Featured Artists

The Collaboration Project
an exhibit by members of ArtistsConnect of Edmonds

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Creativity can be enhanced by a number of factors. Collaboration is one. Viewed as such a strong influence on innovation, companies, such as Apple and Google, created workspaces that foster cross-pollination and collaboration.

Artists often work in isolation. In doing so, it is easy to stay within comfortable habits and practices that are familiar. Through a desire to explore and innovate, a group of artists decided to form pairs and teams to create a single piece of collaborative art. Thus the Collaboration exhibit was born.

The Collaboration Project emerged from ArtistsConnect, a group of Edmonds-area artists that receives support from the Edmonds Art Festival Foundation and ArtWorks. The exhibit will showcase the collaborative pieces of 19 artists. Artists worked in pairs or trios to create both two and three dimensional works. Many will add an individual piece to the show, so the viewer can compare the artist’s usual style with what emerged from the collaboration.

The Collaboration Project encouraged the artist teams to try something new. From a large 3-panel screen made from painted doors and iron, to a small ceramic and fiber statuette, the scale of work varied. Artists who typically worked in 2 dimensions, created 3 dimensional pieces. For example, a glass artist paired with a photographer created an under-seascape. A team who shared an art trip to Paris collaged images onto fabric and designed a skirt as homage to Paris fashion. Those who worked with more traditional media wrestled with how to combine them both technically and aesthetically. All reported stretching in some way.

Collaboration will be at the Edmonds Art Festival Gallery from February 4 to March 14, 2014.

The Gallery is located in the Frances Anderson Center at 700 Main Street, Edmonds in Edmonds, Washington.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 to 7, Saturday, 10 to 1.

“Frontline Heroines” A Memorial Painting Exhibition by Artist Judith Larsen

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The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present the artwork of Judith Larsen. The exhibit, “Frontline Heroes”, is an oil portrait series painted to honor the courage and memories of slain female journalists and human rights workers throughout the world. It will open on Wednesday, September 18 and run through Tuesday, October 29, 2013 featured in both the EAF Museum and the EAC Display Case at the Frances Anderson Center.

The artist, long time Edmonds resident, painter and radio reporter, Judith Larsen, recently came up with the idea to pay tribute to these journalists via a portrait series, after she became alarmed by the number of journalists being killed around the world. She decided to focus on female journalists, since they are less frequently mentioned in the news media. This series of fallen female journalists is also intended to honor the memories of their male counterparts.
This series features such journalists as: war correspondent Marie Colvin, often seen on CNN, and Japanese television reporter Mika Yamamoto, both recently killed while covering the uprising in Syria; Russian newspaper editor and investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, assassinated in Moscow; Iranian-Canadian photo journalist “Ziba” Zahra Kazemi, killed in Iranian custody while covering the student uprising and another Canadian, Michelle Lang, recently killed in Afghanistan while reporting for the Calgary Herald. Some of the other journalists include: Elizabeth Neuffer, Washington Globe reporter, CNN photo journalist Margaret Moth and Dickey Chapelle, National Geographic photo journalist and the first American female correspondent to die in a war zone, killed in the Vietnam War.

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In the conclusion of her artist statement Larsen says, “I am honored to have this opportunity to share with you this painting series and to remind each of us of the sacrifices few of us would be willing to make to protect the freedoms we take for granted.”

This exhibit is shown in conjunction with the City of Edmonds Arts Commission’s 28th annual Write on the Sound Conference on the first weekend in October. The public is invited to join with participants in the WOTS Conference at a free presentation by Judith Larsen about her memorial portrait series in the EAF Museum gallery on Sunday, October 6 at 12:30 pm.

“Improbable Beauty – the Art of Neglect and Decay” Artist Jim Ballard

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The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation is pleased to present the work of Edmonds artist and photographer Jim Ballard. The exhibit will open on Thursday, August 1st and continue through Friday, September 13th at the EAF Museum in the Frances Anderson Center.

The artist states, “By photographing subjects that aren’t immediately recognizable, I hope the viewer will spend time just looking at the colors, lines, textures and shapes within each photograph. Each image is a kind of microcosm –a miniature world — that when carefully viewed can offer multiple interpretations. There is no one, singular, unambiguous way of seeing the world. It is always the magical interplay between what our mind interprets and what our eyes take in.”

Ballard has written and published over a hundred articles and photo-essays that have appeared in Popular Photography, Petersen’s Photographic, Popular Mechanics, Field & Stream and many other national magazines and newspapers. In 1988, his book “Handbook for Star Trackers – Making and Using Star Tracking Camera Platforms” was published by Sky Publishing Corporation. For over twenty years Ballard has been a professional stock photographer for numerous stock agencies and is presently supplying photos to Getty Image.
Retired from 26 years teaching college level photography classes, Ballard has found a variety of ways to continue enriching the art community. In November 1992, he and Richard Hestekind were commissioned to create the granite stage and monolithic granite figures at the Meadowdale Playfield. That work was dedicated in August of 1993. Ballard also created a Braille and embossing book for the students of the Louis Braille School and this summer provided stone carving instruction for the Vision Loss Connections group of eight adults who are blind or visually impaired at the Cascadian Center of Camp Brotherhood near Arlington Washington. Both the Braille and embossing book and the stone carving instruction received funding assistance from the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Community Grant Program.

