Artfully Edmonds: Local author releases 2nd novel in dance triology, ‘After the Fire’ artists at Art Walk, ECA Family series

Paddy Eger
Paddy Eger

Author Spotlight

Thursday, Oct. 15
5-8 p.m.
Book Signings by Paddy Eger
Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave. S.
When The Music Stops: Dance On!

Following the success of her debut YA novel, “84 Ribbons” Paddy Eger will present her second novel “When the Music Stops – Dance On” to Edmonds readers Thursday as part of Art Walk Edmonds (AWE).

“When the Music Stops”, the second novel of Eger’s dance trilogy, centers on the life of aspiring ballerina Marta Selbryth who (in “84 Ribbons”) returns home to 1950s Bremerton with the intention of focusing on recovery from a reoccurring ballet injury. Her hope is to regain the ability to dance professionally.

Marta’s life demands that she face a series of decisions – crossroads. If unable to overcome having reinjured herself can she visualize a life beyond dancing? Although Paddy has included characters from her first novel, particularly Steve and Lynn new, colorful and eccentric characters emerge. And other characters from “84 Ribbons” play a more prominent role, such as Marta’s mother Elle Selbryth and Lindsay Holland.

Eger promises that readers will be surprised by the ways in which Marta’s relationship with her mother changes in this second installment.

Surely the most unforgettable character in “When the Music Stops – Dance On” is Zandora Marcus, a devious stage mother. Eger sketches out characters to add to the cast with a deft pen; such as Rosalia (Zandora’s talented daughter), Lily Rose, and love interest Dennis who works as a set carpenter for the local playhouse.

In other words, there is a rich selection of characters for YA readers to gravitate toward, and whose proclivities must be dealt with.

When asked about the significance of the title, “When the Music Stops – Dance On”, Eger responds, “I wanted Marta to strive to return to dancing. And, if she couldn’t, to find a way to be content with the resultant changes in her life.

The final novel in Eger’s dance trilogy is titled, “Letters To Follow” and is structured on a season of postcards sent from Europe by Marta that reflect not only how life has changed the main characters in the trilogy, but how the events of the 50s have led the characters to make decisions that impact their lives during the 60s.

“When the Music Stops – Dance On” is about circumstance and choice – the elements of destiny and fate.

“When the Music Stops – Dance On” is published by Tendril Press (ISBN 978-0-9858933-2-3) and will be available at Edmonds Bookshop.

Readers can follow Eger’s award-winning career at her blog after tonight’s Art Walk Edmonds appearance.

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"Sunset Road" by Karen Lewis
“Sunset Road” by Karen Lewis

Artist Spotlight

Tiny Journeys:
 Bite-sized insight into the creative process
The art of Karen Lewis
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Karen Lewis at the Frances Anderson Center, now through Oct. 28.

Sketches in this exhibit are from the artist’s travels from France and Mongolia, and from a month sketching illustrations on the island of Crete for “Third Wish”, a novel by author Robert Fulghum.

Lewis comments on this exhibit by saying, “Each sketch represents a tiny journey. As I set out to work I begin on a walk, pencil at the ready, with postcard-sized chunks of paper pre-divided into little squares. When something catches my eye, I give myself five or ten minutes to figure out “Why?”  Is it in the lean of the landscape? The gaze of a window? The light on a windowsill?  The conversational proportion of cloud and sky?

“Some journeys last several miles. Others lead no more than a yard or two from where I started. Later, I return to the sketches and fill them in from notes and memory. The tiny spaces keep the perfectionist out, and allow me to react to the world, and to what it’s trying to teach me.”

Lewis invites visitors to her website at

The EAFF Gallery and the EAC Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main St., Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 7. For additional information about visiting the gallery call 425-771-0230.

