Vashon Center for the Arts announces a free two-month summer arts festival slated to open Friday, July 6, and run through Sunday, August 26. The festival will showcase and sell artwork by more than 80 Vashon Island visual artists in 45+ individual and collaborative exhibits, workshop, demonstrations, and special events held in the Koch Gallery, the Katherine L White Hall lobby, and various spaces on the Center’s campus.
“We are beyond excited to be launching the Vashon Summer Arts Fest,” Director of Operations Kevin Hoffberg said. “The idea first germinated during a conversation I had with island artist Bruce Morser in mid-March. A week later, a bunch of local artists and our staff kicked around the idea of a two-month arts festival featuring Vashon artists. Lo and behold, we are making it happen thanks to the outpouring of interest by our local arts community, the hard work of our staff, and the great support of our sponsors: Windermere Real Estate, Caffe Vita, the Chamber of Commerce, and The Lodges on Vashon.”
“I’m incredibly grateful to our great island business partners for jumping in while this thing was barely more than a dream,” Hoffberg added.
The festival will kick off with an opening party, including live music and a multi-discipline performance of ReWild on the first Friday of July at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. New artists will be rotated in and out of the show each Friday for an ongoing series of three-week exhibitions. Special events are Saturday and family friendly.
“I’m looking at this as giving both exposure and commerce to our Vashon artists,” said Lynann Politte, the producer VCA retained to manage the festival. “We are proud to offer a showcase of this magnitude of the talent we have on the island to our Vashon community and also the greater Seattle and Tacoma communities.”
Artist exhibits will be hung in 10 or more “mini galleries” throughout the Koch Gallery and lobby, adjacent hallways, breezeway and patio plus the parking lot for demostrations and participatory activities. All artists are Vashon locals.
Politte offered a taste of what’s to come:
A curated group exhibition will explore myths, metaphors and taboos about the significance and history of the color red through the ages, in particular red shoes; a collection of collages by several Island artists, a number of photography exhibits, a curated show of Vashon High School art students, a ceramic group show with 23+ artists, a multi-discipline installation with sculptural furniture, including a 1500 pound cement chair; and a mural that will be created over the course of the festival in the breezeway. Other projects will include a community weaving project, hanging mobiles and a composition of sounds recorded in and around VCA buildings, with an accompanied choreographed dance piece.
Add to that mix about 60 additional artists, new exhibits every week plus a few surprises, and the Summer Arts Fest promises to be a grand celebration of the remarkable community of artists who create art and live on Vashon Island.