Artfully Edmonds: Enjoy art or create it in Edmonds this summer

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By Ellen Chappelle

Whether you prefer to view art or create it yourself, you’re never left without opportunities in our talented little town. Read on to learn what’s happening on the Edmonds arts scene.

Gallery shows to visit

During August, Gallery North is proud to present the plein air paintings of local artists who have dedicated the last six weeks to painting the beautiful scenery of Edmonds. The Plein Air Edmonds Exhibition will include paintings created using a variety of mediums and techniques.

“En plein air” is a French phrase meaning “in the open air.” Gallery North invited local artists to paint en plein air throughout Edmonds during the months of June and July. Scheduled plein air paint-out events were led by Gallery North and guest artists, painting in locations such as the Edmonds Saturday Market and the Edmonds waterfront.

The public is invited to come and meet the artists and view the exhibition at the artists’ reception on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The artists will also be available during the Edmonds Third Thursday Art Walk on Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m.

Semantics Gallery will feature two artists during this coming month. Pamela Harold is the July/August featured artist. Her work can be seen from now through August 16 at the gallery. “The conception of ideas and the actual process of painting is my passion, the finished painting is a bonus,” says Harold. “I love working with watercolor, trying to capture the wonder of the world around me and to help others see their environment in a new way.”

Judy Zugish, whose show is titled From Raw to Refined, will be featured in August/September. “As an artist, as a designer, my work of some 30 years has been about exploring a fiber arts garden, honoring traditions and developing a contemporary connection to these interwoven passions.” A celebrated nursery and field study basketry school has emerged from the fibers. The opening reception will be held on July 31 from 1-5 p.m.

Cole Gallery also features two artists from mid-August to mid-September. Renowned artist Micki Dyson Flatmo captivates her audience with breathtaking portraits and international street scenes. Bold colors fade into soft lines while the eye lingers over her intimate oils.

Michael Maczuga is widely regarded as one of the most stunning figurative artists in the country. Pairing his outstanding technical ability with a sensitive approach to the figure, Maczuga renders soul-capturing paintings of adults and children.

Celebrate both artists at the artists’ reception on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Calls for artists

Amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to participate in the Essentially Edmonds Photo Contest co-sponsored by Edmonds Arts Commission and Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

Share your images of what you believe captures the essence of Edmonds – the places and people that make our community special. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2011. Digital entries may be submitted online, by mail or in person.

Entries will be exhibited at a public reception at ArtWorks on Oct. 20 during the Third Thursday Art Walk. Both winning and honorable mention photographs will be featured on the new City of Edmonds website. EAFF will award a $200 First Place Purchase Award, $100 for Second Place, and two $50 Honorable Mention awards.

Edmonds Arts Commission is offering an opportunity for regional artists to create temporary outdoor art installations on the city-owned fence south of ArtWorks at the corner of 2nd and Dayton.

Mona Smiley Fairbanks created the most recent artwork installation of sheet metal flowers for the “On the Fence” display. “Although my shapes are graphic representations in sheet metal on a cyclone fence, they will talk of fine art and the need for art for art’s sake and stimulate a conversation on nature,” she explained. The imagery is borrowed from Smiley Fairbanks’ monoprint artwork and will be on the fence for the next several months. Smiley Fairbanks will also give a talk about her work, date to be announced.

This installation is the first of ongoing temporary exhibits created on the fence for periods of two to six months. Artists are invited to apply throughout the year. Proposals will be reviewed at regularly scheduled Arts Commission meetings.

Local actress wins film award

Congratulations to Edmonds resident and filmmaker/actress Lorraine Montez, who was featured in this year’s 48-Hour Film Challenge winning film “BATTLE: SEATTLE.” The film won Best in City, the top award for Seattle’s 48-Hour Film Festival. From here the short moves onto screening at Filmapolooza, the official 48-Hour Film Project national competition.

Montez plays a panicked scientist in the film, which was directed by Aaron Sutherland and produced by Red Shed Productions. “I love the challenge of the 48-hour festival from both the filmmaker and acting point of view. And the cast and crew were a delight to work with,” she said.

In addition to her featured role in the short, Montez stars in the film “Stop Requested,” currently filming in Seattle. She also serves as the feature’s co-producer and co-writer along with director Ben Andrews. The two also own Abundant Productions.

With a background in theatre and journalism, Ellen Chappelle is perfectly poised to covers the local arts scene for My Edmonds News. She also keeps busy writing and editing for artists and small businesses, publishing an informational site for dog owners and creating handcrafted jewelry. Please keep her posted about all things artistic in Edmonds by emailing her at arts@myedmondsnews.com.

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