Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's THAT Time Again!

Father's Day weekend is fast approaching and for those of us who live in Edmonds, that can only mean that the Edmonds Arts Festival is about to begin!

All our supplies and dodods, gismos, bits and bobs, thingamajigs and tools have been moved into the Frances Anderson Center, the home of the Festival.  The whole Festival rises out of plastic tubs....we store our things in them during the year, we load and unload them into trucks for the short drive to and from our storage facility, we rummage and search and somehow, every year, a whole magical arts festival emerges.  It's downright amazing!

The Student art work is hung and ready, waiting for the Patrons to arrive on Friday.  The creativity and talent these young artists show is inspiring.  And no, I am NOT just saying that.  These young people do phenomenal work.

By opening on Friday we have over 240 artists vendors on the field and on the plaza.  The shopping is wonderful!  Something for everyone....

We have two food courts, not counting the food truck in the Kids' Creative Corner, where we have projects for our young Patrons, from spirit houses to chalk drawing and all sorts of things in between.

We have three juried galleries, too.  Paintings, Prints and Drawings are in the gym (come see our new hanging display boards that were funded by a stupendous grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation).  In room 207 the Photography can be found and I think this years selections are the strongest group yet.
(And I can say that even though my three submissions were not juried into the show!)  The third gallery features sculpture, glass, jewelry, weaving, wood and other dimensional work.

For me, having been involved with the Edmonds Arts Festival for a number of years now, the very best part are the friends I've made.  The directors and volunteers are an amazing group of people.

If you are in the neighborhood, be sure to come see what's new this year.  The Festival is free (no dogs, please, it's a city ordinance that our doggie friends are not allowed on the Frances Anderson Center grounds) and all are welcome.  Come celebrate the arts in Edmonds with student and adult art, music, dance, food, singing and wonderful family fun.  And maybe a little shopping?

Thank you for putting up with my once a year advertisement!

All photos are from previous Festivals.

1 comment:

diane b said...

It looks like you have been working hard to make the festival a success. I would be there for sure if I lived there. I've just been catching up with your posts. You have been busy.