Artfully Edmonds: Ushering in autumn’s array of arts events


7 OYC Yacht ClubWell, it’s official! Autumn has arrived and with it galas, autumn festivals, pumpkins – and scarecrows! The ever-stately Edmonds Center for the Arts is warming up for a program list that will make headlines; and our two theatres are well on their way to professional-grade productions and cast selection.

It is such a joy to cover Edmonds’ arts events under the banner “Artfully Edmonds” and to look back over the summer with all of the spectacular – and history making – accomplishments of Edmonds-area residents; most notably the opening of Cascadia Art Museum at Salish Crossing (190 Sunset Ave.)

So let’s continue on into autumn and then the holiday season as Edmonds’ art community and our civic celebrations compel the surrounding community to describe our city as, “Edmonds – the arts destination!”

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Friday, Sept. 25
“A Night to Remember” Benefit Gala

The Chamber of Commerce, Edmonds Yacht Club and the greater Edmonds community extends a warm welcome to Everett-based “Outdoor Youth Connections,” which has chosen to host their annual gala in Edmonds this year.

Artfully Edmonds previewed Outdoor Youth Connections’ gala several editions ago:

If elegance, glitz, laughter and fun are your thing, make your Friday night plans right now!

Tickets here.

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5 Driftwood Baldpate

Tonight (Thursday)!
Tomorrow Night (Friday)!!
And on through the weekend!
8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee

Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
Seven Keys to Baldpate

Directed By Gianni Truzzi

Synopsis: A novelist bets a wealthy friend that he can write a 10,000-word novel in 24 hours.

The wealthy friend takes the bet, and gives the novelist the keys to his Baldpate Inn, which has been closed for the winter, promising the novelist complete seclusion . . . or that’s how the story goes.

There’s graft, greed, murder, and because this is a farce – hilarious, intentionally-raucous mayhem!

Read Artfully Edmonds’ review of “Seven Keys to Baldpate”, then grab your tickets and try to figure out the surprise ending before the last door slam! (Unless you’ve read the Cliff Notes, you won’t.)

Once “Seven Keys to Baldpate” closes, Wade James Theatre will go dark until Oct. 16 when “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” (a TIPS production) begins its Oct. 16-24 run.

For tickets to Driftwood Players productions call 425-774-9600 or take advantage of their online box office and pick your tickets up at will call.

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Apres le Bain by David Varnau
Apres le Bain by David Varnau

Saturday, Sept. 26
11 a.m.
Two Sculptures to be unveiled
at Windermere Edmonds Real Estate Building
210 5th Ave. S.

Edmonds residents and business owners continue to show enthusiastic support for public art with their display of outdoor murals and sculptures, Art Walk Edmonds, many stunning galleries, and the opening of Cascadia Art Museum.

Sculptor David Varnau in partnership with Denise Cole of Cole Gallery plans to further the mission of making Edmonds an arts destination by loaning sculptures to private properties for public viewing.

To that end a sculpture unveiling celebration hosted by Cole and Varnau is scheduled for Sept. 26th at 11am in front of the Windermere Edmonds Real Estate Building.

The unveiling celebration will include live music, specialty coffee special available at Café Louvre, and an artist Q&A hosted by Denise Cole.

Cole Gallery began displaying sculptures in front of her gallery earlier this year with positive feedback from passersby.  Two months ago, Cole and Varnau expanded their showings of public sculpture by partnering with Jack Durney of Washington Federal Bank (3rd and Main St) where Ananda by Varnau is now displayed.

Ananda is on loan to the space and can be purchased through Cole Gallery.

The two are teaming up again, this time with Greg Hoff owner of Windermere Edmonds, to unveil two more Varnau sculptures in front of the Edmonds Windermere Real Estate building located at 210 5th Avenue South in the downtown Edmonds.

One of the sculptures to be revealed is a new piece by Varnau titled Apres Le Bain; the second piece, Transfixed, has currently been on display in Cole Gallery.  Both are life-sized female sculptures.

Those attending the unveiling will be the first to see these sculptures in an outdoor setting.

The celebration is free to attend and will take place rain or shine.

