Artfully Edmonds: Reflections from young artists, and arts events coming up

Julie Perrine
Julie Perrine

I thought I’d start by sharing (with permission) an email I was forwarded. In it, one artist describes an “art win” with a few of the artists currently exhibiting at the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Gallery.

Julie Perrine had recently finished teaching a summer art workshop up at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center. Since I believe early art education is so critically important, it warmed my heart to see such love and enthusiasm displayed by Perrine’s email:

“I taught a week-long kids art camp a couple of weeks ago. It was called ‘Studio Art Camp’. We made 4 three dimensional sculptures and 3 or more two dimensional pieces with acrylic, watercolor and collage.

“On the first day I had 15 minutes left so took all 14 kids ages 6 to 11 to the gallery to see your work on display. OK, it could have been a really bad move, but I promise, no one touched anything and nothing broke. I probably screamed when they rushed that shimmering piece of Lynn’s (Lynn McManus). I taught them about galleries, and how to behave in one.

“On Friday I took them back to the gallery, 2 or 3 at a time. We looked at the work, we looked at the tags, we talked about the work, the titles, we choose our favorite piece and then went back to our classroom and created our own gallery with titled pieces.

“It was so much fun! They were all abuzz giving titles to their works of art. We set up our gallery and had an “art walk” with their parents. I gave each student an Edmonds Art Studio Tour brochure and encouraged them to take their parents to see their favorite artists’ work.

“I wish I could remember all their comments. Barb (Barbara Childs), your lidded jar ‘The View’ — everyone got it, they either saw a wheat/flower field or it was the beach. One boy said the shape reminded him of a lighthouse.

“We talked about abstract and realistic work. Andy’s (Andy Eccleshall’s) mountain scene reminded someone of a place they had been. Lynn (Lynn McManus), your shimmering piece ‘On The Surface’ mesmerized all of them. They talked about how it reminded them of water, and how the two pieces on the surface might be fish.

“Tracy’s (Tracy Felix’s) ‘California Dreaming’ – which is so vibrant and evoking a feeling or memory, showed us how to title in a different way.

It was perfect timing for these kids to learn about title cards. I hope some little kid shows up at the art studio tour and mentions their summer camp!”

The exhibit referred to above will be up through Sept. 12.

Since we’re on the subject of the Edmonds Art Studio Tour, it’s almost here! Next weekend, be sure to check out some of the 30 artists at 15 locations stretching from north Edmonds and Lynnwood to southwest Edmonds. As you’re laying out your plan of attack, don’t forget to visit some of the further-flung studios.

D’Elaine Johnson will be at her Pisces Studio at 16122 72nd Ave. W.

d’ElaineJohnson, RiverDance
River Dance, d’ElaineJohnson

Johnson is fascinated by the earth’s water and that’s reflected in her work. Johnson was one of the first female scuba divers, she even dived with  Jaques Cousteau at one point. As she puts it “the sea is a universal binding element; its relation to humanity is intrinsic and infinite”

Kathleen Moore and Bill Ray will be showing work at Moore’s studio, 16429 23rd Ave. W. in Lynnwood.

Ray’s photography is inspired by dramatic skies and water, day or night, maybe even with the Milky Way.

Sky and Beach, Kathleen Moore
Sky and Beach, Kathleen Moore

Moore paints with oil and soft pastel. She seeks to “capture moments of awe, from vast stormy skyscapes to the intimate amazement of a single flower.”

Copper Raku Halibut, Barb Childs

Well known local potter Barbara Childs will be showing work with sister Molly Winton (woodturner and potter), daughter Annie Childs (photography), and daughter Katie Childs (pointillism) at Childs Pottery Studio at 16611 63rd Ave. W. In Lynnwood. See more information in this article.

Lynn Hanson will host two additional artists at her home studio at 6513 183rd Pl. S.W. in Lynnwood:

Pamela K Beer, Let's Trek
Let’s Trek, Pamela K Beer

Pamela Beer works in acrylic and in mixed media and acrylic. From her artist’s profile:

“There is always a word, a person, or a feeling that calls to her at the beginning before the story fully forms. As each work develops through a process of layering and textures, structure and looseness, lights and darks; the visual dialog becomes stronger and the story solidifies.”

