Artfully Edmonds: Here’s your chance to give back as ECA volunteer, plus art and theatre events

Jim Kristian

When Jim Kristian started putting together the current volunteer program for the Edmonds Center for the Arts about nine years ago, the volunteer component of operations was pretty casual.

“At this point, it’s running like a well-oiled machine. We’ve got people coming to us now asking for information on how to set up their own volunteer programs,” Kristian said

“Most people don’t realize how much goes on here. People know the big acts – like Graham Nash of Crosby Stills and Nash coming this October, but those acts only represent about 10 percent of what we do,” Kristian said.

The Edmonds Center for the Arts had a total of 286 non-ECA rental events last year. In addition to headliner acts, the Cascade Symphony, the Olympic Ballet, several school districts, the DeMiero Jazz Festival, and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra all use the ECA.

The ECA runs summer camps – Shakespeare, marimba, dance, and Hawaiian. They have dementia and autism programs, and (new this year) The Seattle Children’s Film Festival. There’s the cabaret film series, Saturday and Sunday movie matinees, and Kidstock. Several organizations like the Puget Sound Partnership, (the state agency created to recover and sustain Puget Sound) and Ed! (Edmonds’ Downtown Business Improvement District) rely on the ECA for meeting space.

Inclusion is something the ECA takes very seriously. Their inclusionary committee (which has a member of the city’s Diversity Commission) meets regularly to ensure that a wide variety of cultural events are part of each year’s program schedule.

“We’re not just an ‘arts’ center, we’re a community center, and volunteers are involved with all of it – volunteers are critical to all of it,“ Kristian said.

Find out what volunteering at ECA is all about during the volunteer open house Aug. 15.

Their upcoming volunteer open house is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 this year. It’s a casual, brief (1 to 1 ½ hours) presentation that enables potential volunteers to come down and “kick the tires“ to see if the ECA would be a good fit for them. It will begin with a brief overview of the workings of the ECA, followed by an explanation of the volunteer application process and safety education.

There are a lot of different jobs available — a myriad of tasks for event volunteers and for office volunteers. There are even licensed bartender positions that volunteers fill.

“We have a very supportive community,” he said. “Many of our residents have time and are looking for a way to be part of something bigger than themselves.”

If you’re looking for a fun way to plug into the local community, volunteering at the ECA might just be the ticket!

For information about the Edmonds Center for the Arts:

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Taste Edmonds

Aug. 10-12

Fri/Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Civic Playfield
6th Avenue North and Bell Street

Taste Edmonds comes to town with big changes in store for Edmonds’ annual food and entertainment festival sponsored by — and benefiting — the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. Here’s a link to a past column of Taste Edmonds entertainment highlights — or you can visit to learn more.

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Friday – Saturday

Aug. 10 – 12
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.

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

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The Edmonds Art Commission  – Summer Concert Series

Sunday, August 12
3 p.m.

Jazz Underground

Jazz Underground

City Park – upper level
3rd Avenue South and Pine Street

Seattle’s Jazz Underground is a 20-member contemporary jazz big band. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of music from the libraries of Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Snarky Puppy, Stan Kenton, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Charles Mingus, as well as music by jazz greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker. In addition, the group performs music by local composers and arrangers, including original tunes by members of the band.

Learn more at

Tuesday, August 14
Noon – 1 p.m.

The Harmonica Pocket

Harmonica Pocket

Hazel Miller Plaza, 5th Avenue South and Maple Street

The Harmonica Pocket performances feature acoustic instruments, unexpected props, hula hoops and spinning flags. Shows are sprinkled with wah-wah guitar, ukuleles, sweet vocal harmony, a looping pedal, percussion and of course harmonicas! If you’re lucky they’ll whip out their “Hinklehorns,” invented instruments which are part kazoo, part plumbing fixtures.

More at

Thursday, Aug. 16
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Maya Soleil

Maya Soleil

Hazel Miller Plaza, 5th Avenue South and Maple Street

Maya Soleil includes vocals, costumed African dancers, balafon, mbira, ngoma, congas, djembe, talking drum, shekere, bells, and more. Stylistic influences range from the Afro-beat of Nigeria, and Highlife music of Ghana, to the social dance music and Kalendula of Zambia and Shona music of Zimbabwe.

More at

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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

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

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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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

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Thursday, Aug. 16
5 – 8 p.m.

The Edmonds Bookshop Author Reception:


A presentation of cross-genre art books that include photography, art, poetry and essays from Dekel Press. The event will include video, readings and plenty of room for Q & A and discussion.

Bezalel-Levy is the combined signature of Chaim Bezalel and Yonnah Ben Levy, husband and wife who have been collaborating and working individually since 1990.

Bezalel and Levy collaborate on mixed media paintings and ceramics combining photography and other media. In 2002 they opened Stanwood House Gallery & Art Center, in Stanwood, Washington, in a restored, hundred-year-old landmark building to which they added a modern, architecturally designed ceramics studio.

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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 Aug. 30 and over $5,000 in prize money is available this year.

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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