Artfully Edmonds: Now it’s ECA’s turn to receive Teeny Awards nominations


Teeny Awards jPegThe most dazzling news for Edmonds’ performing arts scene this week is the continued sweep of TeenTix “Teeny Award” nominations by City of Edmonds venues.

With thousands of patrons making their way to Edmonds every season to enjoy our outdoor stages, live theatre and performing arts venues the news of our popularity among the young TeenTix set comes as no surprise.

Last week we announced the TeenTix 2014 Teeny Award nominations received by Driftwood Theatre.

This week it is Edmonds Center for The Arts (ECA) dancing onto the stage to take a bow with nominations in five Teeny Awards categories.

Elizabeth Perera, ECA Director of Advancement & Communications, rolls out the nominations that Edmonds’ main stage has received:

☆ Best Front-of-House Experience
☆ Best Music Organization
☆ Best Multi-Disciplinary Organization
☆ Favorite Organization
☆ School is Hard (an award for “the most enjoyable way to not think about end-of-the year finals.”)

TeenTix is a free discount-pass that gets teens in to movies, music, theatre, dance, visual art, and more for just $5.

Is YOUR teen signed up to receive discount tickets offered by TeenTix venues? Registration is available at website (and — it’s free!)

Just look at all of the entertainment venues who offer discount tickets to teens through the TeenTix program.

Once teens sign up, they are eligible to VOTE for their Fave Edmonds venue and attend the upcoming awards ceremony.

Vote Teens!

And looks like this:

2ECA ballot
And here is the ballot.

Lindy West, comedienne, will emcee the awards ceremony, which follows the Teeny Awards Dinner. Peek? Here’s Lindy West

Billed as “Seattle’s Biggest Little Award Show”, TeenTix, which is sponsored by the Seattle Center, honors the best in local arts and culture as determined by TeenTix members.

Sept. 20-27 will be a big, big week for ECA as we all await the results of the balloting in the Teeny Awards on the 20th, followed by the annual Red Carpet Gala Auction on the 27th !
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128338-p18tv5s6s885868k5df1hqd1p9n82014-red-carpet-gala-222x150Upcoming: ECA’s Red Carpet Gala

With celebrity auctioneer, John Curley officiating we can easily imagine a spirited competition of bidding the night of the ECA Red Carpet Gala. I’m sure the air will be charged with electricity as patrons anticipate their selected auction package coming up for bid.

Last year 275 individuals attended the gala event, raising over $330,000 in generous support for the performance arts center and its programs.

Starting from the top with “Edmonds’ Selects”, some of the auction highlights for this year include:

• Washington Red Wines Selected by Arista Wine Cellars of Edmonds
• Interior Design Consultation with Laura Zeck of Edmonds’ Zinc Arts + Interiors, plus a $50 Zinc Arts + Interiors gift certificate
• 90 Minute Massage at Edmonds’ Harbor Square Massage
• 2015 Season Mariners “Play Ball Kid” with 4 View Level Tickets
• Family Fun Pack to Woodland Park Zoo
• One Night Deluxe Accommodation plus Dinner at Tulalip Resort Casino
• Disneyland Resort One (1) Day “Park Hopper” Tickets for Four
• Two Nights for Two Guests at the Double Tree by Hilton in Santa Fe, NM

And, there are many more thrilling auction packages being offered. Go here to get a head start on planning your bids!
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So now that you know what we are looking forward to for upcoming events, let’s see what the more immediate future holds for the Edmonds art scene: Street bands, exhibitions, classes, gallery openings, and small stage music!
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1946415302_origTheatre Season 2014-2015 Opens
As Phoenix Theatre presents “Rumors” by Neil Simon

Thursday, August 28 ~ 8 p.m.

Pay-What-You-Can Benefit Performance

The Phoenix Theatre ushers in the 2014-15 performance season for Edmonds-area lovers of “comedy without all the drama” with Neil Simon’s “Rumors”

Directed by Christine Mosere, this Neil Simon romp leverages high society misunderstandings led by an able theatre company experienced in the art of pratfalls, intentionally misspoken clichés, and well-timed one liners.

