Art Beat: New Art Exhibit, The Olympic Ballet’s Nutcracker, Book Drive and More

One thing I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving is that there’s always so much to celebrate in our artistic community. From exhibitions to performances, I hope this issue gives you plenty of options to enjoy this amazing city we call home!

The Cascadia Art Museum presents George Tsutakawa: Early Works on Paper

“The Interior” by George Tsutakawa
“Shipping” by George Tsutakawa (later titled “Longshore, Union Bay, Alaska”)

From Thursday 1 December to Sunday 26 March
190 Sunset Ave S., #E, Edmonds

One of the leading Northwest artists of his generation, George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) is best known for his sculptures and fountains. However, a lesser known aspect of his career was the production of prints, watercolors and works on paper which began in the 1920s and continued throughout his career.

Drawn from the Tsutakawa estate, most of the works that will be on display have never been seen before by the public. These early works present concepts and inspirations that would inform the artist’s aesthetic throughout a long and distinguished career. The contextual works of Tsutakawa’s instructors and contemporaries allow for a broader understanding of his work.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a book written by David F. Martin, curator of the Cascadia Art Museum. The book – 144 pages and profusely illustrated – is published by the Cascadia Art Museum and distributed by the University of Washington Press.

Fun fact: George Tsutakawa’s son, Gerard, is the sculptor behind the “Standing Wave” sculpture at Edmonds on Main Street near the transit center.

Learn more about George Tsutakawa here.

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The Olympic Ballet Theater presents “The Nutcracker”

Alberto Gaspar and Taylor Lim
Frank Borg and student at the Olympic Ballet School
Mara Vinson and Jose Iglesias

December 9-11, Everett Performing Arts Center

December 15 – 20, Edmonds Center for the Arts

The Olympic Ballet Theater (OBT) presents the annual production of Nutcrackerback at the Everett Performing Arts Center and the Edmonds Center for the Arts in December.

Nutcracker is one of the most famous classical ballets and a holiday tradition for many, telling the story of a little girl named Clara, her mysterious godfather Herr Drosselmeyer, a very special Nutcracker and a journey magic night. This production of Nutcracker features choreography by OBT artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev, sets designed by Jeannette Franz, Ruth Gilmore and Phillip Lineau, and iconic music written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The OBT production features a cast of over 100 performers, including OBT company dancers in the lead roles, local guest artists and some students from the Olympic Ballet School.

Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available here or by phone at 425-774-7570.

In addition to full-length performances, OBT offers morning productions at both locations. Perfect for children and adults of all ages, these abbreviated performances (1 hour and 15 minutes) are $10 per person for groups of 20 or more. This production includes an “Introduction to the Magic of Theater” intermission segment, giving audiences a special behind-the-scenes demonstration of sets, lighting, costumes and props. Matinee performances will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 9 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, and Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. For more information or group reservations, call 425-774-7570 or email [email protected]

For guests wishing to enjoy ballet from the comfort of their own home, OBT is offering digital access to 2021 performances of The Nutcracker in Edmonds and Everett. Digital access to each show is $25 until December 31, 2022 and includes unlimited viewing for seven days. More information on digital access will be available here.

December is the last opportunity to purchase the Season Pass for OBT’s 2022-2023 performance season. The season pass includes tickets for all four productions with a 10% discount (applies to additional tickets for family and friends). The subscription is available for purchase at the box office at 425-774-7570, and subscribers can redeem tickets at no cost. For more information, contact OBT at [email protected] or visit their website.

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Collecting Edmonds Bookstore books for the Page Ahead children’s literacy program

December 11 – December 17
111 5th Ave S., Edmonds

Edmonds Bookstore will be accepting donations of new books for the Page Ahead children’s literacy program the week of December 11-17. They are offering 10% off all books purchased for donation during this week. Please consider donating while you shop this season! Page Ahead needs in particular:

-Books for children from 0 to 9 years old

-Non-fiction

– Illustrated softcover books

-Books in Spanish

-Graphic novels

Page Ahead serves students across Washington State, including two elementary schools in the Edmonds School District, with book distribution and story time projects. Their stated goal is to bridge the literacy gap “by giving young students furthest from educational opportunities access to books and reading resources”. They also donate thousands of books through a Book Oasis project: 18 small, custom-built free libraries that are stocked monthly by volunteers, located in book deserts across Seattle. All books donated through Edmonds Bookshop will be redistributed to students in areas that need them most.

Plus, those who shop Dec. 15 during Art Walk Edmonds from 5-8 p.m. can receive 20% off any item in the store — not just donated books (some exclusions apply).

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Gift Idea for the Holidays: “Cranes for Peace”

Orange and Gold Origami Cranes by Casion Jewelry

Using Art for Peace, three art institutions in the Pacific Northwest have partnered with Bothell-based Casion Jewelry to promote awareness and end harassment and violence against Asian Americans of the Pacific Islands (AAPI). Together, the Schack Art Center in Everett, the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, and the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue successfully helped the “Cranes for Peace” fundraising campaign raise $3,000 to donate to Stop AAPI Hate.

The Asian tradition of 1,000 paper cranes represents the granting of a special wish, happiness, long life and is often used to symbolize peace. Using “Washi”, or traditional Japanese paper that has been hand-treated and made in the traditional way, these cranes are also treated to prevent UV fading and are water resistant.

For the Fall and Winter 2022-2023 season, new colors and designs of origami crane earrings are now available for the holidays at the following partner locations:

Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave, Everett, 425-259-5050
Bellevue Museum of Art, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770

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Kalani Pe’a Christmas Show

Kalani Pe’a

Thursday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonds Arts Center
410 4th Ave N., Edmonds

Three-time Grammy winner Kalani Pe’a brings her beautiful voice and endearing showmanship to share in the joys of the holiday season. Kalani’s holiday show is a delightful mix of Christmas standards, sung in English and Hawaiian, as well as Hawaiian favorites. Tickets available here.

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“Christmas at Edmonds” with the Mosaic Choir and Orchestra

Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Edmonds Arts Center
410 4th Ave N., Edmonds

North Sound Church presents Mosaic Choir & Orchestra performing Christmas In Edmonds. In January 2006, singers and instrumentalists from across the greater Seattle area – from 10 denominations and 25 churches – came together to form a group called Mosaic Arts Northwest Choir and Orchestra. Since then, the group has performed in churches and concert halls, at arts festivals and in various secular settings throughout the Pacific Northwest and as far away as Leon, Spain. This concert benefits the Edmonds School District Foundation. Get tickets here.

— By Elizabeth Murray

(Photo by Brittany Gross)

Elizabeth Murray is a grateful freelance writer to call Edmonds home. When she’s not busy arguing with her two kids (and hubby), you can find her playing the ukulele and singing with The Band LeLe.

Christopher S. Washington