Artfully Edmonds: Is summer almost over? Not so fast, reads the arts calendar


News of dazzling performances and vibrant music, with dramatic colors and staging, continues to pour in from the Edmonds arts scene this week – and beyond.

As unbelievable as it might seem, summer is almost over, and 2017-18 performing arts calendars and gala invitations are already being sent to My Edmonds News for publication.

Why hop from one website to another when Artfully Edmonds and My Edmonds News provide you – in one easy-click location – all of the ticket links and back story features you’ll need to plan your out-and-about schedule?

Bookmark us! The summer is going to end on a high note; and the upcoming performance season is going to be wild, inspiring and exciting. Don’t miss the news – and backstories – as they break!

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 Art Walk Edmonds (AWE)

Map of participating gallery spaces

Featured Artist ~ Bryn Fraker at

408 Main St.

The featured artist for this month’s Art Walk Edmonds is Bryn Fraker, who will be showing her art, Under The Sea, from a very familiar venue — ARTspot. Ms. Fraker will unveil her coloring book of original illustrations of coral reefs.

ARTspot co-owner Tracy Felix invites you to meet the artist (her daughter!) and see the original ink drawings that inspired Bryn’s hot-off-the-press coloring book. The artist will be available to sign your copy of Under The Sea, which will be for sale at the art supply store.

The extravagantly colored ink originals, from which the inspiring coloring book was designed, will be on exhibit for Art Walk.

Tracy has developed a giving program that complements her dedication to community generosity and this month she informs My Edmonds News that purchases of Under The Sea will result in a donation to the Coral Reef Alliance.

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Edmonds Arts Commission has selected Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana as the featured band to highlight this month’s Art Walk Edmonds.


Edmonds Arts Commission has selected Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana as the sound that will fill downtown Edmonds Thursday evening for Art Walk Edmonds.

Founded in 1990, the band features the musical talents of Vicente Fernandez, Mariachi Vargas, Javier Solis, Lola Beltran, Juan Gabriel, Jose Jose, CCamilo Sesto, Pedro Infante, and Lucha Villa.

Mariachi Fiesta Mexican will perform on the Hazel Miller Plaza (203 5th Ave. S.) beginning at 5 p.m.

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Peruse select art pieces that will be included in September’s art studio tour at this month’s Art Walk Edmonds preview party, to be held at the Edmonds Historical Museum.

Studio Tour Preview Party

Edmonds Historical Museum

118 5th Ave. N.

A preview party is being held during Art Walk Edmonds for the upcoming Edmonds Art Studio Tour 2017. 

Artists who will be participating in the studio tour will be displaying examples of their artwork at the preview party Thursday.

Edmonds artist and jewelry designer, Ellen Chappelle informs us that a raffle will be held at the party in which the winner will receive a basket of “great art” from artists participating in the September 16 & 17 tour.

For more information about the Edmonds Art Studio Tour 2017 go to this link.

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Cole Gallery, a leader on the Edmonds arts scene, has chosen Bev Jozwiak to spotlight this month.

Art Walk strollers can also count on music from Cole Gallery & Art Studio, where gallery owner Denise Cole invites arts enthusiasts into the gallery with champagne and light desserts and a view of the work of artist Bev Jozwiak.

Denise says of the artist’s work, “Splashy, wet and wonderful, Bev Jozwiak’s whimsical watercolors bring joy to the serious side of art. From the mischievous brown bear to adorable young girls, her work is always fresh, fun and full of surprise. Jozwiak’s skill as a painter has garnered her national acclaim as one of America’s premier watercolorists. Renowned as an author with her watercolor instruction book, Painting Life with Life, and nationally sought after instructor Bev believes in keeping original art affordable and accessible to everyone.”

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Kim Zirbes

Cline Jewelers (105 5th Ave. S.) will be honoring the life of valued employee Kim Zirbes by featuring fused glass art by Lynn McManus.

Kim, who recently lost a very courageous battle with cancer, won the hearts of many Edmonds-area residents. Cline Jewelers owner Andy Cline invites the community to share stories about Kim during this special in-store celebration-of-life occasion.


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Edmonds artist Doug Lofstrom with managing director of The Phoenix Theatre, Debra Gettleman.