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Brew___Blue_Grass_Logo_4thSaturday, Sept. 26
6-9 p.m.
Clothes for Kids Benefit
Northshore Senior Center
10201 E Riverside Dr., Bothell
4th Annual Brew & Bluegrass
Benefiting Clothes for Kids

Put on your Appalachian Mountain boots, maybe a broom skirt, or jeans and a comfy flannel shirt. It’s a Hootenanny! Time to get down for some foot stomping, fiddle playing fun!

Appearing at the 4th Annual Brew & Bluegrass will be Stillwater Hill, Right as Rain, and also 7 Chord Pileup of Shoreline.

It’s going to be boisterous fun as bartenders draw from the taps of breweries that include Big E Ales, Maritime Pacific Brewing, River Time Brewing, and Twelve Bar Brews.

How far a drive is Bothell’s Northshore Senior Center? It’s just 13 miles, taking Highway 524 out of Edmonds.

The programs affiliated with Clothes for Kids have served well over 35,000 Snohomish County children and their families in the past 30-plus years. They provide quality free clothing to children in our community so that they arrive to school ready to learn in warm, comfortable clothing.

Many low-income families are challenged with meeting fundamental needs. For children, having clothing that is the right size and allows a child to fit in with peers is essential to social development.

For information about Clothes for Kids visit their website or call 425-741-6500.

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5 SnoHo Econ Alliance
Wednesday, Sept. 30
5-7 p.m.
So Much Octoberfest Going On . . .

“Blues, Brats, & Brews” a new Snohomish County event is being rolled out by the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (EASC) and its ambassadors.

Edmonds Center for the Arts joins in partnering “Blues, Brats, & Brews”.

Imagine! Networking to a backdrop of blues, beer and brats! Smart timing for what will undoubtedly develop into a great annual autumn business celebration.

Come meet with local businesses, explore opportunities, enjoy music, traditional bratwursts, and delicious brews at this free admission no-host-bar event!

EASC Ambassadors will be handing out door prizes just to make things extra fun.

For additional information about this event, or to purchase a booth spot, please contact Shannon McCarty at [email protected] or call Shannon at 425-248-4217.

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10 2015 ECA Gala October
Saturday, Oct. 3
5 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.
It’s a Gala!

Tickets to the 8th Annual Red Carpet Gala benefiting ECA are available now.

Celebrate and support the arts at ECA’s annual fundraising event which features fine wine and food, both silent and live auctions and so much more to benefit Edmonds Center for the Arts programming.

Your invitation to this luminous event is extended by the Edmonds Public Facilities District and the ECA Boards of Directors.

The occasion will feature the ever-popular John Curley, auctioneer; and attendees will enjoy bar selections by Arista Wine Cellars, and Scratch Distillery.

Jim Dever will emcee and Andre Feriante will provide live music.

Chef Shubert Ho of Shooby Doo Catering and Stadium Flowers have been called upon to complete the amenities of the evening.

ECA’s Red Carpet Gala is sponsored by:  Fluke Corporation, The Boeing Company, Bank of Washington, Harbor Square Athletic Club, Heritage Bank, Swedish Edmonds, Chermak Construction, HomeStreet Bank and Union Bank.

Featured Artist: Barbara Goodfellow Childs

The event will showcase the artwork of potter Barbara Goodfellow Childs. Ten unique pieces/sets have been created by Goodfellow Childs for ECA’s Red Carpet Gala.

As a self-proclaimed “accidental” artist, Barbara discovered pottery while in college studying Business Administration and Community Health Education. Born and raised in Edmonds, spending summers on the beaches of Whidbey Island, her work embraces the colors and textures of the Pacific Northwest. Her goal in layering glazes is creating abstracts that reflect the colors and lines of Puget Sound scenery. Blues and greens over rusts emulate the tree lines across the bay, blues over black – the tidal flats on an incoming tide. All her serving pieces are oven and dishwasher safe.

Barbara also works with low-fire raku and saggar firing techniques creating strictly ornamental works.

An elegant setting and fun-filled evening will be enjoyed by over 250 community members who arrange for their gala tickets by contacting Amy Stone, Development Manager, at [email protected] or 425-275-9492 or going to the ticket link here.

