Artfully Edmonds: Art Walk and play openings this week

Cast glass by Sherri Gamble at Bill the Butcher.
Cast glass by Sherri Gamble at Bill the Butcher.

By Janette Turner

As everyone knows, good art puts you in a state of “aaah” or awe — but some artwork makes you go “a-ha!” That’s when you get the twist, like when you realize the bones on display at Bill the Butcher’s shop are really cast glass artworks. We have an interview with the artist below, but her work is just one highlight in the mix we call Third Thursday Art Walk, running 5-8 p.m. along the streets of downtown Edmonds. As always, we’re also keeping you up-to-date with the latest play openings and events, so prepare to be awed.

ArtWalk Preview

Christopher Framing & Gallery features Judith Perry

“Baby Island,” by Judith Perry is sold.
“Baby Island,” by Judith Perry is sold.

A few of artist Judith Perry’s paintings have already sold at Christopher Framing & Gallery, but you are welcome to meet the artist at a reception during Art Walk and view the remaining works. “I love to paint the peacefulness in a landscape,” said Perry. “There is a compelling need to observe the nature of things and transfer that concept with the fresh mark on canvas.”

Cole Gallery hosts artists Benedetti and Byers

Barbara Benedetti Newton’s work on view at Cole Gallery.
Barbara Benedetti Newton’s work on view at Cole Gallery.

Thursday’s Art Walk is opening night for Cole Gallery’s show featuring artist Sandy Byers, along with Barbara Benedetti, co-author of the “Colored Pencil Solution Book.” As always, gallerist Denise Cole has a lively party going at the shop, and you are invited.

Bill the Butcher: Sherri Gamble’s glass bones

Bill the Butcher glass bones
Serving suggestion.

Artist Sherri Gamble will be at Bill the Butcher to talk about her artwork on Thursday, and she provided this statement:

“I am honored to display my work for Bill the Butcher’s first Art Walk! I think Edmonds is such a destination for both natural beauty and unique local businesses. I am a local Seattle artist drawn to narrative. Growing up in the woods of the southeast evoked imagination beyond the immediate. Texture is the undercurrent of my work, as each form and surface creates a story of its own. Living in the Pacific Northwest since 1996 has added another layer of appreciation of nature. Exploring the dark forests and open fields with my three golden retrievers grounds and inspires me.

“When I am not casting glass, I apply artisan wall finishes using earth plaster materials for homes and businesses. Rendering these beautiful surfaces has inspired me to continue to create meaning and layering through my work.

“After plastering an entire house in the San Juans in 2009, I was very inspired to explore glass as a creative release.I decided to take a kiln-casting class at Pratt Fine Art Center. Taking the bones that my dogs had been chewing on and preserving that memory in glass inspired me to create the “Three Beasts” series, named after my three golden retrievers.

“With design in mind, I wanted (the glass) to function as culinary ware to pay homage to the first beast (the cow) that the bone came from. I am honored to show this series at Bill the Butcher since they have a deep respect for the wild as well. These are made from lead-free glass and serve a variety of functions. They make great drinking vessels or gourmet salt cellars!” For more information, visit the artist’s website.

Driftwood Players present Gordana Curgus

Gordana Curgus' art will be on display at Wade James Theatre.
Gordana Curgus’ art will be on display at Wade James Theatre.

During the run of “The Importance of Being Earnest” playing at the Wade James Theatre, the Driftwood Players present the artwork of Gordana Curgus. Born in Sarajevo, Curgus lost family and friends in the civil war, but somehow managed to escape as a refugee and land in Bellingham. After more than 20 years as an engineer, she decided to become a full-time artist. The public is invited to see her work before and after Driftwood performances; no ticket required.

Edmonds Bookshop hosts author Neil Low

Seattle Police Captain Neil Low with his book.
Seattle Police Captain Neil Low with his book.

Edmonds Bookshop welcomes author – and Seattle police captain — Neil Low during Art Walk. Meet Low in person from 5-8 p.m. to hear about his novel, “Deadly Attraction,” based on real-life crimes. More information on the author’s website.

Other galleries and shops

Make sure to check out the Art Walk Facebook page to see all the participating shops and galleries, including Manya Vee Selects and Gallery North.

