Five things worth knowing this week
Well it had to end . . . 2018, I mean. Friday Fish Wrap started out as literally a five-line email from me to our Board of Trustees to summarize the good things that were going on at VCA . . . at a time when good news seemed in short supply.
The next week I thought, “why not send it to our staff as well?” So, I did and the Fish Wrap got a bit longer. It took only another week or two and I thought, “eh, why not just publish to the world?” So, I did.
And here it is, the 42nd and last issue of the year.
Support What You Love
Our end-of-year fundraiser, modestly titled “Support What You Love,” has been a big success. A generous donor provided a $50,000 match and we are super close to raising the money to equal that.
We’d love your help. If your end of year plan includes some last-minute donations, please consider including Vashon Center for the Arts. You can do that online by clicking here.
Dance Floor Progress
9:00 on December 27 the fun began. Chris O’Brien and Jon-Eric Schafer joined our very own Vadne White and Ian Metler to begin the great sprung floor adventure.
Step 1: Pull up the old (old) marley, all that stands between our dancers and those old, old, old pine floors. The pile of tape is trying to pose as Art.
Step 2: Snap lines for a one-foot-square grid.
Step 3: Ian lays down construction adhesive splooshes and Vadne, Chris, and Yonni lay down the pool noodle pucks. Part of me wants to stop the project right here . . . this thing is pure art.
Step 4: We cut up rock wool batting that will serve as sound deadening under the floor.
Step 5: As I publish this we are laying overlapping layers of ¾ T&G plywood sub flooring.
Finally, I want to again thank Earl Van Buskirk at Island Lumber for his great support of this project. That enormous stack of plywood now covering our floor cost us a whole lot less thanks to Earl.
More to come next week . . .
Patching and Painting
Super volunteers Lin Holley, Jenny McMurdo, and Eddy Radar gave our Koch Gallery and Fong-Wheeler Lobby Atrium a fresh coat of paint and the place is looking just fabulous . . . and ready for our fabulous January show. And yes, there is something hopeful and happy about the scent of fresh paint!
Regular readers of the Fish Wrap are surely aware of the massive Madrone slab table we acquired, thanks to David Warren at Vashon Forrest Stewards and a generous donor who provided the financing.
This past week, super (retired) floor maven Terry Timmons has spent a big chunk of his holiday season working the slab into a stunning and very useful work of art. Good friend and former board member Jon-Eric Schafer came up with the idea of asking Terry to do the rough sanding using a big floor sander. Genius! Getting the table down to floor level was a trick as the big board weighs 300 lbs. if it weighs an ounce. Lots of hands made that work.
The finished piece is breathtaking. We use it as a bar, buffet, dinner table, meeting table, display space, and who knows what else. Come see it on January 4th, the first First Friday of January 2019.
A Few of My Favorite Things
Shauna Ahern asked me to reflect on some of my favorite things from 2018. I plan on doing that more fully in the first quarter but here are the things that come immediately to mind.
Quartermaster Press 25th. . . I think this show opened all our eyes. The big atrium wall hung salon style showed us a quarter century of brilliant art as well as a whole new way of thinking of our lobby. The weekly classes and discussions gave us important clues we can build on throughout the year. Once again, QMP was showing us the way.
Fourth Grade Birds . . . The show hung outdoors in our breezeway and literally stopped traffic every day for a month. On a personal level, it helped me articulate a personal mission to “inspire a lifelong love of the arts.” I think others felt that, too.
Vashon Summer Arts Fest was the child of necessity . . . our gallery wasn’t programmed for the summer and the only way I could see doing it was together. So, we called a meeting, people showed up, and WE made it happen! Stay tuned for the even better 2019 version.
Ekphrastic Poetry Reading. . . like Vashon Summer Arts Fest, the poetry reading at the end of the Wordless Stories exhibit came together because need met opportunity met community. In this case, it was some of our wonderful island poets who treated something like 60 of us to an amazing evening of verse.
The Sound of the Theater . . . The wonderful Katherine White Hall started its public life with a sound system that was not up to the task. This year, donors rallied to the cause, and we were able to significantly upgrade the quality of the amplified music in our building.
Finally, and this is a sixth thing
All these years on, I can safely admit I had a massive eight-year-old crush on Mary Poppins. Actually, my young heart was captured by Julie Andrews and her luxurious auburn tresses in the 1964 multi Oscar winning movie directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers.
Equally, I can also say my crush was dashed just one year later when Ms. Andrews appeared in short blond hair in yet another multi-award-winning film, The Sound of Music. It’s hard really to accuse a nine-year old of being shallow, but I guess I was. It was the wig. I can see that now.
So, at the risk of betraying the vicissitudes of the heart and my unrequited love, count me as a huge fan of Emily Blunt as the returning Mary Poppins playing across from the stupendously talented Lin-Manual Miranda.
With that overly long lead-in, I found my toes tapping to this very fun “22 Musicals in 12 Minutes” romp Ms. Blunt and Mr. Miranda performed recently with Late Late Show host James Corden. Practically perfect in every way.
A fun way to end the year.
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.