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7 and also 10 _Artist CartoonTuesdays

Oct 6 – Nov. 10
1-3 p.m.
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Art Classes: Fall Colors in Pastels

From Edmonds Parks & Rec: “Pastel is a wonderfully expressive medium — perfect for creating vibrant paintings of fall color! Practice handling soft pastel while working with composition, hue, value, chroma, light and form. A little art history, some technical stuff and a lot of fun included. We will work both from photographs and from life. Supply list at registration.”

The cost is $136 for Edmonds residents and $156 for non-residents of Edmonds. Register online at or at 425-771-0230.

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The Tenors

Wednesday, Oct. 7
7:30 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. S.
The Tenors
Return Engagement!

A vocal quartet (formerly known as The Canadian Tenors) that has performed on more than 60 international television programs and has shared the stage with such performers as Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young and Paul McCartney.

The Tenors perform operatic pop music that is a mixture of classical and pop.

VIP Opportunity: Would you like to meet The Tenors backstage (like in person?) Well, ECA and The Tenors have made that possible with this ticket package.

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One Slight Hitch cast

Friday, Oct. 9 – Nov 1
8 p.m.
Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
8th Season Premier!
One Slight Hitch, by Lewis Black
Directed by Christine Mosere

Artfully Edmonds (AE) and My Edmonds News warmly welcomes the Phoenix Theatre Company to our fast-growing family of advertisers.

Many AE readers are already fans of this dedicated company of actors and crew whose motto and mission is “Comedy Without All The Drama!”

The company has chosen Lewis Black’s “One Slight Hitch” for their 8th Season opener: It’s Courtney’s wedding day and her mom is making sure that everything is absolutely. Then the doorbell rings . . . and The Phoenix rises!

A Season of Laughter

But the fun of this theatre actually begins well before Friday, Oct. 9 – so why wait? If you order tickets for Season 8 the cast and crew promises that you (Yes! You!) will be in on backstage drama, gossip and fun, described as the box office as “added perks.”

The Phoenix Theatre will showcase six regular season productions this season with ticket prices that range from $81.90 – $92. That’s less than $15 a seat for the most consistently funny location in town. Tickets here. 

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Saturday, Oct. 10
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Adventures In Drawing
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.

Jessica Carlson is now offering her step-by-step drawing classes to adults!  Enjoy creating your own unique version of the featured drawing in an atmosphere of both structured guidance and artistic freedom. Tea, cookies and all supplies provided. Artist quality mediums used.

Cost $35 for Edmonds residents and $40 for non-residents.

Register online here. at or at 425-771-0230.

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Martin Sexton

Saturday, Oct. 10
7:30 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. S.
Martin Sexton
Mix Tape of the Open Road

Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when – the one that’s etched on your soul? Martin Sexton’s new album “Mix Tape of the Open Road” will bring back memories of that mix. “Mix Tape of the Open Rod” is a musical cross country trip, blazing through all territories of style, as you cruise through time and place.

This record is a charm bracelet of twelve gems strung together with the golden thread of what Rolling Stone calls his “soul marinated voice.” Sexton will perform tunes from Mix Tape as well as other Martin classics while at ECA.

Sexton’s music blends many genres including soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B. Known for his wide vocal range and ability to improvise; he’s collaborated with many notable artists including Peter Frampton.

For a wonderful sit-back-and-enjoy evening with someone you love to share music and memories with – choose Martin Sexton.

Tickets for Martin Sexton’s “Mix Tape for the Open Road” are available online here.

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10 scarecrowScarecrows!

You are forming your team and planning your design for the Edmonds Historical Society’s 2015 Scarecrow Festival – right? Remember how fun it was back in 2013 when the city was just getting used to the idea of scarecrow characters, specters and thatched ghouls dotted Edmonds?

According to Dave Buelow, the festival goal – in celebration of Edmonds’ 125th anniversary – is 125 entries!

So go to work Edmonds’ families and businesses, and community organizations after checking over the rules and deadlines right here.

— By Emily Hill

Emily ~ 2015 Bio jPeg for NewsEmily 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].


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