Artfully Edmonds: Artist captures faces of Edmonds in new exhibit, plus upcoming events citywide

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Pam Ingalls with some of her subjects.

About a decade ago, long-time Vashon Island artist Pam Ingalls, already known nationally for her interior scenes, hit on a compelling idea. Why not make portraits of as many of her friends, neighbors and acquaintances on the island as possible? It would be great to show her love for the community and bring out the hidden beauty she found in the people she encountered. By the time she was finished, she had about 50 portraits that she displayed at The Hardware Store Restaurant and Gallery on the island. (Side note: if you’re ever on Vashon and you get a chance, eat there!)

Since that time, she’s made it a yearly habit to do a portrait series each spring.

“I’ve been able to meet and paint incredible people in multiple small communities all over the world,” she said. “I’ve had the privilege of presenting these lovely souls to others.“

The places she’s chosen include small communities in Jamaica, Africa, India and New Zealand. This year she set her sights on Edmonds. We have the small town vibe that Ingalls appreciates.

You might remember seeing an invitation to go sit for a portrait at Cole Gallery mentioned in Artfully Edmonds a couple of months ago. Members of the public were invited to be the subject of a two-minute video, from which Ingalls would choose a reference image to create a portrait. Eighty local residents responded to the offer, and Ingalls selected 46 of those. This third Thursday during Art Walk, Cole Gallery, 107 5th Ave. S., will hold a reception to debut the work in a new show they’re calling Facing Edmonds. You’ll recognize many of the faces you see in your travels around Edmonds including Edmonds notables Rick Steves and Mayor Dave Earling, as well as some of us regular folks. It’s an impressive array that spans very young children to those in our elder community.

Cole describes how Ingalls first came to her attention. “I first encountered Pam Ingalls’ work at the Bellevue Art Festival. I fell in love with the buttery, painterly brushstrokes in her paintings. I immediately signed up for a workshop she was teaching. When I opened my gallery in 2006, I’ve vowed that one day Cole Gallery would be at a level where we could exhibit her work. She’s really one of the most acclaimed artists we show.”

The portraits taken as a whole are a true reflection of our community. In that sense, the show itself is a gift that Ingalls and gallery owner Denise Cole have bestowed upon us. It’s a collection of individuals, each beautiful in their own way, gazing back at us collectively. The show makes a statement. As much as any physical landmark, perhaps more than any building or edifice, it says “This is Edmonds.”

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Phoenix Theatre’s “Bowling” runs through Feb. 25

Phoenix Theatre’s “Bowling” runs through Feb. 25

Now – Sunday, Feb. 25
8 p.m.

The Phoenix Theatre
More Fun Than Bowling

By the hilarious Steven Dietz – writer of last year’s hit Becky’s New Car

Directed by Eric Lewis

2673 Firdale Ave
(Firdale Shopping Center)
Edmonds

Need a good laugh? The latest Phoenix production (opening on Groundhog Day) has got you covered.

See my review here.

Jake was once a promising pianist, but a foul ball broke his fingers, which subsequently healed into the perfect bowling grip. Jake now owns a bowling alley, but spends much of his time sitting on a hilltop where two of his ex-wives are buried. (Both women died due to tragic bowling accidents.) As Jake replays the key frames of his life, he is frequently visited by his daughter Molly, who has become adept at talking women into marrying her father for love and free lane time. But who is that mysterious stranger dressed in black and holding a gun lurking in the shadows? This play runs through Sunday, Feb. 25.

Tickets here. 

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Now – Sunday, Feb. 25
Thursdays – Saturdays 8 p.m.
Sundays – 2 p.m.

Driftwood Players Present:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Directed By Elizabeth Herbert

Wade James Theater
950 Main St.
Edmonds

Scout, a young girl in a quiet Southern town, is about to experience dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. This play illustrates the social issues of her time. Scout’s father, a lawyer, is defending a young African American wrongfully accused of a grave crime. This dramatization of the touching classic tale is a meaningful work of art relevant to our society today.

My review is here.

Ticket and more information.

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Ethereal Windows by Tracy Felix.

Thursday, Feb. 15
5 – 8 p.m.

Artists Reception
“Portals” – Tracy Felix

Art Festival Foundation Gallery
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Edmonds

Portals is an apt descriptor of Felix’s large, vivid, geometric focused color field paintings. Works that seek to draw the viewer into the spaces inhabited by her ethereal, atmospheric effects.

Learn more here.

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By Sue Robertson

Thursday, Feb. 15
5-8 p.m.

ARTspot
408 Main St.

Drop in and visit Sue Robertson during Art Walk this Thursday Robertson is a highly accomplished acrylic painter who creates figurative, abstract and still life in a loose, colorful style. She’ll be making art and sharing some of her top-secret texture-making tricks.

Learn more at artspotedmonds.com/art-demos

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Cantus

Cantus choral ensemble

Thursday, Feb 15
7:30 p.m.

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

ECA Presents:
Cantus – Discovery of Sight

This “engaging“ (New Yorker) men’s choral ensemble is one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles. Known for its trademark warmth and blend, Cantus performs without a conductor in the matter of a chamber orchestra — with each singer contributing to totality of the experience.

Light is an integral part of life, from controlling our daily habits and cycles, to providing nourishment, warmth, and protection. But what happens when light is taken away, or even restored? We all have experienced our own personal “sunrises” or “twilight hours”. There are even moments in our lives when we recognize the impact of vision in new ways.

Including seasoned masterpieces like Richard Strauss’ Traumlicht and Franz Schubert’s Die Nacht, Discovery of Sight also breaks new ground with Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque and a brand new commission from Gabriel Kahane.  But at its heart, Discovery of Sight revels in the mystery, science, and poetry of what it means to truly “see.”

