Art events to benefit local charities

By James Spangler | Mar 30, 2017
Courtesy of: ARTspot Tracy Felix, left, and Sue Robertson (with their art mascot, Pippin) have created a series of art events to benefit local charities.

Twelve years ago, Sue Robertson and Tracy Felix created what has come to be known as the Edmonds Art Studio Tour. With the help of dozens of local artists, the studio tour continues to be an event that attracts residents and visitors every year.

Now, these two local artists are collaborating on a new project. They've set their sights on healing some of the emotional reactions they've felt and witnessed in the art community recently.

HEARTspot Paint-Togethers are a series of art happenings promoting local charities in an attempt to reach out to heal the art community, envisioned as painting sessions to rally everyone from the highly accomplished artist to the novice and encouraging them to come together and paint for a good cause.

“Artists tend to be lightning rods in society,” co-organizer Tracy Felix said. “We feel very deeply. All the recent political turmoil is having a really detrimental effect on a lot of creative people. Artists have literally shut down. We decided to do something to combat their despair. We also wanted to support some of the organizations that are doing positive things in our community.”

Among the notable local artists participating in April are Felix, Robertson, Angela Bandurka, Joanne Shellan and Pamela Mummy. But artists of all levels are encouraged to participate.

Artists will pay a $30 registration fee, 100 percent to be donated to the charity of the month. Local art supply store ARTspot will supply canvas and Cole Gallery studio space. Artists may choose to donate or keep their completed work.

The proceeds of April’s event will benefit Washington Kids in Transition, a volunteer organization committed to providing basic needs to children. There are currently 600 homeless children in the Edmonds School District alone.

ARTspot will feature the canvases painted at the sessions and offer them for sale. Artwork can be purchased at ARTspot beginning at Art Walk Edmond on April 20. All proceeds will go to Washington Kids in Transition.

Registration is now open for two HEARTspot Paint-Togethers: April 7 and April 11, with the possibility of more dates if demand warrants.

For more information, go to or call 425-640-6408.

James Spangler writes the Art & Appetite column for the Edmonds Beacon.


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