Melanie Calderwood: As her bio attests, “You can’t miss her!”
Melanie Calderwood: As her bio attests, “You can’t miss her!”

You haven’t before seen a Phoenix Theatre production? Well, Well. Here’s your opportunity.

The Phoenix is opening its 2014-15 season with a “Pay-What-You-Can” dress rehearsal public performance tonight (Thursday).

So for a sneak peak at Opening Night’s performance on Friday go to the theatre’s website – and – Pay What You Can!
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Sept. 1-30, 2014.
Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 6 from 1- 4 p.m.

201 – 2nd Ave. S.
Gallery Hours: Monday/Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Colors of My World
Nw SPECIAL artists
Northwest Special Artists presents the opening of the second annual “Colors of My World” exhibit at ArtWorks Gallery in Edmonds.

The “Colors of My World” exhibit will display vibrant and colorful works from the unique point of view of artists who see no limits in the process of creating beautiful pieces of art.

The artists who will be featured in this exhibition include Julia Byrne Gossett, Lupita Cano, Earl Debnam, Dawn Domenowske, John Gregory, and Matthew James.

Julia Byrne Gossett, a quadriplegic artist, uses sponge tubing to hold her brushes in her hands and then uses her arms to paint the most inspiring and realistic watercolor paintings.

Lupita Cano is an abstract artist and the owner of “AE Designs by Lupita” as well as a great advocate in the Down Syndrome community.

Earl Debnam: is a three-time stroke survivor and innovative contemporary artist whose work has been displayed in such places as The Vision Gallery, AtWork, Aljoya Thorton Gallery, as well as other exhibits throughout Washington State.

Dawn Domenowske, a Down Syndrome artist, paints and draws unique patterns and colorful shapes that have been shown at “Art is Not an Option” shows and at NW Special Artist’s exhibits. She is very passionate about creating art and draws everyday.

John Gregory is an artist whose work features a variety of marine and wildlife landscapes that encompass a natural background of the sun, sky, trees and water. His work has been seen at No Boundaries, NW Special Artists’ exhibits, Bambu Salon and other local area exhibits.

Matthew James is a self-taught special needs artist who has found great joy in expressing himself through painting. There is a musical and rhythmical quality to his work and his style of painting is very similar to some of the techniques used in French Impressionism. Mathews’ work has been shown in several exhibits by NW Special Artists and at the Edmonds Library exhibit hosted by the Edmonds Arts Commission.

For more information about this exhibit, contact Leslie James, NWSA Curator at [email protected] or visit the NWSA website at

NW Special Artists is a community outreach program developed to support access of the Arts to artists with disabilities by developing art programs; art exhibits, and art shows that promote disability awareness and inclusion in our community. You can also learn more about NWSA by viewing their YouTube presentation at

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birdfest_logoFriday, Sept. 5 ~ 7 p.m. to
Sunday, Sept. 7 ~ 2 p.m.
The Art of . . . Birding

Puget Sound Bird Fest
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.

Do you love the music of birds chirping, their colors, hues and shades? Are you spellbound by the migration drama of birds?

The 10th annual Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for adults – and children!

The Bird Fest opens Friday evening with a keynote address by award-winning artist and naturalist Tony Angell.

At Frances Anderson Center from Hosted by Edmonds Parks & Recreation and Economic Development Departments.

For more details visit the City of Edmonds Parks and Recreation website or the official website of Puget Sound Bird Fest.
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headStreaming (3)Saturday, Sept. 6 ~ 1-4 p.m.
Gallery North
401 Main St.

“Infinite Realities,”
A solo show by digital artist Anne Harlan Prather.

Born blind, Anne Harlan Prather began her serious artistic pursuit in an attempt to learn to see.