More information at this link.

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By Aramis Hamer

Friday, Feb 16
3-5 p.m.

Edmonds Community College – Visual Arts Department Presents

Artist reception – Aramis O. Hamer

Edmonds Community College Library Art Gallery – 3rd Floor

Aramis O. Hamer uses acrylic paints, glass, and mirrors to present a path that encourages the viewer to find answers to the age-old question within oneself, such as: Who am I? Why are we here?

Through research of ancient, esoteric spirituality and traditional religions, Hamer displays her works inspired by concepts found in her meditations and dreams.

The artist will be in attendance, with food from college catering and music provided by a student ensemble.

For information: www.edcc.edu/gallery/

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Kermet Apio

Kermet Apio

Friday, Feb. 16
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb 17
6 p.m. VIP Reception
7:30 p.m. Comedy Show

Edmonds Comedy Night 2018

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Enjoy an evening of gut busting laughter. This will be Edmonds 11th annual comedy night with two evenings of hilarious stand-up comedy. As if that were not enough – proceeds benefit local kids. Seattle’s own Kermet Apio headlines.

Comedy show only – $25
Comedy show with VIP reception- $55 (Saturday only)

For tickets, click here.

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Saturday, Feb. 17
Noon

Edmonds Bookshop Author Event:

Authors Kim Purcell & Jennifer Bardsley

Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave S

This Is Not A Love Letter by award-winning author Kim Purcell, is both an intimate and immediate love story examining race, loss, and mental health in small town America. Impacted by the tragic loss of a close friend who took his own life in high school, Kim Purcell has written a nuanced, thought-provoking and brutally honest young adult novel.

The Blank Slate series, by local author Jennifer Bardsley (Genesis Girl and Damaged Goods) features Blanca, a young woman whose sheltered upbringing has protected her from the technology of the future, but that changes when she is forced into a world where her mind is used as a coercive tool.  That all changes when she awakens to her own power.

For more information: www.edmondsbookshop.com/

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Music at the Museum performers: Left to right, top to bottom – Christopher Liu, Pamela Liu, Charmian Bartlett, Dieneke Kalsbeek

Saturday, Feb 17
6 p.m.

Music at the Museum

Brahms, Vivaldi, Grieg & more

Music by Brahms, Vivaldi, Grieg, J.C. Bach, Schubert, Telemann, Satie and Paganini will be featured.

Violinist Pamela Liu (concertmaster of the Cascade Symphony) has assembled an international ensemble including Australian-born cellist Charmian Bartlett, and Dutch-born recorder virtuoso Dieneke Kalsbeek, both now living in Seattle, and classical guitarist Christopher Liu.

A concert ticket admits you to the museum, so you can arrive a bit early to view the latest exhibit, enjoy a 1-hour concert of fine music in an intimate setting surrounded by art, and be done early enough to dine out after.

Learn more at www.cascadiaartmuseum.org

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Saturday, Feb 17
Saturday, March 10

9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Edmonds

Olympic Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive – Auditions

Auditions will be held for persons interested in enrolling in Olympic Ballet Theatre’s 2 and 4 week summer intensive instruction.

For further information and specific age group times, visit www.Olympicballet.com

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Saturday, Feb 17
Noon

City of Edmonds Diversity Film Series Resents:

Off and Running

Edmonds Theatre
415 Main St.

A teenage African-American girl with white Jewish lesbian parents seeks her birth mother while facing an identity crisis. Free admission.

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SRJO pays tribute to Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

SRJO pays tribute to Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond.

Monday, Feb 18
7:30 p.m.

Seattle Jazz Repertory Orchestra Presents:
Brubeck and Desmond – Inseparable

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Composer-pianist Dave Brubeck and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond—the inseparable pair took the jazz world by storm with a special blend of sophisticated swing and a cool attitude. Their style was characterized by a rare blend of inventive writing, virtuosic playing, and use of such modern techniques as odd meters, stark jazz harmonies, and Desmond’s own “dry martini” sound. When they put it all together, their music appealed to the new “intellectual listener” of 1950s jazz in a way never before seen.

“Take Five” has been the single top selling jazz hit of all time, and is just one of the many Brubeck/Desmond chart-toppers you will hear in this concert, including “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” “The Duke” and “In Your Own Sweet Way.” This show will include special works composed by Desmond himself never before heard on the SRJO stage.

Tickets here.

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Claire Cundiff
Lady of Wild Creatures
16 x 16 – Encaustone

Wednesday, Feb 21
6 – 8 p.m.

Artists Reception “Northwest Vision”

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. S.W.
Lynnwood

Meet the artists at this free event and enjoy complimentary appetizers and a no-host bar.

Artists featured:

Bonnie Bucknam
Claire Cundiff
Alfred Currier
Trish Harding
Jeanne Keckler
Niki Keenan
Jason Otto

Learn more at: www.lynnwoodcc.com/

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Michael Feinstein

Saturday, Feb. 24
7:30 p.m.

Edmonds Center for the Arts Presents: Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. His work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.

Tickets and more information at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/events/eca-presents-michael-feinstein.

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Now through Monday, April 9

Call For Writers
EPIC Group Writers

EPIC Group Writers is currently accepting entries for their 6th annual writing contest. Entries may be submitted on any theme in poetry and prose. Submissions will be judged in two categories – Adult, and Youth (ages 13 through 18)

For information: www.epicgroupwriters.com

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— By James Spangler

When not actively scheming about ways to promote the arts in Edmonds, James Spangler can be found (highly caffeinated) behind the counter of his bookstore on 4th Avenue.

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