Artfully Edmonds: This week, we highlight events tailored for cozy warmth

Featured highlight of this month’s Art Walk Edmonds is Cole Contemporary, presented by Cole Gallery. “Freedom” by C.A. Pierce is the gallery’s representative selection of Cole Contemporary.

There’s a definite chill in the air but Edmonds performance venues are presenting cozy respite this week.

Gallery spaces are warming art walk strollers this Thursday evening with toddies and treats; Cascadia Art Museum is hosting conductor Adam Stern for its Music at the Museum and Gary Stroutsos is weaving a musical reprise of the Lewis and Clark Expedition for the Music at the Library program.

Engel’s Pub, under new ownership, is heating up the Thanksgiving weekend by inviting back the hot-stomp and slide of the only authentic Zydeco musician on the West Coast – Lafayette-born and bred Richard Allen, appearing with his band Nov. 24, Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience. And New Orleans singer Jazzy Ash brings her own style of Southern heat to Edmonds Center for the Arts with her Saturday matinee on Nov. 18.

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Art Walk Edmonds

Thursday Nov. 16
5-8 p.m.


The featured highlight of this month’s Art Walk Edmonds is happening at anchor location, Cole Gallery, 107 5th Ave. S.

Launching Cole Contemporary, which Artfully Edmonds mentioned several months ago, gallery owner Denise Cole has created one of the most vibrant online selections of abstraction, expressionism, and contemplative art.

Click here for a map of November’s gallery locations.

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After AWE

Seven of Edmonds’ finest restaurants are offering their warm hospitality Thursday to celebrate After AWE. Beginning with Chanterelle, 316 Main St., the participating eateries include Epulo Bistro, 526 Main St.; Girard’s Osteria, 504 5th Ave. S.; Las Brisas, 201 5th Ave. S.; Salt & Iron, 321 Main St.; A Very Taki Tiki Bar & Grill, 518 Main St. and Salish Crossing’s 190 Sunset for those taking advantage of Cascadia Art Museum’s free admission on Art Walk Edmonds Thursday’s.

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Gary Stroutsos. Photo courtesy of the musician.



Thursday, Nov. 16
6:30 p.m.

Gary Stroutsos

Music, Stories, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Music at the library

Edmonds Library
650 Main St.

Musician and educator Gary Stroutsos brings time-honored stories and songs from his time and studies on the bank of the Upper Missouri River in present-day North Dakota to the Edmonds Library in Along the River.

This interactive presentation celebrates the 1804 Lewis & Clark expedition focusing on the untold perspective of the Native Americans and t lesser-known moments in which Lewis & Clark learned about the Indian music, song, and spiritual beliefs during the time they stayed with the Upper Missouri River Mandan earth lodge people.

During his own travels, Gary was honored by the Earth Lodge people who shared a glimpse of their perspective on how Lewis and Clark were treated during the winter of 1804. He learned tribal stories and river songs that he still cherishes today and wants to share with the world.

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Thursday – Sunday
Nov. 16 – 19

The Dining Room

By A.R. Gurney


Edmonds-Woodway High School
7600 212th St. S.W.

This introspective play, set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household where the family assembles daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions, provides a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful.

For more information regarding the EWHS music and drama programs, click to this link.

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Saturday, Nov. 18
10 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Three Artists Holiday Sale
18424 71st Ave. W. Lynnwood

Join local artists Mona Fairbanks, Lynette Hensley, Robin Westbrook for the 3rd Annual Three Artists Holiday Sale.

These three creative forces will have on exhibition, and available for sale vintage kimono table runners, small floral art boxes, whimsical assemblage figures, paintings, prints, cards, and elegant and imaginative jewelry.

The event link for this holiday event can be found at this link.
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New Orleans-based singer Jazzy Ash brings New Orleans heat and fun to the ECA in its Saturday matinee series.

Saturday, Nov. 18
11 a.m.

 Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards

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

Singer Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards are set to entertain the young-at-heart New Orleans style at this ECA matinee meant for the whole family.

When you want sugar and sass, Southern style, you invite Jazzy Ash to the stage.

Tickets for this delightfully warm program are available at this link.

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Conductor Adam Stern is the special guest of Cascadia Art Museum in the series “Music at The Museum”

Saturday, Nov. 18
6 p.m.

Adam Stern

Conversation with the Conductor

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset Ave.

Adam Stern, music director of the Seattle Philharmonic and the Sammamish Symphony and a Grammy Award-winning recording producer, has had a long and varied career as a conductor, composer, pianist, producer and writer.   

Mr. Stern’s presentation, Conversation with the Conductor, focuses on his life on the podium, the ways in which a conductor obtains a performance from an orchestra, collaborations with soloists, and his interactions over the years with some of the major names in the music world.

To purchase your ticket for this insightful event, click on the museum’s Public Programs page

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Saturday, Nov. 18
8 p.m.


From Page to Stage

The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.

Meet the next generation of playwrights as The Phoenix Theatre and Edmonds Community College introduce to the community the work of the Fall class of playwrighting graduates.

Call 206-533-2000 to reserve your seats to these 10-minute vignettes that showcase inspiring and creative work.

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Friday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m.   Beauty and The Beast, presented by the Edmonds Driftwood Players, opens November 25 for the holiday season. Tickets to seen Beauty and The Beast are available at this link.

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Zydeco authentic Cajun-style is what “Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience” brings to the Engel’s Pub stage — complete with Mardi Gras beads and beaded masks. Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 9.

Friday, Nov. 24
9 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 9
9 p.m.

Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience

Engel’s Pub

113 5th Ave. S.

Engle’s Pub new owner, Dawn Vinberg, has selected Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience to showcase an Edmonds-Kind-Of Thanksgiving weekend.

A high-caliber entertainer, Allen brings his five-piece Zydeco band back to Engel’s for un petit joie de vivre – Joy of Life!

Singer Richard Allen on piano accordion, keyboards; Laurie Iams on scrubboard; Lissa Ramaglia on bass, CD Woodbury on guitar, and Grant Steele on percussion.

Mardi Gras beads! Masks! And an old-fashioned porch party orchestrated by the Godfather of Fun!

— 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


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