Artfully Edmonds: This week, no better place for art lovers than Edmonds

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Lewis LaBrash creates abstract acrylic on canvas inspired by the movement and beauty of nature.
Lewis LaBrash creates abstract acrylic on canvas inspired by the movement and beauty of nature. (Photo courtesy artist’s website)

This week leads with one of the most fun, community-engaging, perennial events in Edmonds – the Art Walk! Although there are loads of events going on this week in and around our fair city — including the Edmonds Arts Festival — my heartstrings are drawn to the gallery crowd every third Thursday.

So use Artfully Edmonds as your link to this evening’s (Thursday) stroll of galleries. But come back to check on what’s happening for the balance of the week, because with the Arts Festival this weekend, our playhouses’ dazzling the crowds, album releases and books-on-parade – the news of what’s happening in and about Edmonds is exciting!

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Art Walk Edmonds Highlights 

Thursday, June 18
5-8 p.m.
Dragonfire Neighborhood Gallery
529 Dayton St.

Lewis LaBrashe is making the rounds of Edmonds galleries this summer adding this on-the-edge gallery to his portfolio after showing last month at the Blue Door Wellness Studio.

Here’s what LaBrashe’s representative has to say about him, “After owning LaBrashe’ Gallery for over 20 years, Lewis retired to devote his time to art. Originally interested in photography, he felt that he could not recreate in a photograph the beauty he saw in nature. Lewis began creating unique 3D acrylic abstract on canvas, wanting to maintain the fluidity and natural, organic feelings he observed.

This is an exhibit you won’t want to miss, and we are excited to host Lewis and his incredible works of art.”

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Mixed media from Tracy Felix Fraker

Mandredini & Barnfather, PS
152 3rd Ave. S.

Tracy Felix Fraker is showing off her contemporary mixed media paintings, which feature the PoP! of gloriously bright colors and an imaginative mind.

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 From Austin Dwyer’s “Ships to Remember” collection.
From Austin Dwyer’s “Ships to Remember” collection.

Cole Gallery
107 5th Ave. S.

Denise Cole is the hostess for an Opening Night party heralding the exhibit “Northwest Waters.”

“Northwest Waters” will feature over 25 new paintings of ships, marinas, marine life and waterways specific to our region.

Irish-born, Seattle-based maritime oil painter Austin Dwyer will headline the show. Dwyer will be doing a special presentation from 6:30 – 8 p.m. called “Ships to Remember.” To attend, please contact the gallery as seating is limited.

Additionally, pieces from other renowned artists, including Edmonds’ own Andy Eccleshall and David Marty, will be shown.

Slip into Cole Gallery, where there’s sure to be wine, chocolates, gossip, artists’ presentations and notable art.

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Gothard Sisters for June

Album Release Party!

July 18, 7:30 pm
Mountain Rose Tour
at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theatre
1211 4th Street, Snohomish

A Message from Willow, Greta, and Solana:

“After beginning [our] Summer Tour on the East coast, we solidly blocked out a weekend for our Seattle area Mountain Rose album release party.

“This is the concert for all of you folks who have supported us all the way along here in the Northwest, and who come to our Christmas shows every year and have been to our release parties for Story Girl and Compass. The Mountain Rose Tour will be celebrating the release of our newest musical album, Mountain Rose.

“Mountain Rose was inspired by the love of simple, timeless and transcendent things — patience, courage, community, the passing of the torch from old to young, the beauty and adventure of nature, and the feeling of comfort in being with those you love as the sun sets on summer nights.”

The Gothard Sisters remind readers that the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theatre is a very small venue. Early reservations are encouraged.

Mountain Rose will be released worldwide on June 23.

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Edmonds Arts Festival
700 Main Street
Friday/Saturday, June 19/20
10 a.m – 8 p.m.

Sunday
June 21
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Festival! That is the key word for this annual extravaganza that has brought art lovers, jugglers, food vendors – and artists from every discipline – to Edmonds each and every year since 1957. Inspired its first year by the Coterie Club, and financed from personal funds, this extravaganza will feature 240-juried artists this year showing off media in ceramics, glass, painting and pastels, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, sculpture, garden art, and clothing.

Savvy organizers have arranged for parking and shuttles to the Festival.

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Jordan Fermstad with his three fiancés: Jannier Makenas, Veronica Tuttell and Sara Schweid.

Make Mine Comedy!

