Reminder: Find last-minute gifts on Third Thursday Art Walk

Winter Solstice by Karen Leonard

Winter Solstice by Karen Leonard

A note of panic is beginning to creep in to the cheery shopping population of Edmonds—a sure sign that we are indeed getting down to the wire, folks. More than half the chocolates in the advent calendar have been eaten (or more, if someone in your household is angling for the Naughty list this year) and even my parents, notoriously late with holiday decorations, are making noise about going out to find a tree to plant in our living room. By Thursday, with five delivery days left before Christmas, it may even be too late for cyber-Santa. But never fear, for this Thursday, the 19th, is the third Thursday of the month and in Edmonds, that means Art Walk!

Make the Edmonds Conference Center your first stop—I know it doesn’t sound like much, but the Conference Center at 4th & Bell will be hopping with three simultaneous shows Thursday evening. John Sanders, chair of the Edmonds Community College music department, leads a Latin Jazz combo playing salsa, swing, and some jazzed up variations on holiday classics while you peruse entries to the ArtsNow Winter Solstice art show. Come out of the Darkness: A Multi-Cultural Winter Solstice, is a juried show celebrating the moment in mid-winter that our days start getting longer again. Jacqui Beck, an adjunct professor of art at Seattle Pacific, and Libby Gerber of the Artists’ Trust Creative Career Center have selected 40 traditional and contemporary pieces by 19 local artists that represent cultural celebrations of the winter solstice from all over the world. At 7 p.m., a 1st and 2nd place prize winner will be announced as well as other special awards. Winners will receive gift certificates to local stores, like ARTspot.

Meanwhile, eight local authors will be present to sign and talk about their books, and a ninth, Halimah Bellows, will speak about and sell her Career Quest Cards, an innovative tool to help the recent graduates on your list to think about the next steps toward their chosen career. The eight authors and their books are as follows:

Totems of September by Mary Kay Voss (of Driftwood Theater acclaim) and Robin LaDue. Voss and LaDue use traditional Native American storytelling traditions to weave together the family histories of three separate characters. The novel puts 20th and 21st century American history in new perspective, ultimately finding healing and redemption in the midst of so many shattered lives.

Choices Made, Prices Paid by John B. McIntyre. A memoir of an ex-con raised by a police officer, and a cautionary tale for teens and their parents.

Travels with Penny and Rescuing Awen by David Alan Morrison. Two heartfelt novels for very different audiences. The first chronicles the true adventures of the author’s trip to the Big Apple with his mother following his father’s death. Subtitled “True Travel Tales of a Gay Guy and His Mom,” the often hilarious story examines the complex relationship between grown children and their parents. The second is science fiction for middle-grade readers. When the planet Awen is stripped of her natural resources, it is up to Dell, the last in the line of Keepers of Awen’s Portals, to restore balance to Awen’s elements.

The second book in the Babylon Prophecy series by Sean Salazar, titled Beneath the Temple will be available alongside its prequel. The espionage thriller series has enjoyed great local success.

The Quadra Chronicles: An Otter Oddysey by Bruce Bradburn follows a trio of river otter triplets near Vancouver Island as they grow and dream of adventures beyond the comfort of home. A series of short stories of Oscar’s adventures, this book is appropriate for young readers gaining confidence in their skill.

Cooking in Harmony with the Singing Chefs of Sno-King Community Chorale will be presented by its editor, Lee Ann Saxon. The book includes over 150 favorite recipes from the members of the Sno-King Chorale, interspersed with anecdotes. Cookbook sales will support the fundraising efforts for the Chorale’s 2014 tour in Italy and Austria. Sno-King Community Chorale will hold their holiday concert at ECA the night of Saturday, Dec. 14th.

In My Impossible Dream—The Story of Chuck Randall, Barabara Kindness tells the inspirational life story of Chuck Randall, Western Washington University’s Basketball Coach of the Century.

Refreshments will be available for the music, art, and book bonanza at the Edmonds Conference Center from 5-8 p.m.

If you manage to get out of the Edmonds Conference Center before the rest of art walk is over, there is plenty more to see.

As long as you’re walking down 4th Ave., why not stop in and say hello to Rick Steves and his staff at their Holiday Open House. Pick something out for your world-traveling nephew, view staff artwork, and enjoy refreshments while you watch the European Christmas Show.

