Artfully Edmonds: Don’t just enjoy art in Edmonds – get involved!

By Ellen Chappelle

Edmonds happily boasts a thriving artist community. The streets are teeming with adorable little art galleries full of locally created treasures, each more lovely than the last. We’ve got musicians and actors, jewelers and sculptors, painters and photographers.

What about you? Need an outlet for those creative juices? If you’re feeling inspired after experiencing Edmonds’ artistic bounty, here are some ways to get out there and create your own art!

Get on the floor and DANCE IT out!
Edmonds-Woodway High School and DANCE IT are hosting a Big Band Swing Dance in the school’s gymnasium on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

The highly anticipated event is open to the public and will feature live performances from EWHS Jazz Ensembles 1 & 2, featuring Jake Bergevin, head of the EWHS Music Department and lead singer of the Javatown Swing Orchestra. Special guest jazz bands from College Place Middle School, Madrona School and Maplewood High School will also play.

Admission is $10 and includes one complimentary dessert and a FREE brush-up dance lesson at 6:30 p.m. featuring Kevin Buster from DANCE IT. Proceeds will benefit the EWHS jazz program. Please use the south entrance to the school.

Grab your moment in the spotlight with Driftwood Players

Audition for the 2nd Annual Festival of Shorts and you might end up tripping the light fantastic this summer. Four seasoned playwrights display their most innovative, hilarious or profound 15 minutes of stage time for this evening of performances to be staged in July.

Auditions will be held for the casts of all four pieces on Sunday, May 22 at Driftwood’s administration offices in the Bank of America building at 306 Main Street in Edmonds. Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and bring a resume and headshot (or a recent photo). Parts are available for men and women of all ages. Sign up for an audition time at the Driftwood Players link above.

Take classes at ArtsNow
ArtsNow, a program of Edmonds Community College, exists to “nurture the arts from creation to commerce.” The program offers introductory to advanced classes in visual, performing and literary arts, including workshops on the business of being an artist. The wide range of classes helps enhance new passions and encourage new ones.

If you’ve always wanted to learn to draw, paint, write, knit, sew, photograph, belly dance or more, check out ArtsNow’s complete class list.

Enter the Essentially Edmonds Photo Contest
Amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to participate in the “Essentially Edmonds” photo contest co-sponsored by Edmonds Arts Commission and Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

Share your images of what you believe captures the essence of Edmonds – the places and people that make our community special. Entries will be exhibited at a public reception at ArtWorks on Oct. 20 during the Third Thursday Art Walk. Both winning and honorable mention photographs will be featured on the new City of Edmonds website. EAFF will award a $200 First Place Purchase Award, $100 for Second Place, and two $50 Honorable Mention awards.

Paint like the masters at Cole Gallery
If you’ve been in Edmonds for any length of time, you’ve probably enjoyed the beautiful art at Cole Gallery. But did you know that they also offer classes in painting, drawing and sketching? They do! See the full list of classes to find out what you might find enjoyable.

Gather with artists at ArtWorks
On the corner of 2nd Avenue South and Dayton Street in downtown Edmonds, you’ll find ArtWorks. The bright, high-ceilinged space hosts art shows and classes and is available to rent for any arts-related activity. A joint project of Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and Edmonds Arts Festival Association, ArtWorks opened in February 2004 with the mission to make the visual arts accessible to the local community and to provide a gathering place for artists.

Learn to create mosaics at Art House Mosaic
ArtHouse Mosaic Studio and Gal Pals Art Studio share a multi-purpose art space on 5th Avenue South in Edmonds. Multi-media artist Nancy Cubbage of ArtHouse hosts mosaic parties for kids and classes for adults in the 800 square foot studio.

The studio’s members create mosaics as well as working in other mediums such as cement casting, painting, drawing, quilling, screen printing, jewelry making, tin art and mobiles, and more. Members share large work tables and a kiln for clay tile making and other small clay projects. Mosaic tiles and stained glass are available at cost for those who pay the $40 monthly membership fee.

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