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Vashon Artists in Schools

director’s notes Hello Vashon!

PO Box 576 Vashon Island, WA 98070 206.463.5131 19704 Vashon Hwy SW Mon-Fri 10 to 6, Sat noon to 5 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, 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 Gist Gallery Curator Janice Mallman Director of Communications Justin Huguet Director of Performing Arts Stephen Jeong Director of Dance Christine Juarez Director of Arts Education Wendy Finkleman Bookkeeper Lara McKnight Office Manager Meredith Neal Development Coordinator Jill Venturi Volunteer Coordinator Katie Horner Registrar Crissy Baker Database Manager Eileen Burke Heron’s Nest Manager Kathy Pine Artists in Schools Coordinator Pam McMahan Cleaning Services Jeremy Edmonds Facilities Manager Harmon Arroyo IslandArts Issue#1015 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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June is Garden Tour month! We hope to entice you to this traditional all-Island event June 20-21. And do not miss the Seattle Rock Orchestra show VAA coproduces with O Space on June 7. We are making progress to break ground for Vashon Center for the Arts this fall. It depends on completing three critical tasks: finish our $13.5 million capital campaign, finalize our financing plan and sign a contract with Washington State to access our $2 million appropriation. We have reached $11.3 million of our campaign goal as of mid-May. The remaining $2.2 million is very doable and will come from individuals and grants. So far, gifts from over 350 donors have ranged from $10 to more than $1 million and been

motivated by different reasons. Dance families want a safe dance floor for students, the Vashon Island Chorale needs easily movable risers and great acoustics, families and friends seek memorials for loved ones, visual artists and patrons want a professional gallery, opera and musical theatre lovers value an orchestra pit, audiences want comfort when they attend a performance, and others are simply civic minded even if not passionate arts lovers. After several years of planning and fundraising, some bumps and detours, a few tears, much laughter and a lot of joy, we are ALMOST ready to break ground. Please give a little, or a lot. Be a part of this long-held dream and celebrate with all of us. You can donate online at or call us at 463.5131. Thank you.

Molly Reed

Executive Director

The Heron’s Nest Debi Shandling Crawford’s work as an artist started at an early age, fostered by her artist father, Barney Shandling. She was initially recognized on Vashon Island for her work in stained glass, moving exclusively into working in watercolors more than 25 years ago. Having spent several years in Tucson, Crawford recently returned to her beloved Island home. Bringing the subject From top: “She Loves Red” and “Good Day Sunshine.”

matter “up close and personal” to the viewer is the style most often seen in Crawford’s work, particularly in her big, bold florals. Crawford describes herself as ‘first a colorist.’ “Color sparks my imagination, brings my senses alive and elicits an emotional response. Within the context of color, I like to create value extremes (light to dark) in my paintings, again calling forth the emotions. My eye looks for beauty in form, contrast, color... I like my paintings to be enjoyable to look at. It is how I choose to use my gift of creativity and return the gift to you, the viewer.”

Her love of the Pacific Northwest brings new images to her paintings. Crawford likes to travel, and is inspired by images seen on trips—particularly in the Four Corners region of the U.S., and Northern Italy. – by Kathy Pine

Heron’s Nest Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am–5 pm Sunday, Noon–3 pm First Friday, June 6 Open until 9 pm Thank you to our major contributors

Meet an Alum a young adult entering the art/ design field.”

Growing up on Vashon Island, Kalee Abella was immersed in the world of art.

In addition to school and extracurricular education, Kalee credits Vashon’s supportive arts community for nurturing her creative spirit. “Without art, Vashon would not be Vashon,” she said. “It provides a base for creativity through its natural beauty and the support of the community and other Island artists. This is something I carry with me and that ties me to the Island.”

She looks back fondly on visiting Blue Heron Gallery shows with her family and attending VAA’s drawing and painting classes, citing these early arts experiences as key steps along her path to becoming a professional artist.