“Into the Garden” Sculptors Workshop Show

Sculptors Workshop Show continues through June 4th at the Frances Anderson Center

“Garden Gate”

“Garden Gate” was a group project created by Kathleen Dawe, Colleen Duran , Lennéa Gandee, Denise Heekin, Vanessa Jensen, Gudrun Ongman, Patty /Steele-Smith, Janet Still, Masako Thrower, Chris Van Kirk, Leon White, and Chris Woerfel. It is accompanied by large flowers created by Julie Perrine.

The Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation are pleased to present the annual exhibit of the work of both Sculptors and Potters of the Sculptors Workshop.

Work shown in the EAC Display Case from left to right: “Spiral Gyro Garden” by Patricia Steele-Smith, “Mouse House” by Terry Sonmore, “Waiting for Spring” by Jan Berry, “Lady Kitypiller” by Kristi Silver, and “Jardin de la Bella Indifférence” by Maggy Anfinson.

Work shown in the EAC Display Case from left to right: “Spiral Gyro Garden” by Patricia Steele-Smith, “Mouse House” by Terry Sonmore, “Waiting for Spring” by Jan Berry, “Lady Kitypiller” by Kristi Silver, and “Jardin de la Bella Indifférence” by Maggy Anfinson.

The theme this year is “Into the Garden” and each artist is providing a different look at what we all enjoy in this area of life.

Artists whose work is in this year’s exhibit include: Tina Carpenter, Faye Gallagher, Jan Berry, Sue Davis, Terry Sonmore, Leon White, Denise Heekin, Kristi Silver, Sally Jensen, Julie Perrine, Christine Woerfel, Kathleen Dawe, Janet Still, Barbara Wyatt, Mike O’Day, Jeanette DeLalla, Patricia Steele-Smith, Maggy Anfinson, Colleen Duran, Lennéa Gandee, Vanessa Jensen, Gudrun Ongman, Masako Thrower, Chris Van Kirk.

“First Leaf”

“First Leaf” by Janet Still is surrounded by “Recycled Rock Garden” by Barbara Wyatt.

Look for this work to be on exhibit through Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 in the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street in Edmonds.

The artists will have their opening reception on Thursday, May 16th as part of the Third Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds.

Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 7:30 pm; Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm; closed on Sunday.

Selected Work by Former Edmonds Arts Commissioners

This wonderful graphite drawing, “Totem” is of a magestic oak tree, part of an enchanting old oak forest in Macedonia, drawn by Donna Leavitt. Come and enjoy the textures and detail at the current exhibit at the Frances Anderson Center.

This wonderful graphite drawing, “Totem” is of a magestic oak tree, part of an enchanting old oak forest in Macedonia, drawn by Donna Leavitt. Come and enjoy the textures and detail at the current exhibit at the Frances Anderson Center.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present the artwork of Win Bainbridge, Crisse Bennett, Pamela B. Harold, Donna Leavitt and Darlene McLellan. The exhibit will open on Monday, March 18th and continue through Saturday, May 4th at the Frances Anderson Center.

Each of these visual artists has served as a member of the Edmonds Arts Commission for several years providing professional expertise in the areas specifically related to the visual arts, including public art selection and maintenance of the City Portable Art Collection as well as contributing to the various other programs of the Commission.

Win Bainbridge has emphasized versatility in her watercolors, giving thought to the viewer as she paints. Not trying to paint every detail, she hopes to awaken the imagination of those who enjoy her work. Often leaving something undone, the viewer is engaged and becomes part of the creative process. Her work has received recognition over the years with various awards and her paintings can be found in both private and commercial collections throughout the world. She is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, Women Painters of Washington and was part of the locally well known Northwest Quintessence group of artists. Win continues her joy of artwork not only with her own work but in teaching and supporting the interests in painting of the people around her.

Crisse Bennett, a long-time resident of Edmonds has enjoyed an interest in art all her life. She has a B.A. degree in art from the University of Idaho and attended Oberlin College and the University of Washington. While she now enjoys her growing family she was actively involved in the Edmonds Arts Festival from its beginnings, serving in a leadership position for over thirteen years before devoting full time to her own artwork. She was another of the five artists in Quintessence. The beauty of the Northwest outdoors has been a major inspiration for her works in watercolor. While she has not painted for some time, we are fortunate to visit with works from her collection.

Pamela B. Harold, a native of Canada and a resident of Edmonds since 1985, exhibits in juried shows in Washington and her paintings are in private collections across Canada and the United States. A member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Women Painters of Washington, she remains an active painter who provides encouragement to others to create art journals of their travels. She paints only what she sees in sensitive works that have a clarity of light and color that celebrate the beauty of our landscapes.

Win Bainbridge (2001), Crisse Bennett (1985) and Pamela B. Harold (1999) all have the distinction of providing artwork for one of the Limited Edition Edmonds Arts Festival Posters so enjoyed for many years.

“Temple of Isis”

“Temple of Isis” – Egypt, a watercolor by Pamela B. Harold is part of the current exhibit at the Frances Anderson showcasing the artwork of five former Arts Commissioners.

Donna Leavitt works in graphite and colored pencil meticulously providing the viewer an exquisitely detailed view of nature, providing a glimpse of all that surrounds us in our daily wanderings. She says of her work, “I focus on the very close-up view taking my time to see the compositions of light and dark and the variations of palette seen when one takes an examining look.” A member of Women Painters of Washington, her work has been exhibited and acknowledged with awards as well as being published and showcased in a television presentation, Northwest Now, Full Focus on KBTS Public Television in January of this year.

