Artfully Edmonds: Northwest artist Galen Garwood to read at Cascadia, plus events citywide

Galen Garwood

Prominent Northwest artist Galen Garwood, associated with the Northwest School/Mystics, will hit town Sunday on his book tour promoting Sell The Monkey. He’ll be reading from his new memoir and showing a multimedia presentation of Passport at Cascadia Art Museum Sunday, July 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

I called him up and he was kind enough to answer a few questions.

Artfully Edmonds: How’s the tour going?

Garwood: “Well, so far, so good. I’m currently on the Port Townsend ferry on my way over to Langley, then I’ll be heading up to Alaska before I come back down to Edmonds. We’ve had some very successful book events in Georgia and Florida and in Port Townsend on the 8th (of July).”

Artfully Edmonds: What gave you the idea to write a book?

Garwood: “I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for sometime. About three years ago, when I turned 71, I decided it was now or never.”

Artfully Edmonds: I understand you’ll be reading excerpts from the book about your time in Seattle, and your friend and mentor Morris Graves.

Garwood: “That just seems appropriate with the Edmonds connection and Cascadia Art Museum’s interest in regional art and Graves’ work.”

Artfully Edmonds: Can you tell me a little bit about your association with Graves?

Garwood: “Our meeting was prompted by an unusual dream that I had. I asked my friend Jan Thompson who was at Foster White Gallery (in Seattle) where Graves and I were both represented, and who was a legendary friend of Graves, how to approach him. She said, ‘Why not write him a letter, you might be surprised.’”

Garwood wrote, Graves responded, and thus began a long friendship between the two artists.

Garwood will also be presenting a 25-minute multimedia piece entitled Passport.

Artfully Edmonds: This presentation began as a book of poetry and fine art. How did that come about?

Garwood: “In 1983 I was working on some small figurative pieces on plexiglass. Sam Hamell, who co-founded Copper Canyon Press, became interested in them and asked if he could photograph them. I had no idea at that time that he was an accomplished poet. After some time, I received a letter in the mail that had a slide of one of my pieces along with one of his poems. Every so often I would receive another slide and another poem. There were 20 images and poems in all. This became the basis for our book Passport. There was a remarkable connecting force creating this work.”

The multimedia piece is designed to showcase that connecting force. It will also feature music by the brilliant composer Jon Brower, who died just two weeks after completion of Passport – a casualty of the AIDS epidemic. Copies of the book Passport will also be available to purchase.

The museum will provide light snacks and beverages.

Learn more at

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Blanche Morgan Losey: Tired Harlequin, 1945, tempura on illustration board (private collection)

July 12 – Sept. 30

Wednesday – Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Art Walk Edmonds: Third Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. – FREE

Drama & Design: Yvonne Twining Humber & Blanche Morgan Losey

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset

In keeping with their commitment to revive the reputations of our region’s women artists, Cascadia Art Museum presents this important exhibition that brings together the work of two prominent regional artists active in Seattle during the period 1930-1950.

Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004), Demolition, about 1948. Oil on board, Collection of Sharon Archer

Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004) was a Northwest transplant, arriving in Seattle in 1943 after her marriage to local businessman Irving Humber. Originally from New York and Boston, Humber had developed an impressive national reputation for her unique paintings created for the WPA Federal Art Projects during the Depression. Her hard-edged Precisionist style was highly unusual in the Northwest, gaining her additional local and national attention including a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 1946.

Blanche Morgan Losey 1912–1981 was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Olympia and Tacoma. She moved to Seattle in 1937. She studied at the University of Washington where she received a BFA in architecture and interior design.

“Of special interest will be a selection of her original watercolor designs for the stage sets and costumes created for Seattle’s Federal Theater Project as well as the Negro Repertory Company during the Depression”, said museum curator David Martin. “We are very excited that these works will be shown publicly for the first time at Cascadia Art Museum”.

Losey held the position of senior interior designer at Seattle’s Frederick & Nelson department store from 1939 to 1977. Her noted design projects included the Seattle Opera House and the “Higashi Nishi” (East-West) Japanese Garden and Room for the Uniroyal display at Century 21 Exposition, Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

More information at

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Saturday, July 14

7 p.m.

Sno-King Meaningful Movies Presents: Plastic Ocean

Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church
8109 224th St. S.W.