June Events May 30-June 1 Collector’s Choice Art Sale Friday, May 30, 5-8 pm VAA Members only! Saturday, May 31, 10 am-4 pm Open to the public Sunday, June 1, 11 am-4 pm Open to the public


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


Seattle Rock Orchestra

Saturday, June 7, 7 pm Open Space Tickets: $12/$20 Kids 8 and under free (advance reservations required), page 9


Science Series

Wolves: Predator vs. Prey Sunday, June 8, 7 pm Vashon Allied Arts Tickets: $14/$18, page 10


Sunset Garden Gala

Friday, June 20, 6 pm ’til moonlight Tesoro de Luz Tickets: $125


Garden Tour

Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22, 10 am-5 pm Tickets: $25 (valid both days) pages 4-6


Vashon Island Chorale No Bridges Sunday, June 29, 3 pm Bethel Church Free admission, page 6

On the cover: The saltwater plunge pool of Steve Paschall & Katy Jo Steward, Garden #1 on the Garden Tour. This image: the vegetable garden of Jo Robinson & Rick Mellen, #6 on the Garden Tour. pages 4-6

For her Vashon High School senior year community service project in 2008From top: Kalee Abella; college graphic design project, 9, Kalee enthusiastically packaging for The Museum of Catskill Comedy; “Apples” high school painting by Abella. volunteered with VAA. “I was able to help hang VAA awarded Kalee a scholarand set up gallery shows as well ship toward college education. In as learn a little bit about running 2013, she graduated from Califora gallery,” she recalled. “I loved nia College of the Arts with a BFA being able to participate in the in Graphic Design, and currently process of displaying a show and works for San Francisco-based learn how a gallery space transdesign and advertising agency forms itself to conform around Eleven Inc., focusing on branding, the art based on the medium. user interface experience and Vashon Allied Arts helped me print. – by Justin Huguet grow not only as an artist, but June 2014


Pat & Walt Riehl Lose yourself in the mysterious wonderland of Pat and Walt Riehl’s stumpery—a ravine garden of mosses and ferns nestled among gnarled, overturned stumps and exposed roots. Stumperies were a popular garden design in England in the 1840s-’90s and brought back into fashion a century later by Prince Charles at his Highgrove garden in the 1990s. Inspired by English stumperies, the Riehls enlisted British fern expert Martin Rickard to design their stumpery. This Vashon stumpery – the largest privatelyheld stumpery in North America, at 10,000 sq. ft. – consists of over 155 stumps and 1,000 plus ferns (including 13 tree ferns). Come see what the Seattle Times called “a deep green curiosity of a place.”

To help plan your Tour, here is a preview of the amazing gardens, a schedule of gardening seminars, and artists and music in the gardens. Celebrate the art of gardening and Vashon’s rural beauty! All proceeds benefit Vashon Allied Arts programs. Jo Robinson & Rick Mellen Enter an edible garden oasis at the home of Jo Robinson (bestselling author of Eating on the Wild Side) and Rick Mellen. Soak in stunning views of the Sound and Mount Rainier while perusing an impressive collection of some of the Northwest’s most nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Robinson dedicated more than

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ten years to researching phytonutrient content of edible plants, and showcases her groundbreaking findings that by choosing certain fruits and vegetables that come closest to the nutritional bounty of their wild ancestors, we can begin to recoup the loss of essential nutrients. Robinson’s work has been prominently featured by the New York Times, Seattle Times, NPR and CBS.

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Explore the extensive Westside farmland grounds of Steve Paschall and Katy Jo Steward, and discover an array of enchanting garden displays. Take in soothing aromas on a mini lavender farm, marvel at the vivid colors and varieties of roses in bloom in an enclosed rose garden, and find peace next to a bubbling brook lined with streamside plantings. Other elements include formal gardens surrounding the residence, a vegetable patch nestled among the roses, custom rock walls and a new Terry Welch–designed plunge pool. Take in Olympic views or access the shore via trails landscaped with woodland plant-

ings and a stair walk down to the property’s beach.

