One of Edmonds’ most exciting and historic arts scene months is upon us!
Artfully Edmonds will begin this week with all of the most exciting, dazzling events that are taking place in art museum spaces and galleries – and then move on to other news that showcases Edmonds’ creative, zany, nature-loving and elegant side of life:
No other month – in a very long while – is as entitled to the motto, “It’s An Edmonds Kind of . . . Month for the Arts!” as September.
This time next week, the double glass doors leading into the Cascadia Art Museum will open and ticket holders will be welcomed to the museum’s gala opening celebration and what is described as “the first museum dedicated to Northwest art from the late 19th century through the 1960s”.
This is a perfect place to begin this week’s column – a look back . . . and a look forward – to what promises to be a most auspicious grand celebration for arts in Edmonds!
My Edmonds News made note in June 2014 of the development described as “The West Gateway to Edmonds.” That announcement publicly unveiled the Cascadia Art Museum as the anchor feature of a new development being undertaken by father-and-son property owners/developers Lindsey and Nicholas Echelbarger: Salish Crossing.
A year ago, Nicholas Echelbarger addressed the Edmonds Citizens Economic Development Commission, providing an update that revealed the significance of the project to the Pacific Northwest art scene, “a 10,000-square-foot regional fine art museum”.
From that point on, and many speaking engagements and media updates later, the highly visible project began to take shape.
Finally, last month, on Aug. 17, tickets became available for one of Edmonds’ most anticipated “reveals” – the Cascadia Art Museum’s Opening Celebration.
Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset Dr.
Thursday, Sept. 10
5:30 –9 p.m.
Inaugural Exhibition Preview
“A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society…The First 75 Years”
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Here is what attendees of the Opening Celebration can expect based on a visit to the art museum this week:
A wide, sweeping, multi-level concrete entrance greets visitors strolling up to the grand entrance of the museum. The effect is softened by lavish container gardens designed by Dunn Gardens curators Charles Price and Glenn Withey.
The museum stays true to its mid-century architecture outside, while promising a retrospective of Seattle’s historic landmarks, Washington state’s natural landscapes, and the highlights of Edmonds’ own Northwest School artists within the six galleries.
Ticket holders to the Opening Celebration will proceed to Will Call across tiles of end-block fir, entering into the central gallery. The six expansive galleries and main rooms are a flood of natural sunlight, and the drop lighting will no doubt set off evening events – including the Opening Celebration.
In addition to the main foyer, and six galleries, the 11,000-square-feet museum includes a multi-purpose education room, gift shop and event space.
The festive evening includes food, wine; musical entertainment provided by local musicians, and of course a preview of the inaugural exhibition.
Artfully Edmonds reported last week that the works of the works of Raymond, Glen Alps, Irwin Caplan and Jess Cauthorn are included in the work completed by independent curator David F. Martin.
Visitors to the art museum will also be treated to art by Danny Pierce (1962 “Young Fisherman”); Yasushi Tanaka (1886-1941), whose 1915 self-portrait (the conservation project of Lisa Duncan Goedecke) will be on display. Also featured is May Marshall (1902-1998), whose piece “Driftwood, La Push” won the American Artist Magazine Watercolor Citation at the American Watercolor Society’s 1953 annual exhibition. Spencer Moseley’s “Still-Life With Pomegranates” (1952) is also among those loaned for the opening exhibition.
Loaned works for the exhibition include pieces from City of Edmonds’ collections, the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery, and the Missoula Art Museum, according to Martin. However, the majority of works on display for the inaugural show come from private collections.
Asked about his objective in constructing the premier exhibit, curator Martin responded, “This show represents historical artifacts reflecting [the breadth of these] artists’ lives”. (Watch for an Artfully Edmonds Profile on David F. Martin early next week.)
Regarding the exhibition, Martin noted that several Pacific Northwest artists may seem conspicuous in their absence (such as James Martin) but in keeping with the time frame of the exhibition, “A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society…The First 75 Years” their work has not been included. Martin assures patrons that as the exhibits of Cascadia Art Museum move forward; an inclusive tone will be set as the exhibits are curated.
What ticket holders might expect of the evening:
5:30 p.m. ~ Doors to the Opening Celebration of Cascadia Art Museum open
Wine Tasting and Snack Bars
Local musicians will provide a melodic backdrop
7 p.m. “Raise The Paddle” fundraiser begins
9 p.m. Doors close
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Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13
Opening Premier ~ Free! – Timed Entry
Tickets Strongly Recommended
Inaugural Exhibition, “A Fluid Tradition: Northwest Watercolor Society…The First 75 Years
9:45 a.m. Ribbon Cutting and “Reveal”
10 a.m. ~ Doors Open
Six galleries, a gift shop, and hundreds of pieces of Northwest Art on display
6 p.m. ~ Doors Close
Complimentary tickets to the Opening Premier are free and available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2142436.
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Let’s begin here with a chronological line up and ‘get you into the ticket line” details of what is coming up this month for Edmonds’ exciting arts and events scene:
Thursday, Sept. 3
North City Bistro
1520 N.E. 177th St.
Not to disrespect Horace Greeley, but our motto is “Go East!” upon the discovery that the songbird-with-the-pipes, Diane Fast has returned to North City Bistro and Wine Shop. Smooth sounding and talented Bob Neale, on bass, joins Diane at this intimate setting.
Owner Ray Bloom has been keeping Artfully Edmonds appraised of this popular neighborhood spot’s entertainment line up for the past year – after dinner this evening, rinse off the dishes, grab your coat and head out to North City –
Is it worth it? Oh yeah! Give this ReverbNation selection of Diane Fast selections a try and you’ll agree the 16-minute drive from Edmonds Bowl to North City to hear Diane is so totally worth it. Bookmark this web page for ongoing updates.