Doug Lofstrom Art

Legendary Properties
115 5th Ave. S.

There is so much news coming from Doug Lofstrom’s studio that frankly, it’s hard to keep up with the man.

Lofstrom recently reached a deal with The Phoenix Theatre and managing director Debra Gettleman that will allow the theatre use his art as the inspiration for the theatre’s upcoming logo redesign – to celebrate their upcoming 10th season.

Chat with Lofstrom from his sidewalk gallery, outside Legendary Properties, during Art Walk Edmonds and on many of Edmonds’ sunshine weekends.

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Ombu Spa & Salon
550 Main St.

So much is happening at Ombu Spa & Salon this month! Here’s what we hear from the stylish setting:

Potter Mara Sparks will be doing a demo and selling her gorgeous pieces right outside Ombu. Mara makes affordable handmade, functional, and decorative pottery using a potter’s wheel then altering the pieces with various hand building techniques.

PlanetDot Jewelry features modern industrial aesthetic, with a raw organic vibe. Owner and designer Michelle Mediati-Whalen is committed to creating hand-fabricated, high quality, unique pieces made from mixed metals, precious and semi-precious stones for jewelry that is both sensitive and intuitive.

Kat Singh will be back to do freehand henna tattoos. They are a perfect accessory to your summer tan! Designs start at $10. 

Colorful contemporary artwork by Pam Beer will be gracing the walls of the salon + spa.  Pam paints contemporary, colorful art on wood panels.

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The extravagant artwork of Lonnie Flowers is featured at Gallery North this month.

Gallery North
401 Main St.

Lonni Rae Flowers

Flora, Fauna, Land and Sea

Gallery North is featuring the artwork of Lonni Rae Flowers for the August art walk. This award-winning artist displays her love of nature through richly colored paintings in watercolor, silk and acrylic. The show will include more than30 of Ms. Flowers’ artworks, as well as many of her hand-painted silk scarves and unique jewelry creations.

Flora, Fauna, Land and Sea features many insights into the inspirations for Ms. Flowers’ creativity. The artist often captures the beauty of the colorful flowers and trees of the Pacific Northwest in her paintings.

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Featured Mention

Click this image! Add musical excitement to your life with tickets to see Scottish band “Skerryvore” performing Wednesday, August 23 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Image credit: YouTube


Exclusive Interview Upcoming ~ International Touring Band

Wednesday, Aug. 23
7:30 p.m.

Not your father’s Scottish band!

Sell Out Alert!


Skerryvore Band

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

We are pleased to announce that Skerryvore (the band chosen to provide the score for the Visit Scotland ad campaign) is including Edmonds on its 2017 tour of the United States.

Foot stomping ~ Hand clapping music!

This isn’t your father’s Scottish band. Prepare yourself for raucous urban sounds of rock, pop and funk!

Here, on YouTube, is the band’s song, Live Forever – which is what compelled us to buy our tickets to see Skerryvore.

Artfully Edmonds is delighted to have secured an exclusive interview with Alec Dalglish, band leader. Watch tomorrow’s news for the interview in its entirety.

It would be prudent to “step lively” to the ticket booth before the interview breaks!

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 Now, on to the events line up that makes Edmonds the arts destination it has become:


 Thursday, Aug. 18 – 21

Tall Ships

Port of Edmonds
336 Admiral Ave.

Lady Washington the official tall ship of Washington State and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Port of Edmonds Aug. 18-21.

Family-oriented adventure, evening and battle sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling will be available while the ships are in port.

Boarding tickets are required of all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 1-800-200-5239 for tickets or information.

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Singer Donna Dupras belts the blues Vegas-Style at Engel’s Pub at regular intervals. You want this chick on your music radar. Photo courtesy Barry Brovan and Scratch Daddy Band.

 Friday, Aug. 18
9 p.m.

Scratch Daddy Blues

Engel’s Pub
113 5th Ave. S.

Artfully Edmonds’ go-to blues band just happens to be Scratch Daddy Blues, led by Barry Brovan, Joseph Rivers and Frank Dalton, who back up the smokin’ hot voice of Donna Dupras.

When you want wailing blues – smooth chords and cynical banter – you may not know it yet, but you want Scratch Daddy.