Plastic Ocean begins with a search for the great blue whale, only to find vast amounts of plastic floating in the water.

The film shows how plastic breaks down and ingested by fish, carrying the toxins from the plastics that are eventually ingested by humans.

Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening, a discussion will be held with special guests Dr. Kriss Kevorkian and Jeni Woock.

Learn more at

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Chalkboard People

Saturday, July 14
10 a.m–6 p.m

Spangler Books
111 4th Ave N

Thursday, July 19 (Artwalk)
5–8 p.m.

Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave S

Epic Writer’s Group Presents:
Chalkboard People!

EPIC Edmonds Prose & Poetry Interactive Community affirms Literacy as an integral part of the Edmonds Arts Programs. Join EPIC members as they welcome participation by the community to “Share Your Favorite Book & Why” by writing on the cutout Chalkboard People stationed at Spangler Books on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and at the Edmonds Bookshop during Art Walk Edmonds on Thursday, July 19 from 5-8 p.m. EPIC — Every person is creative! EPIC is a non- profit organization.

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Cliff Perry Band

Sunday, July 15
3 to 4 p.m.

City Park – upper level
3rd Ave S. and Pine St.

The Edmonds Art Commission Presents:
Summer Concerts in the Park – sponsored by Lynnwood Honda and Acura of Lynnwood
The Cliff Perry Band

The Art Commission kicks off its Sunday Concert series with foot stomping bluegrass.

The Cliff Perry Band is a Pacific Northwest traditional style Bluegrass band featuring Perry on guitar, Mary Simkin-Maass on fiddle, Greg Maass on Dobro guitar, Mary Fleischman on bass, Tom Moran on mandolin and Harley Bray on banjo. Cliff Perry is a founder of the well-known Northwest band Southfork, performing with them for 20 years before the band broke up. He teaches the popular bluegrass class at Shoreline Community College, as well as workshops at the annual Wintergrass festival in Bellevue.

Admission is free.

Next week: Shakespeare!

For more information, and schedules of Concerts in the Park and Tuesday and Thursday concerts at Hazel Miller Plaza:

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Thursday, July 19 (Artwalk)
5 – 8 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave. S.

Edmonds Bookshop Author Event:

Joe Gaydos

Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids

Drop into The Edmonds Bookshop this Artwalk when they welcome Joe Gaydos, one of the authors of this great new book:

Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids by Joseph K. Gaydos and Audrey DeLella Benedict.

Filled with beautiful photography and engaging text, this new book inspires children to explore the unique marine ecosystem that encompasses the coastal waters from Seattle’s Puget Sound up to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Georgia Strait of British Columbia.

This engaging non-fiction narrative covers wildlife habitats, geodiversity, intertidal and subtidal sea life, and highlights what is unique to this Pacific Northwest ecosystem and best of all, inspires outdoor exploration!

For more information, visit

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Thursday, July 19 (Artwalk)
5-8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

200 Dayton St.

Artists Connect Presents:

According to artist Mary Bess Johnson, whose work will be on display, in the neighborhood of 20 artists will exhibiting their work. ArtSplash features both established and emerging artists.

“I think one of the most exciting things about ArtSplash is the emerging artists. They always have a slightly different take on things. It’s interesting to see what they bring,” Johnson said.

This year, 25 percent of all art sales and 100 percent of proceeds from their silent auction will go to the Edmonds Art Festival Foundation.

“We just feel that it’s a good way to give back to a foundation that has done so much for us,” Johnson said.

For more information about Artists Connect:

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NW7 Festival Gallery

NW7 Festival Gallery

Now through July 31

NW7 – Same But Different

Edmonds Art Festival Gallery
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.

A group of seven artists from the Pacific Northwest, NW7, paint together monthly at Joyful Art Studio, hosted by founding member Sue Robertson in 2008.

Current members are Sue Robertson, Nancy Thompson, Lynn Hanson, Mona Smiley-Fairbanks, Donna Wallace, Angela Bandurka, and Tracy Felix.

NW7 “Same but Different” will be displayed at the Edmonds Arts Festival Gallery just after the Edmonds Art Festival wraps up. Each artist in the group will present four 12×12-inch paintings in their unique style. The show will debut new work by each artist.

Additional information in Tracy Felix’s Art Town column here.

Learn more at

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Most Monday evenings – Check ArtWorks calendar for exact date

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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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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