Artfully Edmonds: The making of a filmmaker, plus a peek at Thursday Art Walk offerings

Steve Hyde (Photo by Nils Cowan)

Merriam Webster defines cinematography as the art and science of motion picture photography. But obviously, you don’t just wake up one day a cinematographer.

For Steven Hyde, becoming a cinematographer was the result of a progression of interests. Thanks to a father that was interested in photography, Hyde begin shooting stills at the age of 11. Today, he’s completed three years as a full-time cinematographer and garnered a recent Emmy nomination to add to his credits.

“I spent a lot of time stuck in the darkroom. Back in those days I was always on eBay looking at vintage cameras. We used Ektachrome slides and had slideshow potlucks. Sometimes as many as 200 people would show up.“

He took a “circuitous path“ as he put it. When his parents moved into the Edmonds area from Seattle in the early ’90s, Hyde enrolled at Edmonds Community College, but continued to pursue his passions for climbing and exploring mountain ranges. He eventually received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human geography at the University of Washington, earning him a distinguished alumni designation from Edmonds Community College in 2004.

“I always intended to marry the two interests of film and geography to tell landscape stories,” Hyde said. “I’m drawn to stories by and about indigenous peoples. In fact, the first film I ever made was about indigenous people in the Andes. I feel a strong need to help people understand about the people that were here first.”

It was his interest in the indigenous people of the region of Oaxaca that led him eventually to produce Immigration and the Food On Your Plate, the Emmy-nominated feature/segment shown on KCTS/channel 9 — a short documentary film he created with friend and collaborator Nils Cowan. “I began working on this story way back in 2011. I was pursuing a story about imaginative alternative agricultural techniques of the past.”

Photo by Tracy Rector

As I see it, Hyde and Cowan’s film is an objective look at what it is to be an immigrant farm worker in Skagit Valley today. It has no real agenda unless it’s to educate the viewer and to humanize the skilled migrant workers it portrays.

“Our media and our political system seems to dehumanize migrant workers,” Hyde said.

I’ve often wondered how it’s possible for most Americans to be so unaware or unconcerned about a segment of our population that is so critical to the process of getting almost everything we eat to our tables.

As I watched Hyde and Cowan’s segment a second time, I was able to concentrate more on the finesse of the filmmaking. Frequent cuts and pans and stunning long landscape shots attracted my attention. A beautiful visual story was being told in parallel with the text. There was a finesse, an artisanship to the work. It’s no wonder it received an Emmy nomination.

What’s next for Hyde? He’s working on a feature film with Seattle Arts Commissioner and co-founder of Longhouse Productions Tracy Rector, after having done a considerable amount of work with her at Standing Rock.

“I’d like to make films that blend commercial production values with the social sciences – create a platform for messages that need to be heard.”

There seems to be a need for alternative sources of information today. The Sundance Film Festival recently added a category for documentary series, and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have been steadily adding documentary content, presumably in answer to consumer demand.

See the short documentary here:

Visit Hyde’s site at

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Thursday, June 21

5 – 8 p.m.

Art Walk Edmonds

The 26 stops on the map this month means that you’ll have to start early and stay late to see everything there is to see!

Here are a few highlights —

NW7 Festival Gallery

Francis Anderson Cultural Center: Start with the Featured Art Show of the Month: NW7’s show “Same but Different” featuring a coordinated show by seven local women artists – Sue Robertson, Nancy Thompson, Lynn Hanson, Mona Smiley-Fairbanks, Donna Wallace, Angela Bandurka, and Tracy Felix. They invite you to an Artists’ Reception at the Edmonds Arts Festival Gallery, Frances Anderson Cultural Center (700 Main St).

Hunni & Co.

Hunni Co – Salish Crossing: Artist Vidette McDowall’s show “Heart Whole” at Hunni Co. (186 Sunset Ave) will tug on your heartstrings.

No Art Walk evening is complete without stopping in at Cascadia Art Museum (190 Sunset Ave), which is in its final few weeks of the “Art of the Midnight Sun” exhibit. Don’t miss it!

Doug Lofstrom

ARTspot: Doug Lofstrom will set up in front of ARTspot to do what he does best: exuberant large- scale painting.

Sound Styles: Singer and pianist Nick Baker, naturally gifted with incredible musical ability, will exhibit his form here.

Driftwood Modern: A rich collection of original paintings, sculpture, and prints from the midcentury modern period, with a focus on Abstract Expressionists and the work of important Northwest artists.

Bev Jazwiak

Cole Gallery: Water colorist Bev Jazwiak creates fresh splashy paintings. Also featuring works of nationally acclaimed figurative oil impressionists Michael Maczuga and Mike Fitzpatrick.

For a complete listing of Art Walk events visit their website or get your Art Walk Map here.

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Asa Sholdez (Linus Larrabee, Jr) and Rebecca Erickson (Sabrina Fairchild) in Driftwood Players’ Sabrina Fair. (Photo by Dale Sutton, Magic Photo)

Now through June 24
Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

Wade James Theater
950 Main St.

Driftwood Players presents

Sabrina Fair

Directed by Rick Wright

See my review here.

Set on Long Island in the ’50s, Sabrina Fairchild is the daughter of the Larrabee family chauffeur. Bright, well-educated, and just returned from five years in Paris, Sabrina has come home to find out if she is still in love with the younger Larrabee son, David. The elder son, Linus, a cynical, good-humored tycoon, lays a trap to bring them together for his own amusement. It works: David falls in love with Sabrina and wants to marry her. At the same time, a rich young Frenchman who has known Sabrina in Paris turns up and asks her to marry him. But who does Sabrina love and will she get her heart’s desire?

(Note that limited accessible seating will be reserved for Deaf and Hard of Hearing patrons during the ASL Interpreted performance, June 16. Contact the box office for more information.)

Tickets here.

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Saturday , June 23

Noon – 1 p.m.

Edmonds Bookshop Author Event:

Down By The River: A Fly Fishing Story

Andrew Weiner

One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. As Art hooks a beautiful brown trout, he finds reassurance in Grandpa’s stories and marvels in the sport and a day spent with family, promising to continue the tradition with his own grandkids generations later. Three generations enjoy birds, bugs and fish in this delightful children’s picture story.

Based on the author’s own decades of experience fly fishing, the book exudes a strong regard for nature. It includes extensive back matter about conservation and fly-fishing equipment and techniques.

Andrew Weiner is a longtime publishing professional, avid fly fisher and a great friend of the Edmonds Bookshop. He lives in Albany, Calif.

April Chu is an architect and an illustrator of children’s books. She lives in Oakland, California.

For more information, visit:

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Most Monday evenings –
(Check ArtWorks calendar for exact dates)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

201 2nd Ave. S.

Open Figure Drawing Sessions

Drop-in figure drawing from nude and clothed models. No instruction provided. All are welcome.

Participants work independently with their own choice of materials in this three hour session administered by a monitor.

Carol Adelman is a highly experienced painter who has taught at Louisiana State University, Kutztown University, and Dickinson.

For information on how to register and class dates:

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Artist Danny Pierce – Tom Codding – 1963

Now through – Sunday, July 1

Modern Alaska: Art of the Midnight Sun, 1930–1970

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset Ave. #E

Cascadia Art Museum will present works of art created by mid-century Northwest artists related to their travels to Alaska. Photographer Verna Haffer, painter and printmaker Danny Pierce, Stephen Fuller, and native Alaskan artists Bernard Katexac and Joseph Senungetuk are featured. More at

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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.



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