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Arts & Humanities Vashon Chamber Music Jose Gonzales Trio Caspar Babypants

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Board of Trustees President Tim Roden Vice President Duane Bedard Treasurer Chuck Weinstock Secretary Judith Burwell Member at Large Susan Kutscher Trustees Stephanie Halstead Baker, Scott Benner, Randee Crisman Blackstone, Karin DeSantis, Alan Huggins, Denise Katz, Jennifer McMurdo, Robert Misel, Bruce Morser, Ann Nicklason, Tom Nicolino, Mary O’Leary-Bryant, Susan Rives, Jon-Eric Schafer, Nancy Sipple

VAA Staff Executive Director Molly Reed Deputy Director Angela Luechtefeld Gallery Curator Janice Mallman Director of Communications Justin Huguet Director of Performing Arts Stephen Jeong Director of Arts Education Wendy Finkleman Bookkeeper Lara McKnight Office Manager Meredith Neal Development Coordinator Jill Venturi Database Manager Eileen Burke Heron’s Nest Manager Kathy Pine Artists in Schools Coordinator Pam McMahan Office Assistant Kit Malone Cleaning Services Jeremy Edmonds Facilities Manager Harmon Arroyo IslandArts Issue#1012 Editor Justin Huguet Design Novak Creative, Inc. Submissions 1st of the month prior to publication date, as space allows. Call 463.5131, ext 226 or email Published 10 times yearly (combined March/April and July/August issues). Copyright © 2014 by Vashon Allied Arts. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Printed by Oregon Web Press


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We are pleased to present some delightful offerings this February, perfectly timed to share with your loved ones and good friends during the month of LOVE. We are thrilled to welcome a return appearance by one of our very favorite local musicians, Northwest rock and soul singer LeRoy Bell. Bell was a finalist on the inaugural season of The X Factor, and VAA is looking forward to his band coming back for another amazing performance. On Valentine’s Day weekend, the Jose Gonzales Trio will provide a perfect opportunity for a romantic date night. Make a special dinner reservation, and we’ ll provide the music and the chocolates.

Vashon Chamber Music performance. Also, be sure to check out all of our great class offerings this month!

Come have some fun with the entire family at Caspar Babypants. Learn and listen at our Art History Talks, Arts & Humanities Lectures and

Molly Reed Executive Director

The capital campaign for Vashon Center for the Arts is making sure and steady progress, and we invite you to get involved. Ongoing “mini campaigns” are raising funds for specific features in the building, such as the dance floor needed for dance classes and events, and the risers used by the Vashon Island Chorale. Naming a seat in the theater is another wonderful way to participate. There are many other opportunities to support the campaign, so be sure to visit for the latest information. I’m always available to connect and would love to hear from you. Call me at 463.5131 x225 or email me at

Hatching in the Heron’s Nest Jewelry treasures make lovely Valentine’s Day gifts, and in February the Heron’s Nest celebrates romance with featured works created by many of Vashon Island’s talented jewelry designers.

Included in our special Valentine’s Day collection are contributions from artists new to the Nest, as well as novel pieces by current jewelry artists. Choose from the work of more than a dozen Island designers, including Gordon Barnett, Jeaneen Bauer, Sandy Burns, Bill Cleaver, Grace Derrer, Betty Gardner, Charlotte Hansen, Thank you to our major contributors

Barbara Jennings, Pat Kane, Patricia Kiriazis, Maria Marcy, Carole Meriam, Suzanne Moore, Larry Muir, Kathy Pine, Sheree Tomoson, Marilyn Van

Above, handtooled leather bracelet by Bill Cleaver. Left, convertible necklace by Jeaneen Bauer

Devanter and Sam Van Fleet. Necklaces to rings to bracelets—all pieces offer excellent craftsmanship and unique design. Whether your loved one likes jewelry that is bold and adventurous, fun and funky, whimsical or casually elegant, you will find just the right gift—and a lifetime treasure. Nothing says “I love you” like oneof-a-kind handcrafted jewelry made by a Vashon artist. - by Kathy Pine

Heron’s Nest Tuesday-Saturday 11:00–5:00 Sunday Noon–3:00 Gallery Cruise, February 7 open until 9 pm

New On Board Welcome to the newest members of Vashon Allied Arts’ Board of Directors, all of whom bring strong, diverse skill sets and a dedication to advancing our mission.