Hope & Anthony Bloesch Experience the hillside gardens of floral enthusiasts Hope and Anthony Bloesch at their lovely “Gypsy Dream Farm.” Originally from Western Australia, Hope Bloesch prides herself on “breaking the rules” with her gardening techniques, describing her yard as “an Australian’s interpretation of an English garden in America.” See her vision and work for yourself and meander through sloping beds of artfully arranged vignettes, each a product of Bloesches’ unconventional yet creative approach to companion planting. Known across the Island for its bouquet-vending “Gypsy Wagon,” the Farm includes a broad assortment of dahlias, lilies and annuals, as well as a shaded woodland garden of rhododendrons, Japanese maples and mixed perennials.

Brad & Lori Kittredge Visit the peaceful and breathtaking backyard sanctuary of Brad and Lori Kittredge, quaintly tucked behind their Dockton area home and art studio. Follow charming cobblestone paths, peer under wisteria-laced trellises and stroll among lush beds of local and exotic plants sprinkled throughout the property. In addition to a wide variety of ornamentals, shrubs and Japanese maples, the Kittredge garden produces an

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The Country Store & Gardens, The Hardware Store Restaurant, Kathy’s Corner, Kevin Bergin Construction, Marenakos Rock Center, Schafer Specialty Landscape & Design, Vashon Bark & Soils, The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie & Minglement

impressive array of fruits and vegetables. Keeping true to the “Vashon Island aesthetic,” the landscape is entirely homeowner-constructed and designed to look rustic and unpretentious. A labor of love over fifteen years in the making, the Kittredge Garden is sure to offer inspiration and unique project ideas to its garden enthusiast guests.

Garden Art Market

Open to the Public

Brian Brenno, fused glass; Shannon Buckner, blacksmithed floral sculpture; Mary Lynn Buss, tile chairs; Penny Grist, mosaic sculpture; Larry Halvorsen, ceramics; Gunter Reimnitz, sculpted steel crows; Rodger Squirrell, metal sculpture; Barbara Wells, glass/bronze sculpture. Pieces are for sale on site.

Garden Raffle Purchase $5 raffle tickets to win fantastic gardening equipment or services. Tickets available at Vashon Allied Arts, the gardens and Garden Art Market. Prizes can be viewed at the Garden Art Market on the weekend of the tour and include: planted large Asian • Beautifully pot by Island Home Center &

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Lumber, $400+ value

Solid stone bench donated by Our Garden Art Market returns Marenakos, $400+ value with a flourish to a new location on the sprawling green in front of the Custom planted vertical wall Puget Sound Energy (PSE) headfrom Schafer Specialty Landscape quarters, 18125 Vashon Hwy SW. & Design, $300+ value Artists from Vashon and the Puget 5 cubic yards of compost, $270 Sound region will display and sell value, DELIVERED on Vashon, spectacular creations, including donated by Vashon Bark & Soils unique garden sculpture, tile work, $250 shopping spree donated by glass, hand-made soaps, jewelry, Kathy’s Corner baskets, eco-friendly textiles, garden Garden Cart donated by Vashon tools and more. Robinwood Nursery True Value filled with gardening offers a variety of specialty plants for essentials, $350+ value sale. Pick up items for picnic in town – by Justin Huguet and enjoy lunch on the grass while live music plays. Garden demos too! More Garden Tour on page 6 10 am-6 pm

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Artists in the Gardens Works from these extraordinary artists will be exhibited in gardens: David Blad, ceramic tile; Clockwise from top right: A passing squall seen from Jo Robinson & Rick Mellen’s garden; the quiet mystery of the Pat & Walt Riehl stumpery; layer upon layer of color and texture in the Steve Paschall & Katy Jo Steward garden; riotous color like floral fireworks of Hope & Anthony Bloesch’s garden; an outdoor room with a view in Brad & Lori Kittredge’s garden; Thank you to our 2014 volunteer Garden Angels, l to r: Susan Kutscher, Carol Ellis, Anna Martinsen, Mariette Spence, Stephie Halstead Baker, Anne O’Leary, Jenny McMurdo; “Sine Wave with Vessel” by Rodger Squirrell; “Gardening Angel” by Mary Lynn Buss.

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Saturday 11 am Ray Pfortner Capturing the Garden through Photography 11 am Melissa Schafer Grow UP! The Art of Vertical Gardening

Throughout the weekend, specialists share their knowledge and expertise to fuel inspiration and cultivate confidence to tackle garden projects. Consult your Garden Tour ticket/map for Talk locations.