Darlene McLellan is perhaps better known locally as an arts advocate but her work in fiber, wearable, liturgical and domestic arts are known internationally. With a B.A. in Fine Arts from Washington State University, including a year of study at Nihon Daigaku in Tokyo, Japan, her commissioned art is currently in private and public collections in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Japan. She enjoys creating her art from traditional dying methods combined with added accents including embroidery, beading embellishment and vintage kimono fabrics. The use of these exquisitely designed fabrics is an acknowledgement of the unknown artisans of the past.

The EAF Museum and the EAC Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 7, Sat – 10 to 1. For information call 425.771.0228.


“Sometimes You Need a River” – Art by Catherine Gill

The Catherine Gill paintings exhibit entitled “Sometimes You Need a River” will feature her plein air images of Washington state rivers, including “Rock Clusters”.

The Catherine Gill paintings exhibit entitled “Sometimes You Need a River” will feature her plein air images of Washington state rivers, including “Rock Clusters”.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present the artwork of Catherine Gill.

The artist states, “My artwork is involved with interpreting the land, seeing its space in terms of a design of abstracted, simple landscape pieces, expressing the movement and discovering connections in how the pieces fit together. Determining symbols that create movement and discovering images that will visually and emotionally maneuver the viewer is an integral part of the creative process for me.”

Catherine Gill has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest for 30 years. In 1998 the Edmonds Arts Festival Limited Edition Poster “Sunset Avenue Shoreline” was created by Gill. She paints on location in watercolor, oil, and pastel, and is also a print maker.

She teaches painting and printmaking out of her studio in Seattle, as well as throughout the United States, Europe, China and Australia. Her artwork has been featured in The Artists Magazine and Watercolor Magic, and has been exhibited internationally. Catherine is also co-founder of Art Partners International, an organization dedicated to bringing together artists and art of different cultures. She is a member of Northwest Watercolor Society, Women Painters of Washington, Plein Air Painters of Washington, Seattle Print Arts and Print Arts NW.

The paintings in the EAF Museum all have rivers as subject matter. The artwork is done mostly over the past three years, much of it in the last year, and all is plein air done in Washington state. The paintings are mostly mixed media (“Principle of Ooze”), with one or two straight watercolor. Ooze is what Catherine calls the mixing of chalk pastel into wet watercolor, done in layers. She has several short instructional videos on her website which give a sense of what she teaches in workshops throughout the year. Catherine has a book on painting, “Powerful Watercolor Landscapes” released by Northlight in February 2011.

Catherine Gill provides instruction in plein air painting.

Catherine Gill provides instruction in plein air painting.

The work in the EAC Display Case will feature her printmaking techniques. The artist expresses the benefits of this medium for her, “Using printmaking and mixed media painting allows me to experiment with creating depth of imagery to correspond with the depth of the personal experience of a particular place.”
The EAF Museum and the EAC Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 7, Sat – 10 to 1. For information call 425.771.0228 or 425.771.1984.

View more of this artist’s art at www.catherinegill.com. For more information about the Edmonds Arts Commission, visit www.edmondsartscommission.org


Art by Karen Simonson

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“Between a Tickle and a Pinch” is an example of Karen Simonson’s work in which “the inspiration is simply a feeling, a concept or a response to a life event”.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation is pleased to present the artwork of Edmonds artist Karen Simonson. Her mixed media paintings are on display in the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum now through mid December.

Born and raised in Western Washington, Simonson graduated from Seattle Pacific University in Business Administration “with the addition of as many art courses as possible.” While working in Europe she explored art extensively. Upon her return to Seattle, her art education continued to grow, including a certificate in Drawing and Painting and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. During her study there, a fellow art student introduced her to master painter Alden Mason. He became her mentor and she was able to work with him as his studio assistant, seriously exploring her own art potential. Her work has been shown annually across the state since 2008.

Karen says of her work, “I find much inspiration in nature and the cityscape around me although I think it is not always obvious in the paintings. Sometimes the inspiration is simply a feeling, a concept or a response to life event.”

Artist Statement

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“Against the Night”

The abstract paintings that I am making seem a collaboration between me and my materials in that I am willing to let the materials have quite a bit of say in the process. I begin with an acrylic under-painting. At this point, I know the general form I want my painting to take. Once dry, I use oil paint (stick or bar) to complete the painting. The interplay between the oil paint and the under-painting is where the real personality takes shape. Sometimes I aim for a certain personality in a painting, but sometimes it appears during the process of painting. I find much inspiration in nature and the cityscape around me although I think that it is not always obvious in the paintings. Sometimes the inspiration is simply a feeling, a concept or a response to a life event.


“Walking Towards Your Dreams: Creating a Book from Your Journal” with Marcia Shaver

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Basque Village by Marcia Shaver

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation (EAFF) are pleased to present the work of Marcia Shaver for a joint exhibit in the EAC Display Case and the EAF Museum Gallery in conjunction with the annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference. The exhibit will be on display September 18-October 30 in the Frances Anderson Center.