Randee Crisman Blackstone has a background in finance, human resources and education. She represented the Montlake neighborhood in Mayor Norm Rice’s Education Summit to improve the scope of education in Seattle’s public schools. She is also an accomplished creator of bronze and wood equestrian sculptures that reflect her love of horses and passion for nature. Karin DeSantis is a returning board member, and has been involved with both the arts and arts education for almost 30 years. She currently serves on VAA’s capital campaign cabinet and is excited to advance the vision and completion of Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA). Alan Huggins is a microbiologist by training and a nature enthusiast at heart. He has been a board member, writer and teacher with King County Recycling and Composting,

February Events GREAT NEW CLASSES! Make exploring your creativity a family experience! See pages 8-11.

Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust and Vashon Audubon Society. He looks forward to helping make VCA a reality for our community. Jenny McMurdo has called Vashon home for 17 years, and continues her family’s tradition of supporting the arts on Vashon. She has worked with a variety of organizations and nonprofits, including Clackamas Community College, Baker Cabin Historical Society and Oregon Advanced Technology Center. Tom Nicolino comes from a background in computer systems engineering and management for aerospace systems. He is proud to support VAA, and is committed to building a professional-quality arts center that supports the development of young local talent and showcases the arts of our Island. Mary O’Leary-Bryant has worked with children and run a small business, and has been active in the arts for years. She is pleased to expand her involvement with VAA at such an exciting time, to be part of an organization that brings together two of her passions: art and children. – by Justin Huguet


LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends Saturday, February 1, 7:30 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $16 Member/Student/ Senior, $20 General VAA, Heron’s Nest, page 5



Arts & Humanities Rebecca Albiani The Visual Poetics of Joan Miró Sunday, February 9, 7 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $18 Member/Student/ Senior, $22 General VAA, page 7

Art History Talks Documenting the Dustbowl




Tuesday, February 4, 11:30 am Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $14 Member/Student/ Senior, $18 General VAA, page 7

Gallery Cruise Friday, February 7, 6 pm VAA Gallery, page 4 Heron’s Nest, page 2


Family Series Caspar Babypants

Saturday, February 8, 10:30 am Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $6 Youth, $8 Adult VAA, Heron’s Nest, page 5

On the cover: LeRoy Bell photo by Mat Hayward page 5

Jose Gonzales Trio Saturday, February 15, 7:30 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $14 Member/Student/ Senior, $18 General VAA, Heron’s Nest, page 13

Vashon Chamber Music Trio Pardalote

Sunday, February 23, 7 pm Vashon United Methodist Church Tickets: $18 Member/Student/ Senior, $22 General VAA, Heron’s Nest, page 13

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Lucy Horton Band Saturday, March 1, 7:30 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $8 Member/Student/ Senior, $12 General VAA, Heron’s Nest, page 14

March 23

“Once Loved” Jewelry Sale

Sunday, March 23 12-1 pm – Members only! 1-5 pm – Open to the public Vashon Allied Arts page 14

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In the Gallery Snitzels she reflexively responded “making snitzels.” The name stuck. Today, Mills mentors fellow snitzel creators and participating exhibition artists Becky Kaufman, Carolyn Hall, Kari Hailey,


Small Fiber Expressions is a group exhibition displaying a medley of small works woven from fabric, thread, beads and other “bits and pieces collected here and there.” Its seven contributing female artists each represent a unique style, using personalized techniques to present an eclectic collection of “snitzel” fiber art for all to enjoy. So what exactly is a snitzel? Jean B. Mills, the group’s founder, explains the origin of its name: “‘Snitzel’ means ‘little shavings of wood’ in old high German. My father was a fine woodworker and first generation German, and as a child I played by his workbench while he carved. He used ‘snitzel’ to identify the curly bits and pieces I liked to play with.” Years later, when Mills was working on a fiber piece and surrounded with small scraps of fabric, someone asked what she was doing and 4

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a common element: small size. The group feels that this smaller format is a good fit for their members, all of whom seek to balance busy lives with a desire to explore creativity and individuality through artistic expression. “‘Small’ allows artists to move through a piece and then learn and go on, taking the new learning with them to their next work. It also allows for exploration of many techniques and materials,” says Mills. Snitzel artist Kimberly Tepe looks forward to the group’s monthly meetings. “It’s fun to see how someone else approaches a similar problem, and when we get stuck on