Noon Jim Ullrich The Birds & Bees

2 pm Terry Welch How a Garden Finds its Designer

1 pm Lavender Sisters Farming Lavender in the NW

2 pm Jim Ullrich The Birds & Bees

1 pm Pat Riehl From Inspiration to Creation: The Modern Stumpery

3 pm Carol Ahlfors Tablescapes: What Happened to the Traditional Centerpiece?

2 pm Terry Welch How a Garden Finds its Designer


Noon Jo Robinson Eating on the Wild Side

11 am Tom Dean NW Natural Landscapes

1 pm Terry Hershey Creating an English Style Garden in the NW

11 am Jan Nielsen Incorporating Stone in the Landscape

1 pm Tom Conway Big Blooms: Growing a Garden Fresh Bouquet

Noon Jo Robinson Eating on the Wild Side

1 pm Pat Riehl From Inspiration to Creation: The Modern Stumpery

Noon Ed Swan Birds of Vashon

2 pm Ray Pfortner Capturing the Garden through Photography Garden Talks are sponsored by Mileta Creek Restaurant located at Vashon Golf & Swim Club. Open for lunch and dinner Garden Tour weekend.

Top row: Jan Nielsen; The Lavender Sisters, Dana Illo, Merrilee Runyan & Katy Jo Steward. Bottom row: Jim Ullrich; Tom Conway; Terry Welch; Carol Ahlfors; Ray Pfortner; Terry Hershey; Melissa Schafer; Tom Dean; Ed Swan.

Vashon resident performing artists are invited to apply for Vashon Allied Arts’ 2015 New Works Series, and participate in a long tradition of innovative performances. VAA New Works Series was established in 1989 as an opportunity for Island resident artists to present new and creative work. In June, the Vashon Island Chorale celebrates its 25th anniversary with the premiere of a collection of pieces by noted West Seattle composer Bronwyn Edwards. Entitled “Vashon Suite,” Edwards’ 45-minute, multi-movement work pays homage to Vashon’s colorful history and culture. Under the direction of Gary D. Cannon, the Chorale will sing about ferries, eagles, rain, the seashore, canoes, salmon, strawberries, creativity, mountains, 6

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trees and “no bridges!” A special slide show of pictures taken by Chorale singers illustrates the music throughout the concert. The commissioning of this musical project was funded in part by a grant from 4Culture.

No Bridges Sunday, June 29, 3 pm Bethel Church Free admission

Artists from all disciplines – music, dance, literary, theatre and multi-media – premiere new work and/or new collaborations between March and November 2015. Application forms are available at VAA and An inter-disciplinary panel of Island performing artists meets in October to review and select recipients. The New Works Series has spawned many memorable, creative performances. Join the ranks of New Works Series alumni! Application deadline is 5 pm, Saturday, September 27, 2014.

In the Gallery

Japan and locally in the Northwest. “I love natural subjects, because this is what we are about. VAA Gallery springs into the spirit of We’re human and June’s Garden Tour as a special featured stop, part of beshowcasing a collection of garden-themed pieces we’re ing on this earth.” by local and regional artists. Yamamoto uses a traditional Japanese Lisabeula property, where he’s The exhibit features waterprocess to create her wood block resided since 1963. His masterful colors, etchings and lithographs prints. “I love worklithographs, watercolors and etchby Islander Art Hansen, natureing in the tradition ings depict subjects ranging from inspired block prints by Port of block printing flowers to barns, and are widely Orchard’s Yoshiko Yamamoto that once flourished regarded as iconic representations and figurative ceramic sculptures in my home country of the Pacific Northwest’s rural by Sandi Bransford of Bothell. of Japan. I especially Local and international treasure beauty. His life’s work is currespect the belief rently being chronicled by Pioneer Art Hansen, 84, is heralded for that artwork should Square’s Davidson Gallery. Hanhis prolific career and compelbe based on sound sen has hand-selected an array ling talent for creating visually craftsmanship.” of spring-inspired pieces for this poetic renderings of Vashon and Yamamoto’s commonth’s VAA exhibit. surrounding areas’ natural landplex process begins Port Orchard resident and Toscapes. Hansen has an intimate with a pencil sketch kyo native Yoshiko Yamamoto relationship with the Island’s and watercolor of scenery, and thrives when he specializes in Japanese block print her chosen subject. is creating art outside on his renditions of natural subjects, She then uses which she finds both abroad in