This month both Edmonds’ playhouses are featuring comedic farce. My Edmonds News has been following the news on the success of each production, and we’re sure you’ll be impressed. So grab your tickets, make a night of it – and join in the laughter. After all, “it’s the best medicine!”

Both theatres close their current runs on Sunday, June 28.

“Boeing Boeing” by Marc Camoletti is currently playing at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St. This is a 5-star production, as reviewed by Artfully Edmonds.

Tickets for Boeing Boeing are available online here.

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Alex De Roest, Melanie Calderwood, Jay Jenkins and Dan Jacoby.

“Epic Proportions” by David Crane and Larry Coen has them guffawing over at The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Firdale Village.

Tickets for “Epic Proportions” are available here.

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By Cody French
By Cody French

Artists in Action
Sunday, June 28
1-3 p.m.
Edmonds Waterfront

456 Admiral Way

Watch magic in action as these artists create before your very eyes!

This is a rare opportunity to see how artists create and ask questions about their work. Free artist demonstrations are right next to the performing Sea Jazz band on the Port of Edmonds Marina Plaza every Sunday through the summer.

On June 28, Artists in Action on the Edmonds Waterfront will feature artists Cody French, Kim Day and April Richardson.

Cody A. French, known for his detailed work, will be painting with water media and drawing on birch wood panels and paper. Cody was featured in a recent Lynnwood Today column.

Kim Day will demonstrate creating jewelry with polymer clay, a thermal plastic resin, with a technique known as caning: making detailed pictures in the clay.

April Richardson will be making prints combining drawing, painting and collage to create layers of texture and design.

Artists in Action on the Edmonds Waterfront is sponsored by the Port of Edmonds, the Edmonds Arts Festival and ArtWorks to provide a unique opportunity for the community to see how artists create their work.

Artists interested in participating in Artists in Action can contact Alicia Harvey at alicia@aliciaharvey.com, or Meredith Arnold at meredith@mereditharnold.com.

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Authors and Poets Podium

Judith W and BurnsThursday, June 18
5-8 p.m.
Arista Wine Cellars
320 5th Ave. S.
Edmonds
“Goodies from Rome and Paris!”

Judith Works, author of “City of Illusions,” and Karen Burns, author of “Rules for the Perpetual Diet,” will be at Arista Wine Cellars for Art Walk Edmonds. These two jet-setting authors invite you to stop by to chat with them about their travels, pick up copies of their books, and enter the drawing for a dazzling basket of intriguing “goodies from Rome and Paris!”

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Sat. June 20
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2015 Pet EXPO
Washington State Convention Center

Local author Kizzie Jones will be appearing at the 2015 Pet EXPO to promote her book “How Dachshunds Came to Be: A Tall Tale About a Short Long Dog.” Kizzie and her illustrator, Scott Ward, have won many awards for this charming book, which is available at Edmonds Bookshop.

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June 25
6-9 p.m.
American Brewing Company
180 W. Dayton St.

Internationally-known author Simon Majumdar of “Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork” will be doing a cooking demonstration, visiting with Edmonds foodies, and promoting his book. American Brewing Company invites you to stop in and plan to spend a delicious evening with Simon and the crew!

Simon, who stops by Edmonds as often as he can, is on a cross-country tour revisiting the stops he made while writing his new book “Fed, White, and Blue.” It was a journey he took on his path to becoming an American citizen; exploring America through incredible food and drink experiences.

On his first visit to American Brewing Company, he helped brew Fed White & Brew ESB, which went on to win a medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013.

You can make it? Then, plan on boisterous banter and good brew! This is one of those “be there, or be square” occasions. So, mark your calendars.

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Happening Nearby

Call to Artists!
Arts of the Terrace
Deadline: Sunday, Aug. 30

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission is seeking submissions of paintings, prints, drawings, miniatures, calligraphy, photographs, 3-dimensional and artisans’ works for its 37th Annual Juried Art Show. To enter or to view the prospectus online, go to www.cityofmlt.com and on the home page under “most requested services” click on Arts of the Terrace.

Over $4,000 in prize money is available.

Arts of the Terrace is held Sept. 26-Oct. 10, 2015.

More information regarding the Arts of the Terrace is available at www.cityofmlt.com, or call 425-776-9173 Ext. 3300 or email arts@ci.mlt.wa.us.

— By Emily HIll

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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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Thx much Emily for the Seattle Pet Expo update! Should be a fun time with lots of opportunities to meet neat people n their pets! FREE Admission for people n pets!
    Stop by Tall Tales Booth #749 in the Washington State Convention Center n say, “Hi!”

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