Kimberly Tepe, Louise Roby and Rene Jasper in monthly gatherings and classes, during which participants share ideas and collaborate on ongoing projects. “We are a community of Northwest artists interested in pushing the boundaries of our own abilities and learning in a constructive, supportive environment,” Mills explains. Although varied in style, color and composition, snitzels share

something, it’s great to have other perspectives weigh in to help solve the problem. We are a very supportive group—it’s a very safe and nurturing environment in which to create and explore.” Tepe’s featured snitzel works reflect her interest in emulating natural textures with fabric and textiles. “I love that velvet can look like moss or raw silk can mimic tree bark. I want people to walk up and look closely at the work and the textures involved. I’m someone who has to touch everything; I walk through galleries with my hands in my pockets so I’m not tempted to touch.” Visit VAA Gallery this month and enter the vibrant, colorful world of Snitzel fiber art. Do your best to resist the urge to touch! – by Justin Huguet

VAA Gallery Opening Friday, February 7, 6–9pm Music by Stardust Trio: Steve Touger (piano), Steph Meyer (acoustic bass), Ike Harmon (vocals)

LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends Catapulted into the international limelight as a finalist on the first season of The X Factor, Northwest rock and soul singer LeRoy Bell has performed with some of the world’s most famous artists, including Joe Cocker, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow and Etta James. Long before he stepped up to the mic and into millions of homes on the televised competition, Bell was already familiar with being on the top of the music charts. In the ’70s, he wrote the hits “Mama Can’t Buy You Love” and “Are You Ready For Love” for Elton John. He also collaborated

on songs recorded by Gladys Knight and The Temptations. With his own soul group duo, Bell and James, he released three albums with a number of hit singles. Travelling around the world with his family as an “army brat,” Bell first picked up the guitar in Germany when he was 13. While his father was stationed in Fort Lewis, Bell learned about his family’s musical roots­—his grandfather was formerly a doo-wop singer, and his uncle, Thom Bell, was a famous music producer in

Philadelphia. His appearance on the 2011 season of The X Factor jumpstarted the second phase of his music career, swaying audiences with his heartfelt sound on such covers as Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” – by Stephen Jeong

LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends Saturday, February 1, 7:30 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $16 Member/Student/ Senior, $20 General VAA, Heron’s Nest,

Caspar Babypants!

Caspar Babypants is the alter ego of Chris Ballew, whom many parents recognize as the twice Grammy nominated songwriter and lead singer of ’90s Seattle’s alt-rock group The Presidents of the United States of America.

Ballew first came upon children’s music when he recorded an album of traditional children’s songs for the nonprofit Program for Early Parent Support. Then, while working together on a children’s book with his wife, collage artist Kate Endle, Ballew became acquainted with nursery rhymes and traditional folk songs. His first full-length children’s album, Here I Am!, featured songs that were in the public domain, as well as several original songs, and

Beatles songs have been brilliantly pared down to let their melodies and lyrics shine, and to allow young listeners to easily grasp them. This performance is sure to be a hit for both young and older audiences. Special thanks to VAA Family Series 2014 sponsors 4Culture, ArtsFund, R.O. Enterprises and Vashon Thriftway for their generous support. – by Stephen Jeong

Family Series became an instant success. With catchy and simple singalong music geared towards children, Caspar is easily one of the most popular children’s acts around. With nine CDs to his

credit, and such hits as “Little Broken Truck” and “Googly Eyes,” Caspar will entertain and mesmerize kids and adults alike, playing songs from his new album, Baby Beatles! These covers from classic

Caspar Babypants Saturday, February 8, 10:30 am Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $6 Youth, $8 Adult VAA, Heron’s Nest, February 2014


Vashon Center for the Arts In May 2013, the Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the proposed Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA). The Chamber’s mission statement, “Better Business for a Better Island,” supports projects that strengthen business sustainability while simultaneously enriching our community. The Board of Directors determined that the Vashon Center for the Arts proposal meets those requirements. In a letter to Chamber Members, the Board of Directors wrote: “This central place to learn, create and enjoy the arts will encourage visitors to Vashon that in turn will support lodging, dining and retail merchants. Attendance at

an evening concert will support Island artists, whom the Chamber considers valuable Vashon businesses. Participation in an art class will support teachers and instructors. Surrounding businesses will benefit and the Center neighborhood will have a greater opportunity for business prosperity. “It is the position of the Chamber Board of Directors that Vashon Center for the Arts will support the continued success of many Vashon businesses and the attraction of entrepreneurial minded individuals who will bring sustainable jobs and new business to the Island.” Executive Director Jim Marsh spoke with us about VCA in more detail.

VAA How will VCA benefit our community?