Shaver’s oil paintings and sketches shown in the exhibit are from her journey along the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, an ancient Pilgrimage route across Spain. In her recent book, The Artist’s Journey: The Perfumed Pilgrim Tackles the Camino de Santiago, the artist combines her passion for drawing and her love of travel. Readers are compelled to join Shaver and her well-chosen walking companion as they set a pace that permits time to draw and drink in the revitalizing countryside during the 1,299,851-step pilgrimage across Spain. Writing and journaling have always been important to her artwork and regardless of the medium, Shaver’s strong sense of the graphic keeps her art grounded. She works in a variety of mediums and her prints and original paintings are featured in private and corporate collections internationally. She taught art at the high school level and now instructs adults within the art community.

Shaver will be presenting an artist talk titled “Walking Towards Your Dreams: Creating a Book from Your Journal” as part of the Write on the Sound Conference on Sunday, October 7, at 12:45 pm in the EAF Museum Gallery. This artist talk is open to the public. Shaver will be in the EAF Gallery during the Third Thursday Art Walks on September 20th and October 18th and will be discussing the work, techniques and what it is like to create art on a long journey as part of a larger experience. The Third Thursday Art Walk takes place from 5:00-8:00 pm, more information at: http://www.edmondsartwalk.org/


Paintings by Kathleen Cavender

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“They Came Running” is a pastel on paper by Kathleen Cavender being shown now through the middle of September at the Frances Anderson Center.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present the artwork of Spokane artist Kathleen Cavender. Oil paintings are on display in the EAF Museum and pastels are in the EAC Display Case now through mid September.

Kathleen Cavender is a fourth generation professional artist. Her great grandfather supported a family of twelve on his art at the turn of the century in London. His sketchbook became her inspiration throughout her childhood. Because of this legacy, she has become proficient in every medium of paint.

Kathleen says that “the process of making each piece begins with a journey of personal exploration. If I am able to convey those findings in a tangible way, then perhaps a connection will be made on the level of “soul” between the viewer and myself via the humble use of art supplies.”

Kathleen has had seventeen one-person shows to date in addition to numerous group exhibits. She has received several prestigious awards, the most recent being the first place winner for The Artist’s Magazine’s All-Media Competition for the pastel category.

Her obvious love for light and color has caught the eye of many private and corporate collectors. Among them, Boeing Corporation, British Petroleum and the SAFECO Insurance Company of America have added her work to their collections.

Kathleen Cavender lives and works in Washington State. See more of her work at www.kathleencavender.com.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3. For information call 425.771.0228 or 425.771.1984.


Watercolors by Featured Artist Pamela Harold

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum will feature the work of Pamela Harold from June 11 through July 30.

Pam Harold

Enjoy watercolors by Pamela Harold at the Frances Anderson Center from June 9 through July 30.

Edmonds artist Pamela Harold, a noted watercolor painter and lecturer on travel journaling, paints in her studio which overlooks Puget Sound. Her work is based on her travel journal sketches and her own photographs from her travels throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and Egypt.

Pamela was chosen as the Edmonds Arts Festival Poster artist in 1999, juror for Student Art in 2008 and Miniatures in 2009. In 2010 she was commissioned to design a poster for marketing the Edmonds Arts Festival.

Pam Harold

Edmonds artist Pamela Harold journals as she travels.

She is a member of Women Painters of Washington, the Federation of Canadian Artists, a Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and former member of the Edmonds Arts Commission. Pamela has won many awards for her paintings in juried shows. Her beautiful paintings are in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia.

See more of her work at www.paintingsbypam.com.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum is located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3. For information call 425.771.1984.


“Ancient Timeless Waters” – Artwork by d’Elaine Johnson

Join us on May 17 at 7 PM in Room 206 at the Frances Anderson Center for a talk by d’Elaine Johnson. A long-time resident of Edmonds, d’Elaine played a key role in bringing together artists and arts supporters to further the development of Edmonds as an arts community.

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“Oceanus” by local artist d’Elaine Johnson, is part of the current exhibit at the Frances Anderson Center. In Greek myth, Oceanus was portrayed as a stream that always flowed smoothly, unaffected by storms or wind, and as the source of all other rivers.

Having just celebrated her 80th birthday, d’ Elaine continues to create unique work in water base media, mixing her own colors, and painting on rice paper stretched over board. Two-dimensional and decorative in nature, d’Elaine’s paintings have many layers of washes building a highly transparent surface on which pigments are juxtaposed over the colored grounds. Like the effect of water and objects seen through liquid space, the paintings suggest fluidity. Her artwork reflects her fascination with marine life and her creative interpretations of elements of mythology from world cultures express her belief in the oneness of the world community.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3. For information call 425.771.0228 or 771.1984.


“The Art of Linley B. Logan”

Dew Eagle Strike the Sky by Logan

“Dew Eagle Strike the Sky” a linoleum relief print by Linley B. Logan

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are invite you to experience the multi media artwork of Linley B. Logan from now through March 12 at the Frances Anderson Center.
Logan interacts as a multidisciplinary artist creatively ranging from the traditional arts to contemporary artistic expression. His artistic educational background includes industrial and graphic design, and multidisciplinary fine arts. His employment experience encompasses cultural artistic consulting and presentation. He has curated and co-curated two contemporary Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) art exhibits and has authored articles published by the Smithsonian Institution as well as presented cultural program presentations for the Smithsonian Institution. He has participated by invitation in two International Indigenous Visual Artists’ Gatherings in Hawaii 2007, and Rotorua, New Zealand 2010. Logan serves on local and regional arts boards in Washington state and is the current Chairman of the Kitsap County Arts Board.

