As an artist with a keen interest in architecture and history, Edmonds’ own Andy Eccleshall has captured in watercolor our charming city’s unique downtown character, and he is now offering a limited edition print of that work — perfect for holiday giving — titled “4th & Main” Edmonds in the 1930s.
“With help from the Edmonds Museum, I was able to accurately depict the signage and merchants names of the time,” he said, noting that the car pulling away up Main Street is a 1932 Buick. (Yost garage in downtown Edmonds was a Ford and Buick dealer.)
“I moved to the States 15 years ago from a town called Stafford, in England,” Eccleshall said. “Stafford fell victim to the redevelopment of the 1960s and lost a large number of its historic buildings, some over 400 years old. This translated into a strong interest in historic preservation. When we moved to Edmonds in 2002, we found a true jewel: a town which still held onto a lot of its architectural heritage. Though eclectic in style, the buildings and their scale, in combination with the surrounding scenery gave Edmonds its unique character and told a story of its history and growth.”
Eccleshall has also given back to the city by serving as chair of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission. “It’s been wonderful to work with the other members to try to make some progress in the preservation of our town,” he said.
The painting has been reproduced as a giclee print — each numbered and signed by the artist — in two sizes with a run of 500 prints each. All information regarding purchase can be found at www.oldtownprint.com. More of Eccleshall’s work can be found at www.muralworks.com and www.finehomeportraits.com.