VAC Art Opening Reception: Madonna Comix

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

The images in Madonna Comix are based on poems in which the Madonna represents multiple experiences of being a woman. Curator and art historian, Prudence Roberts, writes, "When Dianne showed me her early versions of Madonna Comix last year, I was completely stunned by their beauty and intensity. I had never seen anything quite like them before. These images combine snippets of Little Lulu comics, lines from Celia Bland’s poems, and Dianne’s own negatives, freeform drawing and saturated washes of color. The prints are dark and irreverent, funny and sacred, and as full of mystery and miracle as the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus."

VAC Art Opening Reception: 2019 Student Show

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

May is National Arts Education Month. To celebrate the work of our island youth, a month-long student art exhibit is held at the Orcas Center each year. This work features A-OK art from K-8 classes as well as incredible pieces from the High School students.

VAC Art Opening Reception: Salish Blanket Exhibit

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

"Worn as ceremonial robes, Salish blankets are complex objects said to preexist in the supernatural realm and made manifest in the natural world through ancestral guidance. The blankets are protective garments that at times of great life changes—birth, marriage, death—offer emotional strength and mental focus. A blanket can help establish the owner’s standing in the community and demonstrate a weaver’s technical expertise and artistic vision. The object, the maker, the wearer, and the community are bound and transformed through the creation and use of the blanket." - From Salish Blankets: Robes of Protection and Transformation, Symbols of Wealth by Leslie H. Tepper, Janice George, Willard "Buddy" Joseph

VAC Art Opening Reception: Leon Rosenblatt: “Remnants”

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

After graduating from the California Art Center College of Design, Leon Rosenblatt began working as an artist and illustrator. His paintings for Random House and The National Lampoon Magazine were honored by the National Society of Illustrators. Remnants, his latest series of paintings are large oil and acrylic canvases that evoke the past as viewed from our not so distant "future."

VAC Art Opening Reception: The Orcas Artist Studio Tour

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Thirty-two premier Orcas Island artists and craftspeople will welcome the public into their working studios for The Orcas Artists’ Studio Tour August 9th-11th.
A special Artists' Show will be held at Orcas Center from July 26 through September 3, with the opening celebration on July 26th at 5:30pm.

VAC Art Opening Reception: Marcia Spees

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Orcas Island artist Marcia Spees is known for her exquisite watercolors depicting still lifes, florals, portraits, and island scenes.

Marcia's September Orcas Center exhibit - "Driven to Abstraction" - marks the public debut of this new level in her artistic evolution. She is excited to share her fresh perspective of "seeing shapes not things" and exploring the fundamental harmonies beneath the obvious.

VAC Art Opening Reception: Community Art Show

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

During selective months, the Visual Arts Committee of Orcas Center hosts a Community Art Show where members of the community can view the wide array of talent we have on Orcas! In October, we will be having an artist reception on Friday, October 4th from 5:30-7pm. Join us in the Madrona Room as we gather to experience unique artistic talents, cultures, and perspectives.

VAC Art Opening Reception: A Lifetime of Learning

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

The November art exhibit at Orcas Center will give Islanders a chance to witness the opportunities available on the Island for adults to study art. Five accomplished Orcas artists, who share their talents through their teachings, will be featured. Their work, as well as the work of their many students, will be on display throughout the month of November and through much of December. The opening reception will be on Friday, November 1st from 5:30pm to 7pm.

VAC Art Opening Reception: Man Made

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

This exhibit will feature the work of as many of the male artists on Orcas who are willing to share their art with the community. Delivery of work is scheduled for February 5th, 10:30am-12:30pm. Pickup of work is scheduled for March 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm.

VAC Art Opening Reception: Fiber Magic

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Geoff Shilling will be the featured artist in the Lobby. The Community Art Show is open to all Orcas Island Artists and this show particularly welcomes fiber artists. Delivery of work is scheduled for March 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm. Pickup of work is scheduled for April 1st, 10:30am-12:30pm.

VAC Art Exhibit: Orcas Strong

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

This exhibit will feature pieces from Island Art Teachers and their Adult Students. Delivery of work is scheduled for November 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm. Pickup of work is scheduled for December 2nd, 10:30am-12:30pm. Detailed information to follow as the exhibit date approaches.

Loudin Art Auction – Opening and Closing Parties

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Island treasure and renowned watercolorist, Frank Loudin has generously offered a wide array of his original watercolor paintings for sale to benefit Orcas Center. Postponed earlier due to COVID precautions, the online auction for these wonderful watercolor landscapes will begin at 10am on Sunday, November 21, running through 6pm on Sunday, December 5.

Loudin Art Auction – Closing Party

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Island treasure and renowned watercolorist, Frank Loudin has generously offered a wide array of his original watercolor paintings for sale to benefit Orcas Center. Postponed earlier due to COVID precautions, the online auction for these wonderful watercolor landscapes will begin at 10am on Sunday, November 21, running through 6pm on Sunday, December 5.

