Artfully Edmonds: A conversation with artist Lynn Hanson, plus upcoming music and theatre events

When I sat down to talk with fine artist Lynn Hanson this week, it was pretty apparent I was lucky to get her to agree to an interview. She was smack in the middle of a three-day workshop she was hosting at her home studio featuring her friend and fellow artist Pamela Beer, just coming out of a mural project meeting for Art Walk Edmonds. And she still had half a show to hang at her gallery in Seattle for an opening on Thursday for Seattle’s First Thursday Art Walk. Hanson stays busy.

She works primarily in acrylic and mixed media, although she’s done quite a lot with encaustic as well. “I guess you’d say I am an abstract expressionist and figurative painter. I work loosely, I don’t do tightly rendered images,” she said. “I work in series based on ideas that I have. I’m not interested in making something that will go above the couch.“

Hanson said two of her most recent ideas involve a trip she took to Denmark. An initial series in anticipation of the trip, and a second series composed of remembrances from it. I asked her how they compared. “My first series matched up pretty well to what I saw on the island of Bornholm,” she said, referring to the home of her great-great grandmother. “I loved Copenhagen, but it wasn’t what I had imagined, so the two series differ in that way,” said Hanson.

In addition to the impressive body of quality work as a fine artist, Hanson wears a lot of art-related hats: Seattle gallery owner, Edmonds Art Walk co-president, Lynnwood Arts Commissioner, Edmonds Studio Tour artist and host, and member of the NW7 Group of artists.

To her credit, almost every aspect of her career is also defined by service to the local community and to the promotion of art in general.

Take for example her gallery in Seattle. Lynn Hanson Gallery is located in the  Tashiro Kaplan building near Pioneer Square. Of the 21 artists Hanson represents, nearly a dozen hail from Edmonds. Her sixth annual ICON show is always well represented by Edmonds artists. She currently has a call to artists that’s open until Aug. 12. “The ICON show usually draws about 150 entries with about 40 artists accepted,” said Hanson. Judging this year’s show is Seattle artist Kelly Lyles.

Another example is the work she’s involved with as co-president of Art Walk Edmonds. After a series of unfortunate events, Edmonds’ Art Walk rose from the ashes in 2013 by reconfiguring itself. It now boasts a paid coordinator and $10,000 budget for their ongoing mural project, thanks largely to their highly successful Wine Walks (look for the second Wine Walk this Saturday, Aug. 4). When I spoke to her, Hanson had just left a meeting that selected two muralists for the Sound Styles wall and the Market wall, both located near 5th and Main.

Since contracts had not been signed and building owner approval had not yet been obtained, I couldn’t compel her to spill any more information about them, although I tried repeatedly, I assure you. Suffice it to say the entire AWE board is very excited by the prospect of adding two high-quality murals to our downtown core.

Hansen will be hosting artists Lisa Jones Moore and Pamela Beer at stop number 6 during this year’s art studio tour. (Mark your calendar for that – it’s Sept. 15 and 16.)

It’ll give Hanson a chance to showcase her new studio. Nestled into a heavily wooded area on her property, it provides a natural setting away from the common distractions of her home.

After being invited to attend a Lynnwood Arts Commission meeting, she found herself attracted to their high-energy board and decided to join it. The City of Lynnwood seems to be strongly supportive of their arts commission. Following a very successful “Egg-splore” program that supported human services with the sale of 28 artists’ elaborately decorated 18-inch “Easter” eggs, they’ve been busy “wrapping” their electric utility boxes all over town with original art.

Check out Lynn Hanson’s Gallery site at www.lynnhansongallery.com.

For more information on the studio tour go to www.edmondsartstudiotour.com.

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Mary and the Bad Cat Daddies

Saturday, Aug. 4
9 a.m. – noon

Engel’s Pub Presents:

Mary and the Bad Cat Daddies

113 5th Ave. S.
Edmonds

It’s Mary’s birthday celebration and time once again to enjoy the righteous rock and soulful sounds of Mary McPage and her band of bad cat daddies.

More on Facebook here.

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Royal Jelly Jive

Wednesday, Aug. 8
7:30 p.m.

ECA Summer Engagement: Royal Jelly Jive

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

“San Francisco Soul” is the best term to describe Royal Jelly Jive’s unique and intoxicating sound. Led by dynamic front-woman Lauren Bjelde, this sultry sextet rocks into uncharted musical territories with their infectious blend of modern and throwback sensibilities. Armed with retro horns, razor-sharp beats, and groovy songs that are near impossible to resist, RJJ can pair with your fancy cocktail at that smoky jazz club or shake up even the funkiest dance party.

See more on YouTube here.

Tickets here.

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Now through Sunday, Sept. 16

Shoreline’s 7th Annual Pop-Up Pianos

Various locations – see link to map below

Shoreline’s popular “Pop Up Pianos” exhibition series returns for a 7th season during the reliably dry weather until September 16th. Altered and decorated by local artists since 2012, please welcome all 8 pianos this year; new commissions will return in 2019. This year’s artists: Joseph Brooks, Heather Carr, Jennifer Carroll, Cynthia Knox, Marhsa Lippert, Kelly Lyles, Megan Reisinger.  A printable brochure and map detailing locations can be downloaded at

More at http://shorelinewa.gov/art

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Friday – Saturday, Aug. 10 – 12

Friday and Saturday
8 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday matinees
2 p.m.

Driftwood Players Teen Troupe Presents:

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
Edmonds

Directed by Dorothy Pierce
Vocal music direction by Jordyn Meeker
Choreography by Alia Thomaier &
Featuring a student orchestra and key mentors under the direction of Mark Press

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Tickets and more information at edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org/

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

Now – 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
Edmonds

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

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 www.cascadiaartmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions/

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Call To Artists
40th Annual Arts of the Terrace juried art show

The Mountlake Terrace Art Commissioners and Friends of the Arts are proud to present the 40th annual Arts of the Terrace juried art show. Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission is seeking paintings, prints, drawings, miniatures, calligraphy, photographs, 3-Dimensional and Artisans’ works for its 40th Annual Juried Art Show.

“Arts of the Terrace” will be held Sept. 22 – Oct. 7, 2018. Deadline for entries is August 30 and over $5,000 in prize money is available this year.

Learn more at mltarts.org/artsoftheterrace/

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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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