JM We get calls at our office

Join us in support of Vashon Center for the Arts! Donations of all sizes, large and small, are critical to the completion of our public fundraising campaign to ensure VCA breaks ground in fall 2014. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Donors will be recognized on VCA’s website and in public reports to the community. You will also receive an invitation to VCA’s Preview Open House event prior to its grand opening. To make a gift in support of VCA and learn about giving levels and donor benefits, please visit or call Molly Reed at 463.5131. 6

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from many different groups looking for an event space, and while we do have some unique and great places, we are not spoiled for choice. There is limited real estate on the Island for performances and events, so having another space in the mix will be great. Jim Marsh, Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. VCA will be a beautiful place by their experiences and choose for the Island to come back on a regular basis. community to get together, share our talents and be amazed by each We think VCA will be a draw for new visitors and become a place other. It will support Island artthat people will want to visit ists, teachers and performers, and allow them to create without limi- again and again. tation. The Center will also bring artists and audiences to Vashon that normally would not come to our Island. Art and commerce are energized by exposure to new ideas and new people.

VCA will be a beautiful place for the Island community to get together, share our talents and be amazed by each other.

VAA How will VCA benefit our local economy? JM A good portion of our economy is based on visitors shopping, dining and staying on Vashon. Many of the businesses that help define Vashon are supported by off-Island income. People who visit Vashon to see a performance or to seek out art are likely to shop or eat while they are here, which will help our economy. We like to see visitors who come to Vashon, are touched

VAA What are the Chamber’s major goals for 2014? JM We had a great 2013 and look forward to building on our success in supporting and promoting Vashon businesses. A specific goal of 2014 is to increase awareness of the Shop Vashon campaign and to find new ways to promote, support and bring together the various sections of our business community. – by Jim Marsh

The Visual Poetics of Joan Miró

In Documenting the Dustbowl, art historian Rebecca Albiani explores the history of Depression-era America through the lenses of two trailblazing photographers: Dorothea Lange and Marion Post Wolcott. In the 1930s, severe dust storms swept US prairielands, forcing tens of thousands of families to abandon their homes. Of the dozen photographers hired by Roosevelt’s Farm Security Administration to document and justify the necessity for federal aid to displaced Americans, Lange and Wolcott stand out. Today they are recognized not only as pioneers in the field of photojournalism, but as two of the most influential female artists of the 20th century.

“For women to do this sort of work was cutting edge,” says Albiani. “They could connect with other women in ways that their male colleagues could not, which allowed them to take such striking images of both vulnerabilities and strengths.” Throughout this tumultuous period in our nation’s history, Lange and Wolcott photographed hundreds of migrant farm workers and abandoned farms, exposing the harsh realities of rural poverty to the rest of the country and forever preserving what would become iconic images in the American zeitgeist. Join Rebecca Albiani as she details the significance of their contributions through in-depth accounts of Lange and Wolcott’s work. – by Justin Huguet

Art History Talks

Documenting the Dust Bowl: Dorothea Lange & Marion Post Wolcott Tuesday, February 4, 11:30 am Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $14 Member/Student/Senior, $18 General VAA, From top: Rebecca Albiani; Ex-tenant farmer on relief grant, Imperial Valley, CA, 1937. By Dorothea Lange; Children in Wadesboro, NC, 1938. By Marion Post Wolcott; Children living in a camp between Weedpatch and Lamont, CA, 1940. By Dorothea Lange.

Catalan painter, sculptor and lithographer Joan Miró is featured in the next event in VAA’s Arts & Humanities evening series. Art historian Rebecca Albiani presents an enlightening lecture on the life and work of Miró, whose late works will be on display in Seattle Art Museum’s spring exhibition Miró: The Experience of Seeing. Born in Barcelona in 1893, Miró’s work is most closely associated with that of Pablo Picasso. However, he uses a distinctive visual language of primary colors and calligraphic line that can incorporate elements of folk art, Dada, experimental mediums and a playful childlike style. Miró introduced unique aspects and attitude to surrealism in the 20th century. Albiani breaks down Miró’s visual language for audience members, and provides viewers and appreciators with the tools and perspectives to analyze Miró’s work and see beyond what can appear completely abstract to the untrained eye. “You will get some hints on how to find the subject matter that is there,” Albiani adds. “Often if you know what’s going on in his work, you can make out figures, hats, noses, feet, sun, stars and things like that—but it can look totally abstract.”

Above: Joan Miró at work; below, “Women and Bird in the Night“ 1947.

