Artfully Edmonds: Summer Solstice

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Juliet Brewster

Happy Summer Solstice, arts enthusiasts! While we all know not to expect to see sun again before July 5, I think it’s safe to say summer is finally here. School is out, emails are being circulated with the subject line: Vacation, and a herd of nude bicyclists is gathering in Fremont for Saturday’s parade. Edmonds is not known for spectacles quite like the weekend-long Solstice celebration Fremont puts on, but we do have our Edmonds Kind of Fourth parade to look forward to—and plenty more to see this summer!

Andy Eccleshall's "Changing Times"
Andy Eccleshall’s “Changing Times”

The Edmonds Mural Society has announced that they will mount three new murals this summer. The Mural Society voted “Changing Times” as the theme for 2013. Artists from all over the state submitted plans for murals, and the Mural Society members voted three submissions to the top. Andy Eccleshall’s Changing Times will be painted on the north-facing wall of Embellished, at 111 4th Ave. N. The mural shows Main Street receding back in time, as the viewer looks farther down the hill. Ellen Clark’s “Coastal Companion” contemplates a possible future alongside Edmonds’s history. It will be painted on the north-facing wall of 515 Main St., down the alley from a 2012 mural titled Winter Walk.

Mona Smiley-Fairbanks looks back to one of the original inhabitants of the region whose population is now dwindling: the native rockfish (or Sebastes Maliger, the fish’s Latin name and the title of the mural.) Smiley-Fairbanks plans to paint a QR code into the mural that will direct smartphone users to a conservation website detailing efforts to revive the rockfish population. She will be painting the south-facing wall of Edmonds Frame Design & Atelier, at 514 5th Ave. S. Look for these three muralists brightening up our town this summer. The Edmonds Mural Society is a non-profit organization run entirely on donor support. To thank the artists for the flavor they bring to Edmonds, please consider becoming a member of the Edmonds Mural Society by donating $20 or more. Donors at the $100 level will be invited on the Patrons Tour in September to view the murals of the past five years, and meet the 2013 artists.

Speaking of outdoor painting—it’s not too late to register for Gallery North’s Plein Air summer paint-outs!

I ran a column a few weeks ago highlighting the awesome art camps for kids this summer, but didn’t fit quite everything in. If you’re still looking for the perfect summertime activity for yourself or your kid, here are a few more options:

Play.kids.yoga is a five-week yoga series for kids taught by Tracy Kim at (the amazing, wonderful) Twist Yoga Studio on the corner of 5th Ave. S. and Dayton. Kids ages 5-10 are welcome Tuesday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. for an hour of non-competitive games, art, and music in combination with traditional yoga poses. Preregister by July 12th for $10 off tuition.

Fun Zambini Brothers puppets come to life!
Fun Zambini Brothers puppets come to life!

Thanks to generous grant funding from the Tulalip Tribes Foundation and the Hazel Miller Foundation, Edmonds Center for the Arts is able to offer two more very cool-looking summer camps at a low rate of just $150. July 15th-19th is the Zambini Brothers Puppet Palooza! for kids 7 and up (younger puppeteers can attend with an adult). Students use recycled materials and found objects to create puppets, and their wild imaginations to make up personalities and stories to perform by the end of the week.

July 22-26, the Seattle Shakespeare Company is running a Comedy/Combat Class in which students work with comedic scenes and monologues from Shakespeare to incorporate stage combat and Elizabethan dance. Recommended for kids 11 and older.

The Driftwood Players will be performing Michael Frayn’s hilarious “Noises Off” for two more weekends before the end of this month. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. During the entire run of this show, patrons have had the chance to see David Weiner’s photographs in the Blue Wall Gallery inside Wade James Theater. No ticket is required to gain entrance to the gallery, but the open hours are dependent upon show times (from one hour before curtain to 15 minutes after the applause)—so why not catch a laugh while you’re there?

The Driftwood Players are currently holding open auditions for Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest,” which will open next season. For more information and to make an appointment, check www.driftwoodplayers.com

Edmonds Center for the Arts is offering discounted ticket packages for their upcoming season. Pick shows in groups of five or twelve for 15-20% savings, 10% discounts on additional single tickets purchased, and at no risk—ECA offers free ticket exchanges and replacement tickets. Full season subscribers will save 30 percent on single-ticket prices and have guaranteed seats for every show. For a full line up of acts to get you through fall and winter, and more specific ticket package details, visit the ECA website. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 1.

Have a good solstice weekend, everyone!

Could it be? Is that Waldo making his way back to Edmonds? (Photo from the 2010 Solstic Parade, courtesy of mywallingford.com) from the 2010 solstice parade,
Could it be? Is that Waldo making his way back to Edmonds? (Photo from the 2010 Solstice Parade, courtesy of mywallingford.com)

— By Juliet Brewster

Artfully Edmonds columnist Juliet Brewster, an Edmonds native and Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate, has a degree in literature from Bennington College. To have your arts happening listed, email her at brewster.juliet@gmail.com.

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