Edmonds Arts Festival: 62 years and counting

By Brian Soergel | Jun 13, 2019
Photo by: Brian Soergel Edmonds Arts Festival is June 14-16.

It’s about the art for many. Artists, aspiring artists, and people who like art.

About the camaraderie, seeing old friends or new. About the music and performances on the spiffy new band shell. And the food – lots of favorites.

For 62 years, the Edmonds Arts Festival has been about all that.

It’s also about the idea of being part of an arts-friendly town whose people work together to create and participate in this annual event.

That participatory spirit was no more evident that in the last month, with the passing of last year’s director, Patti Sullivan. She was in the process of mentoring Ken Carscadon, the festival’s new marketing and communication manager, when she died suddenly last month.

Stepping up to assist were Edmonds Arts Festival Association President Diane Cutts and volunteer Julaine Fleetwood.

“Patti was a festival leader, supporter, and friend,” said Cutts. “It’s hard to believe she's not by our sides as we prepare for the festival.”

Cutts and Fleetwood handled media requests and other organization.

Of course, the Festival’s longevity is because of the passion of the hundreds of volunteers who work countless hours to produce it. The all-volunteer board of more than 20 members works all year long to assure that the event is successful and meets the larger mission – to give back to the community. The organization’s activities reach far beyond the three festival days in June.

The festival brings in more than 240 artists booths for visitors to view and purchase art, 20 food concessions at three Food Courts, where they can try fabulous food, and a variety of entertainment types that appeal to all ages performing at the new band shell.

Art galore

Because the festival is increasingly being recognized as a premier event, serious art buyers will find numerous artists displaying and selling fine art. Many of this year’s artists are new to the festival offering selections that have been previously unavailable.

Artists will be selling paintings, handmade furniture, mixed media, sculpture, fine handcrafted jewelry, and more.

Three art galleries will give local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their artwork as well as receive cash awards.

Always popular is the student art exhibit inside the Frances Anderson Center. Hundreds of works by Edmonds School District students are displayed and recognized through awards. An artist-in-action area, where artists with the Edmonds Art Studio Tour demonstrate and explain their techniques, provides educational opportunities for both the curious and aspiring artists.

For the kids

Edmonds School District music students are given the opportunity to perform and be recognized at the outdoor amphitheater and other locations throughout festival grounds. There is also a place just for the kids – at Kids Create, children are guided in art activities and given hands-on opportunities to create arts and crafts projects to take home.

Giving back

All profit from the Edmonds Arts Festival goes toward funding of the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation’s programs. The Foundation gives more than $80,000 annually for art scholarships, educational grants to schools, and community grants to area nonprofits.

In addition, the foundation has given more than $1 million for public art installations and special projects throughout Edmonds.

Edmonds Arts Festival


When: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 14-15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Where: Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds

Admission: Free. No dogs allowed except for service dogs per City ordinance.

Information: edmondsartsfestival.com




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