“When you’re born blind,” she says,” you have to learn to recognize the world without touching it.” Her early efforts were realistic studies of natural forms, such as plants, shells, and flowers. She photographed tiny seeds with a microscope, and these photographs became part of her PhD research.

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2009, she began expanding her work to include fractals, transformed photographs, and fractal compositions.

She has exhibited her work at science fiction art shows throughout the country. She joined Gallery North in September of 2013, and her notecards are sold in several locations including Truly Treasures in Denver, Colorado.

Anne holds a music performance degree from Wheaton College and a PhD in botany from the University of Washington, where she did her first solo show in 2005.

About Gallery North: In operation for more than 50 years, Gallery North is one of the longest running artists’ cooperative galleries in the nation. It continues its mission to promote and sell local art in the heart of downtown Edmonds.

For further information please visit the Galley North website at or for specific questions call Gallery North at 425-774-0946.
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Sunday, Sept. 7 ~ 10:30 a.m.-4:30 pm

Cole Art jPegCole Studio
107 5th Ave.
Drawing – Just for Beginners
with Joe MacKechnie

Fear not! Yes, you really can do it! Drawing really can be taught to absolutely everyone.

This one-day, full-day, workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of creating art.

You’ll surprise yourself at how fun and easy drawing can be. Try it!

Cost: $125
The cart for on-line registration can be found at or call 425-697-2787
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Tuesday, Sept. 9
Wednesday, Sept. 10 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Drawing in Silverpoint
with Susan Jones

Shoreline Center – Classroom wing
18560 1st Ave. N.E., Shoreline

In Medieval and Renaissance times, before graphite (“lead”) pencils were available, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci used a piece of silver to sketch in their design for a painting on a canvas or create drawings on prepared papers.

Today, you learn to draw with a sterling silver to create distinctive soft marks that warm and darken over time, creating a nature drawing that develops a beautiful patina with age.

Get tickets for “Drawing in Silverpoint”

Instructor Susan Jones is a natural science illustrator and instructor of botanical illustration at the University of Washington Extension Program.

Workshops are $35 each. All supplies and materials will be included, so come solo, or round up a bunch of friends for a fun, lively learning experience!
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ARTSpot jPeg w BorderAnytime Art
ARTspot Studio
408 Main St.

Art Parties for Kids

As your children return to school and make new friends, for birthday parties, scout troop meetings, or cousins events specially designed group-art activities make memories!

ARTspot provides all the supplies for classes taught by an experienced artist-instructor who will design a project to fit your theme or your child’s wishes. Minimum 8, maximum 12 participants.

Drop by the studio, call 425.640.6408 or visit the ARTspot website for more information
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We Need Music! ♫

As I look over what Edmonds is offering art lovers in the Puget Sound area this week, I realize that the Concert Series has concluded for the summer.

So let’s bring it indoors and settle in for the mellow – and melodic – sounds coming from these well-known venues:

Kafe Neo jPegKafé Neo ~ Traditional Greek Music
21108 Washington 99

Selected by OpenTable as a 2014 Diner’s Choice, Kafé Neo offers Greek music every Sunday at 6 pm. Visit their website for details at
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Cafe Louvre LogoCafé Louvre ~ Harmonica music AND Comedy
210 5th Ave.

Fridays at 6 pm Edmonds Tunes’ artists step onto the stage for lively music and even livelier comedy sketches!

Friday, Sept. 29th
Here is this Friday’s line-up at Café Louvre:

6:00 pm ~ John Paynich’s American roots music and amazing harmonica
6:20 pm ~ RENZ! Steps up to the mic to show off his pop/rock sound
6:40 pm ~ Jonathan Seldat’s alt-folk music is featured on acoustic guitar
“Get your Labor Day weekend off to the best possible start!” invites EdmondsTunes.

Emily ~ Square jPeg– By Emily Hill

Emily Hill is an author of two novels and a short story collection and a long-time resident of Edmonds. She is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at [email protected].

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