Artfully Edmonds: The arts go outdoors as summer’s in full swing
The weather is promising to be so great for the next 10-days let’s start this week’s column with mentions of the many outdoor Summertime events that will take place in the Edmonds area!
Although Mother Nature might throw a few sprinkles our way on Thursday, the City of Edmonds and neighbor Lynnwood want to make sure that we are all enjoying the parks, plazas and playgrounds where art comes alive!
Thursday, July 24 ~ 5-6:30 pm
Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Ave. S. at Maple St.
“Summer Concerts in the Parks!”
Camille Bloom, singer/songwriter is on tap for tonight’s performance. No small town girl, Camille was nominated for the LA Critic’s Choice Music Awards for Best EP in 2013. The year before she placed in the “Top “Top 100 Unsigned Indie Artists” by Music Connection Magazine.
Camille, who tours internationally, offers her ReverbNation website for those who want to get to know her music before this evening http://www.reverbnation.com/camillebloom
I find myself particularly drawn to her tune, “Zombie Nation” – but that’s just me. It’s as lyrical as it is haunting, yes?
Note: The Hazel Miller Plaza Thursday evening concerts play on – rain or shine!
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Outdoor Movie Night in Edmonds!
Frances Anderson Center Playfield
700 Main Street
The Croods (PG) – What young person doesn’t want to see “The Croods” a second (or third!) time? It’s going to be so fun!!
Join your neighbors for a free, family night of movie entertainment.
Friday the weather is forecast to be in the 70s with a 90% chance of No Rain! So, bring your blanket or lawn chair to watch a blockbuster hit on a giant inflatable screen!
The movie begins at dusk (around 9 p.m.). Refreshments will be sold.
For more information. call the event host, Edmonds Parks & Recreation at 425-771-0230. Or to keep up with the full summer line-up, visit the website.
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Sunday, July 27 ~ 3 pm
Edmonds City Park
600 3rd Ave. S.
Concerts in City Park
Tayla Lynn with Eric Tingstad, Americana
Sunshine and a bunch of ballads is what you can expect Sunday at Edmonds City Park.
I never imagined that Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter would make it to the Edmonds City Park stage – but she will. Tayla Lynn “grew uprambling between her mother’s various iterations of marriage, and her father’s touring schedule” according to her website. She was 4 or 5 the first time she remembers her memaw, Loretta, taking her on stage.
Eric Tingstand will ably accompany Ms. Lynn and gives us a preview of his composition, “Jornado” at this YouTube site.
From a recent interview with George Pica, Eric Tingstad reveals Americana as “a search for the roots of bluegrass, country, modern folk and a range of other disciplines all smooshed together”. He promises, “there are a number of instrumentalists whose work fits the genre.”
Note for the summer: The City Park concerts are cancelled by 2:30 p.m. in case of rain. (But I don’t see any rain in the forecast for the 27th.)
You can find more information about the Edmonds Arts Commission concerts this summer here.
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Tuesday, July 29 ~ Noon
Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Ave S & Maple St.
Harmonica Pocket, Swinging & Sweet Kid-Pop
What in the world could make us push away from our desks, leave our shops for a short while, and grab a picnic bite from The Cheesemonger’s Table (menus here) than “Harmonica Pocket, Swing & Sweet Kid-Pop”?
The “Harmonica Pocket” begins with the swinging songs of songwriter Keeth Monta Apgar. He delivers thick jazz chord progressions with storytelling lyrics wrapped up into thoughtful, mature songs.
Need more? I love the band’s website! Do the ‘click, click!’ right here to learn more.
Since 1990 the Edmonds Arts Commission has been presenting free outdoor summer concerts that are accessible to persons with disabilities. Sponsored by the Hazel Miller Foundation.
Note: The Hazel Miller Plaza Thursday evening and Tuesday noon concerts play on – rain or shine!
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Lynnwood Park Amphitheater
18927 72nd Ave. W., Lynnwood
Shakespeare in The Park
July 24 Two Gentlemen of Verona – Wooden O
July 31 Othello – GreenStage
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Summer Teen Ensemble
Will present “Oliver!” this week, showing off the results of their workshop for young aspiring actors.
From the playbill: “Oliver!” is based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, and tells the classic tale of the orphan who endures life on the streets of London in the 1880’s.
We picked this show because it combines many of the acting elements we teach in our Summer Teen Ensemble. It is an ideal learning tool for young and aspiring actors.
