Arts Briefs | Issue of November 16

The Margie Amstrup Show

Works by Vashon artist Margie Amstrup, with many suitable for holiday gifts, will be on display at Our Community Credit Union through December 31st. The show opened on November 13.

In addition to showcasing Amstrup’s latest collection of miniatures and larger works, the show will provide viewers with exclusive early access to the original 2024 Washington State Duck Stamp oil painting, which Amstrup specially selected and commissioned to create.

Visitors will be able to purchase their own limited edition prints and prints when they are released in 2024.

Washington State issued the first duck stamp in 1986. In 2012, the Washington Waterfowl Association took over management of the Migratory Bird Stamp and Artwork and Merchandise Program. Each year a new artist is commissioned to create the work. Stamps and prints are prized by collectors and art lovers. All proceeds go back into the program, which supports wetlands conservation, a time-honored tradition.

The credit union is located at 9710 SW Bank Road and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:35 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The credit union is closed for lunch daily from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr., featuring the talented students of Vashon Center for the Arts’ musical theater program, will come to life on the Kay White Hall stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 and 2 and 7 p.m. .Saturday, November 18.

The hit musical with words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is the latest offering in VCA’s long-running youth theater program, presented in fruitful partnership with Drama Dock.

Lisa Peretti and Elise Eriksen direct the show; Marita Eriksen is the Musical Director – leading the children in the cast through the musical journey of James and his insect friends on their quest for courage and self-discovery.

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Conversations on the Rock

Art historian Rebecca Albiani will present a conversation about the life, times and work of Hokusai (1760-1849), whose “36 Views of Mount Fuji” includes some of the most iconic images ever made, including the world’s most famous Japanese works ” The Great Wave’. Whether the prolific artist was making colorful woodblock prints, book illustrations or drawing guides, his work was rich with humor and natural beauty.

The talk will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 19 November at the VCA. Purchase tickets at Youth under 18 will be admitted free.

Comedy competition

A Thanksgiving Eve Tradition – Presenting the 43rd Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition at the Vashon Theatre, will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 22nd.

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Jingle bash

The second annual Jingle Bash Holiday Market and Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, at Vashon High School, featuring 55 art, craft and specialty food vendors from across the Puget Sound region. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music from three local bands: Bridels Band, an electronic pop-rock duo, will play at 11 a.m. Folks and blues singer-songwriter Steve Utterly will take the stage at 12:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., a jam-packed mix of jazz, rock and alternative music will be performed by A Least a Dollar Coin.

Food vendors will include Iyad’s Syrian Grill, El Paisano Tamales and Vashon Island Baking Company. C’mon Barber will also be providing haircuts at the event and photographer Yui Holbrook will be on hand to take photos of Santa – no need to go off-island for them.

To learn more about the event, follow @ilovevashon on Instagram or I Love Vashon on Facebook.

Rudolph at the Vashon Theatre

There will be Meet Rudolph, a free event that includes a chance to pet two live reindeer, a screening of the animated classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a photo booth, raffle prizes, food and concessions from 4:45 p.m. -7 p.m. Sunday, November 26, in the outdoor and indoor spaces of the Vashon Theatre.

The event is presented by Connie Sorensen Group of Compass Inc. The film will be shown twice, once at 4:45 PM and again at 6:00 PM

Notice of hearing

Drama Dock has announced adult and youth non-union auditions for its March 2023 production of As You Like It, a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, a co-production with Vashon Island High School’s drama department, directed by Christopher Kehoe and Andy James.

The show will have an intergenerational cast mixing community actors, professional actors and high school actors. The roles of Orlando, Rosalind and other roles for younger actors will be filled with high school students.

Drama Dock attracts non-union actors of all ages (from youth to seniors) and all skill levels. Community auditions for seniors and juniors will be held on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th from 12-6pm at Vashon High School.

If necessary, autograph auditions will be accepted until the end of Friday, December 8th.

Rehearsals are expected to begin the week of February 12, 2024, with six performances from March 22 to 31.

The reward for the main roles is a stipend of $400. Other support roles are unpaid. The ferry fare will be refunded to all participants traveling off-island.

For additional information about roles and auditions, visit or contact Lisa Peretti at [email protected].

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