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“Seh Nayong:geh” is an acrylic painting by Linley B. Logan

Works shown in this exhibit feature a broad range of two-dimensional arts from printmaking to painting and three dimensional arts worked in carving and lost and found art creations.

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“Wolf Sucking Up the Resources” is an oil painting by Linley B. Logan

The artist attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico where he received an AFA in Two Dimensional Arts, and AFA in Three Dimensional Arts, and engaged in Museum studies. He also attended a session in ceramics at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle Main and later attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for a BFA in Industrial Design.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3. For information call 425.771.0228 or 771.1984. For more information about the arts in Edmonds, please visit www.eaffoundation.org and www.ci.edmonds.wa.us/ArtsCommission.


“Edmonds Arts Festival Museum Collection featured at the Frances Anderson Center”

For the month of December, 2011, the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum will present artwork from the EAFM permanent collection. During the annual festival on Father’s Day Weekend artwork has been selected for the museum each year since 1970.

The collection has developed into a fine representation of Northwest artists, including watercolors by John Fridell, Marjorie Bruce and Crisse Bennett; sculpture by Robert Cooke and Louise McDowell: photography by Art Wolfe; and printwork by Dona Reed. These and other artists help define the character of Pacific Northwest art.

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Additional pieces from the EAFM Collection will be presented in the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case) Frances Anderson Center in January 2012.

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Three dimensional works are currently located at the Brackett Room, third floor of City Hall. Other two dimension work may be viewed on the second floor of the Edmonds Center for the Arts


“Paintings by K Robinson”

Under The Bridge

“Under the Bridge I” by K Robinson is an oil bar painting on gessoed paper in the “Beach Walk” series now being shown at the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum through December 14, 2011.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present oil bar paintings by K Robinson from November 1 through December 14, 2011 at the Frances Anderson Center.

In the Display Case exhibit “Color of Light” the artist demonstrates a progressive study of how to express an idea using different formats and media. Robinson states, “I was inspired to find a way to show these elusive effects of light that changed with the seasons, weather, and time of day … The medium of oil pastels has the color intensity of oil paint but also allows for interesting strokes, overlays, and weaving of color.”

“Beach Walk”, displayed in the EAF Museum gallery, includes representative pieces from an ongoing series of oil bar paintings inspired by walks along the shore in Virginia and North Carolina. The artist says that the techniques possible with oil bar “express well the scintillating energy … felt at the edge of the ocean.”

K Robinson grew up in Virginia, graduating from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Fine Arts. Adding a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, she practiced architecture for many years in Washington, DC. She reconnected with painting in the 1990’s in the golden hills of California’s Bay Area and chose to work in plein air oil painting and botanical watercolors, painting with the Glover Group, painters perpetuating the legacy of the Society of Six with artist and teacher Pam Glover.

With relocation to Seattle in 2003, the artist continued her study and painting at Gage Academy mentored by Mitch Albala, Margaret Davidson and Tom Hoffmann. In 2008 she became a member of 49th Street Studio in Ballard where, with the influence of years of sailing and living on the water, she continues to draw inspiration from the constantly changing coastlines, luminous skies and endless waterways of the Pacific Northwest.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3. For information call 425.771.0228 or 771.1984.


“Ji to E” by Toshi Asai

“Nitobe Inazou” acrylic on wood from “Sakka Series” (“Famous Japanese Writers Series”) by Toshi Asai

This is a detail of “Nitobe Inazou” acrylic on wood from “Sakka Series” (“Famous Japanese Writers Series”) by Toshi Asai

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of Seattle artist Toshi Asai from September 29th through October 29th in an exhibit of work highlighting the intersection of visual and literary arts.

This exhibit consists of two parts: part one (in the display case) contains “Sakka Series” a collection of famous, significant modern Japanese authors. These authors shaped the artist’s knowledge of literature in her early years and still hold a special place in her practice and mindset today. Some of the authors included are Yukio Mishima, Yasunari Kawabata, and Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

The second part of the exhibit (in the gallery) includes a form of collage-like drawing and painting done during an intensive thirty-hour drawing-performance at Project: Space Available on Capitol Hill. The images and words are taken from newspapers, personal journals and various books that form a timeline documentation of an event. It was an intuitive experiment that unfolded over time.

Asai states, “Although I was formally trained to paint traditionally, in recent years I have wanted to mix writings and drawings. For this intensive project, I chose a selection of writings from my current interest: Tsurezuregusa (the harvest of leisure) – 14th century essay by Kenko Yoshida, one of the three representative works of medieval Japanese literatures. I also included portions of current issues and writings from Japanese newspapers. And last but not least, I jotted down my thoughts, feelings and events that happened during the thirty-hour period. All of these combinations became a background, like a far away scene in the picture-making process, before I started to draw animals. The text is not meant to be understood fully, however it is more like my footsteps and past marks over a prolonged period of activity.”

This exhibit is in conjunction with the annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, which will be held September 30-October 2nd, 2011.

The public is invited to Meet the Artist on Thursday, October 20th from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Frances Anderson Center. Born in Nagoya, Japan, Toshi Asai graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Physics and a B.F.A. in Painting in 2003. She currently works and lives in Seattle.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3.


