HARK THE HERALD
Yale University started its art gallery in 1832, and has collected over 200,000 objects, from African masks to Picassos, Van Goghs and Roman antiques. Over the years as the art was accumulated it was spread out amongst several buildings and much was left in deep storage. But this week Yale will open a new museum, an expanded and comprehensive space that will exhibit three times as much artwork, all under one roof.
As we all know, Vashon has a similar problem. Our active and diverse art community has long been scattered and forced to find performance and exhibit space all over the Island. Vashon Opera, Vashon Island Choral, Drama Dock, just to mention a few of our major players, appear at churches and schools and parks, struggling each time to find space that’s available and barely appropriate.
It took Yale 180 years, but for now, their art space problems are solved. All of us who love our Island art will too be rewarded in the very near future with the all-encompassing Vashon Center for the Arts. I hear the sound of trumpets heralding the grand opening, don’t you!