Artfully Edmonds: Zinc ready to ‘make your world fun,’ plus gallery shows and live theater
This week’s featured galleries
Zinc Art + Interiors, Laura Zeck
102 3rd Avenue, Edmonds
In December, I heard from my husband that a new gallery had opened downtown next to Corry’s Cleaning Service and I was looking forward to checking it out.
That opportunity came the following week as I drove past and noticed that the lights were on, providing an expansive view into a marvelously open, bright space of color. I was intrigued to the point of parking my car and seeing if the gallery owner was amendable to a little chitchat. She was, and that is how I first met Laura Zeck, owner of Zinc Art + Interiors.
She had been listening to books on tape, a novel of suspense and intrigue, which was blaring through the gallery as she finished a photo shoot of her brand-new space when I knocked on her door and peered in the window.
After exchanging business cards, Ms. Zeck explained that Zinc Art + Interiors “provides interior design services and features art, furniture, and home accessories.” She added, enthusiastically, “We make your world FUN to live in!”
Chatting with Laura:
My opportunity for a formal interview with Laura Zeck came this week. Listen in:
Artfully Edmonds: First of all, “My Edmonds News” and Artfully Edmonds would like to welcome you to Edmonds. Would you like to describe to our readers what your business offers our community?
Zinc Art + Interiors: We are an art and design gallery. We carry a curated selection of modern gifts – Tabletop, design books, jewelry, home accessories, unique cards and of course art! We also provide interior design services – and in addition to the many lines we work with, we have our own line of highly customizable furniture under the name of Modern Object.
Artfully Edmonds: Would you like to tell us about the two components to your gallery: Interior design and a publishing boutique?
Zinc Art + Interiors: The interior design side of the business specializes in boutique retail and eclectic residential design. As an example, we designed Walnut Street Coffee including the more recent steel planting and seating additions to the exterior. We were recently featured on Houzz.com (an international design website) for Kitchen of the Week and were given two Best of Houzz awards for Design and Client Satisfaction. Our tagline is “Making Your World FUN To Live In” and our goal is create spaces that really spark a conversation and a smile.
Short Stories Press has a new home at Zinc Art + Interiors and focuses on creating custom etchings. It’s art that tells your story! We will be doing print demos on Third Thursdays as well as working with the artists we show to create limited edition prints in the printmaking studio.
Additionally we will be teaching some small group classes – look for details on this coming soon!
Artfully Edmonds: How did you come to establish your business in Edmonds? Are you relocating from another city – do you have family ties/roots in Edmonds?
Zinc Art + Interiors: We moved to Edmonds in 2007 after spending time here working on Walnut Street Coffee. Our daughter was 3 and we felt like it was a great place to raise our family.
Artfully Edmonds: Your gallery design is a wild splash of color! What style instinct, or education/training brought you to an affinity of the deco/modernism/definitely unique tone that your gallery takes on?
Zinc Art + Interiors: I have a background in Printmaking and Painting (MFA 93’ UW) and my husband is a very talented Graphic Designer-come-Furniture Designer. We are both really driven and drawn to design and color and making things and the shop is just a natural extension of that passion.
Artfully Edmonds: In the vein of “Let’s go to coffee!” tell us a little about yourself – what holds your interest outside of running a business?
Well, we have an 8-year-old – Grace – She is so creative and crafty and we love spending time with her – dance parties for three seem to happen a lot at our house – she has moves!
Artfully Edmonds: How can our readers reach you online?
Zinc Art + Interiors: Our websites are:
Thursday evening, Feb. 20, Ms. Zeck will be showing, among other vibrant pieces, the “Enfold Series” by artist Liz Tran. Laura describes Tran’s work to her Facebook friends: “Tran’s goal is to create an atmosphere that is brighter, more playful, more colorful and more content than the world in which we exist.”