Journey: Clay to Fiber

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Over the Fence – Monotype by Dawn Rieck

The EAF Museum is pleased to present work by Dawn Rieck from Monday, August 8 through Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The exhibit is called “Journey: Clay to Fiber” and explores her journey from a clay artist to a fiber artist.

Rieck was raised in a variety of locales throughout Washington State and had opportunities to explore and walk the beaches, or sit, surrounded by the color of water, sun, and rocks.

Creating art has always been important to her. Her grandmother taught her to sew and create with fabric from a very early age and she showed her first painting at 11. Rieck graduated from Edmonds High School and attended Everett Community College focusing on art classes. After marrying, she and her husband ventured from Florida to California and Hawaii, and then to Texas, where she began studying pottery and taught herself to weave. Returning to Edmonds now with their two daughters she set up a studio to continuing pottery, weaving, and beading, exploring and mixing things.

The landscape and architecture has influenced her clay work. She takes the clay or color from the earth and communicates a bit of nature, a moment in time, an emotion. Making art with fabric begins with an exploration of color and the softness of fabric, which is then influenced by our weather and landscape and experiences.

An artist reception will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm on Third Thursday, August 18, 2011. We invite you to come and experience the work and talk with Dawn Rieck about her process.

The EAF Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 9 pm; Saturday from 9 to 3 pm. It is located at 700 Main Street entrance to the Frances Anderson Center. For information call 771-1984.


The Sculptor’s Workshop presents its interpretation of Art Deco

The Sculptor’s Workshop presents its interpretation of Art Deco, the decorative design concepts originating in the 1920’s: repeating geometric elements and curves, streamlined industrial design, “Flapper” clothing and jewelry, elongated, stylized, graceful figures, animals and plant life, bold posters, and architecture. The main idea is bold, strong design.

The Sculptor’s Workshop has created an Art Deco-inspired building façade collaboration as well as individual figures, enlarged jewelry design, and architectural elements, all made with individual artist’s spirit and zeal. Artwork is primarily made of clay.

Artists include Kathleen Dawe, Robert Dionne, Colleen Duran, Michiko Euling, Lennéa Gandee, Denise Heekin, Kristiana Johnson, Terry Sonmore, Patty Steele-Smith, Janet Still, Masako Thrower, and Leon White.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum will exhibit the work of the Sculptor’s Workshop Friday, July 8 through Wednesday August 3, 2011. On Third Thursday, July 21, come and meet the artists at their Reception from 6 to 7:30.


Art Begets Art

Kristi Silver

The variation in styles of African mask makers is the focus of Kristi Silver.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum is pleased to present the Potters of Sculptor’s Workshop from May 13 through June 8, 2011.
Have you ever watched an intoxicating film, listened to a favorite piece of music or visited an art exhibit and then experienced a creative surge? The artists of Edmonds “Sculptors Workshop” know this feeling!

Barbara Wyatt

“Feminine Texture IV” by Barbara Wyatt

Works by Leina Barnes, Jeanette DeLalla, Faye Gallagher, Sally Jensen, Mike O’Day, Julie Perrine, Jordana Rene, Kristi Silver, Terry Sonmore, Kay Swanson, Mary Ann Tokars-King and Barbara Wyatt will be featured. These artists have been actively at work, creating original pieces inspired by Picasso’s Blue Period, African Tribal body art, Gaudi’s architecture, Georgia O’Keefe, Gustav Klimt and others.
Come tour the artists’ journey and witness the results of this inspirational process! Meet the artists and discuss their work at the Third Thursday Artists Reception, May 19th, 6 to 7:30 pm.


SUBJECTIVE: a “blind” collaboration between Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein

Exhibition Catalog available for purchase.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present “SUBJECTIVE: a “blind” collaboration between Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein” from March 17 through April 29, 2011 at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing tour of Subjective around the Northwest. An exhibition catalog is available locally at the Edmonds Book Shop and on the artists’ websites: www.onefaceatatime.com and www.beccabernstein.net.


SUBJECTIVE: a “blind” collaboration between Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein

SUBJECTIVE: two views each of ten subjects

 

“Father” by Gwenn Seemel – Subjective consists of two views each of ten subjects: twenty paintings of loved ones immortalized once by a stranger and once by their kin. This series reveals that there is much more to portraiture than mere imitation.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present “SUBJECTIVE: a “blind” collaboration between Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein” from March 17 through April 29, 2011 at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds. These pairs of portraits reflect the very different perspectives of two artists, collaborating by painting the same subject, but without seeing each other’s work.
Bernstein’s work focuses on human relationships, family, and aging. She explores issues of human fragility and strength in what she describes as “the awkward dance of human interdependence.”

Becca Bernstein earned a BA in Drawing, cum laude, at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She also studied at the University of Glasgow and interned at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She was selected by Southwest Art Magazine as one of 21 artists to watch. Her awards include the Kimberley Gales Emerging Artist Award, the Lake Oswego Public Art Award, a Regional Arts and Culture Council Public Art Installation Commission among others. Her work can be found in the public collections of the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon, the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Cascade Aids Project and the Oregon Ballet Theater.

“Father” by Becca Bernstein

Gwenn Seemel is a full-time artist dedicated to the genre of portraiture. She paints likenesses of individuals for commission but also portraits of groups of people for the purpose of exploring a particular issue. She is the recipient of grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Celebration Foundation, and the Haven Foundation among others. Her work is in the collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

 

Born in Saudi Arabia in 1981, Seemel has lived most of her life in France and the US. Her family settled in Oregon, where she graduating summa cum laude from Willamette University in 2003.

