Artfully Edmonds Brief: New exhibit features Hekinan artists, and Edmonds ‘Then & Now’ photos

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Yo’u (Warmth) by Tomohiko Kato (Photo by Frances Chapin)
Yo’u (Warmth) by Tomohiko Kato (Photo by Frances Chapin)

Edmonds City Hall
121 5th Ave. N.

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission invites the public to view two exhibits on display in the City Hall Brackett’s Room, one honoring the Sister City relationship between Edmonds and Hekinan, Japan and the second highlighting Edmonds’ past and present.

The exhibits will show through September.

The exhibit of pieces from the Hekinan Collection in the City’s Public Art Collection includes a selection of painting, calligraphy, prints, photography and sculpture. The show includes pieces from the original exchange of artwork in 1990 and more recent gifts of artwork from Hekinan artists are also on display in the room and elsewhere on the third floor of City Hall. A delegation from Hekinan will help celebrate the City’s birthday on Aug. 11. Hekinan delegate, City Council Chair Tatsuro Tsubamoto, is an accomplished print maker, and has four prints on exhibit in City Hall.

In celebration of the 125th anniversary, the Arts Commission is displaying twenty sets of then and now photographs, excerpts from the Snapshots in Time exhibit previously on display at the Edmonds Historical Museum. “Downtown Edmonds – Then & Now” includes the downtown and waterfront pairs from the series created with the help of local photographer Bob Sears. The exhibit shows photos from the Museum archives and compares them with present-day images taken by Sears from the original vantage points. “I tried to honor the past by showing how vibrant the City of Edmonds remains today,” Sears says. “In all cases I tried to set up my camera exactly where the original photo was taken, but sometimes that was difficult so I got as close as I could.”

Visitors to City Hall are requested to check in at the front desk. City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

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