By Monika Star
Summer in the Pacific Northwest means that the outdoor art festival season is in bloom! By attending art festivals and sharing the experience with others, our lives are enhanced and uplifted on so many levels–mind, body, and spirit. Not only does looking at art stimulate creativity in the brain, but getting out and experiencing these events with others gets the body moving and brings the joy of gathering as a community. Art can also provide deep healing work when you find that piece that stirs something in one’s soul. I believe especially in today’s stressful times, it is necessary to get away from our pushing and pressing lifestyles and have some unapologetic and non-guilty pleasures and fun.
Here’s a list of 7 local art festivals I’ll be attending this summer. Hope you can join me!
- Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival
June 8 – 10, 2018 in Everett, WA
My gorgeous Rock & Roll grandiflora rose bloomed this past week and I was reminded of what a great festival Sorticulture is… I purchased my rose bush there last year from Antique Rose Farm out of Snohomish. With over 140 artists and specialty nurseries, you’ll find a huge variety of art, landscaping and plants to create your very own nature’s show stopper in your garden. There’s also a food fair, wine garden, live music and new activities for the kiddos, including a scavenger hunt that will get them exploring Legion Memorial Park. Don’t miss this year’s special guest appearance Ciscoe. Here’s a link to this year’s Entertainment Schedule.
- Woodinville Artists Studio Tour
June 8th, June 9th & 10th, and June 16th 2018
It’s a 3-part celebration at Woodinville’s first Artists Studio Tour. First, there is a kick-off event on June 8th, 7-9:30pm, called “A Brush of Pink” at Novelty Hill Januik Winery, where you can meet the artists and see their work. Tickets available at at woodinvillewinecountry.com
The free, self-guided Studio Tour runs June 9th & 10th, 10 am – 6 pm. I reached out to Jyl Blackwell, digital fine art painter & marketing and communications chair, to ask about the art tour and this what she had to say-“what makes us unique is that we have such a diverse studio participation-watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting, jewelry, digital painting, fine art furniture, photography, illustration, and pottery. Some studios will have live demonstrations. The studio tour and post-party at the Grange are free events. If you have your “palette” stamped by all 9 studios, you will be entered into a drawing for a night’s stay at Willows Lodge.” She also invites us to her shared studio with Chelle Caldwell since it is among the tasting rooms in the Warehouse District. Art and Wine – what a great combo!
The tour wraps up on June 16th, 5-8pm at the Grange with a free post party with live music, a silent auction and announcement of “Best of Show” and “palette” prize winner. More info on all of this at: woodinvilleartsalliance.com/studio-tour/
- EGGS-plore Lynnwood
June 14th 2018, 6:30-8:30pm, Lynnwood City Hall
While this one is not an outdoor festival, I’m particularly excited to share this art event because I met one of the artists in a class I took this year. The EGGS-plore project started off as a city-wide egg hunt with 28 eggs decorated by different artists. Now the eggs are on display at City Hall and will be auctioned off at the reception on June 14th. Why eggs, you may ask? Well, it is inspired by local history. In the 1920s, the many small farms in Lynnwood made up the nation’s second largest egg producing region. EGGS-plore Lynnwood is a collaboration between the Lynnwood Arts Commission and the Lynnwood Parks and Recreation Foundation, with help from the Human Services Commission, and the History and Heritage Board. More info at eggslynnwood.com
- Edmonds Arts Festival
June 15 – 17, 2018
One of the oldest arts events (since 1957) in the Pacific Northwest, the Edmonds Arts Festival is an annual community favorite happening on Father’s Day weekend. The free 3-day event features diverse art vendors, live entertainment, a juried art gallery exhibition and sale by more than 240 artists, a nationally-recognized juried student art exhibit and a hands-on children’s art activity area.
Angela Bandurka will be at the Artist in Action on the Plaza demonstrating her techniques and process on Friday evening from 6 to 8pm at The Edmonds Arts Festival. (artwork featured above: “Be The Change”). You can see other artists showing their techniques at this link: edmondsartsfestival.com/artists-in-action-on-the-plaza-festival/. When there, let’s wish her a happy 10th year anniversary working as a professional artist. She is hoping to have a calendar made soon of her work, in the meantime check her work at angelabandurka.com.
- Shoreline Arts Festival
June 23 – 24, 2018
The Shoreline Arts Festival is held the last weekend in June and this year is celebrating its 28th year. There is something creative and fun for everyone at this FREE two-day community event: juried art exhibits, music and theater performances, youth art, artist marketplace, cultural rooms, hands-on art, food court, and various activities of all kinds. The Cultural Rooms offer an opportunity to immerse yourself and experience different cultures with hands-on activities such as interactive art displays, food samples, listening to music and learning to dance. They put it best, in a nutshell, about supporters of the arts: “Enrich your home with hand-made art, support local artists, and show the world where you stand as a curator of great taste”. More info: shorelineartsfestival.org
- Sandblast Festival of the Arts
July 21 & 22, 2018
This fun, family friendly, free art festival is proudly put on by Duvall Foundation for the Arts. Master Sand Sculptress, Kali Bradford, returns to transform the beach on the historic shores of Snoqualmie River at McCormick Park into a piece of sand art. This pic was in 2016 and was inspired by indigenous Māori art from New Zealand. There is also local art vendors, live music on two stages, food trucks, wine & beer garden, children’s activities and play, treasures, and more. More info: duvallarts.org
- Bellevue Art Museum ARTSfair
July 27-29, 2018
Celebrating 72 years this year! Along with the BAM fair, the 6th Street Fair and Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place on the same weekend making it an art lovers paradise triple trifecta win.
Check out following links to find all details for these art festivals. bellevuearts.org/artsfair, bellevuedowntown.com/events/6th-street-fair, and bellevuefest.org.
Monika Star is an avid wellness advocate, beach watcher, arts promoter and a natural connector. She is the community outreach director for the NW Mind Body Spirit Connection events and enjoys spending time meeting folks who are doing good things for our community.