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Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions – December

December VCA Gallery Miniature Show (in Koch Gallery) Bill Rives (photography in the Atrium) Holiday Jewelry Show (in the Gift Shop) Miniature Show  It is December and the 13thconsecutive year for Vashon Center for the Arts to host the annual Miniature Show. Fabulous artistic talent, all in 36" sq inches or less. Miniature art or painting in little is a genre that focuses on art (especially painting, engraving and sculpture) with a long history that dates back to the scribes of the medieval…

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VCD Presents: The Nutcracker

Vashon Center for Dance presents The Nutcracker A little girl's dream becomes a timeless holiday story filled with swirling snowflakes, dancing flowers, and sensational characters from a kingdom of sweets. Vashon’s Nutcracker is a delightful production produced by Vashon Center for Dance whose cast is comprised of student and professional classical dancers and performers. Friday, December 13, 7pm Saturday, December 14, 1pm & 7pm Sunday, December 15, 1pm $16 General, $12 Senior/Student, $14 Member, $20 at the door

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Posadas at VCA!

Join us for the festive Mexican holiday tradition of Posadas on December 18, 6-7pm. There will be caroling, folklorico dancers performing fun holiday classics en español, food, and piñata fun! Free event! Wednesday, Dec 18 | 6pm Free

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A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol

It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire's escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to…

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Baroque Concert with Northwest Sinfonietta

Northwest Sinfonietta, the region’s premiere professional chamber orchestra, will perform at Vashon Center for the Art’s Kay White Hall on Sunday, December 22 at 7:30pm. The group brings a Baroque-inspired program perfect for the season, including works by Baroque masters Handel, Purcell and Torelli as well as Respighi’s beloved Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 and Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite. Guest Artist Judson Scott, an active performer and educator around the Puget Sound area, joins the group on piccolo…

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Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions – January

Jenn Reidel: Rodin's Photographer Friday Opening Reception: January 10th, 6:00-9:00pm In this series of narrative photos, “Rodin’s Photographer,”  Jenn takes on the role of the Unknown Photographer, who worked with French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in the late 1800s. Within a conceptual theme – presented as Jenn's reinterpretations of this turn of the century artist's photographs – she intertwines historical research and fiction to create a classic character who uses her camera to reveal the mystery of how the spirit…

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BIG JOY: The Adventures of James Broughton – A Cabaret Screening

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton chronicles the idiosyncratic life and groundbreaking work of this influential poet and filmmaker. Like a gay, hippie version of Zelig, this Renaissance man lived many lives through many decades- a playwright in the post-war San Francisco arts scene, a filmmaking career in Europe that culminated in a special prize at Cannes and an academic life at SF Art Institute that fostered his experimental work of the 1970s and 1980s. "The Bed" with its…

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ECSTASY FOR EVERYONE- Jason Jenn

This performance piece by interdisciplinary multimedia artist, Jason Jenn, celebrates James Broughton. Jason Jenn creates works as performer, writer, visual artist, director, producer, designer, and video editor.  Jason is an avowed “Protean-of-many-trades” who enjoys combining various sensory delights (words, sounds, music, movement, video, and other visual forms) for stage, screen, and/or gallery exhibition. His work often reexamines familiar archetypes and themes of universal interest with a fresh, revelatory perspective. They aim to engage the mind as well as the heart,…

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IN BED WITH JAMES BROUGHTON

Four of his groundbreaking Experimental films & Discussion with his Friends Called by some the Father of West Coast Experimental Film, James Broughton (1913-1999) made 23 experimental films, and wrote 23 books of poetry. Experience some of his films and discuss them with people who knew James. Testament (1974 - 20 min) is a whimsical look at Broughton’s life. He thought it might be his last film, but then he met Joel Singer The Water Circle (1975 - 3 min)…

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Art History Talk – Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold is a nearly 90-year-old painter, mixed media sculptor and performance artist, but also an award-winning author of children’s books and a pioneering activist.  She is best known for her narrative quilts exploring the African-American condition.