started working with clay ten years ago, she was “immediately taken” with its touch and feel. Since then, she has honed her sculpture technique and method, using mixed media and midrange fired ceramic, incorporating found objects and textured surfaces, and finishing with stain, underglaze, acrylic, oil, wax, ink and pencil. In many of

intricate block carving techniques, hand-mixed colors, an antique printing press and multiple print layers, sometimes as many as twenty-five, to create her final product and achieve her refined effect.

Bransford’s works, she represents the theme of “metamorphosis” with a focus on elements of nature and the human figure. “I look for the exquisitely beautiful beside the painfully ugly, metamorphosis from within destruction, growth facilitated by damage, and all the possibilities that lie in transformation of the soul,” says Bransford.

From left to r: “Lavender” by Yoshiko Yamamoto; “Take Flight” by Sandi Bransford; “Watering Can and Roses” by Art Hansen.

Sandi Bransford ’s background is in oil painting, but when she

– by Justin Huguet

VAA Gallery Opening Friday, June 6, 6–9 pm

Music by Steve Meyer, bass and Tom Wilkins, piano

Open Garden Tour weekend June 21-22, 10 am-5 pm

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Vashon Center for the Arts Vashon Center for the Arts public fundraising campaign approaches goal In September 2013, Vashon Allied Arts launched the final community phase of the Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) capital campaign. The campaign has taken off, raising enthusiasm among artists, local organizations and community members that will all benefit from the new VCA campus. As awareness builds, the campaign continues to garner the financial support it needs as it stays on track for groundbreaking later this year. In February, an Island couple surprised VCA with a generous gift, challenging VAA and the Vashon community to participate in a dollar-for-dollar match through June 30 by pledging up to $100,000 in matching funds. Gifts large and small poured in and the match was successfully met in full, ahead of its deadline.


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Contributions have also come from community driven “minicampaigns” launched to raise funds for specific features. In December, Island dance families and enthusiasts raised more than $25,000 designated for the Center’s new dance floor, and gifts continue to come in today. Vashon Island Chorale is collecting donations for a set of risers that will allow large choral ensembles to perform onstage at the new arts center. The Chorale’s current risers are stored in a singer’s basement and due to their size and weight take up to ten movers to set up. The new professional-quality risers will be stored at VCA on stage level and easily rolled into place. With your support, Vashon Center for the Arts and Kay White’s vision for a central home for the arts on Vashon Island

will become a reality. As of mid-May, $11.3 million has been raised towards the $13.5 million goal, thanks to more than 350 donors who have stepped up in support. VCA also has additional funds in place for long-term sustainability. The completion of the campaign depends on gifts of all sizes from the community. To learn more about the project or join in support as a “Partner in the Arts,” visit VCA’s new website and donation page at or contact Molly Reed at 463.5131. With your donation, you’ll enjoy a sense of owner-

ship, plus continuing access to high-caliber arts right here on the Island­—for you, and your children and grandchildren. Thank you for your support. – by Justin Huguet

Seattle Rock Orchestra was born out of the desire to marry the unabashed energy of rock ‘n’ roll with the broader palette of musical nuances treasured in classical music. Since 2008, the group has perfected its unique blend of genres by re-imagining, arranging and performing high-quality, high-energy tributes to rock icons such as Queen, David Bowie, the Beach Boys, Beck and Radiohead. Recent milestones for the Seattle supergroup include selling out the Moore Theatre, wowing crowds at Sasquatch Music Festival in 2010 and 2011, and contributing strings on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Grammy-winning album The Heist. On Saturday, June 7, Seattle Rock Orchestra “crosses the pond” to Vashon for a performance of epic proportions. Artistic Director Scott Teske and Music Director Kim Roy lead their eclectic ensemble on a sonic journey through the decades, playing hits by artists such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and more. More than 35 professional musicians – strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, choir and a rotating cast of guest vocalist s– will pack the O Space stage for an unprecedented musical experience! Two Vashon youth ensembles,

crowdfunding campaign through ArtsFund’s online power2give platform, with a dollarfor-dollar match by the Raynier Foundation. The goal was successfully met in April. Thank you to the dozens of generous donors whose collective contributions, along with the outstanding support of our sponsor Windermere Vashon, have made this event possible for our community. Please join us for this spectacular, unforgettable evening for all generations. – by Justin Huguet

