Artfully Edmonds: Start off New Year with ECA events, gallery shows, MLK Day event

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Emily ~ 2015 Bio jPeg for NewsThis begins my second year writing for My Edmonds News and I am so pleased for the opportunities I’ve had to exchange email notes and phone calls, and to even meet many of you in the moments before gallery openings and during intermissions at Edmonds’ many entertainment venues.

It’s been A Joy of A Year!

Over the past year Artfully Edmonds has had many highlights to report, including the opening of the exhibit “Northwest School Movement”; the formation of the Art Walk Edmonds! team of gallery and business owners; the opening of galleries that include ZINC Art + Interiors, Randall J Hodges Photography, the Dragonfire Neighborhood Gallery; plus the opportunity to intone the mantra, “Edmonds! An Arts Destination!”

Profiles, mentions, and teminders along with the Artfully Edmonds weekly column have generated over 2,068 “Likes!” So, thank you for letting me know, in that way, that you are reading Artfully Edmonds.

Happy New Year, My Edmonds News readers, from Artfully Edmonds!

LAUGHTER – The Best Medicine
Thursday, Jan. 8
7:30 p.m.

Few local comedians are as loved and recognized as Kermet Apio, who along with funny friends Mike Coletta and Robert Pidde will take the stage in behalf of Mountlake Terrace High School student Michael Hunt who was recently severely injured in a football accident.

Details of the event are available at Lynnwood Today:
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10697272_10152467130061604_36851615748289429_oEdmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.

Bulletin! The ECA wouldn’t think of leaving your friends behind! Make a party of it by taking advantage of their 25 percent off two or more tickets to the Ahn Trio performance. Plus, later in the month, when it’s Martha Redbone on stage – same offer! http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/index

Ahn Trio
Friday, Jan. 9
7:30 p.m.

The long-awaited Ahn Trio heralds in the ECA’s performance calendar for 2015.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, the sisters were educated at the Juilliard in New York City. It is there that they made the decision to form their now famous trio.

The Ahn Trio is constantly working to redefine the art, architecture – and perception – of chamber music. Their energy and innovation breathes new life into the standard piano-trio literature as well as commissioned works from exciting composers such as Michael Nyman, Maurice Jarre, Pat Metheny, Paul Schoenfield, Mark O’ Connor, Kenji Bunch, Nikolai Kapustin, and Paul Chihara.

Artfully Edmonds will be seated mid-theatre taking in the sisters much-touted fashion sense. It is said they are favorite clients of designers Gaultier, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana.

At press time the house is 70 percent full, so with only nine days before their performance you will want to make haste to purchase your tickets and take in the impeccable performances of violinist Angella Ahn and her twin sisters cellist Maria, and pianist Lucia.

Tickets for the Ahn Trio performance are available at the ECA website.
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Martha Redbone Roots Project
Thursday, Jan. 15
7:30 p.m.

Coming Soon! Artfully Edmonds already has her tickets to see Martha Redbone with her favorite tuxedo-wearing gentleman. But before stepping over to the ECA on January 15th I think we’ll be slipping into our cowboy boots as I get ready to celebrate my affiliations with the Woodland People and the Crow Nation for some hoped for stomp chants and good ole’ rhythm and blues and soul.

Of Martha Redbone Time Out New York says, “Redbone is known as the “charismatic indie-soul diva”. She is an Independent Music Award-winning musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent.

Since bursting onto the scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards she has established a solid history of performing, educating and mentoring across Native North America and in some cases abroad.

Redbone is so totally worth a preview. YouTube provides us with Redbone singing from her title cut, “The Garden of Love.”  Pure soul.

The ticket link for the Martha Redbone Roots Project is here.  See you there!
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10344786_10152962835528739_1039289205780605733_nSunday, Jan. 11
1 – 4 p.m.

Gallery North
401 Main St.

In With the New
Artist’s Reception

Gallery North announces its January exhibition “In With The New”, featuring artists who have joined the gallery during 2014.

The show includes: fused glass by Kevin Creekmore; watercolors by Lonni Flowers, Catherine M. James, and Lauriel Sandstrom; photography by Erika Sheehan and Wei Chen; and ceramics by Melinda O’Malley.

The gallery reminds us, “There is no better time than the short days of January to enrich your life with beautiful art. The artwork in Gallery North this month will brighten your home and help you transcend the gloomy days of winter. Erika Sheehan’s travel scenes will take you around the world. Wei Chen’s ocean night scenes will add a tranquil, meditative touch. Vibrant, bright, and beautiful watercolor paintings by Catherine M. James, Lauriel Sandstrom, and Lonni Flowers will warm your home with color.

To view the on-line portfolios of these varied and talented artists go to: www.GalleryNorthEdmonds.com or contact Gallery North at 425-774-0946.
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mlkThursday, Jan. 15
7 p.m.

Edmonds Community College (EdCC)
Black Box Theatre
Mukilteo Hall

Commemorate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a celebration of community and with an inspirational message from keynote speaker Emory Douglas.

About Emory Douglas
Emory Douglas became the art director of “The Black Panther” a newspaper founded to articulate the message of The Black Panther Party of the 1960s.

Later becoming the party’s Minister of Culture, Douglas’s artistic talents and experience proved a powerful combination: his striking collages of photographs and his own drawings combined to create some of the era’s most iconic images, like that of Huey Newton with his signature beret and large gun set against a background of a blood-red star. In addition to Douglas’ work with the Black Panther Party, he attended City College of San Francisco during the 1960s where he enrolled in commercial art classes.

He was the layout artist for the San Francisco based black newspaper, Sun Reporter Publishing Company (an historic black newspaper in the Bay Area) for 21 years before retiring in 2005.

His work is featured in his book, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. Douglas continues to dedicate his artwork to social justice and health.

Douglas currently serves as Artist in Residence at Elam International School of Fine Arts, in Auckland, New Zealand.

– By Emily Hill

Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She also writes the “Lynnwood Lifestyle” column for Lynnwood Today. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at arts@myedmondsnews.com.

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