Turn right, down Main, to pop into Red Petal for a cupcake and a peek at Steve Prestek’s photography, then go next door to Edward Jones to see Dolly Haakenson’s holiday decorations, art cards by Jeanie Blair, and pick out one of Sharon Rolph’s quilted “postcards” to send to your pen-pal. Dolly’s decorative boxes are also available at Nama’s candy store, where you can select truffles for your chocolate-loving auntie to go inside.

Don’t miss the Pop-Up Preview and Holiday Party at the soon-to-be location of Zinc Art + Interiors, down at 102 3rd Ave. S., where champagne will be served to toast the long list of artists slated to show their work at Zinc in the coming year. The right piece of art can make for a perfect gift for anyone—and you’ll find some fabulous contemporary examples here. Zinc will be open ‘til 10 p.m. Thursday night, and will remain open over the weekend: Friday from noon – 10, Saturday 11 – 5, and Sunday 12 – 4. At 4:00 Sunday, they will close their doors until the official grand opening on January 3rd.

As you make your way back up Main St., pick out one of Sarah Ignatenko’s handmade soaps for a housemate who could take a hint at HouseWares, and maybe one more box of Debby Parker’s truffles for grandma.

At Gallery North, mother-daughter team Kim Caldwell and Virginia Guest show the art they’ve created together. If the paintings suit your taste, one could make a beautifully sentimental gift for mom.

"Re-charging the Batteries," by Kim Caldwell

“Re-charging the Batteries,” by Kim Caldwell

If you’re still looking for something for your boss, stop in to see Jon Inge’s aerial photographs at Katé Alise, and pick up one of his 2014 calendars.

Or if you’re going for a group gift for the office in general, consider a fused glass piece by Susanna Prince to brighten up the workplace on gray winter days. Heidi VanderWuff is also showing fused glass pieces at MaJe Gallery up the street. More hand blown glass for gardeners will be on display at Garden Gear from Bob Rice’s Winter Yucca series.

Angela Bandurka’s gorgeous still life paintings will be discounted 10 percent at ARTspot Thursday night only—think about one of her teacups accompanied by a selection of fine teas from Baicha Tearoom for the wife. But if she’s the type to prefer wearable works of art, visit one of the many jewelers displaying and demonstrating their work around town. Greg Wilson of A.T. Jewelers will show his latest designs and demonstrate his technique, carving wax as the first step to making designs in precious metal. Trish Klauer has glitzy glass earrings and necklace sets at Rebekah’s boutique—great for New Year’s Eve! Vessa P will be at The Papery with handcrafted jewelry and phone cases. Former Bluefish Designs owner Barb McNaughton brings her jewelry back to the adoring fans at C’est la Vie. And at RBC Wealth Management on 5th Ave. S, find intricate wire jewelry by Marty Blu.

Otherworlds will have A Nightmare Before Christmas-themed art show, where you’re sure to find something that’s just perfect for that freaky black sheep of the family. Otherworld carries games, puzzles, and vintage sci-fi novels in addition to their handmade steampunk clothing and accessories.

Grab some unique holiday cards at Aria Studio Gallery or at the Edmonds Bookshop, where our own Elaine Mattson will be presenting her glittery Christmas cards with embellished photographs of familiar Edmonds scenes.

For one-stop shopping (or two-stop if you can handle both), start and end at either Handmade Takeover, where local artisans are selling just about anything that can be made by hand, or the Edmonds Masonic Lodge, where a mini-arts and crafts fair will be set up for the night. Handmade Takeover might be the perfect place to find something fun and funky and sure to be fought over in a white elephant trade.

Finally, be sure to thank the volunteers at Fabric of Life for their hard work all year. The volunteers will be showing their own crafts and artwork for the evening. Finding a gift here, where your dollar stretches to help people all over the world, could be just right for that crunchy cousin.

And don’t forget that the temporary ECA box office will be open all evening next to Starbucks, so you can give the guy who has everything a night out to look forward to. Advance tickets, ticket packages, and gift certificates are also available from the Edmonds Theater, Phoenix Theater, and Driftwood Theater.

Throughout Art Walk, listen for the EWHS Mello-Aires caroling!

– By Juliet Brewster


Juliet Brewster

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

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