The EAF Museum and EAC Display Case are available for viewing Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3. For information call (425) 771-1984 or (425)771-0228 or visit www.eaffoundation.org and www.ci.edmonds.wa.us/ArtsCommission/ to learn more about programs and visual art exhibits in our community.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing tour of Subjective around the Northwest. An exhibition catalog is available locally at the Edmonds Book Shop and on the artists’ websites: www.onefaceatatime.com and www.beccabernstein.net.

 


Impressions – Paper & Stone – Artists Reception Thursday February 17, 2011

Patrons met artists Richard Hestekind and Jim Ballard, and shared Impressions of Paper and Stone.
February 17, Third Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds
Edmonds Arts Festival Museum and Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case at the Frances Anderson Center
The exhibit continues through March 14th.


Impressions – Paper & Stone

Impressions – Paper & Stone

A joint exhibit entitled “Impressions – Paper & Stone” at the Frances Anderson Center (700 Main Street, Edmonds) is a collaboration between Jim Ballard and Richard Hestekind. The Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation are pleased to present this exhibit that may be viewed during building hours, Monday-Friday 8 am-9 pm, and Saturday 9 am-4 pm, February 10-March 15, 2011.

 

This exhibit explores the duality and the dynamic interplay between opposites – light and dark, hard and soft, positive and negative, subtractive and additive, substantive and illusive. The interplay of these qualities converge on our paper and stone.

Jim Ballard’s “Brush Series” – works on paper – evolved from his interst in the brushwork used in Sumi-e and Chinese Calligraphy. This work is his exploratory departure from these traditional expressions. In addition is a prototype book of embossed images along with Braille and English text for the Louis Braille School in Edmonds, a non-profit day school for children who are blind or partially sighted, offering classes from kindergarten through grade twelve. The book is titled Spineless Critters: A First Book of Invertebrates. In 2009, with the help of a Community Grant from the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Ballard created this to provide tactile information about insects that other books cannot offer. The book features anatomically correct embossings of spiders, scorpions and other critters with Braille explanations. Samples are on display for touching.

In Richard Hestekind’s “Chrysalis” Series, each rock is a fragment of the skin of the earth. Each has a compositional identity that narrates its own history. On a select few, he engaged in an active dialog exploring their unique character. This process displays another cycle in its metamorphosis of form. In these few presentations, he attempts to reveal what he discovered. Each stone left an impression on him and he left a fragment of an impression on it.

In 1993, Ballard and Hestekind were commissioned to create Community – an installation of carved granite figures throughout the Meadowdale Playfield Park (16700 66th Ave W, Lynnwood). This was a joint project between the Cities of Edmonds and Lynnwood who share the Park.
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From the EAF Museum Collection

Since 1970, work has been selected for the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum from the Juried galleries of the annual festival. In addition, several poster originals are now in the Museum Collection.

You are invited to view a selection of these works at the Frances Anderson Center.

Pieces from the EAF Museum collection


Patrons are invited to view additional pieces of the EAF Museum Collection through the month of January being shown at City Hall and the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

 


Calligraphy on Exhibit at Frances Anderson Center

Iyoko Okano

Iyoko Okano stands with the exhibit of her Japanese Calligraphy

A joint exhibit entitled “Contrasts in Calligraphy” at the Frances Anderson Center (700 Main Street, Edmonds) features traditional Japanese Calligraphy by Iyoko Okano and a variety of work by members of Write on Calligraphers. This exhibit is scheduled in conjunction with the annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference to celebrate the intersection of visual and literary arts. The Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation are pleased to present this exhibit that may be viewed during building hours, Monday-Friday 8 am-9 pm, and Saturday 9 am-4 pm, through October 29th.

 

For Iyoko Okano, Japanese calligraphy has always been a part of her life – even in the lengthy time between when she last held a brush in college and when she met Master Calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii and began studying with him. As she continues to study traditional forms of Japanese calligraphy based on Chinese classic literature, she finds that though works are most often created using classic poems, most of the themes, landscapes, and emotions expressed in these words are universal. She sees many examples of these in her life in Edmonds every day in the view of the water and mountains, friendly people and lush nature. This exhibit is a collection of her recent works under Mr. Fujii’s instruction that represent the scenery, people, and warmth of Edmonds. Her work is in the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum Gallery.

 

The grace and tranquility of this traditional art form fills the EAF Museum at the Frances Anderson Center

Okano began studying calligraphy at age 10 in Tokyo, Japan, and continued through university. She moved to Edmonds in 1987 and began studying with Mr Fujii in 2003. In 2004 she received Silver Prize at the Ninth Japanese Calligraphy Competition in America in Los Angeles. She has also had work selected for display at the prestigious Mainichi Calligraphy Competition in Tokyo, Japan, receiving Honorable Mention in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

 

 

The exhibit by nine members of Write on Calligraphers (WOC) is featured in the Edmonds Arts Commission Display Case in the Anderson Center. Included are Susan Russell, Dewey Henderson, Jocelyn Curry Asher, Jean Ferrier, Gayle Waddle Wilkes, Katherine Malmsten, Kathy Barker, Sue Gruhn and Katy Huston. WOC is a (non-profit) organization of Northwest artists who share a love of letters and the paper arts. Regular meetings offer special presentations of interest to calligraphers and paper arts enthusiasts. Meetings take place at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds on the second Tuesday evening of January, March, May, September and November and are open to the public. Members of Write on Calligraphers enjoy special benefits, such as advance information on upcoming events, discounts on workshops and conferences, and access to an extensive library of over 300 books, tapes, slides and periodicals. Every spring the group sponsors “Letters of Joy”, a popular 1½ day mini conference that regularly attracts over 325 participants and vendors at Edmonds Community College. Calligraphy classes are offered through the Edmonds Parks and Recreation Department. For more information visit their website www.writeoncalligraphers.homestead.com.