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Wednesday, Sept. 9
Anniversary Party for Edmonds Art Studio Tour
190 Dayton St.
Click! Click!! You’re Invited!
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Edmonds Art Studio Tours
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Saturday, Sept. 12
415 Main St.
Kids and Grandchildren Activity Opportunity!
“Birds, Backyard Habitat & Beyond” ~ A Documentary
Created by Whidbey Island watercolor artist and photographer Craig Johnson, and his wife and writer Joy Johnson the documentary reflects the Johnson’s lifelong passion for studying birds and using their talents to inspire others to protect birds and wildlife habitat.
For more information about Puget Sound Birdfest visit www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org
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10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Edmonds Art Studio Tour
What began as a collective vision of a few dedicated Edmonds artists 10 years ago, the Edmonds Art Studio Tour has grown to be one of the most distinctly popular art events in the Puget Sound area.
The tour attracts people from around the region who visit private art studios meeting the artists and seeing them in action as they produce fine works of art in all media types – all for sale.
This is an art-lovers event not to be missed, with more than 40 artists participating this year at 25 local art studios.
There will be a wide selection of high-quality unique original art for sale that is very affordable. Reflecting the community spirit, artists are personable and friendly, and pleased to talk about their art and processes. While many of the artists have been on the tour for a number of years, visitors will still find the work on display to be different and interesting. Additionally, new artists participate each year, so there are always new works to see.
One of the original tour founders, Sue Robertson of Joyful Art Studio in Edmonds, remains a leader of the event today. When asked what keeps her involved and excited every year, Sue explained that what began as a venue to get exposure and sell her art has become a passion of hers in so many more ways. She believes in giving back to her community and appreciates the educational component of the tour as many people are interested in discussing her techniques and inspirations; some even get motivated to begin painting for the first time. Through the Edmonds Art Studio Tour Sue has developed many meaningful relationships over the years with others in her community who love making art. She enjoys seeing friends and neighbors reconnect in animated conversation as they run into each other in her studio during the event.
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Thursday, Sept. 17
Art Walk Edmonds (AWE) and its component “Art + Wine Walk” will come upon us fast this month so Artfully Edmonds would like you to be aware of this exciting new addition to the downtown gallery space scene!
“Art + Wine Walk”, organized as a benefit to the vibrant Art Walk Edmonds monthly event, features wine for the most discriminating wine enthusiast. If you pride yourself in understanding wines, their vintage, and their intrinsic value, adding “Art + Wine Walk” is an event you will want to add to your Art Walk Edmonds experience.
High-caliber wine selection
Art + Wine Walk features high-caliber wines (price point $20-$45 range) which have been carefully paired by Ruth Arista of Arista Wine Cellars with each month’s participating gallery-space.
Each month 10 “select” locations will pour these fine wines. Participants in Art Walk Edmonds who are not pouring from select wineries will still offer complimentary value wines to the Art Walk Edmonds patrons.
The energy and enthusiasm for the inaugural “Art + Wine Walk” benefit created an element of excitement that will easily carry through the Fall months.
We asked Denise Cole, whose vision it was to have “Art + Wine Walk” become a reality, her impression of AWE’s first wine walk and were told, “We on the AWE board are so excited to see our dreams of Edmond’s first Art + Wine Walk come true! Our goal for our first event was 100 tickets and we were so happy to have sold 101 for our first of the four wine walks.
I sampled a number of the purveyors of wine and spirits with my tokens and fell in love with so many!
From the time we took over running AWE in 2014, we all talked about how great it would be to do this. Our director, Elizabeth along with Beth Sanger of Ombu Salon and Kurt Mattingly of Dragonfire Gallery, worked tirelessly to create this great event to benefit Art Walk Edmonds and the arts in our community.
Everyone who came out on Aug. 20 could feel the electricity in the air as art and wine lovers filled the art spaces and galleries in droves.
I am really looking forward to seeing this fun community event grow over the next three remaining months of Art + Wine Walks .
If you have enjoyed the commitment and contributions of the shop owners who have participated in providing Edmonds-area residents with an opportunity to appreciate fine art + fine wines – this would be the benefit to support.
Tickets are now on sale by following the links at www.edmondsartwalk.com .
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Oct. 1 Registration Opens
Scarecrows – Yes, They’re Art!!
The time for scarecrows to once again pop up in unexpected places throughout Edmonds. “Get ready!” warns Scarecrow Festival Co-Chair Dave Buelow on behalf of Edmonds Historical Museum (sponsor of the highly popular Hallow’s Eve event).
Registration to participate in what is becoming one of Edmonds’ time-honored traditions will take place between Oct. 1-22.
Buelow notes to Artfully Edmonds, “we have modified the entry categories” this year, so please check the museum’s website and follow the link to the Scarecrow Festival for entrant requirements.
And, even if your business – or your family – is not participating in the festival, you will want to check on the ingenuity, and creative genius of last year’s winners!
Residential Shannon and Kevin Black
Business in the Bowl Windermere Real Estate
Business outside the Bowl Lynnwood Honda
School /Youth Group Holy Rosary School
Government/Civic Group Edmonds Senior Center
Artist/Art Group Mona Fairbanks & Robin Westbrook
Giving a nod to Edmonds’ anniversary year, Buelow adds, “This will be our third year and we think 125 Scarecrows in town would be a nice recognition of our 125th birthday.”
So, Edmonds — start planning! What will your entry in the 2015 Scarecrow Festival look like?
— By Emily Hill
Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She also writes the “Lynnwood Lifestyle” column for Lynnwood Today. Emily 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].