Artfully Edmonds: Artists unveil paintings and performances this weekend in Edmonds

By Ellen Chappelle

Although the calendar tells us spring has already arrived, it’s been hard to tell by our recent weather! Fortunately, it looks like we may finally enjoy some spring (or maybe even summer!) weather this weekend, so be sure to get out and about and see what’s going on in the Edmonds arts community!

“Oil and Water Do Mix” at Gallery North
Gallery North kicks off the month of June by debunking a popular phrase with their show titled “Oil and Water Do Mix,” featuring the art of oil painter Austin Dwyer and watercolor artist Joan Pinney.

Dwyer and Pinney met at an artists’ reception, became friends and later painted together. Realizing that their artistic visions complemented and inspired each other, they have come together to create an intense symphony of color and emotion that will have gallery visitors coming back for more.

Dwyer, who was born and raised in Ireland, made his home in the United States after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Following art school, he pursued a career in advertising. A life member and past president of the Puget Sound Group of NW Painters, he is also a signature member and board member of the American Society of Marine Artists.

Pinney specializes in watercolors of Northwest and maritime scenes, including lighthouses, sailboats and seascapes. She is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a founding member of the Sky Valley Artists Guild and the Arts of Snohomish Gallery.

Meet the artists at an Artists’ Reception on Saturday, June 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be available to discuss their work. Dwyer and Pinney will also attend the Edmonds Third Thursday Art Walk on June 16 from 5 to 8 pm. The show runs through June.

“The Smell of the Kill” at Phoenix Theatre
The Phoenix Theatre offers theatregoers a single performance of “The Smell of the Kill” by Michele Lowe.

Combine three unhappy women, three oblivious husbands, a dozen golf balls and a faulty walk-in freezer. What do you get? Why, the perfect recipe for a deliciously compelling dark comedy, of course! A dull dinner party takes a sinister turn when the wives debate the pros and cons of widowhood. Given the chance to make their husbands vanish without fear of consequence, will they?

The single show will be performed at the theatre at 9667 Firdale Avenue on Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm. Call 206-546-1407 for reservations.

The "Born Yesterday" cast: Hayden Hiebert, Cassie Towsend and Justin Tinsley (Photo by Michael Bury)

“Born Yesterday” at Driftwood Players
Driftwood Players is proud to present “Born Yesterday” for a short run at Edmonds’ Wade James Theatre.

Corrupt millionaire Harry Brock makes a big mistake when he brings his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn to Washington, D.C. When her ignorance begins to interfere with his business dealings, Brock hires a journalist to educate her. The seemingly wise plan backfires as Billie Dawn, upon learning of Brock’s plans, decides to take matters into her own hands. Politics will never be the same!

The play was written and directed in its 1946 debut by Garson Kanin, then adapted into a successful film in 1950. The film was remade in 1993 with the same name. Actress and comedian Judy Holliday originated the role of Billie Dawn on Broadway, as well as in the first film adaptation by Columbia Pictures. The 1993 remake starred Melanie Griffith as Billie Dawn and updated the plot.

Performances are June 10-26. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows start at 2 p.m.

With a background in theatre and journalism, Ellen Chappelle is perfectly poised to covers the local arts scene for My Edmonds News. She also keeps busy writing and editing for artists and small businesses, publishing an informational site for dog owners and creating handcrafted jewelry. Please keep her posted about all things artistic in Edmonds by emailing her at

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