Artfully Edmonds: Shows, auditions and volunteer opportunities for everyone

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    Nomeda Lukoseviciene’s work is based on the Lithuanian tradition of Verbos, the creation of palms for Palm Sunday. Available at Gallery North.

    By Ellen Chappelle

    As January turns to February, the arts continue to keep Edmonds warm with new art shows and performances. And for those who like to get involved, we’ve got some auditions and volunteering opportunities just for you!

    “Ink, Paper, Paint and Nature,” Gallery North’s February show, features three gifted local artists: painter Jurate Harrison, photographer Jeff Harrison and Verbos artist Nomeda Lukoseviciene.

    Jurate Harrison, a resident artist at Gallery North, presents her unique vision of the world in oil or acrylic paint on canvas. “I absorb my impressions of the world and process it all in paint, pencil, ink – on canvas, paper or whatever I can get my hands on,” she says.

    Northwest photographer Jeff Harrison seeks to capture a sense of wonder in everyday things, from architecture to the natural world. In his photographs, the most mundane objects seem to transcend the commonplace and take on a sense of the spiritual.

    Lithuanian-born Nomeda Lukoseviciene creates extraordinary collages which include a variety of plants and flowers. Her work is based on the Lithuanian tradition of Verbos, the creation of palms for Palm Sunday. Because there are no natural palm trees in Lithuania, the verba or dwarf pine tree branches are used to make the Verbos, evolving into elaborate religious tokens and decorations for Spring and Easter celebrations.

    The public is invited to meet the artists at Gallery North on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 2-5 p.m. and also during the Edmonds Third Thursday Art Walk on Feb. 16, from 5-8 p.m.

    In operation for more than 50 years, Gallery North is one of the longest running artist cooperative galleries in the nation.

    Cole Gallery’s February Feature Show runs from Feb. 16-March 14, presenting the work of bronze artist Rip Caswell and pastel artist Sandy Byers.

    Celebrated for his ability to capture the spirit and essence of his subjects, bronze sculptor Caswell has been featured all over the world and will be bringing brand-new pieces for this show. His elegantly crafted bronze animals will set your soul soaring.

    Award-winning artist Byers’ soft and luscious pastel paintings seep into your soul and captivate you to the core. She brings a beautiful show of cherished furry friends and awe-inspiring Northwest landscapes.

    Meet both artists at a reception at Cole Gallery on Feb. 16 from 5-8 p.m.

    Not to be outdone, Phoenix Theatre is also mounting a new show, “Thunderbolts and Dunderheads,” which runs Feb. 3-26.

    Iris, the Goddess-Of-Rainbows, goes to the “head office” on Mount Olympus looking for a promotion. Instead, she’s threatened with being downsized. Her only hope of survival is to take on the one job no one else wants. So what’s a poor goddess to do? Find out when this myth-sterically funny, award-winning farce comes to the Phoenix to breathe hilarious new life into the Ancient Myths.

    For those who prefer hanging out on the stage to sitting in the audience, Phoenix Theatre will hold an open audition for “The Golden State” on Monday, Feb. 6, from 7-10 p.m. For character bios and more about the show, visit the audition page of their website.

    And what would a community theatre do without their army of volunteers? Many great opportunities to work behind the scenes at Phoenix are just waiting for the right person. They include: set construction, set painting, set decoration, props, box office, concessions, play reading, lights and sound, marketing and advertising, grant writing, community outreach and more.

    Driftwood Players, too, are holding open auditions. Parts for 5-6 women and 5-6 men are available in “Harvey.” Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, beginning at 5 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. Please see the audition page of their website for additional information and character breakdown.

    Please prepare a one-minute contemporary, comedic monologue and provide a headshot and resume if available or copy of a recent photo. Auditions will be held at The Driftwood Rehearsal Annex at 2nd and Dayton in downtown Edmonds. Appointments may be made online or by calling 425-774-9600.

    Attention, budding playwrights! Driftwood is also seeking submissions for their third annual Festival of Shorts. Submitted short plays must be less than 15 minutes long and centered on the theme “serendipity.” For more information, visit the guidelines page on Driftwood’s website.

    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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