Art Show! Magical Nature + Kid-Inspired

Paloma and her dragon friend Wings celebrate Hawthorn - Art by Jane Valencia (c) 2012
Paloma and her dragon friend Wings celebrate Hawthorn – Art by Jane Valencia (c) 2012

Art Showing by Jane Valencia

Into Forest Halls: Kid-Inspired Art From The Heart Of Our Nature

At the HUB 070 Gallery – November through Year End (Located in the Spinnaker Building in downtown Vashon just north of Chase Bank and across from Vashon Market)
17710 100th Ave SW,Vashon, WA

First Friday Gallery Tour Opening: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, 6-9PM

Come enjoy harp music and micro-magical tales from artist Jane Valencia, good island company, yummy forest-and-garden inspired snacks, and nourishing and delicious herbal beverages as you browse an enchanted forest of nature-rooted, kid-inspired art that speaks to the heart of our true nature.

About the show:

Step into forest magic in this showing of whimsical nature-rooted and kid-inspired art that speaks to the heart of our true nature.

Featured in this showing of watercolor and colored-pencil drawings and fanciful photography are several pages from Paloma And Wings, an herbal comic for kids, which was published for two years in the internationally acclaimed herbal journal, Plant Healer Magazine.

As a harper and storyteller, an instructor with the Vashon Wilderness Program, and a children’s fantasy book author, Jane Valencia draws upon her love of imagination, music, magical lore, the natural world and her joy in adventuring with kids in the outdoors to create her art.

Attention! Island Magic Alert

Attention, Folks of  the Puget Sound region,

Sightings are confirmed. Forests filled with leaves of tales are springing up on the island, in downtown Seattle, and in Tacoma. Teapots are running wild in most neighborhoods, and foxes seem to be everywhere.

Please report if you have spotted magic where you are. Signs of magic include:

Magical Youth

  • Blackberries, ripe. Kids delighting in them. Those who are kids at heart are doing so as well (such as you?)
  • A fire under the stars. Maybe s’mores on sticks. Certainly stories and maybe silly songs offered by those circling the fire. ALERT: individuals around summer campfires are very likely secretly members of the Animal Force superhero team, or, if not, at least likely possess mysterious qualities of the natural world within their souls and bodies. Might you be one of these wild and wondrous people?

If you have witnessed magical sign of these or any other kind, we at Forest Halls urge you to report your sightings at the following two events:

Friday, August 1. 7-8:15PM. Jane Valencia will perform harp, song, and (very short!) magical tales at the Vashon Book Shop for the First Friday Gallery Cruise. Drop by for  fun tales and beautiful tunes, and share your own tales of mystery & magic. This is event is free!

Saturday, August 2. 10am-12:30. Jane and her wee Scottish harp will be at the Vashon Writers Booth at the Vashon Island Farmers Market, where you can peer into any number of alternate worlds by way of books by island writers.

Jane’s own book, Because Of The Red Fox, will be attending both events. Find out what the fox really says!

Can’t attend either event? Report your magic here on our FoxTales Blog.

Thank you for including enchantment in your awareness!

Jane Valencia

Island Magic Alert Squad, Chief
Forest Halls



Tales Of Raven ~ with harp!

I’m so looking forward to being part of the evening’s entertainment taking place at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 7-9PM. It is co-sponsored by Bookman West Booksellers and by the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie.

I’ll be telling tales of Raven, and threading in music with my harp. David Lloyd Whited will offer some of his poetry. Character actor Jake Easu will perform Edgar Allen Poe’s poetic narrative “The Raven” as well as other tales. The whole event will be by candlelight!

Join us if you can!

An evening of poetry and performance - Raven Tales!
An evening of poetry and performance – Raven Tales!