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Ubuntu – A festival of arts and culture from around the world will be held in Lynnwood this weekend.

Saturday, Aug 19

Wilcox Park
5215 196th St. SW

The Ubuntu Multi-Cultural Exposé, coming to Lynnwood this weekend, is a family-centric festival focused on both multi-cultural artistic expression and community development.

Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term translated as “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.”

Highlighting the talents and contributions of an increasingly diverse community, Ubuntu features Snohomish County performance artists and facilitates positive cross-cultural experiences.

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Singer/ guitarist Duncan Shadrack, brings his Tennessee sound to Engel’s Pub. Image courtesy of the artist’s Facebook page.

Saturday, Aug. 19
9 p.m.


Engel’s Pub
115 5th Ave. S.

Want some Tennessee flavor added to your musical tastes? We highly recommend a stop and sip at Engel’s while Duncan Shadrack is on Engel’s micro-stage.

We’re expecting haunting music reminiscent of the Smokey Mountains – but you never know.

Expect a memorable music experience for a highly talented musician.

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The Asian-influenced art of Darlene McLellan will be featured by the Shoreline Arts Council when the city’s gallery reopens on August 22.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Darlene McLellan ~ Sharon Grader

Shoreline Arts Council

The Gallery at Town Center
17171 Bothell Way N.E.
Lake Forest Park

Edmonds artist Darlene McLellan will share the Shoreline Arts Council spotlight with Sharon Grader through September 30 at The Gallery at Town Center.

Darlene earned a BA in Fine Arts from Washington State University, which included a year at Nihon Daigaku (University of Japan), Tokyo. Her work reflects the influence of that experience.

Returning to Japan ten years later, her artwork included one-artist exhibits, participation in Yokohama art festivals, and designing for local companies, including sandblasted art-glass doors.

She is a juror, a curator, and exhibits designer and has certification in Museum Studies from the University of Washington and an active leader in the Edmonds arts community.

Sharon Grader left her career as a professional graphic designer after more than 30 years and discovered the language of design and how to see as an artist. Since leaving the corporate world, Sharon has unlocked the joy of creating for herself and coloring outside the lines

All of the elements of composition – shape, line, and color are carried forward into her art.

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Thursday, Aug. 24
5 p.m.

Free and great for kids who love kangaroos!

Kiwis, Kangaroos and You 

AAA Automotive Club
3000 196th St. S.W.

Come discover the charming cultures, breathtaking scenery and incredible wildlife that call Australia and New Zealand home at these special presentations.

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Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Aug. 17-26

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Aurora Theatre Company

Shoreline City Hall
Outdoor Amphitheatre
18030 Meridian Ave. N.

This community theatre experience is based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles Schultz

The music, book and lyrics are by Clark Gesner; with additional dialogue by Michael Mayer; additional music and lyrics by Anderw Lippa. The Aurora Theatre Company production is directed by Scott Charles Francis; with musical direction by Michelle Choate.

It’s Charlie Brown for goodness sake! The kids will go “nuts” over the fun staging!

Celebrate the world of Charles Schultz with Aurora Theatre Company.

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Sunday, Aug. 20
3 p.m.


Concerts in The Park

3rd Avenue South at Pine Street

One of the most popular music genres for out on the lawn at the end of a summer season seems to be blue grass, mixed with a little country and folk.

Please listen to this YouTube sampler of their lovely lilting sounds.

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Writer’s and Poet’s Podium

Writer’s Deadline

Aug. 25 submission deadline

EPIC Group Writers announces that non-member local authors now have an opportunity to join EPIC members in showcasing their published book in the Sno-Isle Edmonds Branch library display case.

This is your chance to share your work with the local community! Please let them know before Aug. 25 if you are interested in participating (one published book only).

Sept. 1 – Oct. 9

Submitted books will be featured in the display case from Sept. 1 through Oct. 9.

After Oct. 9, the Edmonds library will retain submitted books for their local collection should the authors wish to donate them.

Edmonds authors can drop their books off at the library’s front desk, after completing the necessary submission form.

For further submission instructions, email: before Aug. 25.

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September Scene Stealers

Saturday, Sept. 9

Photo Contest!