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Virtuoso Masterworks for Violin and Piano with David Riley & Jasper Wood

From Beethoven & Vitali, to Fuerst & Gershwin, this concert combines the most powerful virtuoso works for violin and piano to bring audiences a sampling of how these master composers showcase their compositional abilities and test the limits of the instruments themselves. This concert will keep you on the edge of your seat as you travel through musical time to experience these virtuoso masterworks. Vitali: Chaconne Beethoven: Kreutzer Matthew Fuerst: Sonata Sonata #3 January 17, 2020 $15 Student, $28 Members,…

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DeVotchka

DeVotcka at Kay White Hall January 18, 2020 at 8pm A cross-pollination of numerous influences, including cabaret, spaghetti Westerns, norteño, punk, and the immigrant dance music of Eastern Europe, Colorado-based quartet DeVotchKa, formed in Denver by multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass) and percussionist Shawn King, emerged as unlikely indie heroes in the mid-2000s infusing modern indie music with a global flavor. They found widespread success in 2006 with their Grammy-nominated soundtrack…

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Rise Up! The Hamilton Tribute Band

Rise Up, the Hamilton Tribute Band! is coming to the Kay White Hall! Rise Up is an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians that performs the amazing music of “Hamilton”. "Hamilton" is a record-breaking Broadway musical and winner of 11 Tonys including Best Musical. It is a sweeping national cultural phenomenon with music that marries hip hop, R&B and Broadway. Rise Up delivers a performance that captures all the sophistication, detail and emotion of the music of “Hamilton”. Rise…

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Brian Reed – Birds, Song, and Poetry

As a professor of English with a specialty in modern poetry, Brian Reed became intrigued by the way poets across cultures and ages have written about birds. He is fascinated by the way the avian species has been a rich source of poetic inspiration. Reed, the Divisional Dean of the Humanities at the University of Washington, will take us on a visual and auditory exploration of this deep and creative relationship. He is a specialist in twentieth-and twenty-first century poetry…

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Vyacheslav “Slava” Gryaznov

The remarkable Russian pianist and composer Vyacheslav Gryaznov has performances in China, Australia, France, U.S., Russia, Poland, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Croatia, and Belgium this year. And Vashon Island! "Slava" returns to Vashon Center for the Arts for his second engagement with us. Vyacheslav graduated with honors both from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Moscow Conservatory. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate, and was on its teaching faculty. He later completed Yale University…

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Mike Veseth – Around the World in Eighty Wines

Mike Veseth is editor of the award-winning The Wine Economist blog and author of four books on wine over the last decade: Wine Wars; Extreme Wine; Money, Taste & Wine: It’s Complicated; and most recently, Around the World in Eighty Wines. By profession, he is a political economist, and is professor emeritus of international political economy at the University of Puget Sound. His writings on wine and globalization have been widely praised, and he is a sought-after speaker at wine industry meetings around the world. Inspired by Jules Verne, he takes us on a mad global dash, collecting wines and their stories, not just to find the best wines, but to understand what they mean and why they are important to us. The lecture will be followed by a wine tasting hosted by Vashon wineries.

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Visual Art Gallery Exhibition – February

Warren Pope’s art explores matters of systemic inequities. This show is an abstract art exhibition that examines the historical and contemporary realities of redlining (refusing to loan money to people in areas with populations of color), displacement and American slavery trade.

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Art History Talk – Louise Nevelson and Louise Bourgeois

Two of the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century were immigrants named Louise. Nevelson, who emigrated from Ukraine as a child, incorporated found objects, spray-painted a single color, into her distinctive constructions. Paris-born Bourgeois used a wide variety of mediums to explore the human body and psyche.

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Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring – Dead Feminists: Speaking Volumes

It started as a collaboration between two Tacoma artists who created a series of colorful broadsides featuring quotes by historical feminists tied to current political and social issues. The letterpress poster series was so successful that O’Leary and Spring created Dead Feminists, Historic Heroines in Living Color, a 2018 Pacific Northwest Award winning book using the original broadsides with archival photos and ephemera to describe the accomplishments of women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Harriet Tubman and Shirley Chisholm, with an inspiring foreword by writer Jill Lepore. Join us as they tell the story of this extraordinary collaboration, which continues to provide hope and inspiration through challenging times.

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Heidi Roop – From Data to Dialogue: Preparing the Northwest for a Warming World

From smoky skies to shifting shorelines, climate change will affect our lives in many ways here in the Pacific Northwest. Heidi Roop is Lead Scientist for Science Communication at the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. She will explore the range of observed and projected climate impacts here in our region, discuss the factors that hinder and motivate changes in political will and social acceptance of climate change, and suggest ways we can work together to prepare our communities for…

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Art History Talk – The “White, Marmorean Flock”: American Neoclassical Sculptresses in Rome

In the mid-1800s, several American women sculptors were living and working in Rome. Harriet Hosmer settled there first, followed by Edmonia Lewis, Emma Stebbins, and others. They were drawn by the abundant marble, inspiring classical heritage, and surprising lack of societal prejudice.

