VAIS Project About to Hatch at the Judd Creek Headwaters
In the spring of 2021, VAIS resident, endangered species and social justice artist Britt Freda worked with 5th grade teachers Jen Lindsay, Phd, Layla Tanner, Nancy Jones, and Madalyn Brown and their students at Chautauqua Elementary to create a collaborative public art installation of painted cedar salmon to raise awareness for protecting and improving watershed habitat. On Wednesday, May 19, more than 90 students—both distance learners and young people, who are recently able to attend school in-person—will come together in small groups to install the collective artwork in the Heron Meadow, on the east side of the Vashon Center for the Arts campus. Read More!
Eco-System Activism Posters
Third graders at Chautauqua Elementary have been working hard, creating activism art to call attention to protecting the eco-systems of our Salish Sea. Funded through VCA’s Vashon Artists in Schools program, local environmental advocate artist Britt Freda has been working with students to create activism posters. As a part of the Action Network, led by third grade teachers, Margie Butcher, Paul Wahlen and Erin Calhoun, students spent the winter learning from an exceptional group of experts including director of Sound Action, Amy Carey, marine ecologist with Washington Sea Grant and UW, Jeff Adams, researcher and founder of Killer Whale Tales, Jeff Hogan, UW lecturer Erik McDonald, co-founder and executive director of The Natural History Museum, Beka Economopoulos, marine biologist and marine veterinarian, Tag Gornall, sustainable and restorative landscape architect, Betsy Severtsen, the VMI Land Trust’s Erika Carleton, Education Specialists for Vashon Nature Center, Maria Metler and Founder and Director of Whale Scout, Whitney Neugebauer! See the posters and hear the student/artists speak to the inspiration behind their drawings.
Fluctus Formarum Unveiled
Happy 30th anniversary to VAIS! September 8, 2018 was named Vashon Artists in Schools Day by our unofficial mayor after he chewed a ribbon and unveiled Vashon’s newest piece of public art. Fluctus Formarum: A Flood of Forms, now at home in the green space south of Vashon Pharmacy, was a collaboration between island artist Ela Lamblin and students in Art & Design and Physics classes at Vashon High School. Exploring the theme of waves students delved into what public art can be, using applied physics to design a piece. The result truly celebrates the collaborative power of students, teachers, and artists, as well as the community partnerships that make our program so strong.
Vashon Thriftway generously underwrote this project, and Vashon Partners in Education provided additional funding. Bob Powell of Meadow Creature machined all the steel for the sculpture, and graciously gave students a behind the scenes look at his shop, including a demonstration of his abrasive water-jet cutting machine. Ela Lamblin was the heart of the work – leading the students, doing all the fabrication, and making this project come to life! Many other hands were involved, from the cement base to landscaping, and we are so grateful for the support everyone has shown for the students of our community and for VAIS!