Edmonds Rotary Photomarathon

My Edmonds News earlier this week announced the annual Edmonds photomarathon, and Artfully Edmonds encourages our “About Town” photographers to submit their best work to the Rotary.

Where, but Edmonds, are the panoramic views so stunning, the street scenes so fascinating, and the sunsets so memorable? This is the epitome of an Edmonds-Kind-Of event!

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Thursday, Sept. 14
6:30 p.m. 

Style For Good

Sound Styles Fashion Show
100 5th Ave. S.

A fashion show to celebrate Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County will be held in September with the accompanying message: “You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly.”

Sound Styles owner, Jenny Murphy will hold the event at the store’s downtown Edmonds location.

Call the store at 425-77-.4111 for admission information.

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Saturday, Sept. 16

9-9:30 am  check in
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. workshop

Sell Out Alert!

Dr. Anu Taranath

“When We Speak About Diversity, What Exactly Are We Speaking About?”

Sponsored by

Creative Age Festival of Edmonds (CAFE)

Edmonds Senior Center
220 Railroad Ave.

With growing popularity in the mind-set “Recharge Your Life!” the organizers of new-to-the-scene CAFE seem to be having the time of their lives planning a slate of fast-approaching festivals.

Renowned professor from the University of Washington, facilitator and public speaker Dr. Anu Taranath will address this timely topic,  and Artfully Edmonds sends out this caution: Tickets go fast!

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Edmonds Center for the Arts will hold its “ECA 11th Annual Gala and Auction” on September 23 . Photo courtesy

Saturday, Sept. 23
5 p.m.

11th Annual

ECA Gala & Auction
410 4th Ave. N.

Once a year, the greater Edmonds community acknowledges the importance of the performing arts and its premier main stage, Edmonds Center for the Arts, with a classically upscale ECA Gala and Auction.

The 2017 Gala will feature a welcoming wine and appetizer “mixer” while patrons stroll the silent auction offerings. The festivities will then progress to the main event, a live auction and catered dinner.

For those who want to continue the party, there’s an After Party that begins at 9 p.m.

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Conspiracy abounds as The Phoenix Theatre joins forces with Edmonds Driftwood Players for the 24-hour Festival.

Saturday, Sept. 30
6 p. m.

Edmonds Two Playhouses Come Together

24-Hour Festival

The Phoenix Theatre and
Edmonds Driftwood Players

Conspiracy Theory is the theme the two troupes have chosen for their ‘come together’ 24-hour festival which will challenge 8 playwrights, 8 directors, and 24 actors to produce 8 plays in two separate locations.

Never mind the mystery surrounding the composition of the separate mini-troupes; a reporter at heart, Artfully Edmonds muses about the ‘come together’ theme for this year’s 24-hour festival, and how cozily these two magnificent theatre companies are becoming!

Stay tuned! We’ll bring in updates as they happen.

Act I begins at 6 p.m. at
The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.

Act II begins at 7:30 p.m. at
The Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.

Tickets are $25 each and include free admission to the festival casting and selection process which will be held at The Phoenix Theatre on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., plus hors’ d’oeuvres and desserts at the festival.

Your ticket price includes free admission to the casting and selection process.

Expect fun ~ Enjoy life!


— By Emily Hill

 Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. 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


  1. Great info, Emily! Wow, you’ve got a lot to keep track of… I remember how much time that takes. 🙂 Thanks for keeping us all so well informed.

    Just wanted to mention that the 12th annual Edmonds Art Studio Tour is coming up on September 16-17. And we’re having a sneak-peek preview party at Edmonds Historical Museum this Thursday during Art Walk. You’ll have to stop by just to see the gift basket we’re raffling off — it’s full of great art!

    1. Dear Ellen,
      Thank you for pointing out the preview party that is taking place during this month’s Art Walk Edmonds. We certainly agree with your suggestion that the preview party be included in this week’s column ~ and you’ll note that it has now been included.

      This might be a good time to remind gallery owners, artists and event coordinators that information submissions are encouraged and welcome, and that the weekly deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesday for inclusion in that evening’s edition of Artfully Edmonds.

      As always, it’s a joy to hear from You,

      Warmest Regards,

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