Artfully Edmonds: ArtWalk and Edmonds’ own Louvre

Café Louvre owners, Haifa and Nabil Alhussieni, in front of “Language of the Clouds,” by Hiba Jameel.
Café Louvre owners, Haifa and Nabil Alhussieni, in front of “Language of the Clouds,” by Hiba Jameel.

By Janette Turner

You can’t get a name more artsy than “Louvre,” so we know the owners of the newly-opened Café Louvre are destined to be ArtWalk players. Since this is the first ArtWalk for café owners Haifa and Nabil Alhussieni, the folks of Edmonds will want to stop by and welcome the couple to the Third Thursday scene. In return, the Alhussienis will offer you Café Umbria coffee and pastry bites.

ArtWalk runs Thursday from 5-8 p.m. around town, and below is a taste of the event. For a complete listing, visit here.

ARTspot lets you try your hand at encaustics

Photo of Tracy Felix Fraker courtesy ARTspot website.
Photo of Tracy Felix Fraker courtesy ARTspot website.

If you’ve seen an encaustic artwork, you know it is covered in melted beeswax, an ancient preservative. While the technique sounds old-fashioned, the art form is making a comeback and now is your chance to try the process during ArtWalk at ARTspot with Tracy Felix Fraker. You will probably find you can achieve exellent results in short order, which means you will have found a medium that sticks.

Gallery North’s show, “Lumination – A Celebration of Light”

Metal work by Scott Szloch at Gallery North.
Metal work by Scott Szloch at Gallery North.

Inviting folks to “light up and warm up,” Gallery North opens its doors during ArtWalk with the show, “Lumination.” Enjoy refreshments and a chance to chat with the artists, including blacksmith Scott Szloch. And if you are an artist, you are invited to enter Gallery North’s Annual Miniatures and Small Paintings show here.

Christopher Framing & Gallery hosts Judith Perry

Judith Perry's work at Christopher Framing & Gallery.
Judith Perry’s work at Christopher Framing & Gallery.

“I love to paint the peacefulness in a landscape,” said Judith Perry in her artist’s statement for her work on display at Christopher Framing and Gallery. Perry, an Edmonds resident, is the featured artist at the gallery.

Cole Gallery’s Anniversary Show continues

"Sunset Waves,” by Sandy Byers at Cole Gallery.
“Sunset Waves,” by Sandy Byers at Cole Gallery.

At Cole Gallery, enjoy refreshments and a collection of artwork from the gallery’s anniversary show. For more images, see the website.

Edmonds Bookshop invites you to play

Edmonds BookshopInspired by the book, “Made to Play: Homemade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations,” by Joel Hnriques, the Edmonds Bookshop is encouraging guests to be the artist of the month. Visitors are invited to use the bookshop’s “crafty supplies” and play artistic.

Embellished hands you the brush

Embellished boatSail off with your own painting at Embellished on Thursday, starting with check-in at 6:30 p.m. More details on this class-with-wine can be found on the website.

Saturday: Improv at EdCC

ImprovGet your weekly dose of laughs at EdCC with a fast-paced improv show performed by high schoolers on Saturday. The Unexpected Productions North event starts at 8:05 p.m. in the EdCC Black Box Theatre.

Saturday: Otherworlds bursts outside

Image courtesy Otherworlds website.

Otherworlds holds a “Lovecraftian Interactive Mystery: The Family Secret,” at 2, 5, and 8 p.m. on Saturday. According to the website, you are invited to “join a group of investigators on a journey with actors, props, and audience participation beginning at Otherworlds, that will take you around the town of Edmonds. You should dress nicely and with Washington weather in mind. This event combines the intrigue of a murder mystery game, with the immersion of a live-action role-playing game, written and directed by Ron F. Leota, experienced writer for Attention Span Games and Lovecraft enthusiast. Remember, the veil between worlds is very thin and there are things stalking the streets.” More information here.

Saturday: Kidstock brings family play to ECA

Kidstock image courtesy ECA website.
Kidstock image courtesy ECA website.

Kids and their parents are invited to Edmonds Center for the Arts on Saturday to play at Kidstock. Every 45 minutes, a juggling act or hula hoop event will take place, so be prepared to join in and reserve your spot early for this free event at the ECA website or by calling (425) 275-4485.

Monday: Cascade Symphony’s show is sold out

Cello soloist Page Smith; image from Cascade Symphony Orchestra.
Cello soloist Page Smith; image from Cascade Symphony Orchestra.

We recently received this note from Cascade Symphony Orchestra: “Exciting News! Monday night’s concert, ‘Northern Lights,’ is officially ‘sold out’! If you still need a ticket call the ECA ticket office as some tickets get turned in at the last minute. We would love to see a full house for our amazing cello soloist Page Smith. Hear her cello’s lush deep tones projected into every corner of the ECA hall in Saint-Saens Cello Concert in A Minor.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a lecture by KUOW’s Dave Beck. For more information, see the Cascade Symphony website at  www.cascadesymphony.org.

Art donations: Pathways for Women

Creative donations needed at Pathways for Women.
Creative donations needed at Pathways for Women.

We received a request for donations of any arts and craft materials for use in creative projects at Pathways for Women. Email us at arts@myedmonds.news.com with your donation information and we will forward it along. “The purpose of the project,” according to the request, “is to help give some kind of creative outlet.” That’s something we all need.

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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