjoy refreshments and hors oeuvres galore and the company of community. Don’t forget to enter for the raffle basket crammed with works from each of the artists. All proceeds to benefit the Vashon Senior Center.

Waterworks is Tour stop #14 at 7012 SW 240th on Maury Island, waterworrksonvashon.com 206/660-4635.