Lionel Bart’s Oliver! has many colorful characters and a diverse ensemble with many featured acting and singing moments. All roles are meaty, larger than life and full of fun, heart and soul. They provide the actors ample opportunity to research the time period and it’s people and bring them to life on stage.
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2 p.m.
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Edmonds Center for The Arts (ECA)
Friday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
Fifth generation slack-key guitarist Keoki Kahumoku and versatile ukulele instrumentalist Kalei Gamiao bring the sounds of Hawaii to ECA.
This program is emceed by internationally-renowned comedian Kermit Apio.
Keoki Kahumoku began performing with his father, George Kahumoku, Jr., and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku, in 1990 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 1992, Keoki and his family moved to the island of Maui, to perform at the Westin Maui in Ka’anapali. The wonderful Hawaiian mele he performed spawned a vision in Keoki — to reach and teach the keiki o ka aina and preserve this rich Hawaiian heritage.
Kalei Gamiao mesmerizes audiences with imaginative musicality and flawless execution. This soft-spoken young man delicately picks or fires away at his simple four-stringed instrument.
His ability to create sounds that are incredibly rich and full are even more amazing when you consider he only has two octaves to work with. Award-winning ukulele master Herb Ohta, Jr. summed it up best when he declared, “Kalei’s music and ukulele prowess will take the ukulele to new heights!”
Host Kermet Apio won the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival. He is a past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition and was a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. Kermet has showcased at comedy festivals in Aspen, Las Vegas, and Vancouver and has performed in 47 states and 3 Canadian provinces.
His comedic career germinated in 1988 when he was named “Dishwasher of the Month” at the Sea-Tac Airport Denny’s.
Tickets are available here.
“Artfully Edmonds” received the following Call-for-Submissions from Gallery North this week:
Are you an artist? Do you love to paint scenes of the northwest? Gallery North invites painters to submit up to two pieces to the annual Beauty of the Northwest exhibition in August. Whether you paint in your studio or outdoors, it is not to late to register – online until July 26th, in person through July 27th. For more details, visit the gallery’s website www.gallerynorthedmonds.com
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Saturday, Aug. 2 ~ 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tracy is Teaching!! I cannot imagine a more joy-filled experience that learning contemporary acrylics with Tracy Fraker. Ages 15+
What will you learn? According to Tracy, “Paint Splash is the once a year summer workshop designed around watermedia techniques to create loose, free and full-of-life paintings. We can dry our layers of paint in the sun and keep on painting. This is a great class to take advantage of painting in series, so plan on bringing at least two canvases so you can paint on one while the other is drying. We will take advantage of the way pigment travels, flows, drips and blossoms using wet-on-wet techniques. Paint Splash is the once a year summer workshop designed around watermedia techniques to create loose, free and full-of-life paintings. We can dry our layers of paint in the sun and keep on painting. This is a great class to take advantage of painting in series, so plan on bringing at least two canvases so you can paint on one while the other is drying. We will take advantage of the way pigment travels, flows, drips and blossoms using wet-on-wet techniques.”
For more information, check out the website where the ARTSpot classes are featured.
201 2nd Ave. So.
Tonight! Thursday, July 24 ~ 5-9 p.m.
Ann Mitchell, Jewelry Artist, who “started her creative career over 25 years ago . . . is now a full-time jewelry designer, teacher and author.”
“Loop-n-Tab” Ann advises that her class teaches how to make “delicate and beautiful fused link bracelets.
Call ArtWorks 425-774-6049 to register.
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This week’s art mention has to be the paper and metal art sculpture of Brazen Steele showing exclusively at the gallery, gifts, and art – with an edge! Intrigued?
Visit the unique Facebook gallery of Brazen Steele here.
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Saturday, Aug. 2 ~ 10 am
Sand Sculpting Contest
Edmond’s Marina Beach
650 Admiral Way South
Here’s an enthusiastic shout out to Nama’s Candy Store. “We love you for sponsoring the Edmonds Sand Sculpting Contest !”
We are all invited to “form a team or build on your own!” This is an amateur contest open to all ages.
Sign up at Marina Beach at 10am and get busy building! Need ideas? Here is a retrospective of the 2012 Edmonds Sand Sculpting Contest.
Judging begins at noon and awards will be presented at 12:30 p.m.
You can find additional information here.
So, we end “Artfully Edmonds” as sweetly as possible – with a Facebook peek at Nama’s colorful confections.
– By Emily Hill
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 email@example.com.