Artfully Edmonds: Arts and culture, Japanese-style

Juliet Brewster
Juliet Brewster

Welcome our sisters from Hekinan, Japan Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. A delegation from our sister city, with which we have enjoyed a partnership for 25 years, is visiting Edmonds from Oct. 29th-Nov. 4th. On the 30th, they will present a Hekinan-Edmonds cultural fair, featuring photography from Hekinan, and performances by both Japanese and local groups. The event is free to the public. Visit the Sister City Commission website for more information about the partnership and the Edmonds commission members.

Laami and Brandy on the front porch of their brand new business with—of course—their handmade sign!
Laami and Brandy on the front porch of their brand new business with—of course—their handmade sign!

Etsy is coming to Edmonds! The weekend of Nov. 2 will mark the grand opening of Handmade Takeover at 524 Main St. Handmade Takeover is an indoor arts and crafts fair created by Laarni Mejino and Brandy Houlihan. Laarni is designs purses with her friend Tita. You can view their inventory online at Brandy is a jeweler who counts soldering silver among her greatest passions. Handmade Takeover began at a booth in the Fremont Market as “Handmade in Seattle,” but has found a semi-permanent home in our artsy little town. Handmade Takeover will be open weekends and during Third Thursday Art Walks. They will feature a rotating cast of artists. So far, on their Facebook page, Handmade Takeover has introduced Nona, a knitter, Sandi, who makes soaps, lip balms, and other personal care products, and promises many more to come. They have also put out a call to young artists in the Edmonds School District to contact them for a free booth to display and sell their art—email if you are or if you know a burgeoning artist interested in taking their work to the streets. Handmade Takeover will be open weekends 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through November; third Thursdays 3-8; Black Friday 9-6, and Fridays 3-8 starting in December. The Grand Opening on Nov. 2 kicks off at 9 a.m., with swag bag giveaways ‘til they run out!

The Edmonds Theater is hosting a mini-Halloween festival this weekend. For the third year in a row, the Theater will show Halloween-themed movies and collect non-perishable food and toys for the Edmonds Food Bank.

Friday Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. – The Corpse Bride
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. – Rocky Horror Picture Show
and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.– The Wizard of Oz presented by Coldwell Banker Bain

This is the pumpkin I carved…still working on the costume.
This is the pumpkin I carved…still working on the costume.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday; I think because of all the opportunities there are to get creative. From carving pumpkins, to haunted house decorations, to (especially) the costumes—everyone gets a couple of weeks out of the year to express their spooky sides without any pressure or expectations. Please send me pictures of your Halloween masterpieces by Halloween evening, and we will publish them on My Edmonds News in the next column of Artfully Edmonds!

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

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