Artfully Edmonds: Third Thursday Art Walk and Driftwood show preview

Our first mayor, George Brackett, as portrayed by John Hartquist. (Photo by Deanna Smit)

By Janette Turner

For some folks, the annual Edmonds Arts Festival is the only time to connect with the local cultural scene. But – surprise! – Edmonds continues the art vibe year-round. Here is a preview of selected highlights for this week’s Third Thursday Art Walk and Friday’s opening of the anticipated Driftwood Players show, “No Sex Please, We’re British.”

Waterfront Coffee Company: History revived
The first mayor of Edmonds will come to life for Third Thursday Art Walk as Driftwood Player John Hartquist takes the form of George Brackett. Folks are invited to engage in this embodiment of history, and learn how Brackett needed 300 residents to incorporate Edmonds, so he registered two of his livestock. Meet Hartquist in character from 5-8 p.m. at the Waterfront Coffee Company.

Other Third Thursday performances
-The Jazz Pearls at ArtsNow Conference Center
-Ron Dalton at Wells Fargo Advisors
-David Little piano at Edward Jones
-Solar jazz at Fabric of Life
-Those Guys at Manya Vee Selects

Autumn’s Framing: New owner, same high-quality

Aumakua, by Autumn Kegley

Michael Christopher, the owner of Loft Custom Framing in Seattle, is taking over Autumn’s Framing, and plans to provide the same high-quality service folks expect from the shop and gallery. The transfer will allow artist Kegley more time to create her award-winning pieces. Stop in and say, “Hi,” during the Art Walk.

Edmonds Conference Center: Jacob Smithers Photography

“Phinney Fence” by Jacob Smithers.

The Edmonds Conference Center hosts  an artist reception for Jacob Smithers and his photography exhibit,  “Environmental Still Life,” Third Thursday, 5-8 p.m.  Smithers is known for his use of found and aged objects as frames to complement his work and reflect a timeless quality.

Gallery North: Treasures from Edmonds and Japan

Plein air painters at work.

Gallery North’s Plein Air painters have been spotted at the Edmonds waterfront creating artworks for display through August. In addition, the show, “Treasures from Japan,” is featured at the gallery.

Garden Gear: Silks by Dorothy Lin Skea

Jacket designed by Dorothy Lin Skea

Garden Gear’s Third Thursday event showcases hand-dyed silk fabric by wardrobe designer, Dorothy Lin Skea. Her creations are designed to fit and flatter in artistic fashion.

Friday theater opening:  “No Sex Please, We’re British”

Terence Boyd, Megan Castillo, Boyd Morrison, Mary Kay Voss and Steve Ruggles (Photo by Michael Bury Photography)

“No, no I couldn’t. You can’t possibly look at this….or this…And as for this – I’d rather not look at it myself!”  -Brian in “No Sex Please…”

The bawdy comedy, “No Sex Please, We’re British,” opens Friday in the Wade James Theatre with the Driftwood Players. In the farce, a new bride orders Swedish glassware, but instead receives an entirely different Scandinavian specialty, resulting in hijinks and hilarity.

Director Alyson Soma told us recently about her favorite part of the play: “Every time we work or re-work a scene, I see something new and think that’s my favorite part. One of the beautiful things about farce is that there is always something hysterical happening!”

The show runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through July 8. Tickets at 425-774-9600. ASL Interpreted performance – Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m.

Friends of the Edmonds Library: Annual luncheon
Friends of the Edmonds Library host their annual luncheon, June 28, in the Library Plaza Room, admission $10. Epulo restaurateur Tim Morris will speak about food and cooking with Rachel Ray.

Congratulations to Cascade Symphony Youth Soloists
The following students won the recent CSYO Concerto Competition and will be playing solos with a CYSO orchestra: Rachel Cho, Clarinet with the Cascade Youth Symphony, Benaroya Hall Concert; Mariah Conley, Flute with the Cascade Youth Symphony, Winter Concert; Laura Sorensen, Violin with the Cascade Junior Symphony, Fall Concert, and Jeff Newell, Horn with the Cascade Junior Symphony, Winter Concert. Congratulations to all participants, and we look forward to your concerts.

PCC: Cooks!
Two hands-on classes will be held in the PCC kitchen: Greek Cuisine on Saturday, June 23 from 3-5:30 p.m., and My Tween and Me: Primavera for kids on Sunday, June 24 from 1-3:30 p.m. More info at

Advance notice: Summer classes
ARTspot summer classes include:
– Play with Clay I with instructor Barbara Wyatt, July 21 for ages 7–12 (Clay II on July 28);
– Mini Camp…Making Imaginative Fine Art Books! with instructor Laurie Hansen, July 24-26, ages 6-12;
– Sky, Land and Sea—a look at our own backyard! with instructor  Mona Fairbanks, July 30-Aug. 3, ages 10-15.

ArtsNow summer classes include:
– Picture Book Illustration starts July 7.
– Adobe Photoshop Photo Enhancements, starts July 7.
– Ceramics, starts July 9.
– Drawing, starts July 9.

Advance notice: Write on the Sound
Mark your calendars for Oct. 5-7 for this year’s Write on the Sound (WOTS), which features keynote speaker Carla Neggers, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of over 60 mystery and romantic suspense novels. Artist and author Marcia Shaver will give a free presentation on October 7 about her recent book, “The Artist’s Journey: The Perfumed Pilgrim Tackles the Camino deSantiago,” which combines her loves of travel and drawing. Brochure and registration information will be available in late July at; tickets at 425-771-0228 or 771-0230.

Arts reporter Janette Turner is your guide to local culture. In addition to covering visual, performing and literary events for My Edmonds News, Janette is managing director of EPIC Literary Series and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee.   (Photo by Jennifer McKinney)

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