Friday Fish Wrap 12.7.18

Five things worth knowing this week

Big Miniature Show

The miniature show is hung and OMG it’s just fabulous / amazing / transplendent.  Vashon is truly blessed to have among us such skilled and passionate artists.

Featured on the big wall of the Fong-Wheeler Attrium is a large exhibit of miniature work by Bella Ormseth.  We fell in love with her art earlier this year and hers was the anchor image for the #mymetoo show.  This is what she has to say about the genesis of this lovely series of work.

This series of paintings began as a response to the susceptibility of portraying a false “self” in social media. I had started an Instagram account to promote my artwork and share my inspirations. But soon I started to feel weird stating that a photo of say, a mushroom, was an art inspiration when no painting of said mushroom followed.

So I set up a challenge for myself: I would make a small painting every month based on my Instagram nature photograph that received the most “likes” for the given month. I gave myself 6 days to complete the painting, forcing me to think and paint fast. For each painting, I limited myself to 3 to 5 pigments, and I changed my palette from one painting to the next.

A theme started to emerge as the months went by. These paintings show an intimate relationship to nature. They depict feelings of being immersed in nature. They also explore how painting is different from photography. I did not want to make a painting of a photograph – that seemed redundant – but I wanted to add something to the image that would give it a deeper meaning.

As an added bonus, we have on display and for sale some really stunning slumped glass platters by Kayoko Kondo Skidmore, a wildly talented and precocious artist who worked comfortably and skillfully in many media.  She passed earlier this year and gifted VCA with her art.  This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to add a remarkable piece to your collection at a very reasonable cost.

Let’s get jazzy!

I don’t know what I’m more excited about, the smokin’ lineup we have on offer for the Holiday Jazz concert on December 19, or listening to the dulcet tones of Vashon’s very own Jeff Hoyt doing the voice over on this super fun promo video we put together! Thanks to Jeff and Bill Wood and VOV for the wonderful partnership.

This most excellent cut by Sundae + Mr. Goessl will get you fully in the mood for the holiday and the concert!

And this next cut is too cool for school.  You just have to get on down here!!!!

Watch this space for a nifty offer on the 2019 Spring Jazz series.  You’ll want to be there too!!!

Do You Have THAT Garden?

Vashon Center for the Arts is currently planning the 29th Annual GARDEN TOUR for June 22 and 23 of 2019, and we are looking for one more Garden to complete our fabulous ensemble for this year’s tour!

While all gardens are absolutely welcome to enter—we are sure there are some incredible gems on this island we haven’t seen yet!—we’d love to add a ‘landscaped’ farm (working, subsistence, and/or intensive) to show the diversity of what Vashon’s ecosystem is capable of growing, grooming, and providing the community in terms of beauty and sustenance.

If you have a garden/property you think would be a great addition to the 2019 Garden Tour (farm or not), simply send an email to or follow this link to our web page.

Leavings and Arrivings

Tis the season of change , , ,

It’s sad news I have to announce that Devin Grimm will be leaving VCA effective January 4th, 2019.  Devin has been our Gallery Manager for the past year and assistant before that.  He has been a wonderful colleague, a great friend, a loving presence and we will miss seeing him every day.

On the arriving front, I have asked Lynann Politte to join VCA as Gallery Business Manager, effective immediately. She will be responsible for managing the Koch Gallery, Mann Kiosk, and gallery exhibits in the Fong-Wheeler atrium lobby.  She will also be responsible for producing the 2019 edition of Vashon Summer Arts Fest.

She too has been a great colleague and contributor to VCA this past year, helping on different tasks and projects including marketing, working back-of-house in our theater, and producing our very first Vashon Summer Arts Fest.  You can reach her at

Loving our Campus

This will come as no surprise to know our two buildings, surrounding grounds, and field/wetlands to the east of our parking lot are costly to maintain.  We fund “normal” operating expenses out of current-year operating accounts and we employ island workers and source our supplies from island businesses whenever possible.

Over a longer horizon, we know our campus will require bigger spends.  For example, we can already see a need to paint the outside walls and clean the roof of the Blue Heron.  At some point we’ll need to re-stain the Kay Hall.  Somewhere out in the future our mechanical systems will need more than maintenance.

So, we created the VCA Campus Futures Fund to help us build financial reserves to care for our buildings and campus for years and generations to come. As part of this effort, we will soon be adding $1 to the purchase of each ticket to help build those reserves.

I will report more fully on this an other financial matters at a member meeting we will hold in Q1 of 2019

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Finally, and this is a sixth thing

Okay, I admit it (and this is a guilty pleasure I guess), I like to watch holiday movies this time of year.  We started the ritual the other night with a movie my family and I have watched at least twice a year since it came out.  I’m speaking, of course, about Love Actually.  Best scene might be this one . . .

It’s hard to pick a favorite scene from A Christmas Story (the dogs stealing dinner, the scene in the Chinese restaurant), but surely this is the most iconic . . .

I might be the only person I know who watches My Man Godfrey (please, the William Powell version only) at this time of year.  His opening speech to the swells if fabulous, but really the entire movie is.  Add it to your list.

And finally, because this list can’t go on forever, there’s Scrooged.  The entire sequence with Carol Kane is just priceless, but why not end with this one . . .

Okay, okay, I lied.  This cover of Jackie DeShannon’s fabulous Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Al Green and Annie Lennox is just too good to miss . . .


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.

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