VCA hosts 4th Annual VIVA Membership Show in June 2021

VIVA’s annual member show at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) opens on June 4 with an artist reception 4 – 8 pm. Meet the artists and discover the inspiration behind the work. The VIVA reception will follow the reception for the Biennial Student Show, which will be held from 2pm – 4pm. The two shows are running concurrently at the VCA.

There are works from 115 VIVA artists (See list below) in this show, making it the biggest membership show ever. Works range from two-dimensional painting and photography in virtually all mediums to three-dimensional jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, collage and more.

Take a virtualtour of the show below, courtesy of the VCA. Click to open the tour, then drag your mouse to navigate the space. In addition to the VIVA works, the tour includes the Student Show and the birds that Bruce Morser did with 5th graders for a artists residency program.

The VIVA show is not only one of the biggest exhibits of the year in terms of participating artists, but will allow the most visitors in the gallery for over a year. The VIVA artists are ready, having spent the COVID year immersing themselves in work, new directions and new designs. Lynann Politte, VCA Gallery Director, observed that “all through the pandemic I’ve witnessed artists continue to make great art, expressing a spectrum of emotions and experiences of the year-long shut down. The art in the VIVA show reflects this diversity in expression and medium. And, amazingly, all of these artists live here with us on this small island.”

Each member artist was encouraged to submit one or more pieces within certain guidelines to the show juried by VIVA Board members Annette Messitt and Lin Holley. Asked his thoughts on the exhibited works, VIVA President Brian Fisher commented “Such diverse and intriguing work from Vashon’s visual artists! As an artist and appreciator of the interpreted visual, I am amazed by the scope and nuance reflected in this show. I am also motivated to wonder- how? I think, how was that texture created before it was shaped into that mug? Was the photographer moving or the subject in this photo? What kind of a brush or was it a tool that makes such a scalloped mark? We each are hardwired to think and make in a unique way and this show proves the fact.”

The most succinct description of the exhibit and exhibitors comes from curator/jurors Annette Messitt and Lin Holley. Drafted to do the heavy lifting that such a large show embodies, the two organizers have viewed every piece of art submitted and essentially loved them all, whether room on the walls was sufficient or not. They were forced to make hard decisions in many cases, especially 2D works, to select only one out of two or three equally amazing images due to space constraints. Reflecting on that process, Annett Messitt said “The VIVA Members Show illustrates that while many things have been on hold during the pandemic, creativity was alive and well among Vashon visual artists. Visitors will recognize works from their favorite on-island artists and enjoy seeing both 2D and 3D work from new members that are equally as exciting. The show is a perfect way to usher in a post-pandemic era that we believe will be defined by hope and creativity.” For a full list of exhibiting artists, selected photographs, show hours and other details, go to

So what do these comments tell you? Probably what you have known and experienced year after year on Vashon, but it may have taken a pandemic to remind us – we live in a rich, artistically diverse community that is chock full of exceptional artists. This show gives you the opportunity to see a huge number of them in one place, at one time and, for some of them, the first time. VIVA is particularly happy to be sharing the walls with VCA’s Biennial Student show as VIVA is dedicated to providing scholarships and guidance to emerging high school artists by funding $2000.00 or more in scholarships each year.

On Friday, June 4 and throughout the show, VCA will maintain COVID protocols as outlined by VCA and which include the “Meet the Artist” reception spread out over four hours with artists’ arrivals evenly spaced out during that period, social distancing, signing in, readily available hand sanitizers and mandatory masks. The Biennial Student Show will maintain the same safeguards during its 2pm to 4pm reception. The exhibits run through June 27th. We are indeed a Small Island with Big Art!

The chart below shows the names of all participating artists, plus the name of one of their works. Note: several artists have more than one work in the exhibition.

Artist's First NameLast NameName of Piece #1Medium of Piece #1
TinaAndersonSignal #2Oil on cradled birch panel
Mary LizAustinEUDOXIAPhotograph on wood panel
SaraBarryFlower BowlPaper and textiles
JeaneenBauerDeer EnlightenmentFiber art sconce
ChristineBeckPorcelain CasseroleCone 6 porcelain and underglazes
RoseBelknapMadrona Trees - upper loop trailOil on canvas
KajBerryIf we were brave enoughInk on paper with gold leaf
ElizabethBravermanGood DogMosaic - House broken dishes on wooden stools
TaraBrennoDaisy BoxHandbuilt clay
BrianBrennoOrange Garden Flower Hathot sculpted and blow glass
MorganBrigPassagemixed media sculpture
Laurie DBrown
JimBurkeBeadsBlack and White Photograph Silver Print
LynnbuscagliaWood CallingApplewood and Glass
DonnaCaultonBetween the RealmsAcrylic on cradled board
LauraClampittSinamay swirl chartreuseSinamay straw cloth, steel wire, elastic
WilliamCleaverCurious CorvusLeather, wood, metal
DonaldColeChancesacrylic on canvas
KrisCushingBirches in WinterWatercolor
WillDacusVessel #1Black and White Ebony
JohnDallyA4 artist's sketchbook/journal, leather coverleather
MichaelDarrFeather and RockWatercolor
JeanEchevarriaA New DayReduction Woodcut Print
AlejandroEchevarriaMonks Singing With BirdsHand-carved cement
SheilaEckmanWestern Road TripRecycled map collage
MichaelElenkoEvans Canyon Fire Aftermath-3Archival Photographic Print
JeanEmmonsPacific Golden Chanterelle #1watercolor on vellum
MelanieFarmerPalomino SunriseEncaustic
KarenFevoldGarlic Keeper1Clay
BrianFisherMemory CloudMono Print (1/1)
TerriFletcherCrispy Around the EdgesHand burned paper and thread
BretteFloraPool BubblesAcrylic
MichelleFriarsNight PortraitDigital Photography
JeffGoodEvening at Pike Place MarketWatercolor
PennyGristSpiraling from the Centerperule cotton on synthetic core
Oil and cold wax
SusanGrossLiquid MotionEtching with chine colle'
BarbaraGustafsonA Northwest Forestwoven wall hanging
JoanneHammerGardenColored pencil, oil on paper mounted on panel
GretchenHancockRed Onion on Goldoil on panel
PeterHapemanEven' SongPhotograph. Archival paper & ink
GailHapemanFlickerStained glass
SueHardyNorthern Spotted OwlCopper Plate Etching with Watercolor
LyleHarrisTragelaphus ArtifactDouglas Fir, Maple
KarenHedlundBlue HeronWatercolor
PatrickHinds235. print (ink on paper)
HannahHirsekornBoostWood, Hardware and Aluminum
LinHolleyGardener's Bible Too
BobHorsleyMethow BalsamrootAcrylic
BilljarchoJump for JoySculpture
KarenKentFading fast far from forgotten 2Torn paper collage, acrylic and graphite on board.
IngeborgKingThe Forgotten LetterWatercolor
AliceLarsonCovid BallsArt: origami folded vellum pieces on Styrofoam balls.
suzannaleighSunflowers 1watercolor mounted on wood
CorinneLightweaverTrojan HorseCollage on paper
RichardLipkeSightingAcrylic on canvas
LenaLönnbergWall Vase "Birka"Ceramic
RachelLordKenagaall twisted upOil on canvas
JaniceMallmanDance of the Mirrored Dune GrassesPhotograph, acrylic, collage
RobinMalloryArboretum PathwaysHand-dyed and sewn textile lightbox
CharlotteMasiBreaking LavaWatercolor
JanisMcElroySusan's DahliasWatercolor
AnnetteMessittAmong the Lily PadsLinocut print (oil and water-based Ink on Paper)
SharonMungerRed MadronasAlcohol Inks
CharlesNagelTriptych XIXResins
JaneNeubauerThree legged vaseclay with stain
AnnikaNewellSeries of holesAlaskan yellow cedar, oiled paper
ChristinaNicholsChachalaca MorningCollagraph collage
AnnNicklasonPath of LightOil on canvas
Mary RoseO'ReilleyOberon, King of the Fairies (garden pot)Earthenware
IreneOtismissing personsGlazed tile in frame
MarcPeaseThrough the Trees - Judd Creek TrailEncaustic with Bark
KrisPedrinPelican, Netarts, Oregon, October 8, 2018Photography
KentPhelanPoint LobosPhotography - 8x10 Film
KentPhelanFir Hill Trail, Island Center ForestPhotography
JayneQuigSharing SecretsPastel
LynanneRavenHimalayan Blue PoppyOriginal Drypoint Print with watercolor
HartmutReimnitzMount Rainieroil on panel
IlseReimnitzGoing Upmonotype
KristenReitz-Green“Ripple”Oil on canvas
Valerie LuluRobertsCapricious Spring #1Acrylic
Mary MargaretRobinsonSea CucumberLino cut print
CharlesRobinsonADRIFTA wood bench with metal art.
Mary LRobinsonDog PotEarthenware
DonnaRomero“Isabella’s Choice”.Oil on canvas
ParamasivamSamanna" Birds "Copper
Jon-EricSchaferCanyon Shadows on WaterWatercolor
JohnSchuhEnergy is then suppliedcollage
CarolSchwennesenArenaoil on Claybord
MargaretSmithMany BarksBarks: Red and Yellow Cedar, Eucalyptus, Willow, Wild Cherry with Cedar root rim
MarlaSmithLighthouse LanternStoneware
DawnStiefRed Wing Black Bird on Ponderosa PineBlack and White Photography
WilliamStonehamSimulationOil on panel
DeborahTaylorTulip FieldsEtching and Watercolor
RobertThomasMme. GeorgesSoft Pastel Pencil on Paper
Jeanne MarieThomasBeach WalkWatercolor
MargaretTylczak"Give Me A Home"Photograph
Hitavon MendeGhost HorseOil on linen panel
JaniceWallSnake River MorningSoft Pastel
PamelaWickardTouched by PalouseMixed Media
KenWidmeyerLantern TowerTransparent watercolor on Arches paper
SueWillinghamBamboo SoftnessHandweaving
ValerieWillson"Return"oil on wood panel
AmyWindusTootsiescolored pencil on toned paper
JohnWoodardLilacs and Pussy Willowsoil on canvas
JoanWortisHurried Speechmonotype collage on panel
GeorgeWrightThru my windowEncaustic
PatriciaWronskyRed Links Silk ScarfHandwoven Silk Scarf
LenardYenemanate Ioil