By Maire Kennan, Contributing Reporter
VALISE Gallery presents, “Close to Home”
Until June 26, 2021
The Vashon Artists Linked for Social Engagement (VALISE) Gallery has partnered with Open Space for a new exhibit combining literary and visual elements from both organizations.
The collection features VALISE artists’ visual interpretations of selections from “The Literary Project,” a collection of written pieces curated by !Attention! Artists At Work, a jobs program led by Open Space. The pieces include everything from paintings, to sculptures, to multimedia works, with each work in the show vividly and individualistically interpreting the writing it is based on. The colors used are bright, outgoing, and playful, and even the more abstract interpretations are filled with detail.
“Close to Home” can be found at the VALISE Gallery until June 26. Hours and further details can be found at valisegallery.com.
Vashon High School AP Art Class Exhibit at VCA
Until June 27, 2021
In the 90s, Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) started a tradition of showcasing work made by students in the AP art class at VHS, which is continuing with this June gallery. This year, works range from 2D acrylics on canvas, to portrait photography of VHS students, to colorful crocheted blankets and sweaters. In terms of thematic elements, there are pieces regarding racial justice, toxic masculinity, and insecurities, giving the community a window into the younger generations perspective on such important topics.
The AP art class’s work will be on display at the VCA until June 27. Hours and further details can be found at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Barbara Earl Thomas: “The Geography of Innocence” At SAM
Until January 2, 2022
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has officially reopened, and has many exhibits in store for the month of June. One must-see is an exhibition by the paper cut artist Barbara Earl Thomas, titled “The Geography of Innocence.” Thomas’s work, with each piece cut from black paper to reveal color underneath, explores race, color lines, resilience, and the Black experience.
“The Geography of Innocence” is on display at the Seattle Art Museum until January 2, 2022. Hours and further details can be found at seattleartmuseum.org.