For more information about the programs and exhibits of the EAF Foundation, visit and for more about the Edmonds Arts Commission visit

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9 Art Wine Walk

Thursday, Oct. 15
5-8 p.m.
Art Walk Edmonds
“Art + Wine Walk”

After the Fire: Twisp Artists on View

Gallery tour Art Walk Edmonds will continue through the year each third Thursday; but if you are a connoisseur of select wines (paired to participating gallery spaces by Ruth Arista of Arista Cellars ( you’ll want to purchase your wrist band and tokens for November’s art stroll right now. Quantities are limited!

This month’s Art + Wine Walk Edmonds presents featured artists from Twisp and the Methow Valley, whose artistic accomplishments were thwarted when raging fires destroyed artist studios, supplies, and artwork, ultimately shuttering a thriving art-tourism industry. By showcasing and selling the works of Joanne and Sue Maracci, Teri Pieper, Rod Weagant, Donna Keyser, Laura Karcher, Cheryl Wrangle, Jenn Tate, Ken Smith, Bob Hutchins, and Paula Christen, the Edmonds Art Walk board brings a new forum and much-needed venue where Twisp artists can continue to present and sell their works under the haven of another art community. Jewelry, woodwork, photography, acrylics, and oils from Twisp artists will be featured along other Art Walk artists.

“None of us ever knows when tragedy will strike,“ said Monette King, gallery assistant at Cole Gallery and architect of the idea. “So when Donna Keyser of Twisp came into the gallery and shared the town’s struggles with me, I thought why not help? We have all the means and resources to support a fellow art community regain their footing. “

Businesses featuring Twisp artists include:

· Coldwell Banker Bain (108 5th Ave S.)

· Cole Gallery (107 5th Ave S.)

· Edmonds Realty (111 Main St.)

· Dragonfire Neighborhood Art Gallery (529 Dayton St.)

· Ombú Salon + Spa (550 Main St.)

Tickets for “Art + Wine Walk” are available at

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4 Gallery North Show PosterGallery North
401 Main St.
Reception: Saturday Oct. 10th
1-4 p.m.
Beauty in Black & White:
Bringing the Pictorialism Tradition in Photography into the 21st Century

Gallery North announces the opening of “Beauty in Black & White”, an exhibit of both film and digital photography by Joan Bowers and DeAnna Foran, artist friends who have shown their work together in numerous earlier exhibits.

Both women have been photographing since their youth, Bowers since her early teens when she was given a Brownie box camera, and Foran since she was enrolled in a graphic design program in college where camera and darkroom experience were a requirement.

Bowers’ and Foran’s photographs are contemporary examples of Pictorialism, an approach which emphasizes the beauty of the subject matter, rich and subtle tonality, soft focus, strong composition, and attention to process.

A drawing for a free print will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, and another at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 during Art Walk Edmonds. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31, 2015.

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Dragonfire resident artist Michael Cadieux with Marilla Sargent holding "Determined" which was among the pieces made available for the “ECA 2015 Red Carpet Gala and Auction”.
Dragonfire resident artist Michael Cadieux with Marilla Sargent holding “Determined” which was among the pieces made available for the “ECA 2015 Red Carpet Gala and Auction”.


Dragonfire Neighborhood Gallery (Dragonfire)
Dayton Street

Michael Cadieux is the featured artist as the popular gallery participates in Art Walk Edmonds and this month’s “Art + Wine Walk”. His “Blue Dream Jade” (one of his newest pieces) and his hand crafted Cherry wood table base are two of the gallery’s most striking additions.

“The jade used as the surface for the table is a new species of Nephrite (an ornamental stone) just approved by Tiffany & Co. Designs for production of jewelry. Nephrite is mined by an Edmonds local in the Oso area hit by last year’s devastating mudslide,” explains Kurt Mattingly, gallery director.

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Thursday, Oct. 15
5-7 p.m.
Edmonds Senior Center
220 Railroad Ave.

If following the Oktoberfest calendar and lively clap-your-hands music is your style you will want to drop in on the festivities happening at the Senior Center tonight!

