“Street artist” Doug Lofstrom (step 14) specializes in large, colorful canvases. His work hangs at the Edmonds Waterfront Center and several other locations in the community.
Tracy Felix is one of many local artists to have moved into the new Graphite Center (tour stop 13), a unique space where artists maintain a private studio but can interact with each other while creating.
Known for his dramatic skies and stark landscapes, Andy Eccleshall also has his main studio at the Graphite Center. Here he tells a visitor how he transplanted an image of Edmond’s historic Beeson House into an entirely new setting of flat topography, clouds and sky.
The Grit and Grog Clay Studio is also located in the Graphite Center.
Jennie de Mello e Souza at her desk in her private studio (stage 17).
Sue Robertson of Joyful Art Studio (Stage 18) welcomes visitors to her workspace.
Sue Coccia calls her workspace the Earth Art Studio (tour stop 20), where she works in pen, ink and acrylic to produce colorful animals with contrasting geometric patterns. In addition to prints, she also puts her art on T-shirts and has many available for sale.
A trip on Highway 99 is rewarded with a visit to the only clothing studio on the tour (Stop 23) and a chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing. Artist Dorothy Skea (right) has been producing artistic clothing since her early teens and proudly boasts that she’s only worn clothes she’s made since she was 14.
Sculptor David Varnau (Stage 11) has been producing stunning human figures for nearly 40 years. His work is exhibited locally in several places, including the Café’ Louvre on 5th Avenue.
Painter David Marty (visit stop 5) has worked in oils for many years.
The Pisces Studio (tour stop 2) is the home of 90-year-old artist Elaine Johnson, who continues her life of creating art, creating new work at a breakneck pace. During her creative career, she has focused on a range of subjects, including underwater imagery. Currently, she is intrigued by Stone Age art and evokes it in several of her current works.
It’s worth driving to the Picnic Point area for a triple treat from a trio of artists showing off their work in the same studio. John Worthy has been painting nautical and seaside scenes “as far back as I can remember”. Mary Bess Johnson specializes in underwater themes inspired by her many years of scuba diving and underwater photography. Downstairs is LJ Glass Creations, where the husband-wife team of Joel and Lori Soderberg offer a wide range of glass art from utilitarian tableware to jewelry.
Multimedia artist Whitney Buckingham-Beechie and her husband Tim Beechie opened their home (Stage 12) to show off Whitney’s work, including paintings, jewelry and more.
The Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks Studio (tour stop 15) offered a range of mixed media creations in a range of media types. The artist is on the left.
The popular Edmonds Art Studio Tour kicked off on Saturday morning, this year with 23 local art studios showcasing the work of 41 different local artists.
This annual event offers a rare insight into the creative process, as artists open their private studios and workspaces to visitors. Attendees have the opportunity to see these spaces first-hand, gain intimate insight into how our local artists live and work, and learn how they got started and what inspires them. Many artists offer their works for sale at this event, giving visitors the opportunity to purchase unique, locally produced artwork and help support the local art community.
The Edmonds Art Studio Tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. Details and a map of the various studios are available on the studio tour website.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel