Edmonds Arts Commission showcases local artists’ work

The theme of Lauren Craig’s work is “fantasy,” which gave her the flexibility to create a variety of pieces from a large castle and a female bust, to coffee mugs and small vases.

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission is featuring three temporary public art installations and art exhibits through the month of March.

Ceramic sculptures by Meadowdale High School senior Lauren Craig are displayed in the McDevitt Youth Art Display Case in the Frances Anderson Center, located at 700 Main St., Edmonds, through March. The theme of Craig’s work is “fantasy,” which gave her the flexibility to create a variety of pieces from a large castle and a female bust, to coffee mugs and small vases. She works primarily in ceramics, but is also a painter. Over the years, a selection of her paintings and ceramic pieces have been chosen for the Edmonds Arts Festival Youth Art Gallery, the Edmonds School District Calendar and the Meadowdale High School magazine, Unmasked. Craig is passionate about all types of art, and is actively working to develop her skills as an artist.

The Edmonds Arts Commission also features mixed-media book art creations by local Belltown Book Arts group in the Frances Anderson Center display Case and fine photography by Lynnwood photographer Jacob Smithers in the Edmonds Library, located at 650 Main St.

Jacob Smithers’ images are a study of metaphors found in everyday objects and his hope is that viewers will be compelled to step out of their busy lives for just a moment to consider the photos and their accompanying statements.

Smithers’ abstract photos are on exhibit through the end of March in the Edmonds Library art exhibit area. Framed in reclaimed vintage building materials, his images are a study of metaphors found in everyday objects. His hope is that viewers will be compelled to step out of their busy lives for just a moment to consider the photos and their accompanying statements. For more information about Jacob Smithers, go to www.jacobsmithersphotography.com

Belltown Art Books (a.k.a. The Bookies), initially formed in 2002 in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, meet monthly at ArtWorks in downtown Edmonds to share tips and methods of creating book art, explore new book structures, critique each other’s work and exhibit and share their creations. The group show, which is on display through March in the Edmonds Arts Commission’s Display Case in the Frances Anderson Center — located next to the front desk — features large and small works by John Arbuckle, Meredith Arnold, Jim Ballard, Jan Clem, Natalie Danielson, Kathy Dickerson, Sue Gruhn, Nan Robkin and Michele Unger. Anyone interested in participating in the group can get more information by contacting ArtWorks at artworks@artworks-edmonds.org

The Arts Commission also offers an opportunity for regional artists to create temporary outdoor art installations on three fence lines in downtown Edmonds. The Arts Commission is interested in encouraging a visual conversation through the installations, as well as highlighting the works of emerging and established artists.

“Almost Gone, But Not Forgotten” by Angie Hinojos Yusuf on the Frances Anderson Center play field fence along Main Street features a variety of animals native to the Washington coast that are now listed on an endangered or threatened species list. Yusuf hopes to peak viewers’ curiosity about the animals exhibited in order to inspire viewers to learn about each animal’s particular circumstance.

“I believe that when we know more about something, we connect with it, and we are then more likely to care about it and take positive action in protecting the environment,” she said.

For more information about the artist, go to mutinybaystudios.weebly.com

“Welcome, Immigrants” by Elise Koncsek is a large installation of colorful wood panels that stretch the length of Civic Park fence along 6th Ave. N., Koncsek created a poem welcoming immigrants to our communities. Each line of the poem, which can be read backward and forward, appears in groups of six languages — English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Russian and Korean. Regarding the inspiration for the piece, Koncsek said that she chose these languages because they represent both well established and new immigrant populations in our area.

For more information about the artist, go to Koncsek.com/public-art

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