Edmonds Art Walk lives on, expands reach
Despite rumors of the Edmonds Art Walk being put on hold in March, the walk lives on and is continuing to grow.
According to Denise Cole, interim director of the walk and owner of Cole Gallery, the leadership of the walk changed, but it was not put on hold.
“When the leadership of the art walk changed, I agreed to be the interim director, and quickly gathered a group of other business owners and volunteers to help keep the event running,” Cole said.
The new group of volunteers, consisting of Stunningly Strange Gallery, Zinc Art + Interiors, ARTspot, Clayton Moss of FORMA design group, other Edmonds’ businesses and citizen volunteers, set out to build on the walk’s foundation and continue its growth.
The walk recently gained status as an independent non-profit organization, and the volunteer board of directors sees possibilities that were not available before.
“We really have a vision to make our Edmonds Third Thursday a national class art walk,” Cole said. “In the last few months, we have built a wonderful website filled with info about the events, our businesses and our artists.
Theme events have been planned, beginning with “The Art of … ” in August.
“We encouraged each participating business to think outside of the box about the art that they will feature,” Cole said. “It could be “The Art of Coffee,” “The Art of the Garden,” or of wine.”
The board and volunteers have other events in the works, including partnering with the Edmonds Historical Society for their October/November community scarecrow event, as well as wine walks and hands-on kite building and flying events for 2015.
The new art walk committee wants to broaden the diversity of the current walk to include more music, dance and other performance arts, as well as stepping up the quality of all visual arts.
“The art walk provides a venue where the community can meet artists, and see their work first hand while enjoying a festive experience,” Edmonds Art Walk Design Director Clayton Moss said. “It also provides exposure for the downtown businesses, merchants and galleries.”
The board is accepting resumes for the new part-time Edmonds Art Walk coordinator position through its website.
For more information, and to see what’s happening with the art walk visit www.EdmondsArtWalk.com.
“We believe that we have something really special in downtown Edmonds,” Cole said. “We have a sense of ‘town’ set in one of the most picturesque locations anywhere.
“It’s a place where friends and neighbors gather to engage in authentic community as we celebrate the arts.”