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401 Main Street, Edmonds
February’s Featured Artist at Gallery North is Joan E. Bowers. Bowers’ photography collection ‘Sand and Steel’ includes both lith prints and silver gelatin prints taken on the Oregon Coast. Of her work, the gallery says, “her lithographs exude an ethereal sense of the healing qualities offered by escape to this part of the Pacific Northwest.”
The gallery describes Bowers’ work: “Presented in stark black and white, the bridge photographs offer a sense of the power that is required of these structures to stand firm and steady in the often raging currents. At the same time, bearing tremendous loads imposed by steady streams of traffic crossing the watercourse.”
After viewing Bower’s work, stroll through the cooperative gallery and enjoy the creative and inspiring work of other popular artists, including Eve Ingraham. Eve tells us that she “is fascinated with the world of design.” Her website is here.
For more information about the community of artists whose work is being featured this month, visit the Gallery North website.
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Cole Gallery and Art Studio
107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds
It’s a Party! Cole Gallery invites the public to celebrate the gallery’s 7th anniversary by visiting the gallery this month and viewing the works of such talents as Jennifer Diehl, Karen Fox, and Katya Minkina – among others.
The gallery will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, so stop by and offer your congratulations to gallery owner Denise Cole.
Art Studio Classes! On Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Patty Forte Linna will offer “Beginning Pastels”. You can register for this art studio class, and find more information here.
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Mark Your Calendars for Mardi Gras!
Murder at the Mardi Gras
Dinner & Show
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is known for beads, booze, music and good times.
Unfortunately, Bourbon Street can add one more word to that list: MURDER! Help solve the murder mystery and find the killer! Guests are encouraged (but not required) to come dressed in costume. Dinner will be a Cajun style menu of gumbo and jambalaya.
Tickets: $20 for Edmonds Senior Center members; $30 for non-members. Call the Admin office at 425-774-5555, Ext. 104, for more information or to RSVP.
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Black Box Theater
Edmonds Community College (EdCC), Lynnwood
Thursday, Feb. 20~ 12:30 p.m.
Brown Bag Series
“Living on One”: Zach Ingrasci & Chris Temple
In 2010, four university students lived on one dollar a day in a rural Guatemalan village, to better understand the reality of extreme poverty. Now, they are telling their stories in an effort to inspire everyone to confront global poverty.
You can find event details, theater location and more information here.
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Black Box Theater
Edmonds Community College (EdCC), Lynnwood
Saturday, Feb. 22 ~ 8 p.m.
50 Shades of Unexpected
Love adventure? Love life? Love the unforeseen? Then you will want to join the Unexpected Productions North Improvisers as they present “50 Shades of Unexpected”, a Valentine’s Day romp through “love, lust, and everything in between”.
General admission is $10 with discounts for EdCC students and staff, youth, seniors, and military. More details here.
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Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds
Friday, Feb 21, ~ 7:30 p.m.
Singer-Songwriter and guitarist Keb’ Mo’s music has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America”.
A three–time Grammy Award winner, his music spans multiple genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, and folk. For Keb’ Mo’, the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling ethic, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional weight.
Tickets prices for Keb’ Mo are priced at $42/ $57/ $52 and are available online at www.ec4arts.org, through the ECA Box Office at 410 Fourth Ave. N., or by calling 425-275-9595.
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Paddington Bear Concert
Featuring Cascade Symphony Orchestra
And music of Chappel
Dave Dolacky, Narrator
The Cascade Symphony will entertain children of all ages at its annual Children’s Concert Saturday, Feb. 22. The 50-minute concert will be conducted under the direction of Michael Miropolsky.
The program will also include an “instrument petting zoo” and will feature 11-year-old cellist Stephen Leou as this season’s Cascade Symphony Orchestra Rising Star.
For more information about the concert as well as Master Leou’s appearance see My Edmonds News coverage here.
Advance purchase of tickets for the Feb. 22 concert is recommended. Ticket prices have been reduced and are now $10 for general admission, $5 for ages 12 to 18, and $2 for children age 11 and under. Families are encouraged to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to be distributed to Edmonds food banks. Tickets at www.ec4arts.org, through the ECA Box Office at 410 Fourth Ave. N., or by calling 425-275-9595.
