After a pandemic-induced hiatus last year, the Edmonds Arts Festival is returning. Instead of its usual Father's Day weekend dates, this year's festival will be held from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29.
The Edmonds Arts Festival will feature more than 160 artist booths on the field at the Frances Anderson Center. The artist booth exhibitors are juried by professional artists for artistic merit and include artists from around the United States and Canada. No crocheted toilet paper cozies here!
Booth artists work in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, 2D multimedia works, sculptures, garden art, jewelry, and clothing. There really is something for everyone.
In addition to the artist booths, a gallery arts exhibit, also juried by professional artists, will take place at the Frances Anderson Center. Participating artists can win cash awards for first, second, and third place. Gallery arts, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and 3D art, will also be available for sale.
The Foundation Art Gallery at the Frances Anderson Center will feature work by Edmonds Arts Festival poster artist Robin Weiss.
The Edmonds Arts Festival will support public health by offering a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic, offered by the Snohomish Health District, will offer the Pfizer shot to anyone 12 and older (under 18 accompanied by a parent) or the J&J shot to anyone 18 and older. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Pre-register for the Friday clinic here or for the Saturday clinic here.
In accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee's latest order, masks are strongly encouraged outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required for everyone inside the Frances Anderson Center. Booth artists may require masks for people who want to go into their booths.
If you want to take a break from viewing art while you're there, the festival offers food booths, beverages, and free live entertainment on the main stage in the Plaza. Bands performing this year include:
- Clave Gringa (Cuban jazz)
- Reggie Garrett & the Snake Oil Peddlers (Urban acoustic-folk-soul)
- Show Brazil & Eduardo Mendonça (Brazilian traditional)
- Commander Mojo & the Horns of Discontent (Rock'n'Roll and R&B)
- ABBAgraphs (Pop)
- Kellee Bradley Band (Folk/rock)
- Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers" (Gypsy jazz)
- Jake Bergevin and the Javatown Swing Orchestra (Mini-big-band/swing)
- Stacy Jones Band (Roots rock)
On the Plaza, artists participating in the Edmonds Art Studio Tour this fall will be on hand to discuss their work. The festival will also have jazz on the Plaza, with 16 different groups performing over the three days of the festival.
Best of all, not only will you have fun at the festival, but everything you buy there will help support the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, which awards $80,000 in scholarships and grants every year. This year, the foundation awarded $40,000 in renewable scholarships to Edmonds-area students pursuing college degrees in the visual arts.
Art by the students who won Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation scholarships will be displayed at the Frances Anderson Center during the festival, along with a virtual exhibit of work by Edmonds School District students that was included in the district's calendar this year.
The Foundation funds art education in elementary, middle, and high schools in the area with art education grants. It also supports other community arts organizations with its community art grant program. Over the years, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to support the arts in Edmonds.
You know that public art you see all over the place in Edmonds? The Foundation funds a lot of that, too. Most recently, the Foundation donated $30,000 to support the construction of a mural by Tulalip Tribes artist Ty Juvinel, which is currently displayed in front of the Edmonds Historical Museum.
Adorn your world with art and support a nonprofit that generously donates to the community every year! The Edmonds Arts Festival will take place from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking at Edmonds-Woodway High School, with shuttle bus transport to the festival grounds, are free. For more information about parking, artists, performing arts, and more, visit the Edmonds Arts Festival website.