Artfully Edmonds brief: Cascadia Art Museum sets holiday tradition

Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave. at Salish Crossing.

Cascadia Art Museum, which opened its doors two months ago on Sept. 12, celebrated its achievements Thursday night with a festive backdrop: The “Vintage Christmas Card Exhibition,” curated by David F. Martin.

In attendance for the special event were several of the art museum board of directors, museum members, patrons, artists and volunteers. Among local artists mingling with the crowd were Marni Muir (Muir is also a board member), Alice Owen, Darlene Lucas and Bob Rinehart. Robin Westbrook, whose jewelry is included at the museum gift store, attended the fete as well.

As the boisterous gathering grew quiet, Cascadia Art Museum President Lindsey Echelbarger addressed well-wishers from the central gallery of the destination art museum. The art museum was characterized by the LA Times as “a monument to the Pacific Northwest” this past month.

Echelbarger opened his remarks by suggesting that the kick-off-the-season event become one of the museum’s traditions. He then began ticking off art museum milestones as though they were gift requests fulfilled from a holiday list.

The museum receives an average of 80 visitors a day and is open five days a week, according to Echelbarger. Having surpassed 3,000 visitors since opening, Cascadia is now focusing on its membership drive and expanded education programs. Echelbarger revealed that the board set a membership goal of 700 for its first 12 months.

Cascadia currently has 275 members. With one-third of its goal met in just two months’ time, the outlook for reaching – and exceeding – the 700-member goal looks merry. For membership in the Cascadia Art Museum, follow this link.

Interim director Elizabeth Martin-Calder took a moment during the program to outline the museum’s upcoming art education classes. For the “Vintage Christmas Card Exhibition,” the classes include a holiday card-making class on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m. taught by Angela Bandurka, as well as a family-class on Friday, Dec. 4, 11-1 p.m. taught by Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson.

All arts organizations depend on their volunteers to ensure a smooth operation. Cascadia Art Museum is no exception. Currently 62 Edmonds-area residents assist with administrative tasks, security, ticket and gift shop sales and special events planning. Jim Clark, volunteer coordinator, invites those interested in becoming a volunteer you may sign up via this website.

The “Vintage Christmas Card Exhibit” will remain open through the holidays, making it a perfect showcase venue for your Thanksgiving and holiday season guests.

A centennial tribute to Nellie Cornish and the Cornish College of the Arts opens on Jan. 14, 2016.

Cascadia Art Museum hours are Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thursday open until 8 p.m.

— By Emily Hill

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