Seattle Rock Orchestra

The coolest orchestra in town. i Solisti di Vashon and Vashon Youth String Orchestra, have diligently rehearsed their own rock renditions in preparation for opening the show. At a special point in the evening, the local kids groups will have the incredible opportunity to team up with Seattle Rock Orchestra, sharing the stage for fun, collaborative cover songs. “This will be a rockin’ event for the entire family. Parents and grandparents will relive the classic rock days and share this music

with their children,” says Stephen Jeong, VAA Director of Performing Arts. “The collaboration between Seattle Rock Orchestra and our Island’s aspiring young musicians will be the icing on the cake, giving participants an amazing memory that stays with them forever, and inspires others to follow their passions.” In an effort to introduce more kids to this innovative music, VAA and O Space offer free admission to children ages 8 and under.

Featuring Vashon youth ensembles Saturday, June 7, 7 pm Open Space

Student $12, General $20 Kids 8 and under free (advance reservations required) Tickets: VAA, Heron’s Nest,

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Wolves: Predator vs. Prey Gray wolves are the target of a heated conservation debate in Washington State and throughout the country. Humans and wolves have a tragic history of conflict, especially as our populations encroach on their natural habitats. Negative images of “the big bad wolf” and “killers of livestock” contribute to a prevailing fear and misunderstanding of the species, and the federal government is currently threatening to strip all protections for wolves

in the continental United States. Meanwhile, activists are making heartened efforts to educate the population about the role wolves play in a healthy and sustainable ecosystem and help advocate for their protection. Aaron Wirsing, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology

in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. His research focuses on predator-prey interactions, and how large predators can reshape ecosystems. In 2008, gray wolves began naturally re-colonizing Washington after an 80-year absence. By placing hidden video cameras in wolf habitats and analyzing his collected footage, Wirsing is gaining a unique understanding

of predator-prey relationships and helping to change the way we think about wolves. As gray wolves are taken off the endangered species lists in states such as Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, Wirsing’s research is especially relevant and important. Join him as he shares some of his findings and perspectives on gray wolves today. – by Stephen Jeong

Science Series

Wolves: Predator vs. Prey Sunday, June 8, 7 pm Vashon Allied Arts

Member/Student/Senior $14, General $18 Tickets: VAA,

Summer Classes

For more information or to register online, visit Scholarships Available!


Ages: Adults Saturdays, June 21 & 28, 9 am-2 pm Tuition: Member $165, General $175 + Materials $65 Instructor: Charlotte Masi Turn a raw gourd into a pot for an indoor succulent in this two-day workshop. Cut, clean and finish the inside of the gourd, transfer a design and use wood burning tools to outline imagery. Add coloration with heatset gourd dyes and prepare a steel ring for the base. Between classes, you can find a succulent to plant in your completed piece. Please bring lunch and a beverage. Class held in Charlotte’s studio.


Puget Sound Friends Clay (age 4-6) Color Crazy (age 7-12)


Art and Spanish (age 3-7) Olympics of Mind (age 8-12)

JULY 7-11

Summer Musical Theatre (age 7-14) Glass Intensive for Teens (age 13-19) 10

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JULY 14-18

Fired Up Clay (age 10-17) All About Me Art Camp (age 6-10) Magical Kingdom Dance (age 3-5)

JULY 21-25

People and Pets Clay (age 6-10) Studio Tour Art Camp (age 10-17)


Once Upon a Puppet (age 7-12) Magic of Mime (age 8-14) Teen Photo Intensive (age 13-18)


Clay Camp Down Under (age 6-10)