With her accessible and engaging manner, Albiani never fails to delight VAA audiences. This lecture is not to be missed, particularly for those interested in attending SAM’s Miró show opening February 13. – by Justin Huguet

Arts & Humanities

Rebecca Albiani The Visual Poetics of Joan Miró Sunday, February 9, 7 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $18 Member/Student/Senior, $22 General VAA, February 2014


VAA Winter/Spring Classes Adults/Teens Clay Basics and Beyond

Ages: 16-Adult Thursdays, February 6-April 10, 7-9:30 pm (skip February 20) *Independent studio work time: Sundays 1-5 pm Tuition: Member $180/General $195; Lab fee $70 Instructor: Liz Lewis Continued exploration of vessels and form through wheel work and hand building. Take surface treatment a step further toward your personal style. New students welcome. Classes held at Liz’s studio, 12714 SW Cemetery Rd.

Samba Workshop

Ages: 17-Adult Saturday, February 8, 3-4:30 pm Tuition: Member $15/General $20 Instructor: Molly Shannon Learn fundamentals of the samba step as well as the variety of styles danced by thousands in the streets during Carnaval. Ven festejar!

Soup and Spirits

Ages: Adults Monday, February 24, 5-8 pm Tuition: Member $65/General $75 Make yummy soup with Megan at Snapdragon while sipping tasty spirits from Seattle Distilling Company. Create two soups (one bean and one veggie) and sample SDC’s gin, vodka, whiskey and coffee liqueur. Please bring your own knife, apron and two soup pots to take soup home for your family and friends. Chef hat is optional!

Oil Painting Fundamentals

Ages: Adults Wednesdays, March 5-April 9, 6:30-9:30 pm Tuition: Member $180/General $200; Materials $15 Instructor: Ditte Jensen Learn essential concepts and develop a mastery of composition, hue, value, chroma and more. Class time includes demonstrations, critiques and open painting with plenty of individual attention. Beginning students welcome; previous drawing experience helpful. Additional materials list provided upon registration. Solvent-free methods will be used and explained. 8

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Terra Cotta Tiles and Wine Tasting

Ages: Adults Sunday, March 9, 1-5:30 pm Tuition: Member $75/General $85; Materials $15 Instructor: Cory Winn Make and glaze 1-2 terra cotta tiles with the cuerda seca method, an ancient technique using wax resist to create intricate designs and combine many different colors. Sample wines from Maury Island Winery with owner Bill Riley.

Shoot to Show

Ages: 13-Adult Thursdays, March 27, April 10, May 1, 6:30-9 pm AND field shoots Sundays, March 30, 6-9 am and April 6, 5-8 pm Tuition: Member $170/General $190; Materials $20 Instructor: Ray Pfortner Learn about camera handling, composition, framing, pricing and hanging a show in this class for students of all experience levels. Students will participate in a juried show at The Hardware Store Restaurant Gallery in early summer.

On-Location Photography: Spring in Willamette Wine Country

Ages: Adults Thursday, April 24 at 6 pm through Sunday, April 27 at noon + pre-tour meeting Thursday, April 17, 7-9 pm Tuition: Member $375/General $400 + $70/night lodging at Shiloh Inn (meals not included) Instructor: Ray Pfortner A unique opportunity to photograph one of the most beautiful wine regions in the country, shooting in the rich light of dawn and dusk with Mt. Hood in the background. Enjoy special access to the vineyards and barrel rooms in three of Oregon’s finest wineries. Includes wine tasting, tours and individual photography instruction. For anyone interested in fine wines and photography using any digital camera: point and shoot, dSLR or micro four thirds.

Garden Metal Art

Ages: 16-Adult Saturdays, May 17 & 24, 10 am-1 pm Tuition: Member $80/General $95; Materials $50 Instructor: David Erue Learn to use a plasma cutter and basic welding techniques with mild steel and assorted found objects in this two-day workshop. Create a small garden sculpture of your own design. Class taught in David’s shop, 11706 Cove Rd.

Scholarships available! Register online at Yoga with Ronly

Ages: 16 to Adult Every Saturday 9-10:15 am 10-Session card Member $125/General $135 5-Session card Member $65/General $75 Instructor: Ronly Blau Join this mindful, flowing yoga class that weaves together asanas with pranayama, meditation and Ayurvedic wisdom. Blau has taught yoga for over 12 years and is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Practitioner. For more information visit

Teens/Kids Teen Girls Art Night

Grades: 6-8 Saturday, March 29, 4 pm through Sunday, March 30, noon Tuition: Member $70/General $80; Materials $40 A fun opportunity for middle school girls to create art and explore personal expression. This workshop is offered in partnership with Vashon Youth and Family Services and features art instruction, art therapy and yoga as well as a pizza party and connected time with new friends.