Lo Sagrado, Lisa JonesMoore

Lisa JonesMoore works in a variety of media but is particularly interested in encaustic. Here’s what she says – “ The very scent of molten beeswax gets me into the state of what I call ‘the other side’, or the creative process. Encaustic wax is a very tactile medium, warm and alive, not unlike human skin. The use of my hands and fingers directly on the wax surface becomes very much a part of my process.”

Here’s another article about Lynn Hanson.

The Edmonds Art Studio Tour runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15-16. For a map and more information about all 30 artists, go to
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Linda Bergeron, Fire
Fire, Linda Bergeron

Wednesday, Sept. 12
6 – 8 p.m.

Lynnwood Convention Center Artist’s Reception

Inventing With Color and Light

Lynnwood Convention Centerwizard45wizard45!!!
3711 196th St. S.W.

This looks like a fantastic field of artists. See the work of C.J. Elsip, Lisa Snow Lady, Hyosoon Jung, Janci Mannington, Carol Ross, Beth Van Faasen Betker, Amanda Adams and Linda Bergeron. Visit with artists, discuss their process and view their work – complimentary appetizers and no-host bar.

Can’t make it to the reception? Exhibited art can also be viewed during the Lynnwood Convention Center’s regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more at

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Storm Chaser. Leah Rene Welch

Through Sept. 29

Gallery North’s September Exhibit, “Eclectic Approach”

Featuring paintings by Edmonds Artist Leah Rene Welch

Gallery North
401 Main St.

Leah Rene Welch is known for her vibrant, heavily textured paintings. She paints a wide range of subjects in a variety of styles from meticulous realism to expressive abstracts and impressionism, always with an eye toward keeping things interesting.

“I like to paint with non-traditional implements — with my fingers being my go-to tool,” said Welch.

Salish Sea. Leah Rene Welch

During the month of September there will be a silent auction for one of Welch’s paintings with the proceeds going to Orca Network. Orca Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about whales in the Pacific Northwest and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats.

The artist reception for Eclectic Approach will be on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1- 4 p.m. at Gallery North. The public is invited to come see the art, meet the artist  and enjoy refreshments.

Learn more at or call 425-774-0946

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EdmondsBookshop RhinocerosSaturday, Sept. 8
Noon – 1 pm.

Edmonds Book Shop Author Event

Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave S

Avril van der Merwe will be on hand, unveiling her new children’s book: Once Upon a Rhinoceros.

Rhinoceros has a magnificent horn, which all the animals admire. All, that is, except Hippo. Hippo is jealous of Rhino’s horn, and desperately wants one of her own. While Rhino is asleep, Hippo steals her horn and sets it on her snout. But Hippo quickly discovers that wearing a large and heavy horn brings more problems than rewards. Soon all the other animals are telling her that a rhino horn belongs on a rhinoceros. Hippo starts to doubt her decision, and when she comes face to face with the compassionate Rhino, Hippo understands there is no room in the world for jealousy.

The author has written several prize-winning children’s stories set in Africa, including the most recent, How Cheetah Got His Tears, published last December.

More at and

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The work of Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004). Work untitled, circa. 1936. Courtesy of Francesca Zambito.

This exhibit closes Sept. 30 – don’t miss it!

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

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

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Rising Star Competition

The Cascade Symphony Orchestra is encouraging talented young musicians to enter its “Rising Star” competition for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

The winning musician, to be selected by Cascade Symphony Music Director Michael Miropolsky, will perform as the soloist at the orchestra’s concert Feb. 9, 2019, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The competition is open to young performers of piano, violin, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, percussion, and harp.

A complete entry information, including an application form, rules, and the music repertoire for each instrument, is available on the orchestra’s website. The deadline for submission is Nov. 1.

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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.


  1. We must be ambassadors for the next generation of artists and art appreciators. Thank you, Julie for being one of them.
    – Barbara Childs, Edmonds School District Community Arts Program Coordinator, & Artist

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