Artfully Edmonds: The art outdoors

    Juliet Brewster
    Juliet Brewster

    Maybe you’re not the “outdoorsy” type, but you still don’t want to pass up the chance to be outside in this gem of a Northwest summer. You’re in luck! Summer nights bring free (or low-cost) outdoor concerts, movies, and more to Edmonds, so pack up the picnic basket and come play.

    Cheryl Hufnagel’s pastel painting, “Stately” was pronounced the winner of the Plein Air Edmonds Poster Contest, and will be the image representing all Plein Air events.
    Cheryl Hufnagel’s pastel painting, “Stately” was pronounced the winner of the Plein Air Edmonds Poster Contest, and will be the image representing all Plein Air events.

    Watch for groups of plein air painters all over Edmonds beginning July 15. These artists are a part of Gallery North’s plein air (or outdoor) festival, in which experienced artists guide newcomers over the hurdles that painting from life can present. Changing light and weather conditions (as well as an unsolicited audience) can make it difficult to capture a landscape on canvas, but can also make for some of the most beautiful, dynamic paintings. View the finished works in the “Beauty of the Northwest” Exhibition at Gallery North, beginning Aug. 1. Save your questions for the artists’ reception and awards ceremony to take place the afternoon of Aug. 11.

    Also keep an eye out for the three muralists mounting Edmonds’s newest murals around town all summer. These guys will be more receptive to questions, so don’t be afraid to start a conversation.

    waldoThe entire month of July, Edmonds Bookshop presents the 2nd Waldo Scavenger Hunt throughout downtown Edmonds businesses. Find Waldo and be entered to win prizes, including a grand prize of a boxed set of Waldo books and $30 to spend at the Edmonds Bookshop. Stop in to the bookstore to pick up a map and instructions. The bookshop will celebrate Waldo’s birthday on the afternoon of July 31 with sweet treats, games and the grand prize drawing. And for those of us Waldo fans 21-plus, look for more info forthcoming on a Waldo Pub Crawl to take place Saturday night, July 27.

    The first of the series of outdoor concerts presented by the Edmonds Arts Commission is Thursday night, July 11. Beginning at 5 p.m., The Whateverly Brothers will be entertaining with classic and original folk songs in Hazel Miller Plaza. Best enjoyed with appetizers and an adult beverage from the Las Brisas or Cheesemonger’s Table patios.

    The Spyrographs will be playing the second of the EAC Summer Concerts in City Park at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.

    The Phoenix Theatre and Snohomish Theater Project play Gilligan in the parking lot.
    The Phoenix Theatre and Snohomish Theater Project play Gilligan in the parking lot.

    Don’t miss the Third Annual “Gilligan’s Island Parody in the Parking Lot”, a product of the combined efforts of our own Phoenix Theatre and the Snohomish Theater Project. Two classic Gilligan’s Island episodes are recreated by the comic companies. One, “Beauty is as Beauty Does” is one of the top five all-time favorite episodes, in which a beauty contest is proposed for the women of the island. It’s up to Gilligan to resolve the competitive tension with his tie-breaking vote. The second—reported “lost and rarely seen” by the Phoenix players—leaves the islanders as the lone survivors of a zombie apocalypse on the mainland. When a zombie washes to shore, Gilligan must once again save the day and outsmart the dimwitted undead visitor. The show runs Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 28 in the Phoenix Theatre parking lot in Firdale Village. Shows cost $10 for adults, $5 for kids and will begin Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

    Free tunes to last us through the summer Friday nights at Red Petal Cupcakes from 5-8 p.m. The series begins July 12, and will be hosted by Jeff Stilwell of MaJe Gallery, the Third Thursday Art Walk and the Edmonds Mural Society. Jeff and Manya are intent on their objective to bring public arts to Edmonds, and have turned their attention to the musical arts for the summer of 2013. Promised for this Friday evening are a vocalist at 5, a singer-songwriter at 6, and some young musicians at 7, with lots more in between the main acts.  To schedule yourself or your group for a 10- to 15-minute time slot, contact Manya via email at  Call 425-776-3778 for more information.

    Can’t wait ‘til Friday? There are open mic nights most Thursday evenings at the Red Twig, The Loft or Engel’s Tavern.

    Get dirty at the Marina Beach Sandcastle Contest July 23! Sculptors may begin their creations as soon as they register starting at 10 a.m., to be judged at noon, with awards presented at 12:30 p.m. Even if you don’t want to participate, be sure to make your way down to the beach that Tuesday morning to see Edmonds residents get creative with our natural resources.

    Finally, everybody loves an outdoor movie! July 26 and August 2, Edmonds businesses present family-friendly movies on the Frances Anderson Playfield. Movies start at dusk, so grab your spot on the lawn and get comfy with a picnic before dark. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (G) is sponsored by Edmonds Family Medicine, Proliance and the Edmonds Arts Commission, for the night of the 26th. “Back to the Future” (PG) is sponsored by Angie Bueing Farmers Insurance, Penny Berglund DDS, 1st Security Bank, and Soundview Family Dental on the 2nd.

    – By Juliet Brewster

    Artfully Edmonds columnist Juliet Brewster, an Edmonds native and Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate, has a degree in literature from Bennington College. To have your arts happening listed, email her at




    1. Thanks, Juliet! Slight correction: Red Petal Tunes is going year round, every Friday night! Not just the summer. Also, remember there is no cover charge. See you all there!




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