Ages: 10-18 Tuesdays, May 6-June 10, 3:45-5:45 pm Tuition: Member $150/General $170 Instructor: Steffon Moody Learn to create the illusion of 3 dimensions on a 2D surface through one, two and three-point perspective, geometric primitives, line of action, values/shading, positive & negative space and composition. Weekly homework leads to awesome drawing skills! Steffon teaches drawing at DigiPen School of Technology to animators and game designers.

Suzuki Violin Lessons

Ages: 4-18 Instructor: Gaye Detzer The Suzuki approach is based on the philosophy that young children learn music just as they learn to speak their native language­—through regular listening, developmentally appropriate instruction and frequent opportunities to play alone and with others. Gaye has been a Suzuki teacher for almost 40 years. Students can register for 15, 30 or 45 minute lessons. Contact Gaye with questions,

Kids Late Start Arts

Grades: 1-5 Tuition: $30/session or Member $210/ General $225 for Full Series of 8 sessions Designed to engage children in grades 1-5 with enriching, educational activities on Chautauqua Professional Development Days (open to homeschoolers as well). Each session has a theme, beginning with a performance/demonstration by a guest artist followed by students creating their own artistic response through writing, visuals, music and dance. Parents may drop their children at Vashon Allied Arts between 8:30–9:00 am on PDD late start mornings and the Chautauqua bus will take them to school at 11:30 am. Save by purchasing the 8-session Full Series. Fee includes snack and art supplies.

Valentine Printmaking Workshop

Ages: 7-12 Sunday, February 9, 1-5 pm Tuition: Member $50/General $60; Materials $10 Instructors: Megan Minier & Ellen Parker Wow your friends and family with handmade Valentines this year! Learn basic relief printmaking techniques; carve E-Z Cut blocks and print 25-30 of your own original cards. Workshop held at Cowbelle Studio on Paradise Ridge.

Creative Drama: Building Character

Ages: 4-6 Session 1: Saturdays, March 8-29, 9:30-10:45 am Session 2: Saturdays, May 3-24, 9:30-10:45 am Tuition: Member $70/ General $85; Materials $5 Instructor: Sue Wiley Kids learn the joy of creating together as they explore a different piece of literature each week through role play. Exploring and embodying different characters provides opportunities to develop empathy.

Class questions? Call 463.5131 More Great Classes! February 2014


VAA Winter/Spring Classes Wooden Tops

Ages: 7-12 Saturday, March 15, 10-11:30 am Tuition: Member $20/ General $25; Materials $10 Instructor: David Earle Enjoy a woodturning demonstration on how toy spinning tops are made, then decorate several to bring home. Experiment with color and learn about a traditional craft. Held at David’s workshop, 19418 Vashon Hwy (look for the “Bowls” sign).

Magical Stories

Ages: 8-12 Sunday, April 6, 1-4 pm Tuition: Member $35/General $45; Materials $10 Instructor: Tom Pruiksma Have you ever told a story with magic? Learn to perform amazing magic tricks and weave them into a tale in this unique workshop.

On-Location Photography for Kids: Point Robinson

Ages: 8-12 Saturday, May 3, 10 am-3 pm AND Saturday, May 17, 10 am-noon Tuition: Member $70/ General $85; Materials $7 Instructor: Ray Pfortner Learn by doing! Shoot on-location at Point Robinson, capturing the lighthouse, beach and animals who call it home. Then share your photos from the shoot during the follow-up session.

Whole Family Clay Day: Year of the Horse HEADSTRONG!

Ages: Adults, teens and kids (kids under 8 with someone older) Saturday, February 1, 2-4 pm Tuition: Member $25/General $30; Materials $5 Instructor: Liz Lewis Horses inspire a spirited clay project. Come alone or with a friend! Class held at Liz’s studio, 12714 SW Cemetery Rd.


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Equally Artistic Classes Adaptive instruction for special needs students and siblings/friends. Classes are blended with three typical spots available for each class.

Imagination Exploration

Grades: 1-5 Saturdays, March 1-22, 10-11:15 am Tuition: Member $70/ General $80 Instructor: Deborah Anderson Improvisation, story acting and scene preparation offer unique opportunities for young children with special needs. Together, we will experiment with these dramatic forms to explore our talents and differing abilities. Class sessions will conclude with an informal sharing time for family and friends. No previous experience necessary.