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Currently Showing On Stage in Edmonds:
“Beyond Therapy” by playwright, Christopher Durang, continues its run. See My Edmonds News Jan. 25 coverage of this production.
Directed by Eric Lewis with Edmonds’ thespians Jasmine Jacoby and David Bailey in the leading roles, “Beyond Therapy” plays through Sunday, March 2, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
General admission is $18.50; juniors/seniors/military admission is set at $15.50. Tickets are available by calling 206-533-2000 or online at brownpapertickets.com.
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The Driftwood Players continue their run of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias,” featured in a recent My Edmonds News preview:
This memorable, impeccably-acted classic, which stars Laura Couch, Anne Arnhold, Sarah Karnes, Molly Hall, Rebecca O’Neill, and Cindy Giese French is as poignant as it is powerful. Remember your hankie!
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“The Forgotten Goddess” is a mixed media sculpture using a mannequin, air dray clay, paper, acrylic paint and fiber created by Susie Howell and Tonnie Wolfe.
Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Gallery
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main Street
Tuesday, Feb. 4-Mar. 14, 2014.
The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present “Collaboration: an exhibit by members of ArtistsConnect of Edmonds” at the Frances Anderson Center.
The Collaboration Project emerged from ArtistsConnect, a group of Edmonds-area artists that receives support from the Edmonds Art Festival Foundation and ArtWorks. The exhibit will showcase the collaborative pieces of 19 artists. Artists worked in pairs or trios to create both two and three dimensional works. Many will add an individual piece to the show, so the viewer can compare the artist’s usual style with what emerged from the collaboration.
The EAFF Gallery is located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Monday- Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information call 425-771-0228 or 425-771-1984.
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Coming Soon & Happening Nearby!
Edmonds Woodway High School
EWHS Theatre, 2600 212 St. SW, Edmonds
Feb. 27 – Mar. 2
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Life on The Bowery
By Tim Kelly
From the Playbill ~ “Life on the Bowery follows the musing of a wealthy Manhattan family during the early 1900s. This quirky comedic play takes the audience through hilarious ups and downs including arranged marriage, romantic affairs, murder and even burglary on none other than the Bowery.”
“Life on The Bowery” features Mrs. Drayton, who has matched her daughter, Alice, for marriage to the rather wicked Thurlow Bleekman. However, Alice is in love with Jack Hobart and things become both dramatic and comedic as Alice thwarts the attention of Bleekman. Kelly graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor’s degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His plays have been performed at Seattle Repertory Company, and many other theaters internationally.
Directed by Edmonds-Woodway High School Drama Department Chair Bruce Mindt, casting showcases the talents of 18 EWHS students.
Tickets are $7 adults; $5 for seniors, children, and students w/ASB cards and can be requested through the school’s website. To learn more, including information on ALS Interpreted productions, call 425-431-7900.
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A fundraiser and talent competition hosted by Master of Ceremonies Tony Ventrella (former TV anchorman and sports reporter) will celebrate a line-up of talented and poised child performers at the “Kids Got Talent Showcase” on Saturday, March 1.
Sponsored by Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre, the event will include an opportunity for attendees to vote for their favorite child actor/group; a raffle featuring – among other dazzling prizes – a diamond necklace from Ben Bridge Jewelers; dinner catered by Liam’s Restaurant, Eureka! Restaurant, and Elemental Pizza – and much more!
Katie B. Wilkinson of Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre tells Artfully Edmonds, “Families are encouraged to attend this fun night for a great cause!
Attendees will hear from several groups of kids (about 80 kids total ranging in age from 5-17) as they perform a medley of songs from musicals in front of a panel of celebrity judges.”
Ticket information and event details are available here.
Emily Hill is an author and long-time resident of Edmonds. She is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or venue featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org