AUGUST 11-15

Nature of Art Camp (age 8-12) Triple Threat Dance (age 9-16)

AUGUST 18-22

Sea, Sea, Sea Clay (age 6-10) Glass Intensive for Teens (age 13-19) Vashon String Camp (age 5-15) Space Traveler Dance (age 3-5)

AUGUST 25-29

Story Play (age 5-7)

VAA Summer Camps Highlights:

Art Camps

For more information or to register online, visit Scholarships Available! While all VAA camps focus on the arts, our Art Camps (capital “A”, capital “C”) are unique and have a special history. Janice Mallman, a VAA founder and current Gallery Curator, created the first Art Camp 18 years ago to provide kids with a variety of artistic experiences while utilizing the wealth of artistic talent on Vashon. Mallman enthusiastically describes Art Camp, “Over the course of five days, students explore five different styles of art with five different teachers. There is something to inspire every child in these camps.” Many Art Camps culminate in a show for family and friends in which students display the artwork they have created during the week. Mallman estimates that about 75 artists have served as Art Camp instructors through the years and more than 500 students have participated. VAA proudly carries on this tradition and we are excited about this year’s Art Camp offerings!


Ages: 10-17 Mon-Fri, July 21-25, 10 am-3 pm Tuition: Member $240, General $260 + $35 materials Join us for a unique opportunity to make art with some of Vashon’s most talented artists, in their own studios! Explore 4 different mediums in five days. Come see where professional art is created on Vashon.


Textural printmaking with


Mosaics (design and composition) with

Suzanne Moore

Kristen Reitz-Green

Wednesday Shibori dyeing with Terri Fletcher Thursday

Mosaics (setting and grouting) with

Kristen Reitz-Green


Watercolor painting with Ilse Reimnitz


Ages: 8-12 Mon-Fri, Aug 11-15, 10 am-2 pm Tuition: Member $180, General $195 + $30 materials A perfect blend of art and science! Learn about Vashon from environmental educators and make art in nature at different island parks.


Ages: 6-10 Mon-Fri, July 14-18, 10 am-2 pm Tuition: Member $180, General $195 + $30 materials Spend the week exploring our favorite subject: YOU! Work with a different Vashon artist each day to create art all about yourself. Camp culminates with a student art show on Friday.



Habitat exploration; tools and water carriers with Allison Trundle & Derek Churchill (Island Center Forest)


Riparian Habitat; leaf bowls and creature creations with Maria Metler (Shinglemill Creek)

Wednesday Birds galore; bird houses, abstract eggs and

Printmaking, collage and binding your own unique book with Allison Trundle


Mosaic mirrors made from beads and glass with Andrea Braganza


Wednesday Self-portrait painting in acrylic and oil pastel Friday with Kristen Reitz-Green Thursday Personalized music makers & life-size draw- ings with Meredith Neal Friday

bird cards with Kathryn True (Fern Cove)

Marine biology; driftwood sculpture and seashell jewelry with Amy Holmes (Pt. Robinson) Native plants; nature weaving and sun prints with Barbara Gustafson (Island Center Forest)

Mixed-media collage boxes & self-portraits in junk with Julie Shannon

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How VAA Has Changed Our Lives A Letter of Gratitude from an Island Family mances. Plus, they are super nice and great with kids.

I have had the gift of being involved with Vashon Allied Arts for nine years as an artist, teacher and recipient of classes for my kids. VAA has had a tremendous positive effect on my life and my kids’ lives and continues to do so. Over the years, VAA’s biggest influence on my family has been ongoing relationships with some of Vashon’s best teachers. The magnificent quality of arts education, along with scholarship options (no families excluded for economic hardships), provides enormous opportunities for all Vashon families. As a teacher at Vashon Allied Arts, I strive to keep pace with the quality that I have witnessed at this organization. Here are just a few of the teachers at VAA that have made a big difference in my children’s lives: Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann combine learning with fantastic creative power and intrigue. My kids (and I) are always mesmerized by their classes and perfor-

