Art for contemplation, art for the masses

Edmonds Arts Festival's 60th anniversary
By Brian Soergel | Jun 22, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel The displays at Abraxas Crow Co., left, are always an attraction at the Edmond Arts Festival, which draws thousands each Father’s Day weekend. A particularly large dragon wowed crowds.

If you wanted to see serious, award-winning art from students, amateurs and professionals, you ducked inside the labyrinth of halls at Frances Anderson Center during last weekend’s 60th annual Edmonds Arts Festival.

Outside, on the field – on Renoir, Picasso, Dali, Monet and O’Keefe boulevards – and on the plaza, you could be treated to a fire-breathing dragon, wearable art, wind chimes, rustic lawn signs and fantastical and bright landscapes, as well as New Age-y guitar and piano sounds.

If that was your thing. And for many, it was.

There was, truly, just about something for everybody to take in at the festival, which packed them in during three days on Father’s Day weekend.

In advance of the festival, on June 11, was the first-ever Juried Art Awards Ceremony. On hand were artists, jurors, sponsors, and members of the Edmonds Arts Festival and Foundation.

It paid tribute to the artists from throughout the Northwest whose art was accepted for display and sale in the juried galleries during the festival. From the more than 1,000 pieces submitted, 560 were selected by a group of professional art jurors.

The award-winning artists and their pieces were recognized during the evening.

Here’s a list of the juried gallery award winners. Judges were Susan Waite for miniatures, Pat Clayton for paintings, prints and drawings, Tom Haseltine for photography, and Melissa Tomlinson Newell for three-dimensional work.


1st ($800): “Red and Gray Winter Sunset,” Gretchen Hancock

2nd ($500): “Memory Lane,” Emilya Lane

3rd ($300): “5 O’Clock Sun,” Annette Hanna

Honorable mention ($150): “Material Girl,” Cheryl Waale; “Conscious Yearning,” Ellen Busteed; “Lyrical Thoughts,” Barbara Noonan


1st ($400): “Primordial Pond,” Gary Shinn

2nd ($300): “Father’s Day,” James McFarlane

3rd ($200): “Meeting the New Neighbor,” Val Paul Taylor

Honorable mention ($100): “Sugar Pumpkin,” Susan Lally-Chiu


1st ($400): “Pigeon,” Aron Hart

2nd ($300): “When She Isn’t Home,” Hee Chung

3rd ($299): “Journey,” Patrick Sanford

Honorable mention ($100): “Wrong Way,” Junkyu Lee

Miniatures and small paintings

1st ($300): “Cloud Shadow,” Robin Wiess

2nd ($200): “Marine Morning,” Julie Creighton

3rd ($100): “Heading Home,” James McFarlane

Honorable mention ($50): “Mount Baker Study III,” Autumn Kegley; “Seaplane Sunset,” Steve Cox


1st ($800): “Rose Theatre,” Peggy Curtis

2nd ($500): “Chicken Basket,” Cory Koch

3rd ($300): “Painted Monastery, Bucovina, Romania,” Emily Wilson

Honorable mention ($150): “In the Lavender Field,” Mary Ye Wang

@Three Dimensional@

1st ($800): “Gardeners of the Spirit,” Marjorie Thompson

2nd ($500): “Yes!,” David Varnau

3rd ($300): “Tune for Max,” Lynette Hensley

Honorable mention ($150): “Inverted Pyramid,” Rick Holst

Other honors

A $500 Mayor’s Choice award, presented by Dave and Sue Earling, was given to David Marty for “Sveti Vlaho, Dubrovnik.”

The Anne E. Sambataro Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship was award to Jennee Heutt for “Desperation in Red.”

More than $8,800 was awarded in prize money.

Student art top honors

Alderwood Middle: Josh Golveo, Caylen Nguyen, Soo Vin Baik

Brighton Middle: Anderson Gahan

Cedar Valley Community: Brandon Mendez

College Place Middle: Lea Abandonato

Edmonds Elementary: Charlotte Manning

Edmonds-Woodway High: Peter Tsanev, Madyson Hedman, Stephen Smith, Emma Sum, Emily Kang

ELearning Academy: Helena Medina

Hazelwood Elementary: Joeris Hofman

Homeschool: Danielle Bragg

Lynnwood High: Nicole Strickland, Eric Rodriguez, Zaryab Bushra, Erika Andrade

Madrona K-8: Carlos Brown

Maplewood K-8: Angela Pedersen

Martha Lake Elementary: Adrianna Waller, Mandy Branum

Meadowdale High: Devlyn Larsen, Marko Vuckovic

Mountlake Terrace Elementary: Vitaliy Belogub

Mountlake Terrace High: Sophia Nelson, Gabriel Castoe, Clare Kaiyala

Seaview Elementary: Mitchell Cook, Annslea Bixler, Niko Kester

Soundview School: Ian Pirie

Terrace Park Elementary: Ella Goeden

Poster artists

Pamela Harold was the Edmonds Arts Festival poster artist for the second time. Mandy Branum, a second-grader at Martha Lake Elementary, was named the student art poster winner.







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