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Music History Talk – The Spanish School

Toward the end of the 19th and into the early 20th century, Spanish artists, architects, writers, and musicians dazzled the world with their unique Iberian culture. Spain’s growing industrial economy, along with a more progressive political environment, helped give rise to a new wave in Spanish culture. Michael Tracy will discuss the Spanish orchestral suites, dances, and rhythms of Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, and Federico Mompou. With their work, Spanish culture joined the world stage of great national genres.

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Paul Bannick – Arctic Messenger: What the Snowy Owl Tells Us

Paul Bannick is an extraordinary photographer who not only captures gorgeous images of birds in their daily lives, but also makes a compelling case for preserving the habitat that sustains them. He is especially drawn to owls, particularly snowy owls, which is the subject of his talk. “For many of us, they embody the essence of wilderness,” he says. “They are also important messengers in that they tell us by their presence or absence about the health of vast ecosystems in the Arctic that are experiencing the pressure of climate change.” The photographer and author of two best-selling books, Owl, A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, and The Owl and the Woodpecker, Bannick is a frequent keynote speaker at Audubon events, bird festivals, and conservation events across North America.

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Stephen Jones – Notes from the Bread Lab: Art, Beauty, and Accessibility

Stephen Jones is founder and director of the Bread Lab in the Skagit Valley, where scientists, bakers, chefs, farmers, activists, and others experiment with improved flavor, nutrition, and functionality of wheats, barley, and other small grains. Jones, who has a doctorate in genetics, works with his graduate students and staff to develop and breed wheat and other grains to be grown on small farms in the coastal West and beyond. The talk will cover the work of the Bread Lab—through…

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Art History Talk – The Impressionist Garden

Gardens were an important motif of early Impressionist art, featuring prominently in the works of Monet, Renoir, Morisot and Cassatt. Several Impressionists were also passionate gardeners. Much later in his career, Monet would create a garden at his home in Giverny, which gave him the glorious waterlily theme of his final decades.

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Blaine Harden – North Korea—Stranger than Fiction

Blaine Harden is the author of a trilogy of highly praised books about North Korea: Escape from Camp 14, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, and most recently King of Spies, which has been described as “a thrilling and jaw-droppingly good story of intrigue, daring, and depravity.” Harden is a veteran journalist whose 28 years as a correspondent for The Washington Post and his expertise on North Korea have made him a sought-after contributor to programs like PBS’ Frontline and many national and international publications. He will bring us up to date on the books’ characters, like Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person born in a North Korean prison camp to escape to the West, and share his views on the current relations between the Kim Jong Un regime and the U.S. Government.

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Mouse Reusch – New Earthquake Warning System Coming Our Way

What would you do if you knew that the shaking from an earthquake was about to rock your location in 15 seconds? Mouse Reusch, regional ShakeAlert coordinator with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington, will discuss the development and future public release of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning program. After earning her doctorate from Penn State University, Reusch worked for a lending library of seismometers. During that period she spent some 12 years traveling all…

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Foss Miller – The Sawbones Story—An Innovative Island Enterprise

Foss Miller was a young, Washington State University engineering graduate when in 1972 he went to work for K2 Skis on Vashon Island. Three years later he was head of his own business, by chance developing and manufacturing a few plastic bones for the University of Washington Medical School that cut, drilled, and felt like real bones. For the first time, students studying orthopedic surgery could practice techniques, a hands-on methodology found to be superior to the then-practice of watching…

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Music History Talk – Beethoven 1770 to 1802

Beethoven’s formative years were spent in Bonn, Germany, until 1791 when he left for Vienna, Austria, then the leading musical and cultural capital of the world. Soon this young virtuoso pianist, who was clearly the heir to Haydn and Mozart, dazzled the salons of aristocrats. His first six symphonies, the first 7 quartets, and the first 15 piano sonatas mark a few of the major compositional works that are still performed on concert stages throughout the world. However, by age 28 Beethoven experienced ringing in his ears, losing the ability to hear high pitches, and faced the greatest horror for any musician: complete hearing loss. Lecture II, covering the years 1802-1827, will be held next season on November 29.

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