Live music will be provided by the “Bonnie Birch Trio” and the invitation reads, “Enjoy a hearty meal of bratwurst, German potato salad and sauerkraut along with German beer on tap! We’ll sing traditional songs with our German class and live Bavarian music! Make sure to RSVP and reserve your seat by calling 425-774-5555 ext 104.

The event is sponsored by Emerald Hills

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6 Midnight Driftwood PlayersShow Opens!
Friday, Oct. 16th
8 p.m.
Driftwood Players
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.

“I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” by Peter Colley, and directed by Ted Jaquith, is the first TIPs production in Driftwood’s 57th Season.

The story concerns the lives of Jan and her husband Greg who have rented an old farmhouse in the country where – it is hoped – Jan can recover from a nervous breakdown she has experienced. When their landlord, the farmer they are renting from tells stories about a terrible murder that once took place in the farmhouse Jan’s imagination gets fired up; especially when it is revealed that the ghost reputedly stalks the night.

Jan’s imagination takes the worst conclusions after Laura, Greg’s manipulative sister, arrives. Jan soon finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night, and visions of the vengeful ghost.

Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad? When she tries to defend herself from this apparition, events take an unexpected turn in a pivotal night of unimaginable suspense.

When asked to describe “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” director Ted Jaquith says, “This is a thriller! There may be ghosts. There may be a murderer. But what is definite, this play sets the mood for Halloween. Audience members may even be tempted to call out to the actors, ‘Don’t go in there!”

Performances for “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” are held Fridays-Sundays, Oct. 16-24, with Friday and Saturday curtain times at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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Dinner & Show Offer

Edmonds Driftwood Players has added their very popular Dinner & Show option to this production; pairing up with Scott’s Bar & Grill.

Why not treat you and your pumpkin to dinner at Scott’s Bar & Grill before heading over to the Wade James Theatre to see “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” with this special Dinner & Show offer?

Your $45/person ticket includes one show ticket plus a “Three Act” meal from a select menu.

Reservations are made automatically after your Dinner & Show package is purchased through the Edmonds Driftwood Players box office at 306 Main St. or through their online ticket booth You may call for tickets by dialing 425-774-9600 option 3

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This Week’s Line-up for
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Havana Hop will be jumping at the ECA, 410 4th Ave. N. this Saturday as part of ECA’s Family Series. Information about the series at
Havana Hop will be jumping at the ECA, 410 4th Ave. N. this Saturday as part of ECA’s Family Series. Information about the series here. 

Sunday, Oct. 18
7:30 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts welcomes jazz musicians Edgar Meyer & Christian McBride

9 Edgar and Christian
Edgar and Christian

Edgar Meyer leaves behind a string of Australian performances; a collaboration with the Aspen Chamber Symphony and an evening at the Hollywood Bowl to join four-time Grammy winning Christian McBride on stage at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

But this is not the first time the two musically gifted talents have treated audiences to the captivating sounds their xxx produce. The two produced “On That Note” in 2013. Do the Click! Click!! here to get to the cut entitled “Green Slime” . The Edgar Meyer-Christian McBride autumn 2015 includes six cities – Edmonds being their first stop.

Each enjoys a remarkable global reputation for mastery of their style and unique sound. Says critics of Meyer, “[he has] formed a role in the music world unlike any other.  Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument”, Mr. Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience.  His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002.

Christian McBride is a four-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist. As one of the most versatile performers in the business, McBride has performed with a who’s who, both in jazz — Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes and John McLaughlin (among so many others) — and with pop world musicians like Sting. He’s also fronted his own groups, including the funky R&B-infused album A Family Affair and his big band record The Good Feeling.

Mayor Dave Earling and his wife, Sue Earling, are sponsors of this ECA evening.

Tickets for the Edgar Meyer & Christian McBride concert can be purchased online at, or through the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North, or by calling 425.275.9595.

