Northwest Pastel Society
Established in the 1980’s, the Northwest Pastel Society has over 220 members, most who live and paint in the Northwest. Members also hail from other parts of the USA and Canada. The annual limited-juried show has been seen in galleries from Seattle, Tacoma and Kirkland, WA to Portland and Hood River, OR among other Northwest cities. In this exhibit, chaired by Janice Wall and Jayne Quig, the best and most recent work of each participating member is displayed. Each artist has submitted one or two paintings in soft pastel, a medium made from pure pigment that contributes to the brilliance and lasting color of the work. Subject matter for this exhibit includes landscape, animal, figure/portrait and still life, as well as abstract. The 48 participants sent paintings from the states of WA, OR, CA, ID, and IL. Four of these artists live on Vashon Island.
Vashon Watercolor Society
Vashon artist Penny Grist returned to watercolor painting at 30 years working in other media. She wanted to know what other Vashon artists were painting with watercolor and put out a call to artists with VIVA (Vashon Island Visual Artists) and with the response, Vashon Watercolor Society was launched.
This collection exhibits 17 Vashon artist. The imagery and styles are as varied as the artists themselves. There are landscape, still life, animals and abstracts. The one thing we all have in common is a love for this quirky demanding medium with its luminosity, it’s insistence on spontaneity and it’s willingness to produce mud at the slip of a brush.
Holiday Jewelry Show
For November and December, VCA’s gift shop will be bursting with unique hand crafted jewelry for your holiday shopping (or maybe something for yourself!). Jewelry artists include : Cyra Jane, Kathleen Kinney, Jeaneen Bauer, and Cat McCadden (Gracegow) from Vashon. They are joined by Seattle artisans Irene Wood (History & Industry) and Rebekah J (Rebekah J Designs). This exceptional collection includes necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Each piece is distinct in its craftsmanship and design. Many one of a kind items. Come browse, try on and revel in the beauty of adornment.