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Edmonds Art Beat: Graphite Gallery Seeking Submissions, Irish Dancing Open House, Author Event and Jazz


Gallery at Graphite looking for artists for the exhibition ‘Intersections’

Art Start Northwest, the nonprofit organization located in the Graphite Building at 202 Main St., is looking for intersectionality artists. The gallery will host its first juried exhibition in May and the call for artists is currently open. For this unprecedented exhibition, artists concerned with one or more aspects of intersectionality are invited to submit their work.

The show Intersections seeks to give a platform to artists whose work is underrepresented in more traditional contexts – those whose voices and visibility are marginalized due to overlapping and intersecting attributes such as race, religion, gender, ethnicity, orientation, class, citizenship or ability.

Graphite owner Mary Olsen explains, “Our vision for the Gallery at Graphite has always been to create innovative art installations. We are not a commercial gallery, so we have leeway to present more educational and avant-garde works.

Mason Fraker, co-owner of ARTspot, is the curator of Intersections To display. Fraker became interested in Graphite’s mission to “make art accessible to everyone” and submitted a proposal for the exhibition.

“I’m thrilled to bring a new perspective to my hometown. As a creative community, Edmonds has much to gain from artists who look, act or make art differently. Intersections is a celebration of these different points of view! Fracker said.

The art submission deadline is March 31 and the online link to apply is on the ARTspot website. Donations to fund artist awards are also welcome and can be sent to the @ArtStartNorthwest Paypal account.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Dancing Open House

Photo courtesy of Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing

The Carroll-Henderson School of Irish Dancing is celebrating the upcoming Irish Holidays with open, free Irish dancing lessons for all ages. From the youngest little jumper at 3 years old to an adult looking for an energetic fitness class, everyone can step into the dance studio and experience a bit of Irish culture. At the Carroll-Henderson School, dancers discover harmony between traditional Irish music and dance.

The open day will take place on March 19, with classes throughout the day:

11.15 a.m.-12 p.m. – 3 to 6 years old
12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. – 7 to 12 years old
1pm-1.45pm – Adults

Registration is required online; Click here for more information. Location is at the Edmonds Masonic Lodge at 522 Dayton St. You can also email for more information.

Hot Java Cool Jazz Concert to raise funds for school music programs

It’s happening at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at the Paramount Theatre: Seattle’s future jazz stars will perform at the 25th annual Hot Java Cool Jazz event. For more than 25 years, Starbucks has presented this concert dedicated to showcasing the best high school jazz bands in the area. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit participating high school music programs including Garfield, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Mount Si and Roosevelt. Since the event began, Hot Java Cool Jazz has raised over $1 million for high school music programs.

Tickets are available at stgpresents.org for $25.

Author Neal Thompson and Edmonds’ own John Keane discuss The First Kennedys

Author Neal Thompson (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

On Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m., Edmonds Bookstore welcomes journalist and author Neal Thompson to a virtual Facebook Live event. The First Kennedys is Neal’s sixth book and chronicles the immigrant origins of one of America’s most famous families – focusing on John F. Kennedy’s grandmother, Bridget.

John Keen

Joining Thompson for the evening will be Edmonds resident John Keane, Honorary Consul of Ireland in Seattle and author of seattle irish. You can watch the event here.

— By Rachel Gardner

Rachel Gardner genuinely appreciates art in all its forms and believes that everyone is an artist, some don’t know it yet. A dedicated and involved resident of Edmonds, she can often be spotted on stage cracking jokes between sets or in the audience enjoying local live performances. She loves having fun with her art and finding unique ways of expression, like forming a boho-grunge-folk ukulele trio with local Edmonds moms.