ECA is a proud member of TeenTix, and offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at

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Photo courtesy of
Photo courtesy of

In My Life
Thursday, Oct. 22nd
7:30 p.m.

It’s been two years since “In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles” with Abbey Road hit the ECA stage and fired up the speakers for a capacity crowd.

But the show is coming back – and “Artfully Edmonds” can guarantee tickets are going fast.

So “Get Back” in your seats and you’ll “Be Glad All Over” because, this time as before, they will be joined onstage by the Edmonds-Woodway High School String Quartet.

“In My Life” is the musical retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and features live music of well-known tribute band Abbey Road.

Abbey Road features Chris Paul Overall as Paul McCarthy; Nathaniel Bott as John Lennon; Zak Schaffer as George Harrison and Axel Clarke as Ringo Starr. Brian Epstein is played by Murphy Martin.

The production played to a capacity audience in 2013 at the ECA.

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Edmonds-Woodway High School Quartet

High school students Dane Johnson, Helen Nguyen, Jonathan Mah and Andrew Kim will join Abbey Road for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” and “Hey Jude.”

These four members of the advanced EWHS chamber orchestra have also performed Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra, the All-State Honors Orchestra and the All-Northwest Honors Orchestra.

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Dane Johnson, 17, has been playing the violin for ten years. He also plays piano and bass guitar. He is a member the EWHS Chamber Orchestra and received a superior rating as a quartet finalist with Mah and Kim at the Washington Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Competition.

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Helen Nguyen, 15, has been playing the violin for seven years. Her father, Hai Nguyen, is a professional viola player and performs with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and the Pacifica Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing with her school’s chamber and symphonic orchestras, Nguyen also advanced to the region’s Solo and Ensemble finals with a quartet last year. She was a member of an all city honors orchestra.

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Jonathan Mah, 17, started as a violinist nine years ago, but switched to viola in middle school.

Mah has competed in Solo and Ensemble Competitions for the past three years and last year placed third in the state as a soloist. He also played with a quartet with Kim and Johnson which received a “superior” rating at the regional competition. He was a member of the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra and performed with All Northwest Honors last year with Kim.

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Andrew Kim, 16, has been playing the cello for seven years. “The cello can be so expressive,” he said.

Kim is a member of his school’s chamber orchestra and the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in All-State honor groups for the past four years and with the All-Northwest Honors Orchestra last year.  In addition, Kim will be performing a solo at Benaroya Hall with the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra this November.

String quartet for hire

The quartet performs at weddings and other events. Those interested in hiring the quartet may contact Dane Johnson at  [email protected]

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Happening Nearby

11 Jet City RollergirlsFriday, Oct. 23
7-10 p.m.
Everett Historic Theatre
2911 Colby Ave.
Jet City Rollergirls (JCRG)


Come support the Jet City Rollergirls of Everett at this laugh out loud event being held at the Everett Historic Theatre. Doors open at 7:15 pm for a silent auction and full no-host bar.

The Jet City Rollergirls (JCRG), founded in 2006, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-female roller derby organization based in South Snohomish County. A grassroots organization it describes its mission as “dedicated to community service, providing a positive environment for women of all backgrounds, and promoting the sport of roller derby through local, regional, national, and international competition.”

The PG-13 rated Comedy! show will feature Susan Jones with Brett Hamil and Geoff Brousseau and Joe Vespaziani who won the 1998 Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition, appearing on the television show Almost Live, and opening for “Weird Al” Yankovic on his Touring With Scissors tour.

All proceeds go to support Jet City Rollergirls, replenish much needed equipment and obtain additional track time.

Show your support of this amazing well-established while being entertained with an explosive line up of top local comedians.

Grab a ticket; fill the car with your favorite laugh-out-loud friends and head up to Everett for a fun evening and great comic talent

Emily ~ 2015 Bio jPeg for News— 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 [email protected].


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