All Kinds of Writing

Grades: 6-12 Saturdays, March 1-22, 11:45 am-1 pm Tuition: Member $70/General $80 Instructor: Deborah Anderson Writing class designed for teens with unique challenges. Deborah incorporates parent input to maximize the classroom experience for each student. Class will focus on understanding the form, structure and purpose for different genres of writing including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and memoir. Each student will create samples of the different genres to be shared with parents and friends in the final class. All writing and reading levels welcome, including non-readers. Deborah has worked with students with a range of special needs, including physical, cognitive, emotional and psychological challenges, for 40 years. All special needs classes Deborah teaches have typical content individually designed for each participant’s abilities and personality. Class size is limited to 8 students and parents are welcome to attend if it serves the needs of their child.

See what’s new, VAA classes & events!

Fall Classes

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Vashon Center for Dance

6:30-8:30 Modern V* $395 Member/$415 General

Thursday Instructors: Christine Juarez (Ballet), Leah Mann (Sports Dance & Teen Acro) 4:00-5:00 Primary Ballet $285 Member/$305 General 4:00-4:45 Sports Dance $185 Member/$205 General (Held at Vashon Athletic Club, March 3-May 15) 4:45-5:30 Teen Acro Dance $185/$205 General (Held at Vashon Athletic Club, March 3-May 15) 5:00-6:15 Ballet I/Modern I $290 Member/$310 General 6:15-7:45 Ballet V/VI* $340 Member/$360 General 7:45-8:30 Ballet V/VI Spring Performance rehearsal $200 Member/$215 General Friday Instructor: Vanesa Wylie

Spring Term: February 3-June 21 (skip February 17-23, April 14-20) Original Works Performances: April 4, 5, 6 at VHS (Level 4, 5, 6) Spring Ballet Performance: May 16, 17, 18 at Open Space (All Levels) Director of Dance: Christine Juarez Instructors: Vanesa Wylie, Elizabeth Mendana Shaw, Christina Baker, Leah Mann, Arianne Movasagi Accompanist: Susan Reed Monday Instructors: Christine Juarez (Creative & Ballet), Elizabeth Mendana Shaw (Parent/Toddler & Modern) Prices include production fees for Spring Performance. 10:00-11:00 Parent/Toddler Dance Class 2-3 yrs. $245 Member/$265 General (No performance scheduled for this class) 1:30-2:30 Creative Movement 4 yrs. $285 Member/ $305 General 3:00-4:00 Modern V* $245 Member/$265 General 4:00-5:30 Ballet III* $340 Member/$360 General 5:30-6:15 Ballet III Spring Performance rehearsal $195 Member/$210 General 6:15-7:45 Ballet IV* $340 Member/$360 General 7:45-8:30 Ballet IV Spring Performance rehearsal $195 Member/$210 General

3:50- 5:30 Ballet IV/Pointe* $365 Member/$385 General 5:30-6:30 Modern IV/Ballet IV* $340 Member/$360 General 6:30-7:30 Advanced Jazz $285 Member/$305 General

Saturday Instructor: Christina Baker 10:00-11:00 Hip Hop $220/General $240 (March 1-May 10)

Sunday Instructor: Arianne Movasagi 10:45-11:45 Belly Fusion Dance $60 Member/$80 General (March 1-April 6) *Twice-weekly - Ballet Levels III and above must be taken with companion ballet class. *Modern Level III-V must be taken with a companion Ballet class. Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. Dance photos by Mike Urban

Tuesday Instructors: Christine Juarez, Christina Baker (Tap) 3:50-4:50 4:50-5:50 4:00-5:00 5:00-6:30 6:30-8:30

Beginner Tap $285 Member/$305 General (Blue Heron Performance Space) Intermediate Tap $285 Member/$305 General (Blue Heron Performance Space) Ballet Prep $285 Member/$305 General Ballet II/Modern II $380 Member/$400 General Ballet/Pointe V/VI* $395 Member/$415 General

Wednesday Instructor: Vanesa Wylie 4:00-5:30 Ballet III* $340 Member/$360 General 5:30-6:30 Modern III* $340 Member/$360 General February 2014


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Coming together from richly varied careers in music, the three women of Trio Pardalote bring to the stage a deep commitment to the art of live musical performance. Trio Pardalote knits time and timelessness together through its insightful and moving interpretations of chamber music. Devoted not only to presenting traditional masterworks of the string trio repertoire, the group has commissioned works by living composers and finds great beauty in the compositions of the 20th century. The three instrumentalists— Victoria Parker, violin, Heather Bentley, viola, and Rowena Hammill, cello—have been celebrated as soloists, chamber musicians, principal orchestral players and improvisers. The performers, individually and as a group, connect

deeply with audiences through their belief in music as a soulnurturing and transporting medium of expression. The trio takes its name from the pardalote, a tiny, rarely seen Australian songbird that visited Hammill’s mom on her birthday. The ensemble takes special pleasure in collaborating with other performers, extending the range of its programming. Seattlebased composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz joins the group on electronics for a contemporary performance, proving chamber music lives on today as a viable modern genre.