Manya Vee Selects will showcase Ginny Huber and her felting technique.
Manya Vee Selects will showcase Ginny Huber and her felting technique.

Gallery North’s show, “Mosaics Love,” continues with Christy Rommel.
Gallery North’s show, “Mosaics Love,” continues with Christy Rommel.

Theatre and other events throughout the week

Thursday-Sunday: Driftwood Players’ “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Driftwood Earnest“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” — These lines from Oscar Wilde’s classic play, “The Importance of Being Ernest,” come to life at Wade James Theatre with the Driftwood Players. Considered the wittiest play in the English language, “Earnest” opens on Feb. 22 and tickets for the farce are available here.

Thursday-Sunday: Phoenix Theatre keeps ridin’

Phoenix Wild DustThis ain’t your grandma’s Dodge City (at least we hope not)! It’s Phoenix Theatre’s “Wild Dust,” where society ladies get rounded up into the local brothel during a dust storm. Phoenix specializes in comedies, so make sure your sides are up for the splitting – you know what we mean. For ticket availability, see the website.

Friday: ECA hosts Jazz and Boogie-Woogie with Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer performs at ECA on Friday.
Michael Kaeshammer performs at ECA on Friday.

Performer Michael Kaeshammer is bound to hit the notes that give you shivers on Friday night at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Kaeshammer answered a few questions, to get folks in the mood for his show.

My Edmonds News: How do you keep the party going at every show?

M.K.: Once I sit down at the piano I get hyper and am feeling so much joy that it’s infectious for the audience to see and feel. I don’t try and make a party happen, it just happens.

My Edmonds News: Please tell us how you created your performance style.

M.K.: I don’t think of myself as a jazz pianist, blues pianist or boogie woogie pianist. I just incorporate anything and everything that I like myself. Come out and enjoy some great music!

Ticket availability can be found here.

Sunday-Monday: Driftwood Player’s “The Long Christmas Dinner”

Cast of "The Long Christmas Dinner." Photo by Bob Sears.
Cast of “The Long Christmas Dinner.” Photo by Bob Sears.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thornton Wilder wrote “Our Town,” and also “The Long Christmas Dinner,” in which characters age and morph into other people across a span of 90 years, all set during yuletide dinners. The show, performed by the Driftwood Players, happens just two nights –Sunday and Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Wade James Theatre. For tickets, see the Driftwood website.

After the show runs here, the troupe will perform the play at Kaleidoscope, the Washington State Community Theatre Festival in Bremerton, Feb. 28-March 3. Director Keith Gehrig provided this note: “Winners of the competition, which includes theater submissions from Idaho, Oregon and Washington, will go on to regionals. In the last competition, held two years ago, Driftwood’s production of ‘Minnesota Moon’ (directed by Zanne Gerrard) went on to the Couer d’Alene regionals, and most every Driftwood production has won awards in costumes, sets, and acting.”

Gehrig would also like to invite the public to Driftwood Players volunteer orientation nights on second Mondays of the month, from 7-8 p.m., to learn about set building and ushering. Folks interested can contact Gehrig or just show up. But first, come to Christmas dinner.

Saturday: Cascade Symphony presents “Tubby, the Tuba” and more

David Brewer, Andrew Ma, Madelyn Kowalski, and narrator Dave Dolacky.
David Brewer, Andrew Ma, Madelyn Kowalski, and narrator Dave Dolacky.

An “instrument petting zoo” will be in the ECA lobby on Saturday as a lead into the Cascade Symphony’s Children’s Concert at 3 p.m. The show features 14-year-old cellist Madelyn Kowalski of Marrowstone Island, and 12-year-old pianist Andrew Ma of Woodway, as this season’s Rising Stars selected by audition. Kowalski is a regular winner of the annual Turtle Bluff Scholarship, and Ma has won numerous awards, including twice placing among the top 20 young musicians in the KING-FM Ten Grands Young Artist Awards. The Cascade Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Miropolsky, will also perform “Tubby, the Tuba,” featuring CSO member David Brewer on tuba, and Dave Dolacky as narrator. Tickets can be purchased here.

Saturday: EdCC Black Box presents improv

ImprovFeatuting local high school players, Unexpected Productions brings professional improv comedy north of Seattle to the EdCC Black Box Theatre for UP North. Ticket information is here.