Another amazing teacher/ mentor we have come to know for years now is violin instructor extraordinaire Gaye Detzer. She makes teaching look effortless. Her inspiring instructional style and tremendous joy she brings to the experience of learning and playing violin mean that my husband Scott and I will forever be grateful to Gaye for combining music with delight in

the notebook of my kids’ childhood experiences. Lastly, the fabulous Christine Juarez: she brings such warmth and camaraderie to dance that my daughter boldly informed me (aghast, when I asked if she wanted to take ballet class again) that she indeed planned on taking ballet classes and performing in

the Nutcracker ballet her entire life. Months later, she still recreates the Nutcracker scene-by-scene in our kitchen. Enough said. Along with the excellent classes available through VAA, the scholarships

to help pay for those classes offer continuity and great relief for families. As a teacher, I directly see the influence of scholarships on classes. They add economic diversity and a rich community connection, not just for the kids, but for parents as well. Parents swap advice and build friendships, all while waiting for classes to wrap up. It is a valuable community meeting ground. With a parent’s peace of mind that a scholarship is an option, a door is opened for a

child. A skill set is learned. How to learn from a mentor is further established, role models are presented, and spatial and creative intelligence are increased further from an arts education. To a parent, this option for help offers much reassurance. The connection can be continued even if a heating bill is miserably high or a car needs to be repaired or even if a job is lost. Vashon Allied Arts generates not only income for my family through my art sales and teaching, but it also helps give rise to ideas, skills, education, mentorships and community. All of that with an amazing staff, all on our little Island. It is a part of why Vashon is so wondrous. This is why I am so grateful for Vashon Allied Arts. – by Allison Trundle

Top, left to right: Allison Trundle; Daughter Diana Trundle-Strachan; Raena Brockway-Joyce and Diana; Son Moses Trundle-Strachan with Suzuki violin teacher Gaye Detzer; Bottom: “Moon Over Vashon” painted ewer created for Garden Tour 2012; “You and I” acrylic on canvas from one of her VAA shows.

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VAA’s collaboration of artists and students brings public art to Vashon schools

ct Vashon students grow up with art enriching their school buildings. Many permanent public artworks, now familiar fixtures in the schools, were created by students, some as young as Kindergarten, under the auspices of Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS). The VAIS program connects teachers with professional artists; together they plan curriculumbased projects focused on student learning. Several dozen artworks grace Vashon Island School District (VISD) buildings; here are descriptions of a few: At Chautauqua, two nearly lifesize Orca whales are suspended from the ceiling in the main entry, greeting all to the K-5 school. “Kids in Motion” (2002), 16 vibrantly painted panels, hang in the Chautauqua Elementary School gym, echoing the energy that space enjoys.

“Speedy the Turtle” (2000) resides at the outside entrance, with handmade clay tiles creating a patchwork quilt effect within a large, steel-framed turtle. The Chautauqua Kids’ Garden inspired gigantic painted murals of beautiful food in the lunchroom (2012) and a mosaic sundial and signage in the garden (2011). Next door, the “McMurray Labyrinth” (2005) is a 30-foot-diameter walking labyrinth, an interactive outdoor art piece originally envisioned by former Principal Mike Kirk. In the middle school’s foyer resides “Monolithic Mosaics” (2013), an 8-foot doorway of handmade ceramic tesserae. In the library hangs “Rights of the Child,” a 6-foot-diameter brightlypainted mandala evoking the U.N.’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child. This January, the community responded with pure exhilaration when Vashon High School


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opened the doors of its new building. The thoughtfullydesigned school, with beautiful common areas and classrooms and loads of natural light, pays tribute to Vashon’s longstanding focus on education and offers fresh, enticing possibilities for learning. While the architecture is graceful and purposeful, an important next step is to enliven the big open spaces and courtyard with public art. To this end, an application was submitted to the K-12 Art in Public Places Fund administered by the Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA. Vashon’s deep experience in integrating public art with curriculum goals through VAIS was a persuasive part of the application. The effort has paid off, and VISD was recently awarded a public artwork project with a budget of $125,000, more than three times what was originally anticipated. A diverse committee of local educators and art professionals is working to select the artist, medium and placement of the new artwork at Vashon High School. – by Pamela McMahan

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