Artfully Edmonds: Driftwood Modern finds new downtown energy; plus arts and theatre on tap for New Year


Hannah Alex-Glasser stands next to a Mark Tobey lithograph at her gallery.

It’s been 18 months since Hannah Alex-Glasser opened Driftwood Modern, a gallery populated with beautifully curated art, art objects and furnishings from roughly 1950 to 1970. First, she opened up on 5th Avenue North at the edge of the commercial area in the space that will soon be occupied by the Gravity Bar. She moved seven months ago when a space became available in the heart of downtown Edmonds at 403½ Main St.

The move has been a good one. “The new location is so much more enjoyable,” said Alex-Glasser. “There is a feeling of energy in the center of town, and I just feel much more connected with the community and other shop owners. I’m impressed with how many lovely people come in — they seem to love and appreciate the art and beauty in our world.”

“There is a feeling of energy in the center of town,” Alex-Glasser says of her new space.

When the opportunity arose, she had to move fast. The timing wasn’t ideal — she was in the middle of putting two shows together in her work as a fine artist, and transforming the space took some doing. Proper lighting for a gallery is very different than the requirements of the clothing store she succeeded. The move was worth the effort — her new space is better suited for showing fine art. Large open walls run the length of the space, walls that are currently covered with remarkable work from all over the world.

Mid-century furnishings at Driftwood Modern.

Quality, integrity and beauty are the three characteristics Alex-Glasser is looking for when she chooses a piece to display at Driftwood Modern. “I’m especially proud, honored really, to have some important Northwest artists: A number of Mark Tobey lithographs, and pieces by Kenneth Callahan, George Tsutakawa, John Franklin Koenig and Neil Meitzler,” she said.

Few people who know “Alex-Glasser gallery owner,“ realize what an accomplished artist she is. A gifted abstract sculptor, her work embodies a deep appreciation of the natural world combined with an ability to draw from the symbolism of human experience. More than just purely organic, Alex-Glasser‘s work has a striking emotional component.

Fragmentation- Beggar’s Bowl
4th of series
Kiln and pit fired
c. 12” dia
Hannah Alex-Glasser

Take, for example, Beggar’s Bowl from her Fragmentation series. It’s a symbol of the idea that just as the humble monk reaches out his bowl in quiet hope, so do we all reach out, receptive and open — it’s a universal gesture of expectation, with no foreknowledge of what will be bestowed upon us.

The symbology of cloud and rain are contained in her installation Tears For The World, which she’s in the process of enlarging for a San Juan Island Museum of Art exhibition coming in February. Ominous rusted wire clouds hang above a shower of bone-like ceramic raindrops. The effect invites contemplation — an emotional storm we all might identify with at some level.

Alex-Glasser was also accepted recently for a month-long residency with the Lucid Art Foundation based in Inverness, Calif. Lucid focuses on art that emanates from the spirit and has a basis in nature. She’ll be spending the month of January in a studio provided by the foundation. She’ll be able to devote herself, gloriously uninterrupted, to her sculpture for the first time. (Her gallery will be closed during January.)

It’s difficult to find time in the studio when you’re raising children, caring for your mother, or running a business. When her children were little, the moments of time to create art were called “naptime.“ Later, when her mother needed her care she traveled back-and-forth to the bay area with sculptures that were in progress, literally lugging wet pieces of her Fragmentation series with her as she traveled up and down the coast.

Her eyes light up as she describes the isolated little cottage and studio that will be her home in January. “The process of creating art for me has sometimes slowed, but I’ve always kept at it,” said Alex-Glasser.

Driftwood Modern
403½ Main St.

Substrate – underlying currents exhibit
San Juan Museum of Art
Feb. 17 – May 8, 2018

Artist website:

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Thursday, Jan. 11
7 p.m.

Lil Buck & Jon Boogz “Love Heals All Wounds”

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

The world premiere of “Love Heals All Wounds“ is a collaboration between internationally renowned choreographers and dancers Lil Buck and John Boogz. “Love Heals All Wounds” addresses the social issues we are facing as a nation, as well as seeking to promote diversity, inclusion and empathy as a uniting force.

Sellout Alert – goods seats are going fast on this one!

Visit for tickets

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Friday & Saturday, Dec. 29 & 30
Friday, 7 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

B3ND – Our Time

Ballyhoo Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave. (Firdale Village)

A collection of songs that explores what it means to be human, and a young adult, in this usually transitional and exciting time. Featuring songs from shows such as Little Women, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cabaret, Wicked and more.

“B3ND – Our Time” challenges audience and actors alike to rise up to the thrilling adventure of owning one’s life.


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Pam Ingalls portrait – “Robert” 20” x 10” – oil (Cole gallery)

Saturday, Dec. 30
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Facing Edmonds
Pam Ingalls portraits

Join local portrait artist Pam Ingalls and sit for a one-minute video at Cole Gallery. A total of 30 “faces” will be selected for an oil portrait. Not everyone who sits will be selected, but those who do will receive a free print of the portrait and have an opportunity to buy the original painting.

Cole Gallery
107 5th Ave. S.

Learn more here.

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Friday, Jan. 12
8 p.m.

ECA Cabaret Series
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

This Coen Brothers classic brings Homer’s Odyssey to a 1930s chain-gang. Hillbilly, Gospel and Bluegrass music provide the soundtrack to this hilarious and surreal piece of film-making. Come early to enjoy the Seattle-based, high-energy string band The Warren G Hardings. Think Bill Monroe or Flatt and Scruggs – (unfortunately, this portion of the program has sold out- but tickets are still available for the film-only option)

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

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Thursday – Sunday, Jan. 11-14 @ Wade James Theatre
Thursday – Sunday, Jan. 19-21 @ The Phoenix Theatre

Thursdays–Saturdays 8 p.m.
Sundays 2 p.m.

Edmonds Driftwood Players Presents
Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities

Fruits of the Harvest

By Eric Bischoff
Directed by Sean McKay

Maggie, a widow who has been running her small Idaho farm for years, gathers her three grown children around her as she struggles desperately for that one last, great harvest. The battle — against time, weather, a changing culture, and the powerful corporate farms that surround her — may not be winnable. Yet Maggie is willing to sacrifice everything to give her children the future she hopes for them.

Tickets here.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820)

Saturday, Jan. 13
7 p.m.

Sno-King Meaningful Movies presents:

Following The Ninth

8109 224th St. S.W.
(Home of Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation)

In his final symphony, Beethoven created an anthem of joy that embraces the transcendence of beauty over suffering. Following The Ninth traces the global impact of this magnificent masterpiece.

Trailer here:

More information:

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Robert Burns

Saturday, Jan. 20
6 p.m.- doors open

2018 Annual Burns Night Dinner

Presented by Kenmore and District Pipe Band

The Nile Country Club
6601 244th St. S.W.,
Mountlake Terrace

It’s dinner and a show, Scottish style. The great Scottish poet Robert Burns is remembered each year on the anniversary of his birth — well, in this case, on the 20th instead of the 25th. If you’ve never been to a Bobby Burns night and experienced the parade of the haggis, bagpiping and highland dancing – you should give it a whirl. Tickets must be purchased in advance at


— By James Spangler

When not actively scheming about ways to promote the arts in Edmonds, James Spangler can be found (highly caffeinated) behind the counter of his bookstore on 4th Avenue.

One Reply to “Artfully Edmonds: Driftwood Modern finds new downtown energy; plus arts and theatre on tap for New Year”

  1. I am so inspired by Hannah as a business owner and artist. I hope we will get a follow up about her residency in California!


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