Artfully Edmonds: Of crows, affordable art and work-of-homemade-art costumes

Juliet Brewster
Juliet Brewster

Driving toward my parents’ house this week, I encountered about 100 crows on the road and in our neighbors’ yards, rooting for whatever tasty morsels crows like to eat to fatten up for winter. Since I can remember, crows have congregated around Shell Creek in late October, making a racket in the trees—and occasionally playing tricks on unsuspecting pedestrians. My sister was dive-bombed every day for a week one fall when she would walk home from the bus stop, and could never figure out what she had done to deserve it!

TonyAngell_jacket_175For Tony Angell, a local artist who has been studying crows and other northwest wildlife for over 50 years, the behavior of crows is not so mystifying. Together with Prof. John Marzluff, Angell has written and illustrated two books, “In the Company of Crows and Ravens” (Yale University Press, 2007) and “Gifts of the Crow” (Simon & Schuster, 2013). This Friday, Nov. 1st, Angell will present his new book, “Puget Sound Through an Artist’s Eye,” with a foreword by Ivan Doig. The new book is a collection of Angell’s field drawings, accompanied by descriptions of his methods of observation and the techniques he uses to capture a living thing in its living habitat, including attention to how sounds, smells, and temperature help to define a species. Angell will speak at a special event coordinated by the Streamkeeper Academy, an organization to support educational programming associated with the Adopt A Stream Foundation. Streamkeeper Academy is based out of the Northwest Stream Center in Everett’s McCollum Park (600 128th St. S.E., Everett, WA). Reservations are required to attend the event at 7 Friday. Call 425-316-8592 to get your tickets, $5 for members of the Adopt A Stream Foundation, $7 for non-members.

Nov. 1 also marks the opening of a new exhibit in the Frances Anderson Center’s Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Gallery and Arts Commission Display Case. Artist Linley B. Logan curates and participates in an exploration of the evolution of Coast Salish art. Four artists represent the “New Wave” of the Salish Sea. Logan, along with Peter Boome, Jeffrey Verrege, and Alex McCarty all create art in contemporary versions of the visual language of the Coast Salish intellectual tradition. The abstraction of negative and positive space, recognizable lines, and blending of foreground and background work together in a minimalist code that writes the evolution of Salish art. The show runs through Dec. 13 in the Frances Anderson Center.

James Martin: "Yes I Wanted to Paint a Strawberry"
James Martin: “Yes I Wanted to Paint a Strawberry and a Potato”

Local artist James Martin will be among the many artists represented at the Seattle Affordable Art Fair, Nov. 7-10 in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Fifty galleries, including Foster/White, which represents James Martin (and Tony Angell!), will bring art of all media to sell ranging from $100 – $10,000 in price, with over half the works priced under $5,000. Affordable Art Fair is an international event founded in 1996 by Will Ramsay, currently taking place in sixteen cities worldwide. With the knowledge that any art fair—especially one with such a wide range of tempting pieces—can be overwhelming, Ramsay offers this advice via You Tube. Admission to the event is $10/day (or $8 for students and seniors), with multiple entries allowed each day. Enjoy free admission Friday night from 5-7 p.m., but expect a packed house. The calendar can be viewed here. Explore the website to get a full idea of what to expect at the fair. Look for the work of Edmonds artist James Martin at booth B-11. His paintings are gouache on paper, in a tongue-in-cheek primitivist style.

Monday night, Nov. 4, at the Edmonds Community College Black Box Theater, EdCC student Marcel W. Helland will “blow” your mind with his skills on nine different saxophones, including one of the world’s 40 enormous contrabass saxes, all the way down to the tiniest playable soprillo saxophone. The show starts at 7:30. Admission is the usual suggested donation of $7 that will go to support other budding maestros in EdCC’s music department.

Finally, Halloween night in Edmonds was a spooky spectacle to behold. An estimated 5,000 costumed kiddies and their parents begged candy from the participating businesses while Halloween tunes blasted from the fountain and a flash mob “thrilled” the crowd. Some of my favorite homemade costumes below:

Natalie & Shoshe, as a carousel and Medusa.
Natalie & Shoshe, as a carousel and Medusa.
Noah, 11, is grillin’ and chillin’, while Hailey scares the pants off parents as a load of dirty laundry.
Zandy, Maliah, Livia and Ava as Saturn, a Phoenix, a tiger and a bumblebee





The most difficult page in a Where’s Waldo? book!
The most difficult page in a Where’s Waldo? book!

— — — —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

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