Trio Pardalote also performs Beethoven’s glorious string trio in Eb in this special performance.

Above: Trio Pardalote (Heather Bentley, viola; Rowena Hammill, cello; Victoria Parker, violin). Photo by Rosemary Wagner. Left: Composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz.

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Trio Pardalote Sunday, February 23, 7 pm Vashon United Methodist Church Tickets: $18 Member/Student/

Jose Gonzales Trio Are you in the raptures of love? Looking for love? Are you heartbroken or lovelorn?

Renowned Seattle Jazz Trio fronted by the smooth vocals of Jose “Juicy” Gonzales plays Valentine’s Day weekend, exploring the complex and manifold theme of “love.” The Trio’s diverse repertoire draws from the standards (Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart) as well as contemporary pop music (Steve Miller, Elton John, Prince), all inflected with their signature bluesy and funk improvisation.

Senior, $22 General VAA, Heron’s Nest,

studied theatre at Cornish College. Inspired by the likes of Fats Waller and Billie Holiday, and drawn in by the richness and breadth of the great American standards, as well as funk and R&B, Gonzales has performed his unique brand of jazz for the past twenty years. Accompanied by Michael Marcus (bass) and Matt Jorgensen (drums), the trio is a regular at Seattle jazz institutions, including Tula’s and Egan’s. – by Stephen Jeong

Jose Gonzales Trio Saturday, February 15, 7:30 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $14 Member/Student/Senior, $18 General VAA, Heron’s Nest,

Gonzales is a Washington State native; he was classically trained in piano as a child, then Frontman Gonzales brings out the funk in jazz standards and rock classics alike. Photos by John Ulman

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Lucy Horton Band

June 21-22… Save the Date! Up-andcoming acoustic, indie-pop group based in Seattle, Lucy Horton Band (LHB) brings their fresh instrumentation and warm harmonies to the Island. Lucy Horton (vocals/ piano), Gabriella Vizzutti (violin), Kelsey Mines (bass), Anna Mines (trumpet) and David Solomon (percussion) all come from classical music backgrounds and met while studying music at the University of Washington. Their collaboration launched with their first show together at The Triple Door in 2012, and since then, they have been inseparable—recording multiple live singles, filming music videos and booking a west coast tour. The band’s unique sound owes to instrumentation not typically found in a pop band—the violin, acoustic bass and trumpet contribute a level of depth and innovation to their music. LHB was excited to conduct its first weeklong songwriting 14

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camp this past summer, helping teens learn and analyze current pop music in an effort to craft their own songs. When the band members have a break from teaching and rehearsing, they draw inspiration from current recording artists such as Adele, Florence and the Machine and Lorde. In addition to their original songs, the band has covered music as diverse as the Cranberries, ABBA and Beyonce. Lucy Horton Band is a local rising star not to be missed. Also enjoy two opening acts from local teen duos Two Dime Icebox (Maya Krah and Maria Gilmour), and Kate Atwell and Mallory Breen. – by Stephen Jeong

Lucy Horton Band Saturday, March 1, 7:30 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $8 Member/Student/ Senior, $12 General VAA, Heron’s Nest,

Mark your calendar for VAA’s highly anticipated and much loved annual celebration of local Island gardens: the 2014 Garden Tour. Five of Vashon’s most interesting private garden sanctuaries will be opened to the public for a weekend of community, exploration and ogling horticultural masterpieces! Island musicians will perform along the tour route, and Island artists’ work will be on display

and available for viewing and purchase. The weekend also features a mini-series of lectures from garden experts, as well as a Garden Market (interested artists please contact Faith Ramos at The VAA Garden Tour raises critical funds for programs, scholarships and operations. Come out June 21 and 22 to enjoy the gardens, have some fun and support the arts!

“Once Loved” Jewelry Sale A fun opportunity to purchase previously owned quality silver, gold, vintage, designer, ethnic and beaded jewelry. Champagne and chocolates will be served. Mark your calendar now for this special sale, the first of its kind at VAA.

“Once Loved” Jewelry Sale Sunday, March 23 12-1 pm – Members only! 1-5 pm – Open to the public Vashon Allied Arts

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