Are you an artist who works with natural island resources? Do you spin yarn from local sheep or alpaca, work with Madrona wood, or otherwise use the bounty of our islands to fabricate your creations? Might you paint rural island landscapes, farm scenes, or capture our agricultural setting in other ways? Farm tools repurposed into art? Restored farm trucks? Photographs or films, local wood craft, even seaweed and salmon sculpture are all welcome! The Visual Arts Committee (VAC) of Orcas Center and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild are partnering to create a unique fall show entitled, Island Bounty. This curated exhibition aims to honor and highlight the beauty and foods that come from our islands as well as the talented artists and artisans in our region. Timed as the launch to the popular annual Island Grown Farm Tours, this is a celebration of our agricultural heritage and island bounty.
Karrin Allyson, Five-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, pianist, and songwriter is widely recognized as one of the most gifted voices of her generation. She has built a mastery of The Great American Songbook,blues, pop, be-bop, Brazilian, and French chansons, to name a few. With 15 albums released so far, and always more exciting projects in the works, Allyson’s range and creativity seems to have no bounds.What unites this wide world of music is Allyson’s warmth and depth. She’s not just singing a lyric, she’s telling you her story. And then that becomes your story. You hear the music from the inside out.
This fall, October 6th-10th, Orcas Island Film Festival will screen over 30 incredible films over the course of five days in three venues that boast state-of-the-art cinema projection systems. Films at the Orcas Island Film Festival are, "the crème de la crème of the first-tier festival circuit," says Charles Mudede, Film/Art critic from The Stranger. Attendees will see these films before their official theatrical release and the festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to connect and share the cinematic experience as well as parties, panels and special events. We hope you’ll join us.
Tony Furtado and Stephanie Schneiderman, both veteran musicians and recording artists, are combining forces for an exciting evening - showcasing several world renowned players. Fueled by music from each of their new releases, Stephanie’s stunning and lush “Crossfire” and Tony’s introspective, banjo centered “Decembering”, they will each perform a set of their own, sharing both the stage and the fine cadre of musicians.
It's time once again for the annual Orcas kids and family “Whale of a Show!” Join us for a guaranteed good time as we watch and celebrate the talent of our island youth! Directed by Didier Gincig, this annual event is an opportunity to relax among friends and neighbors while enjoying acts of song, dancing, skits, and musicianship. Family acts are included in this event as well.
Mohsen Amini, Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce an innovative, multi-layered signature that has captivated audiences around the globe. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments - but in the hands of three master craftsmen; Talisk’s unmistakable, bold sound and a captivating live show.
Drawing from Rafe Pearlman’s experiences growing up in the Alaskan wilderness, Kanu is an immersive multidisciplinary performance. Featuring Pearlman’s lush and dynamic vocals, in collaboration with world class guest musicians, Kanu takes you on a journey into a wild and interactive landscape of song, soundscapes, visual installations and storytelling.
The Visual Arts Committee (VAC) of Orcas Center and the San Juan Makers Guild are partnering to create Handmade Holidays – A Seasonal Marketplace which will open November 18th and run through mid-December, with a special Marketplace on “Small Business Saturday”, November 26th running from 10:30am – 7pm.
Gangstagrass combines great American traditions of bluegrass, hip-hop, and beyond to create a whole new musical genre that is more than the sum of its parts. As latest album No Time For Enemies climbed to #1 on the Billboard bluegrass chart, Americana Highways magazine proclaimed Emmy-nominated Gangstagrass “America’s Band” because they take so much of what’s amazing about this country — ingenuity, creativity, freedom, unity across differences, people’s individual strength and struggles — and distill it into a message of common ground in the form of original songs that have everyone up & dancing!