Artfully Edmonds: Volunteers needed for arts party of year, plus events galore to explore

Edmonds Arts Festival President Diane Cutts

What if you threw an art party and 50,000 people came?

What started out as a small arts and crafts fair 61 years ago, has grown into one of the biggest and (according to artist vendors who exhibit here) best art fairs in the Pacific Northwest

On Father’s Day weekend, tens of thousands of visitors will enjoy shopping for art, listening to music, browsing the galleries of fine art and student submissions, sampling from the multitude of food vendors and just generally having a great time.

Organizing for an event of this magnitude is mind-boggling — just think of the logistical issues: shuttle schedules, porta-potties, parking, promotion, trash, vendors, security, the list goes on. But Diane Cutts, who’s volunteered for the festival for 14 years — the last three of which also serving as festival president — takes it all in stride. Thirty years of teaching elementary school and reading support has made her relatively unflappable. As she puts it, “I’m pretty even-keeled, I don’t get uptight very easily.“ This may be one of the most critical attributes of her job. Cutts leads the team (army might be more accurate) of volunteers that make the Edmonds Arts Festival possible. Cutts can’t say enough about them. “We rely on volunteers for everything. They’re our lifeblood. We just couldn’t do it without them.“

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Edmonds Arts Festival.

At the top of her organization are the directors of each of the component parts of the festival. The directors usually work in teams of two and have diverse backgrounds. They come to the festival organization from the largest corporations and the smallest businesses –- graphic artists, administrators, teachers — their common element is a love for the arts community. In fact, while we’re on the subject of volunteers, they could still use some. You can go to the art festival website and sign up here. It’s a painless process that includes coaching, a stylish blue T-shirt, and lots of fun!

Another critical component to a successful festival is the organizations that are closely involved. The City of Edmonds, especially its Arts Commission, plus the Arts Festival Foundation, and the local Rotary clubs are all playing key roles.

Preceding the Festival will be the swanky Art and Cocktail Benefit party hosted by the festival foundation. Held Wednesday, June 13, art lovers will enjoy sampling signature dishes and cocktails created for the event from four of our most outstanding restaurants. Epulo, Bar Dojo, Sunset 190 and Salt and Iron will all be serving food and each attendee will receive three complimentary cocktails with ticket.

Vaudeville Etiquette, a Seattle Band described as Alt-Americana, will provide the music. Attendees will get the first crack at viewing and purchasing the galleries’ juried art. The evening’s art search game will award its winner $500 toward the purchase of art in the galleries

Sounds like it’ll be a great party.

Get your benefit tickets here.

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Thursday, June 7
6 p.m.

Community Meeting:
Becoming a Creative District

Edmonds City Hall
121 5th Ave N.
Brackett Room (3rd Floor)

Join Edmonds city officials as they explore the steps necessary to receive the coveted “creative district“ designation from the State of Washington.

We know Edmonds is a creative district; now we just want the state to make it official.

Benefits of the designation may include preferred treatment by grantors and with future state funding decisions. Please take the time to attend this important and informative gathering.

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June 8-24
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

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. Cntact the box office for more information.)

Tickets here.

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Now through Sunday, June 17

8 p.m.
Matinees Sunday at 2 p.m.

Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
(Firdale Village)

The Foreigner by Larry Shue

Directed by Eric Lewis

See my relatively spoiler-free review here.

Plot summary – some spoilers here:

The setting is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert. His friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie, is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone, the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should.

Tickets at

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Edmonds Arts Festival Poster Painting by Ned Mueller.

May 21 to June 17

The Edmonds Art Festival Foundation Gallery Presents

Ned Mueller – Festival Poster Artist

Frances Anderson Cultural Center
700 Main St.

This year’s Edmonds Art Festival Poster is really exceptional.

Ned Mueller has been drawing and painting all of his life. He graduated from the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, where he also taught drawing while still a student. His love for life and art is reflected in his superb paintings of a wide range of subjects including portraits, figures, animals and landscapes, both studio and plein air.

More information here.

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EWHS’s production of Inherit the Wind stars Neo King and Joe Flynn.

Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.

Edmonds-Woodway High School Players Present:

Inherit The Wind

EWHS Theater
7600 212th St. S.W.

This classic drama, based on the Scope’s “monkey“ trial of 1925, pits creationist against evolutionist in a riveting courtroom drama.

More information here.

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Saturday, June 9
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Scratch Distillery Presents:

Gin and Yoga

Scratch Distillery
190 Sunset Ave. S. Ste. A

Enjoy an amazing session of yoga in the distillery with the pros from Just Add Yoga.

Afterward, relax and enjoy a cocktail and tasting with fellow yoga participant and distiller Kim Karrick. Learn more on their Facebook page.

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Saturday, June 9
3 and 7 p.m.

Sno-King Community Chorale Presents:

Bye-bye Birdie – A Concert Version

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N.

Join the 100 strong Sno-King Community Chorale under the direction of Dustin Willetts as they perform this Frank DeMiero adaptation of the popular musical.

For tickets:

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Sunday, June 10
6 p.m.

ECA Presents:


By Padmashri Shobhana

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

Trance is a quest to present Indian performing traditions in a collage of rhythm, a kaleidoscope of colors, sensual poetry and traditional Bharatnatyam. The ever-evolving mythology of Siva, the avatars of Vishnu, Mary Magdalene — among other streams of consciousness — is re-contextualized in a form rich in movement and visual imagery. Complimented by a sonic fabric ranging from Indian classical to electronic music for audiences to be regaled and transported into the primordial state of being in Trance.

Learn more at

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Sérgio Mendes

Monday, June 11
7:30 p.m.

ECA Special Engagement:

Sérgio Mendes

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N.

Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sérgio Mendes is one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. His hit single, “Mas Que Nada,” is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard’s U.S. Pop chart and Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova and samba and distinctive pop instrumentation have ultimately come to define Brazilian music.

Tickets here.

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Thursday, June 14
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Eggs-plore Lynnwood
Artist reception & auction

Sponsored by the Lynnwood Art Commission and Lynnwood Parks and Recreation

Lynnwood City Hall
19200 44th Ave W.

After collecting the 28 beautifully-decorated, 10-inch-tall eggs recently displayed throughout Lynnwood, a free artists reception will be held at Lynnwood City Hall to honor the many fine artists who participated.

Proceeds for the silent action will be distributed to human services in Lynnwood. Refreshments will be served.

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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.



2 Replies to “Artfully Edmonds: Volunteers needed for arts party of year, plus events galore to explore”

  1. Regarding the Art + Cocktail party
    the Drink tickets are included in the Ticket price – Not complimentary
    It will be a great evening and I hope all will join us


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