Koch Gallery

The Koch Gallery at VCA offers new gallery exhibits every other month, from two or three artists to group shows and solo exhibits. The Koch (pronounced “kah-sh”) Gallery shows work in a wide range of media and subject matter including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, wood, glass, ceramics and fiber. The Koch Gallery encourages proposals for group shows and installations. Artists exhibiting in the Gallery hail from Vashon Island and throughout the Northwest. VCA shows work by professional artists and once a year showcases emerging artist/artists.

The Koch Gallery show for the month of October will be a visual arts response to sexual abuse and harassment. Throughout the month, forums will be offered to engage the community in authentic, safe, and respectful dialogue in order to explore our shared experiences and to learn how we can come together to create a new narrative.

In 2016 Tarana Burke, Founder & Director of JustBe Inc, coined and made public the sentiment “me too” through her social work with young women of color. Actor Alyssa Milano tweeted a call to action in October 2017, asking women to post Burke’s “me too” if they had personally experienced sexual assault or harassment in order “to give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” The response was overwhelming and the #MeToo went viral.

VCA’s Artistic Director, Angela Gist is curating the #MyMeToo Gallery show for October. “I was inspired by the movement of women supporting each other and sharing their stories. I have witnessed many women looking back at their own lives and realizing, yes, this has happened to me. Our collective memories of sexual assault and harassment have been in many regards repressed, not because they didn’t hurt us, but because we were taught: to be silent, that it didn’t matter, that we should expect to be treated in such a way, and that if we are harassed or assaulted we must in some way be responsible for what has happened to us.”

Tarana Burke reminds us “this is a movement and not just a moment; movements take years to achieve their goals.” Gist noted “the exploration of what it means to survive this kind of assault produces emotions that words alone cannot convey. This is why it is important to me to provide an artistic platform to continue these conversations. The conviction, firing, and public shaming of a handful of public figures will not be the most important result of this movement; it will be our insistence to hold all abusers accountable for their actions and our success in changing a culture which is permissive in its attitude regarding sexual harassment.”

Gallery hours:
Monday-Friday 10-5
Saturday Noon-5
Closed on Sundays and holidays.

Artist’s Talk First Friday at 5:30 pm

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April 2018

QMP25 – Quartermaster Press 25th Anniversary Retrospective

April 6 - May 24
The Koch Gallery, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Quartermaster Press Studio celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a retrospective exhibition that includes the printed works of 31 past and present members. April 6 through May 25, 2018 at Koch Gallery at Katherine L White Hall. Printing is an infinitely expanding art form, embodying creativity, experimentation, and inventiveness. This is the colorful local story of a small group of artists learning to monoprint in a potting shed at Quartermaster Harbor in 1993. Today, 25 years later, Quartermaster Press Studio is…

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QMP – DEMO with Brian Fisher

April 14 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
The Koch Gallery, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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QMP Collagraphy Demonstration with Brian Fisher — 1:30 p.m.

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June 2018

Vista

June 1 - June 29
The Koch Gallery, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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A group exhibition that brings together seven contemporary Vashon artists exploring the notion of landscape and perspective. Ted Kutscher / oil painting Janice Wall / pastel Terry Donnelly / photography Eddy Radar / acrylic painting Jon-Eric Schafer / ceramics Michael D. Maher / water color Rose Belknap / oil painting

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In Your Face: Portraits of Bold Women – Kate Thompson

June 1 - June 29
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Kate Thompson Artist Statement:   What started out as an attempt to become a better painter while not filling up my house with stored canvases became something larger when a good friend passed on. At the memorial, her portrait — one I had done years earlier — was hung. Who had painted it was fairly irrelevant; what struck me was that it had become a legacy object for an amazing person. Something that helped keep her with us. We live…

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July 2018

Show Opening July 13 – Summer Arts Fest

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Show Opening July 27 – Summer Arts Fest

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Wood Artists Demonstrations – Summer Arts Fest

July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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One event on July 28, 2018 at 2:00pm

Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Free

Vashon Island wood artists will be demonstrating various techniques they use in their artistry, including wood turning on the lathe, chainsaw and adze carving and ways of burning, texturing and finishing wood sculpture.

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Memories – Summer Arts Fest

July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW

Vashon, WA 98070 United States

Rachel LordKengaga will demonstrate her process and guide you in using your photos to create your own original piece of art.

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August 2018

Show Opening August 3 – Summer Arts Fest

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Makerspace Arts Demonstration & Participatory Activity – Summer Arts Fest

August 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Free

Makerspace is place where islanders can create, learn and share their art. Members will have multiple demonstrations including: 3D printing, Etcher wood carving, and a participatory activity of making your own cyanotype.

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The Big Weave – Summer Arts Fest

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 28, 2018 at 2:00pm

One event on July 27, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on August 3, 2018 at 6:00pm

One event on August 4, 2018 at 2:00pm

Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Free

Experience the pattern, structure, and texture featured prominently in a Swedish weaving technique; write a personal message of hope for the world on a special tag which you tie onto the fabric.

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Show Opening August 10 – Summer Arts Fest

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Using Your Artists Eye – Summer Arts Fest

August 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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$30

See what you can create with framed driftwood and a mirror. Using our innate ability to see art. Each person will create a unique piece of art, combining a frame, driftwood, and mirror.

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Show Opening August 17 – Summer Arts Fest

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Blank Canvas Dance Party

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Become a human canvas as you make new friends and groove to DJ Whitmore’s funkiest tunes. 

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Ceramics Artists Demonstrations & Participatory Events – Summer Arts Fest

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, repeating until August 18, 2018

Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Free

Ceramic artists will be on hand demonstrating the techniques they work with, including hand-building and wheel throwing. Kids participation clay table will be available for them to create their clay masterpieces.

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Screen Print Party: Print your own mini poster

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Screen print your own Vashon Summer Arts Fest mini poster! Choose from several Vashon-themed designs and print your own souvenir of the arts fest.

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September 2018

Art Auction Preview Party

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Help open the show, see the art, and meet the artists. As always, there will be good things to eat and drink.  Free to all.    

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Art Auction Maker’s Masquerade

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Come as you are, bring a mask to wear or buy a mask at the door, just be ready for a whole new program. Enjoy lots of fun finger food while browsing the silent auction. Then join us in the auditorium for amazing live entertainment and the live auction of art and experiences. Stay for the after-party and enjoy drinks, treats, and music.

Best of all, the ticket is just $35.

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Art Auction Venetian Nights Masquerade

September 22 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Katherine L. White Hall, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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Put on your Vashon-finery and join us for closing night. Browse the silent auction while nibbling and sipping. Slide into your seats in the auditorium for a lavish opening number and live auction of art and experiences. Join us for a fabulous dinner afterwards in our lobby (limited to 150 people) where all you have left to do is eat, drink and enjoy each other’s company.

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October 2018

Love Triumphs Over Fear

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
VCA Greenroom, 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW
Vashon, WA 98070 United States
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