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James Hyde – Underwater Oddities

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Dive into Vashon's underwater world without having to hold your breath! Underwater photographer James Hyde will share and discuss a selection of his favorite subaquatic stills and videos.   Bianca Perla, Director of Vashon Nature Center says, "This talk is a unique chance to peek below the surface of the water surrounding Vashon and to […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Hendrick Avercamp and the Dutch Winter Landscape

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

A pioneer of the new genre of landscape, Avercamp (1585-1634) specialized in busy winter scenes packed with activity, both professional and recreational. Avercamp, who was known as deaf-mute, was an acute observer of his fellow Netherlanders. Introductions In past years Rebecca’s talks have deepened our understanding of famous artists such as Picasso and Rembrandt. This […]

Jovino Santos Neto- The Harmonic Forest & Musical Structures Heard as Trees

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Brazilian pianist and composer Jovino Santos Neto will talk about his experience as a biologist and a musician, connecting musical concepts of harmony, melody and rhythm with the basic structure of living beings, using trees as specific examples. Music is invisible, but the relationships between notes and rhythms follow the same basic patterns that shape […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Tina Modotti in Mexico

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Tina Modotti (1896-1942) traveled to Mexico as Edward Weston’s apprentice but developed her own photographic vision. Combining strikingly modernist technique with subjects drawn from traditional Mexican life, Modotti’s photography had an important impact on Mexican art. Introductions In past years Rebecca’s talks have deepened our understanding of famous artists such as Picasso and Rembrandt. This […]

Dr. Betty Peralta – How Neuroscience is Catching up to Indigenous Values

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

We are stressed because we're WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic). And we have inherited and are passing that stress to the next generation.   Learn how indigenous cultures handle life in ways that we can adapt to meet our modern needs. Betty Peralta will introduce you to a neuroscientific way of seeing stress and […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Kerry James Marshall

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Kerry James Marshall (born 1955), one of the finest painters working anywhere, turns the sites of Black American experience – the barber shop, the diner, the projects – into settings for figure paintings that combine art historical savvy with the urgency of breaking news. Wednesday, February 15 at 11:30am $20 General Admission $18 VCA Members […]

Dr. Nancy K. Bristow – Black Power, Law and Order, and the 1970 Shootings at Jackson State College

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Early in the morning of May 15, 1970, members of the Jackson, Mississippi police and the Mississippi Highway and Safety Patrol—all white—opened fire on unarmed students at the historically-Black Jackson State College.  Two young people were killed and at least twelve wounded.  Though the shooting took place just a little over a week after the […]

Judy R. Twedt – Requiem for the Holocene: Listening to 800,000 Years of Earth’s History

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Everyday now we experience or can read about symptoms of climate change. The Holocene, which is the name for the stable climate of the last ~12,000 years, is reaching its end after 300 years of fossil fuel economics. We are entering a new and unprecedented geologic era.   Environmental data holds histories of climate change. This […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Alice Neel

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Alice Neel (1900-1984) painted portraits that are as radical in their own way as the drips of Jackson Pollock. Living and working in Spanish Harlem, she made bold and memorable renditions of the vivid characters she encountered in her search to capture what she called “the dignity and eternal importance of the human being.” Introductions […]

Gray McKenna – Kelp Forest Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration in Puget Sound

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Gray McKenna is a marine scientist, diver, artist, educator who fell in love with the Salish Sea while working aboard tallships in these waters. As the Kelp Program Specialist at Puget Sound Restoration Fund, a local nonprofit, they work on kelp forest conservation and restoration projects. Gray will introduce the wonderful world of kelp and […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Jeffrey Gibson

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

A multimedia artist of Choctaw and Cherokee descent, Gibson combines traditional Native American artistic elements with abstraction and pop culture references to create unique works that are both witty and powerful. From bold geometric paintings on rawhide to beaded punching bags, Gibson's artworks seek to create a place for his identity as both Native and […]

In Defense of the Femme Fatale – A Lecture and Discussion on Film Noir with Robert Horton and Elizabeth Shepherd

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Ever since Eve offered Adam the apple, the femme fatale has taken the Fall in a lot of art. This includes the shadowy Hollywood style we now call "film noir," where vixens such as Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity), Rita Hayworth (Gilda), and Joan Bennett (Scarlet Street) caused havoc. Let's defend these enormously entertaining noir women—they […]

Knute “Skip” Berger – The Mystery of the Pickled Orca and Other Tales of the Salish Sea

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Knute “Skip” Berger is Editor-at-Large and an award-winning columnist for Crosscut.com and host of the Emmy-nominated KCTS9-TV series of Northwest history shorts, “Mossback’s Northwest.” He is the author of two books: “Pugetopolis” and “Space Needle, Spirit of Seattle”, and was previously Editor-in-Chief of Seattle Weekly.  Knute will share some highlights of a few of the […]

Dr. Anu Taranath – The Tangled Politics of Hair: Why What’s on Your Head Matters to Society

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Speaker and acclaimed UW educator Dr. Anu Taranath explores the role of the hair in our cultures. Anu poses the question, “Why is one kind of hairstyle understood as “better” than another?” Her thoughtful discussion encourages us to go deeper, to take a surprising look at beauty, bias, belonging and examine the cultural and racial […]

Art History Talk with Rebecca Albiani – Rory McEwen

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Aristocrat, musician and artist, Rory McEwen (1932-1982) played a major role in the British folk revival movement in his 20s.  Then he dedicated his efforts to becoming a preeminent botanical painter, crafting exquisite flowers, leaves and vegetables in watercolor on vellum.  He was also a minimalist sculptor, but he considered his botanical work just as […]

Lori Tsugawa Whaley – The Samurai Code: How Bushido Changes Lives

Kay White Hall 19600 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Lori Tsugawa Whaley (she/her) is a third-generation Japanese American and descendant of a samurai warrior.  She is an author, speaker, life coach, and storyteller, and is passionate about sharing the code of Bushido and her Japanese heritage. Bushido—the way of the warrior—is the code of ethics practiced by the samurai warriors of ancient Japan, a […]