Friday Fish Wrap 12.14.18

Five things worth knowing this week

VCA Under the Tree

The tree is lit (actually, the tree is all lights!). A festive spirit is in the air. And there are a whole lot of nifty “gifts waiting to be” on our walls and shelves. So, if you have some last-minute gift giving, why not a clever miniature from one of our great island artists? Or one of the amazing slumped glass platters from Kayoko Kendo Skidmore? Or a delightful piece of pottery from Gail Lurie, Liz Lewis, or Waterworks Studio? Or tickets to an upcoming series or show? Or some fabulous jewelry? Or a class?

All that and more is waiting for you up until December 22 at 5:00! Come on down!

Dance Parents Gone Wild

Once again, our wonderful dance parents are going all out to capture the festive Nutcracker spirit. The Fong-Wheeler Atrium will be extra happified with a wonderful selection of gift items, hand wrought ornaments, and a groaning board of baked goodness, all to benefit our wonderful dance program.

The Picture Chair Awaits

Our ginormous wooden chair has been positioned for maximum picture taking opportunities. If you’re coming to a performance of the Nutcracker, why not come a touch early and get on up there for a family picture?  Let’s make this an annual tradition!

It’s Not Too Early to be Excited about 2019 Gallery Season

We’re thrilled to offer our guests and patrons a 2019 gallery year filled with fabulous solo and group shows in our Koch Gallery and Fong-Wheeler Atrium.

While the art in our galleries come from artists up and down the Pacific Northwest, our direction, curation, and display are rooted in Vashon. The 2019 shows were juried by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic Vashon artists and art lovers. Islanders have lent us their deep expertise and love of the arts to help curate individual shows. Talented gallery pros have signed on to help us hang these wonderful shows.

Here’s what’s coming in January:

In the Koch Gallery

Time Made Visible is a sumptuous group show by the highly regarded Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound (TAPS). They are a group of nine tapestry artists, each embracing an individual approach to the medium, all having developed a distinctive and mature body of work.

In the Fong-Wheeler Atrium

Reasons Revealed is a group show featuring Deborah Kapoor, Laura Ahola-Young, and Alyson McCrink, three enormously talented artists working in different media.

In the Joy & Chai Mann Kiosk

And new for 2019, we will be making good use of the Joy & Chai Mann Kiosk to house a monthly pop-up show. We’ll kick off the season with an intimate showing of some really superb photography in a show called . . .

I Can See Russia From My House: Daily Living in Russia Through the Eyes of Roman Zlobin

Roman recently moved to Vashon and brought with him a stunning body of photographic work from Russia, which he’s since salted with a growing body of work drawn from in and around the Pacific Northwest.  We met him during the recent VIVA Studio tour, and it was love at first sight.   Whether it’s Roman’s eye or the subject he shoots, the geometry, visual texture, and emotional content of this show are riveting.

For more information on our gallery shows, click here

Holiday Calendar

For those keeping track, here are some key dates and activities through the holiday season.

Dec 15

  • Last day in 2019 for VIGA Winter Marketing at VCA. Breezeway and patio only.  Thank you VIGA for another wonderful season together.

Dec 22

  • Saturday hours return to 12:00 – 5:00.  We are closed on Sundays.
  • Gift Shop open.

Dec 23 – Jan 1

  • Closed to public.

Dec 27

  • Work begins on Blue Heron floor project: 10:00 – 4:00.
  • Work begins on Atrium and Gallery painting project: 10:00 – 2:00.
  • Receiving January art.

Dec 28

  • Work continues on Blue Heron floor project: 10:00 – 4:00.
  • Work continues on Atrium and Gallery painting project: 10:00 – 2:00.
  • Last Fish Wrap of the year.

Dec 29

  • Finish and clean-up projects.
  • Start hanging January exhibits.

Jan 2

  • Open to public

January 4

  • First Friday!!!!!

Finally, and this is a sixth thing

In case you haven’t heard, we’re putting on an extra-excellent edition of the beloved Vashon Nutcracker. We still have good seats available so please grab your friends and family and come see it.

This ballet is an important foundation of nearly every ballet company in North America. Since the late 1960s, it has been the standard measuring stick by which dancers mark their growth and progress, with the “plum roles” serving as evidence of the student’s dedication and mastery of the craft.

As is true of many beloved classics, the Nutcracker was not an instant success, though the 20-minute suite that composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. One measure of the score’s popularity is how much fun musicians have had translating it into a more contemporary idiom. One of the most important, successful, and noteworthy examples was scored and performed by Duke Ellington and his band. Here’s the overture.

Want another?  This rockabilly version by Brian Setzer will get your toes tapping.

And finally, here’s a very fun “salsified” version.


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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