Five things worth knowing this week . . .

First Friday Openings to catch tonight!

Emerging Student Photographer Show

Opening, First Friday, October 5th 6-9pm

Student photography from three VCA camps and an exploratory intensive photography session will be on display at VCA in the lobby of the Kay during the month of October. In all, there were more than 30 participating student artists—kids ranging in age from 8-18—travelling to locations in and around Seattle, Tacoma and Vashon to capture a variety of different subjects.

This inspiring show is curated by island-photographer and VCA instructor, Ray Pfortner, who led these classes during the Spring/Summer 2018 season. Ray not only encouraged his students to become familiar with their equipment—the ins and outs of all-weather photography, no less!—but to really look through the lens of the camera in a new way, from composition to presentation. And that vision shows in the work. The encaustic photo renderings, among others, are simply stunning.

But come and see these excellent photos yourself . . . and while you’re at it, think about enrolling your student in what is really a first-class deep-dive into photography. There is space and a place for the emerging photographers around us—and Ray may help set your budding photographer on a path that will change her life.


As many of you know, over the summer VCA sponsored a series of free workshops, open to anyone interested in using the arts to explore themes and conversations that have evolved around the #MeToo movement. This month, we are honored to present the work of 12 artists in the Koch Gallery; an essential collection of artistic voices and expressions, all grounded in the Vashon community, but resonating deeply in the ongoing national and global conversation. Along with the visual art being shown, Tami Brockway Joyce will present an audio installation that is the culmination of over 20 hours of recorded interviews with individuals who share their #MeToo stories.

Opening Reception, October 5th, 6pm-9pm.

Due to the mature subject matter of the exhibit, the Koch Gallery doors will be closed—the stories these works tell are visceral, intense in many instances. Because of this, VCA is also working with Vashon DOVE to arrange for advocates to be present at the opening to help anyone who would like assistance in processing the emotions that may surface while viewing.

We’re also working to keep the #MyMeToo conversation going: our first workshop, LOVE TRIUMPHS OVER FEAR, will be held on Saturday, October 6th. Find out more about this important workshop, here.

Summer Retrospective: 2-D Drawing Students’ Show

When Alisara Martin’s 2-D Art Camp was running in the Blue Heron this past summer, what stood out to the “Heron regulars” was just how quiet the class was. “It’s like a school of holy novices,” someone said. “Have they all taken a vow of silence?” Silent, yes, but that studious, engaged silence of determined work. These kids were serious about art! And not just then, but even now. This week, Alisara has had more than one conversation that began: Well, I’m not quite finished with it yet, but soon . . . I promise.

Now, though, it’s time for the opening. Time to take a deep breath, put the work out there and do what artists of every age must: let the work speak for itself.

Walk on over to the Blue Heron on Friday Night, from 6pm to 8pm. See what the work of these young artists says to you.