Monday: Naomi Baltuck speaks at library

Naomi Baltuck speaks at EPIC writing group on Monday.
Naomi Baltuck speaks at EPIC writing group on Monday.

Award-winning writer Naomi Baltuck visits EPIC writing group on Monday at the Edmonds Library to discuss the path to publication. The talk starts at 11 a.m., after the 10 a.m. writing group, and seating is limited. Baltuck is a professional storyteller and co-author of “The Keeper of the Crystal Spring,” a Doubleday Book of the Month Club selection, and her book, “Apples From Heaven,” won the Anne Izard Storytellers’™ Choice and three Storytelling World Awards. More information on this free writing and publishing series at EPIC Group Writers.

 Monday: EdCC hosts free lecture on Women’s Movement

EdCC brings the spirit of Rosie the Riveter to the college.
EdCC brings the spirit of Rosie the Riveter to the college.

EdCC is commemorating Women’s History Month during the last week of Feb. with six events, including “History & Future of the Women’s Movement,” with EdCC instructor Jennifer Baldwin. This free event is open to the public and takes place in the EdCC Black Box Theatre at 11 a.m. More information can be found here.

Tuesday-Wednesday: EWHS concerts

Edmonds-Woodway High School is known for its music program, which offers two concerts this week. On Tuesday the Band Quad performs, and on Wednesday the Orchestra Quad performs. Both events are in the EWHS Gym, and more information can be found on the website.

Wednesday: EdCC hosts author Jamie Ford

Author Jamie Ford will speak at EdCC on Wed.

Author Jamie Ford will speak at EdCC on Wednesday.

If you’re one of the many readers of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford, then you know the NY Times bestselling author grounded his story with details he learned growing up near Seattle’s Chinatown. Now he’s visiting EdCC Black Box Theatre as this year’s Community Reads Program. Ford’s talk starts at 12:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More info on the EdCC website.

Wednesday: EdCC presents EdCC Jazz Students

EdCC presents its “Jazz Students Showcase” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. The event is open to the public with a $7 suggested donation. More details here.

Starting Wednesday: Meadowdale Players present 10 Minute Play Competition

Photo from Meadowdale Players' Facebook page.
Photo from Meadowdale Players’ Facebook page.

Can you touch a life in 600 seconds? Find out when the Meadowdale Players present their “10 Minute Play Competition” with 10 directors taking on the challenge to present short works. The resulting show is broken in half, with five plays on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., in the Meadowdale Black Box Theatre, and the other half performed the following day. Updates can be found on the Facebook page.

Advance notice: DeMiero Jazz Fest Feb. 28-March 2

DeMeiro Jazz posterFor Dee Daniels, being artistic director of the DeMiero Jazz Festival gives her a chance to bring top artists to Edmonds during. Daniels recently took a break from preparing for the festival, which runs Feb. 28-March 2, to give us a taste of the show.

My Edmonds News: How did you become involved with the DeMiero Jazz Festival?

D.D.: I’ve known Frank DeMiero for over 30 years and had participated in his festival several times back in the day when it called the Soundsation Jazz Camp. He appreciates my music, knows my dedication to education, the real-time experience I bring as a result of my career, and the good relationships I have with musicians nationally. The rest is now history.

My Edmonds News:  What are you looking forward to at this year’s festival?

D.D.: Presenting four great, world-class jazz singers who are also exceptional teacher and being supported by four renowned musicians who are also exceptional teachers! Putting together that kind of package isn’t as easy as you’d think.

My Edmonds News:  What should audiences know before attending?

D.D.: That they can expect to hear some of the best jazz music being created in today’s scene!

My Edmonds News:  Anything else you would like folks to know?

D.D.: I’ll be presenting the first Dee Daniels Jazz Vocal Workshop in Sitka, Alaska July 20 – 26. The curriculum is designed for individual vocalists and will cover topics such as technique to access the entire range, theory specifically designed for singers, the art of storytelling with and without words, how to improvisation with and without words, creating a stage presence- discovering the actor within, vocal health for longevity, the art of communicating with musicians – speaking the jargon, live video taped public performance with critique afterwards, and more. Registration information can be found on my website at

Tickets to the ECA shows are here.

Arts and entertainment reporter Janette Turner.
Arts and entertainment 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 Group Writers, a writing instructor, and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney).

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