VAC Art Exhibit: Art Unlocked

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Orcas Center's Visual Arts Committee (VAC) is excited to announce the first visual arts exhibition at the Orcas Center in almost two years! We anticipate that the creative juices of our island artists have continued to flow throughout these long and crazy months of the pandemic and encourage all to exhibit their work!

On Display Now: AOK and Student Art Show

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

AOK Arts for Kids and the Visual Arts Committee Presents: AOK and Student Art Show On display April 15th - May 24th

High School Art Presentation

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Visual Arts Committee Presents: High School Art Presentation On display April 15th - May 24th High School Art Presentation Friday, May 6th

VAC Art Exhibit: In the Garden

917 Mt. Baker Road (physical), PO Box 567 (mail), Eastsound, WA, United States

For the upcoming art exhibit at Orcas Center,  the Visual Arts Committee is seeking images of the beauty and bounty of our gardens and fields,  everything from single blossoms, to  bouquets in vases, to landscapes and fields of hay.  As always all mediums are included, photography, painting, collage etc.

VAC Art Exhibit: The 2022 Orcas Artist Studio Tour

Orcas Center 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound, WA, United States

Orcas Island artists and craftspeople will welcome the public into their working studios for The Orcas Artists’ Studio Tour August 12th-14th. A special Artists' Show Opening will be held at Orcas Center on July 29th at 5:30pm. This free event will feature artists working in painting, printmaking, stone cutting, woodwork, blacksmithing, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more.

VAC Art Exhibit: Island Bounty

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.

VAC Art Exhibit: Deck the Walls

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.

Art Exhibit: New Perspectives

Capturing a perfect moment to preserve forever requires not only an artistic eye, but highly developed technical skills developed through years of practice. Join us this January as we look through the lens of local photographers during this community show celebrating the craft of photography. Community shows are open to ALL island artists, beginning and experienced alike. The purpose is to showcase island art and make it available for purchase. To exhibit in a community show, an artist needs to come on the Delivery Day (for this show, January 19th) with their artwork ready for display.

Call for Artists: Textiles and Fiber Arts

In March of 2020, the VAC and the fabric artists of Orcas Island created a gorgeous textile show. No sooner had the art been hung, Orcas Center had to close due to COVID restrictions...sadly, the vast majority of the public never got to see this unique and stunning show! This March, we're giving it another go! We're inviting textile and fiber artists - both who displayed in that show, as well as those who didn't have the chance, to join us for a community show once again as we present Textile and Fabric Arts.

Art Exhibit: Textiles and Fiber Arts

In March of 2020, the VAC and the fabric artists of Orcas Island created a gorgeous textile show. No sooner had the art been hung, Orcas Center had to close due to COVID restrictions...sadly, the vast majority of the public never got to see this unique and stunning show! This March, we're giving it another go! We're inviting textile and fiber artists - both who displayed in that show, as well as those who didn't have the chance, to join us for a community show once again as we present Textile and Fabric Arts.

On Display Now: AOK and High School Art Show

The Orcas Center is hosting an exhibit of A*OK and High School student art from April 14 through May 31st, 2023 featuring works from every K-5th grade student, including select middle and high school artwork.

On Display: Faces of Orcas

Join us for Orcas Center's Next Community Show: Faces of Orcas Bring in your portraits of humans, animals, island events, etc - current or past - to celebrate the diverse beings that have made our island home so special.

VAC Art Exhibit: 2023 Orcas Artist Studio Tour

Join us at Orcas Center for an artist opening reception on Friday, July 21st from 5:30pm-7pm where you will see the exhibiting studio artists' work on display through August 29th.

Inter-Island HS Art Show – Call for Student Artists

The San Juan Arts Council invites ALL San Juan County high school students (9th-12th) to participate in our first ever Inter Island High School Art show! We will be displaying on Lopez, San Juan, and Orcas Island.

VAC Art Exhibit: Made From Nature

Join us at Orcas Center for an artist opening reception on Friday, October 20th from 5:30pm-7pm with complimentary snacks and refreshments, a wine bar, and learn more about the artists and their work.

On Display Now: High School Art Exhibit

Join us in welcoming student artists from San Juan, Lopez, Shaw, and Orcas Islands in the first inter-island showcase presented by The San Juan Arts Council along with the Visual Arts Committee (VAC) of Orcas Center! Painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media art created by our talented youth will be on display from Friday, November 24th until December 17th. The opening reception is on Friday, November 24th from 5:30-7pm with refreshments and entertainment from Grace Zwilling on the piano.

Handmade Craft Market

Celebrate the holiday season and all the incredible talent this island has to offer! The Visual Arts Committee (VAC) of Orcas Center is excited to host a Handmade Craft Market on November 25th (Small Business Saturday) from 11am-4pm

On Display: VAC Art Exhibit

For the first show of 2024, we honor the work of these dedicated artists and their tireless commitment to the arts on Orcas. Join us in celebrating the work of Kathleen Youngren, Leon Rosenblatt, Mary Jane Elgin, Julia Summers, Sarah Crigger, Zoe Osenbach, Carol Ann Anderson, Kirk Nozaki, Whitney Chamberlin, Marjorie Taylor, and Julie Rusby - Our current VAC committee members. On display through February 27th.