Artfully Edmonds: From books and beer, to plays and performances, we have you covered

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Publisher’s note: This is an abbreviated, events-focused version of the Artfully Edmonds column. The regular column by James Spangler has been temporarily delayed this week.

It’s time for the 2nd annual Friends of the Edmonds Library fundraiser at Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew this Sunday, March 25 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). There’s a potluck lunch followed by a raffle at 2 p.m featuring Mariners and Sounders tickets, event tickets from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and other local gifts. If you’re interested in brewing beer (or bottling root beer), Gallaghers’ is donating $50 from every batch to the Friends of the Edmonds Library. Gallaghers’ also is family and dog friendly and offers wine kits as well. The Edmonds Friends also note that as a 501(c)3, they accept tax-deductible donations of any amount. You can learn more about the Friends and their work here: http://edmondslibraryfriends.org/

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Edward Albee

Now – Sunday, March 25
8 p.m.
(Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.)

The Driftwood Players
Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities

Everything In The Garden – (Edward Albee adaptation)

Directed by Joe Goins

This is a Giles Cooper play adapted by Edward Albee, the celebrated playwright who brought us Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Zoo Story. Albee has made a few plot alterations and “Americanized” this tale of keeping up with the Joneses.

The only thing standing in the way of Richard and Jenny’s happiness is a lack of money. The action starts with an entertaining comedy of manners. When Jenny begins earning money through a new job, Richard is not at all sure he likes his wife’s new profession. This biting, dark comedy about greed will leave patrons with much to consider.

Read James Spanger’s review here. Information and tickets here.

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Two new temporary “On the Fence” public art installations appear in downtown Edmonds

Frances Anderson Playfield Fence – Main Street
Connected Hearts/Be Kind

Susan Lally-Chiu

White Swanson Taffeta Flagging Tape and the chain link fence are the fabric structure for this cross-stitch design. The theme of the installation is community. “There is a lot of noise in the media these days trying to divide us,” says Lally-Chiu of her work, “in response we need to send a strong message of what ties us together.” A commercial designer and artist working primarily in watercolor and linocut, Lally-Chiu has shown her artwork in a number of group and solo shows.

2nd and Dayton – ArtWorks parking lot
Rhizome Cuff

From left, artists Mona T Smiley Fairbanks and Lisa Wickstrom.

Rhizome Cuff is the fourth collaborative On the Fence installation for Mona T. Smiley Fairbanks and Lisa Wickstrom. The artwork is intended to inspire a conversation about nature, community connections, recycled materials and the endless delights of art. Mixing reclaimed aluminum flashing and colored vinyl, the artists created a three-dimensional, organically flowing rhizome form—a continuously growing horizontal underground stem that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at various intervals. Fairbanks and Wickstrom’s inspiration for the piece was the vinyl, noticing the how the vinyl material looked rolled up and standing on-end.

The Edmonds Arts Commission seeks artists to create temporary artworks for the on the fence program. For application information visit www.edmondsartscommission.org or call 425-771-0228.

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Saturday, March 24
10 a.m.

Artist Trust Presents: A Free Workshop
Artists Statements and Resumes

Edmonds Plaza Room
650 Main St.
(Above Library)

Artists of all disciplines, and at any stage in their career, will learn the basics of writing successful artist statements and resumes. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have the start of a resume and statement to use on their website, portfolio, or for grant, residency, or fellowship applications.

About the instructor:

Katy Hannigan is a Program Manager at Artist Trust. She’s worked for Shunpike, where she managed the Arts Business Clinic program, and prior to moving to Seattle, Katy worked for a nonprofit that advocated for the arts and cultural communities in Massachusetts. She has an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a BA from College of Holy Cross. ~ ~ ~ ~

Ethereal Windows by Tracy Felix.

Now through March 27

Ethereal Windows by 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: www.edmondsartsfestival.com/foundation/arts-festival-gallery/

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The Quebe Sisters

Thursday, March 29
7:30 p.m.

The Quebe Sisters

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

The Quebe Sisters blend Western Swing, Swing Jazz and Texas Fiddle Music with multi-part close singing harmonies that transfix the audience. The trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, at the same time respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.

Tickets: Call the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, go online at www.ec4arts.org or visit the ECA Box Office.

This performance will be CART captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons, with iPads available. To reserve an iPad, call Gillian Jones, Director of Programming at 425-275-9483. ECA’s Assistive Listening System is available at all performances.

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God of Carnage cast.

Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 29
8 p.m. (Sundays at 2 p.m.)

God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza
Directed by Rick Wright

Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
Edmonds (Firdale Village)

A Tony Award-winning comedy of grown-ups behaving badly. God of Carnage begins as two high-strung couples meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly escalates into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among savages.

Described as “ninety minutes of sustained mayhem” by The New Yorker, the New York Times hailed God of Carnage as a “four-way prize fight” and the Chicago Tribune praised Reza’s play, calling it a “savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy.” This must-see received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play.

Cast: Debra Rich Gettleman, Phillip Keiman, Amy Gentry, and Jaylyn Green
(Contains strong language)

Tickets: phoenixtheatreedmonds.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S2A00000VAkP0UAL

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