The arts scene in Edmonds is year-round, and in full swing

By Frances Chapin | Jul 07, 2016

The arts season is year-round in Edmonds and July is no exception, with unique theater, live music and a variety of arts activities in full swing.

The Edmonds Arts Commission, and other arts organizations and businesses in our community, provide a full calendar of things to see and do this month.

School is out and arts opportunities for kids abound, from the Parks & Recreation sand-sculpting contest to arts enrichment camps at Edmonds Center for the Arts, theater programs through Driftwood Players and dance at Olympic Ballet.

If theater is your interest, start the month with intriguing theater spotlighting new works, presented in Driftwood's Festival of Shorts, eight plays selected from over 200 entries by playwrights from Florida to Seattle. As the audience, you help select the winners.

If comedy is your favorite, Phoenix Theatre has new shows opening later in the month.

Looking for live music? July marks the 27th year of the Arts Commission’s free outdoor concerts at City Park, Sundays at 3 p.m., opening with Reilly & Maloney's Farewell Tour on July 10, and concerts at the Hazel Miller Plaza, Fifth and Maple, Tuesdays at noon and Thursdays 5- 6:30 p.m.

Take a walk on the waterfront and catch the melody of saxophones, keyboards and maybe a trombone by Sea Jazz student musicians at the Port of Edmonds on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, or look for regularly scheduled live music in downtown bars and restaurants.

At the end of July, enjoy an afternoon and evening of free live entertainment as the ECA welcomes everyone to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It's amazing to realize that it has been a decade since the newly renovated facility opened.

In 2006, the city designated Fourth Avenue North as an “arts corridor,” linking the future arts center to downtown. To highlight future plans for Fourth Avenue North, an interim public art installation called  "Luminous Forest" lights the street between Main and Daley streets. Come out to meet the artist, Iole Alessandrini, during the ECA Birthday Bash.

Speaking of the visual arts, the Cascadia Art Museum is a wonderful example of how passion and personal leadership in Edmonds has led to creating a visual art facility that the community long dreamed about in cultural planning efforts.

Don't miss the current show of work by Seattle artist John Matsudaira. Art Walk night is July 21, so make sure to see new exhibits throughout downtown, including Cole Gallery, Gallery North and a special ArtSplash show by Artists Connect at ArtWorks.

For cultural history, Puget Sound Fishing is featured at the Edmonds Historical Museum.

Looking ahead, late July is the time to register for the Write on the Sound writers' conference in October. Also on the horizon, the 11th year of the Art Studio Tour is in September and the 55th season of Cascade Symphony Orchestra starts in October.

The full season of arts activities in Edmonds continues! See the www.visitedmonds.com calendar for more events, or to post your upcoming arts events.

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