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January 2, 2019

“A Mother’s Love,” by Jake Wagoner, depicts mother and baby Orca whales, like those often seen in Puget Sound.

Edmonds was recently named the first Certified Creative District by the state of Washington, but of course, Edmonds has long been known for its artistic bent.

In addition to the Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Cascadia Art Museum, Edmonds has the free third Thursday art walk for residents and visitors alike to view work by local artists in our local galleries, restaurants and shops.

The art walk is thanks to a community organization, Art Walk Edmonds, or AWE, as they refer to themselves.

It's Art Walk Edmond’s Mural Project Edmonds subcommittee that planned, funded and facilitated the installation of two new, professional-quality murals on public-facing walls downtown.

Mural Project Edmonds also coordinated with property owners to identify artists, both current and upcoming.

The most recent mural, picturing a giant squid on the wall of the Mar·ket Fishmonger & Eatery building, was painted by Tacoma artist Nick Goettling – the color and graphic quality of the mural are compelling.

Across the street, another recent mural, “A Mother’s Love,” depicts mother and baby Orca whales, like those we often see in the Puget Sound. The artist’s rendering of this family will make you smile (and maybe even pose for a selfie).

As I wandered Edmonds the last few weeks, walking the dog or picking up gifts for friends and family, I realized that looking for older, existing murals – overseen by the now-defunct Edmonds Mural Society – is a great way to see the downtown and waterfront while getting in a few extra steps.

The murals run the gamut from sea life to historic imagery to classic Americana.

The murals run the length of downtown Main Street, from Brackett’s Landing to nearly Sixth Avenue, and a few pop up both north and south of Main near Third, Fourth and Fifth avenues.

Have you seen the ferryboat contrasted by a golden sunset? Muralists have also caught moments in time, as Mount Rainier emerges from the clouds or a family walks along the waterfront.

Perhaps this holiday season, with a few vacation days and friends or family in town, you can take a few extra minutes in the Bowl to wander around looking for public art on the walls of downtown businesses and buildings.

The murals emerge unexpectedly as you round a corner on your way to the waterfront or to the Saturday market or Edmonds Veterans Plaza.

Challenge your family to find them all, and have fun doing it. Edmonds truly is a Creative District, and those of us who are lucky enough to live here have benefitted from it long before the state certified us.

Murals are located throughout downtown, with additional locations to be added in the future. Muralists are welcome to reach out to Mural Project Edmonds to be a part of the Mural Walk.

AWE and Mural Project Edmonds survive on volunteers and donations, so be sure to learn more if you want to support or sponsor the Art Walk, the maintenance of existing murals, or the installation of a new one.

More information can be found at www.artwalkedmonds.com/edmonds-mural-project.

 

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