 


Jean Whitesavage Drawings at Anderson Center

A “Focus on Public Art” exhibit at the Frances Anderson Center features Jean Whitesavage. Whitesavage and her husband Nick Lyle created a forged steel piece called “Water Plants” in 1997, which surrounds the first floor elevator at Edmonds City Hall. This was one of the percent for art pieces created when the building was renovated for City Administrative Staff offices. The Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation are pleased to present a joint exhibit of Jean’s work entitled “Working Drawings”. The exhibit at 700 Main Street, Edmonds, may be viewed during building hours, Monday-Friday 8 am-9 pm, and Saturday 9 am-4 pm, March 17 – April 30, 2010.

Madrona Berries by Jean Whitesavage

Madrona Berries by Jean Whitesavage


Jean Whitesavage is an artist who primarily makes sculptures out of steel. She uses blacksmithing and metal fabrication techniques to create voluptuous and complex forms. Whitesavage loves the natural world and speaks the language of living things through her drawing, design and sculpture. She is a self- taught horticulturist who is happily obsessed with gardening as well as using plant forms in her work, often as giant plants and flowers. An example of this can be seen in the installation “Prairie Flowers, Potato and Wheat” in Connell Washington. Six 12’-17’ tall forged steel pieces were commissioned by Washington State Arts Commission and installed along a walking path in 2009. Included are Yellow Bells, Fiddleneck, Shooting Star, Blazing Star, Potato Flower, and Wheat. See pictures at www.whitesavageandlyle.com

 

EAFF Display Case at The Frances Anderson Center


This exhibit consists of drawings for proposed public and private commissions. The final artwork is in some cases a complex sculpture made of forged steel, and in other cases a glass skylight or a hand woven rug. Also included are working drawings that are used in the studio. They reveal some of the varied stages of development when formulating an artwork. The steps along the way are often beautiful. This show is an opportunity to revisit those moments of the working process with drawing on paper – her first love.

 

EAFF Gallery at The Frances Anderson Center

EAFF Gallery at The Frances Anderson Center


She and Nick have collaborated on over twenty public art projects as Whitesavage & Lyle in Washington, Oregon and California. Whitesavage has a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park PA, and an MA in Sculpture from NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred NY.

 

EAFF Gallery at The Frances Anderson Center

EAFF Gallery at The Frances Anderson Center

 


En Plein Air
Painting on Location
February 2nd – March 12th, 2010

“Genevieve” by Catherine Gill

Genevieve Tuck enjoyed painting on location, known as en plein air painting. She posed and answered her own question many times, “Why would anyone want to be a plein air painter? For me, it is the exciting experience of taking a blank canvas, a portable easel, a small box of paints and brushes, and then producing a painting that has never been done before.” Regarding the value of painting in this fashion, she stated, “It is the fleeting, changeable nature of light that makes it necessary to paint rapidly; whether it is a brilliant sunrise, sunset or the approaching moonlight.” Artists who painted with her agree, and there were many who would trek with her to a painting location and enjoy the experience.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the City of Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present the work of regional artists who delighted in the opportunity to join Genevieve Tuck on location to paint. Featured artists include Catherine Gill, Faye Castle, Hita von Mende, Jan Wurn, Roberta Crawford, Joan Pinney and Anni Leedy.

Most of the works that will be exhibited were done during excursions with Genevieve. The artists have been asked to provide comments about the experience of painting in this style and of painting as a group. Those comments will be included with the work for patrons to contemplate. Catherine Gill comments: “Painting on location needs a determination, a speed, a “feel” for a place; finding some landscape that you just know will give up its colors and shapes and lines, if only you can get it. The place is so much more than what you see. You stand, connected to all this, and need to summon up the courage to just start making the marks. If you are blessed that day, and determined, a painting will surface. Genevieve taught me that.”

“October Day with Genevieve” by Catherine Gill

Roberta Crawford remembers “right from the beginning she was an inspiration to us all. No matter where we painted, in the mountains, in a pasture by the barn or at the dock among the boats, she could create outstanding compositions and no matter what the weather was like, she’d press on.”

The exhibit opens Tuesday, February 2 and continues through Friday, March 12, 2010. Genevieve Tuck’s artistic spirit remains with all those she touched – painters, patrons, friends and family. She passed away at 100 years of age in August of 2008.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Museum gallery and the Edmonds Arts Commission display case are located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 9, Sat – 10 to 3, Sun – closed. Information 425.771.1984 or 425.771.0228


Artists Featured in this Exhibit

Anni Leedy – www.annileedy.com
Catherine Gill – www.catherinegill.com
Hita von Mende – www.vonmende.com
Janice Wurn – www.artstallgallery.com/janice_wurn
Joan Pinney – www.joanpinney.com