Artfully Edmonds: Art, theatre and comedy, oh my! It’s an Edmonds kind of week

Showing at Cole Gallery: "Rowboats in the Sun" by Lorna Libert

By Ellen Chappelle
Edmonds residents are never at a loss for something fun to do – especially when it comes to the arts. Here’s just a snippet of what’s going on in the coming weeks…

Art galleries
Just a few days remain to enjoy the work of Cole Gallery’s September First Glance artist Lorna Libert. This new-to-Cole creator presents a show of strong, whimsical oil paintings of worn and weathered sea vessels and birds. Like an old man of the sea, every piece has a story to tell.

An acclaimed oil painter originally from New York, Libert now lives in Bellingham. The New York Times described her work stating, “Light-drenched thick strokes of pigment swirl about as if driven by a roaring gale…” Go check out the show through Sept. 30 and see if you agree!

Also at Cole Gallery, Susan and Jennifer Diehl fill the walls with fabulous new pieces as Cole’s Feature Artists through Oct. 19. This mother-and-daughter team believes art to be a communication from painter to audience. Jennifer draws from nostalgia and Susan from the beauty she has seen in her travels abroad and at home in her own garden. Both approach their work with a unique perspective, using impressionist brush strokes rich with color and depth.

Semantics Gallery also features a mother-daughter team until the end of September, showing the work of Kimi and Sandi Hansen. Kimi is showing her latest works in oil depicting copper vessels. Sandi displays her latest watercolors, inspired by vintage photos of the family boat-building business started in Ballard by her grandfather. Make an additional stop to see Kimi’s acrylic pieces, which are on display at Bank of America in downtown Edmonds now through November.

Swing by Gallery North before the month is over if you still haven’t seen this month’s show Vines and Vistas, featuring colorful landscape and dramatic still life paintings by Aziz Mohammed. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Mohammed is an accomplished oil painter who began his training at a private school in Jeddah and then attended Italy’s famed Florence Art Academia. His talent and skill eventually garnered him an invitation to become the preferred portrait artist for several members of the Saudi royal family.
Next up at Gallery North, a celebration of the Gallery’s 50 years features a show of art by past members throughout the month of October.

Theatre and comedy
If you’re looking for a play to see this weekend, you don’t even need to leave Edmonds. Both Driftwood Theatre and Phoenix Theatre are closing great shows on Sunday.

Driftwood Theatre is coming down to its final performances of the Agatha Christie mystery “A Murder is Announced,” which we reviewed on opening night. In this classic Christie, the local paper of a small village in England runs an ad announcing a murder. Several curious townspeople congregate to witness this alleged murder and when one actually occurs, everyone becomes a suspect. Between the Chief Inspector and the clever Miss Marple the mystery unravels, but not without consequences.

Phoenix Theatre’s Bedtime Stories asks: What do a washed-up radio announcer, a shy middle-aged couple, an aging rock star, and a pair of thieves have in common? In this comedy, playwright Norm Foster weaves together six hilarious stories taking place in six different bedrooms north of the border. The result is an evening of laughs and twists that will leave the audience gasping for air. The cast received a great review by

Edmonds Center for the Arts is hosting its fifth annual Arts Crush dinner and auction gala on Sept. 24. Celebrity auctioneer John Curley will facilitate the auction that will raise critical funds to support ECA’s entertaining and culturally diverse programs, as well as the continued development of educational outreach programs. The evening begins with a wine and hors d’oeurvre reception and silent auction in the ECA lobby, followed by dinner and the live auction.

ECA then opens its season on Oct. 1 with An Evening with Lily Tomlin. The well-loved Tomlin has appeared in over 20 films, multiple television shows and specials and has received four primetime Emmy awards, two Tony awards and a Grammy. The evening promises to be a warm and unique experience packed with comical insights and wildly witty observations about the human condition, performed by one of the world’s consummate talents.

You go, girl!
Finally, a congratulatory shout-out to Edmonds artist Lita Kenyon! She has been selected, along with 26 other regional visual artists, to display her work in Columbia City Gallery’s sixth annual juried exhibit titled rock, paper, scissors. The exhibit runs Sept. 28-Nov. 20.

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



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