Artfully Edmonds: The Art Walk holiday dash and more

Bluefish Designs shop is decked for the Christmas Art Walk; pink house $52.
Bluefish Designs is decked for the Christmas Art Walk.

By Janette Turner

Are you naughty or nice? In olden days, “naughty” meant having nothing, and if that’s your state, then it’s time to get shopping. Yes, we’re recommending consumption in all forms this week, from Art Walk splurging to sharing some holiday nog ‘round the yuletide blog. Read on for recommended highlights of Art Walk, which runs from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, along with other festive events this week.

Thursday: Edmonds Masonic Lodge hosts BAZAAR

Santa will find gifts at the Masonic Temple BAZAAR.
Santa will find gifts at the Masonic Temple BAZAAR.

The flyer for the Masonic Lodge BAZAAR advises following the luminaries at 5th and Dayton to find these artists from 5-8 p.m. Thursday: Crystal Davis, Karen Ulvestad, Kristol Jones, Dan Cautrell and Elizabeth Kemp. More info on their stocking stuffers and free treats at 206 396 4239.

Thursday: Singles Meet-n-Walk at Milltown Lounge

In whatMeet n Walk is becoming a regular event, singles can join Kelsey Foster of Intuitive Matchmaking at Milltown Lounge to mingle and do the Art Walk with new friends. According to Foster:  “Meet at Milltown Lounge from 5-6 p.m. There you can pick up a map of this month’s exhibits and head out in small groups to enjoy the art. Downtown Edmonds is especially beautiful right now with festive holiday lights and decorations; it’s a great chance to enjoy art and our charming city! To RSVP, visit the event page on Facebook or just show up!”

Thursday: Interiors of Edmonds hosts Jenni Wilson

Jenni WilsonArtist Jenni Wilson brings her Christmas banners to Interiors of Edmonds during Art Walk. Meet the artist at the store from 5-8 p.m., Thursday.

Thursday: Mike O’Day at ARTspot

Joyful creations by Mike O'Day at ARTspot.
Mike O’Day’s creations at ARTspot.

If you need a gift guaranteed to make someone jolly, head to ARTspot for Mike O’Day’s clay characters. O’Day will be on hand during Art Walk to chat about the crafting process.

Thursday: Christopher Framing features Andrea Gabriel

“White Wood,” by Andrea Gabriel at Christopher Framing.
“White Wood,” by Andrea Gabriel at Christopher Framing.

Paintings by Northwest artist Andrea Gabriel will be on display during Art Walk at a reception hosted by Christopher Framing & Gallery. In her artist’s statement, Gabriel said: “My works on canvas are an exploration into our burdened relationships with freedom, transience, and the natural world.”

Thursday: Cole Gallery decorates your walls and body

“Blue by Blue” painting by Dianna Shyne, left, and bracelets by Robin Westbrook at Cole Gallery.
“Blue by Blue” painting by Dianna Shyne, left, and bracelets by Robin Westbrook at Cole Gallery.

Cole Gallery features Dianna Shyne’s ‘Song Bird’ show this month, along with the kind of gifts that pay loving dividends throughout the year. Enjoy refreshments while you check out Cole Gallery’s bounty during Art Walk.

Thursday: EdCC ArtsNow displays quilts

“Blue Shift,” by Carol Graves of Quilters Anonymous.
“Blue Shift,” by Carol Graves of Quilters Anonymous.

View the Quilters Anonymous exhibit ‘Tis the Season’ at Edmonds Community College Conference Center during Art Walk, and enjoy refreshments and live music by the Jazz Pearls. Quilters Anonymous provided this mission statement: “To share our passion and craft, to display and demonstrate techniques of quilting and inspire and expand your ideas for your own works.” The group meets monthly in Edmonds and the display is courtesy of EdCC ArtsNow.

Thursday: Guy’s Night at C’est La Vie

C'est La VieWhy should you go to C’est La Vie’s Guy’s Night? According to the store’s press release, “You are a guy and you probably haven’t even started shopping yet. We provide you with wine and beer and food to eat. Then our helpful and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the store to help you find that perfect gift! Heck, you don’t even have to talk, you can just point! Once you have picked out all the gifts you need to buy, we ring it up and you go back for seconds while everything is wrapped for you.” Then what? “Nothing, you are done.” To get a taste of their selection, see the website.

Thursday Wine Walk: Arista brings out bargains

Dave Arista extends holiday values.

Thou art invited to do the Wine Walk at Arista Wine Cellars, featuring super value bottles from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday. You can find more information on Arista’s selection, case prices, and upcoming tour of Argentina on their website.

Thursday: Hit happy hour at Epulo

Photo courtesy Epulo.

If you finish your shopping Thursday evening, reward yourself with Epulo’s  happy hour. We recommend the fire-roasted cauliflower at $6 , braised short rib slider for $5, and a cheery glass of $4 red. Happy hour runs from 4-6 p.m. or after 9 p.m., so plan ahead. You may even want to make a reservation to beat the crush.

Final weekend: The Driftwood Players perform ‘The Music Man’

Jaden Batara and Ian O’Malley in Driftwood Players’ ‘Music Man’; photo by Bob Sears.
Jaden Batara and Ian O’Malley in Driftwood Players’ ‘Music Man’; photo by Bob Sears.

Get your tickets before trouble leaves town! The Driftwood Players perform the American classic, ‘The Music Man,’ for one last weekend – Thursday through Sunday – at Wade James Theatre. To check ticket availability and show times, see Driftwood Players.

Final weekend: Phoenix Theatre presents “Dashing Through the Snow”

Phoenix Theatre hosts final weekend of holiday play.

Another show wraps up this weekend: “Dashing Through the Snow” takes a final bow on stage Sunday at Phoenix Theatre, but you have several nights until then to catch a performance. Here’s a snippet: Snowflake Inn is the holiday home for an elf, a touring company of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and the hilarious Futrelle sisters. Tickets for the final shows are here.

Saturday: EdCC Black Box hosts improv competition

Imrpov comedy at EdCC Black Box.
Imrpov comedy at EdCC Black Box.

Sixteen improv troupes battle over the course of December in Unexpected Productions’ “Womb Escape” competition, and now the final four teams face-off in the ultimate showdown on Saturday. The event starts promptly at 8:05 p.m. and tickets are $10. One piece of advice: Don’t bust a gut laughing because you need to be ready for your Christmas feast.

Arts reporter Janette Turner.
Arts reporter Janette Turner.

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 President of EPIC Writers Group, a writing teacher, and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney).

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