Artfully Edmonds: Fall into the holiday season

Juliet Brewster
Juliet Brewster

“Give me a stack of books, a warm blanket, and a cord of wood and I’m set ‘til spring,” one customer remarked at the bookstore on Tuesday—and I think that’s the general sentiment around town since winter’s wind and rain announced its arrival earlier this week by blowing out our power. But, alas, the world goes on—even though the first four seasons of Dexter were just added on Netflix (sigh)—and there is more than ever to see, hear and experience in what we can now officially call the “holiday season.”

JimBrickman_Press Release RED backgroundThis weekend brings Jim Brickman to Edmonds Center for the Arts. Cozy up to a special someone and enjoy Brickman’s Edmonds installment of his nation-wide “Love Tour.” Brickman’s long career writing pop songs for the piano earned him four Gold albums in the 1990s, as well as a reputation as a creative and witty romantic. He recently released a Christmas album, The Magic of Christmas, which features Brickman’s personal Christmas favorites. Saturday night at ECA, Jim Brickman will be in the company of Luke McMaster. The show starts at 7:30, tickets available through or by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595

Lambert’s portrait of Little Sammy.

Also on Saturday, Cee Lambert will show her work at D’Marie’s Doggie Boutique in Firdale Village. If a dog salon sounds like an odd place to go to an art show, it’s because you haven’t heard of this kind of art before! Cee Lambert is a pet portraitist—she will paint a true-to-life portrait of your pet, capturing their expressions like the pro that she is. Previous work of hers can be found online. From 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, find Cee at D’Marie’s at 9639 Firdale Ave., Suite B for a special deal on pet portraits, refreshments and a wine tasting. Lambert will auction off the opportunity to have your pet’s portrait painted (a $150 value), and will donate the proceeds toward the benefit of homeless pets. Lambert will also paint custom Christmas tree ornaments of your pets. Check her blog for more information.

An origami sparrow taking flight.
Rajini Ventakachari’s origami sparrow taking flight.

This month at Cole Gallery don’t miss Rajini Ventakachari’s colored pencil art. Ventakachari writes that while she prefers “to work in a realistic style, [she likes her] work to be a passionate interpretation instead of a replication” of her subject. Ventakachari’s drawings take inspiration from origami creations, using bold colors, intricate patterns, and slight stretches of the imagination to bring the folded paper to life in another medium. Rajini Ventakachari will be at Cole Gallery during the Third Thursday Art Walk/First Dibs Night on the 21st.

Cole Gallery is offering art classes and workshops through the holidays. Denise Cole will lead a Winter Watercolors Cards and Miniatures workshop on the 16th. Get a head start on the Christmas cards and sign up here! For a complete list of Cole Gallery’s workshop offerings, take a look at the website.

The Driftwood Players have two open auditions coming up. Singers who have always dreamed of the spotlight should consider trying out as a featured vocalist for the Driftwood Holiday Sing-Along. Prepare a skit, story, or song appropriate to the season, and be prepared to sing a capella. Auditions will be held Sunday evening at the Rehearsal Annex at 200 Dayton St.

The other audition opportunity (no singing) is for Steel Magnolias. There are parts for women in their 20’s to 70’s, and if you don’t know the story you must not have Lifetime. To secure a slot for either audition, use the Driftwood Player’s online Audition Form or call 774-9600. Steel Magnolias will play Feb. 14-March 2, 2014.

soundofmusicThe Holiday Sing-Along will only play for one night: Friday, Dec. 20. For those bursting with song, there’s no need to wait! Saturday, Nov. 30 brings the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music to ECA! Tickets start at $15, and can be purchased through the ECA website or by calling the number listed above.

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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