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February 10, 2019



The Lynnwood Arts Commission took a larger than expected step toward initiating its mural program and supporting more public art throughout the city as more than 350 patrons attended the inaugural Art of Food & Wine Celebration Feb. 1.

The Lynnwood Arts Commission, City of Lynnwood and Seattle Uncorked collaborated on the event – and it included a taste of Edmonds flavor.

The large ballroom at the Lynnwood Convention Center teemed with wineries, restaurants, artists, musicians, and guests. The Lynnwood High School Jazz Combos kept the ambience festive, while the choices of food and wine lived up to the event’s promise.

The wines of 15 local wineries paired wonderfully with the delicious tastes prepared by Edmonds restaurants Salt & Iron (octopus and citrus salad) and Bar Dojo (poke wontons).

Also on hand were Chef Dane Catering and Here and There Grill (empanadas or fig and brie pastry twist), The Rock Wood Fired Pizza (pizza, of course), and the Convention Center kitchen (duck mac and cheese, lamb meatballs and shahi paneer).

Throughout the center of the ballroom, visitors could wander from winery to winery and taste whichever of the two or three wines offered by each. The wineries ranged from long-standing favorites to rising stars: Alexandria Nicole, Basel Cellars, Chateau Beck, Fortuity Cellars, Long Cellars, Love That Red Winery, Market Vineyards, Michael Florentino Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Structure Wines, The Woodhouse Wine Estates, Three of Cups Winery, TruthTeller Winery, Tsillan Cellars and Zerba Cellars.

The 2017 Viognier from Fortuity Cellars, a newer winery from the Yakima Valley, was a highlight of the evening.

Emily and Lee Fergstrom, a husband and wife team, started to make wine with friend and winemaker, Johnny Brose. Fortuity’s tasting room is soon to open in Wapato. “This event is a great opportunity for us to get in front of people we normally don’t see, and we can also support the arts, which is important to us,” Emily Fergstrom said.

But the night belonged to the art – the art of Lynnwood.

Three local artists were featured: Allan Capacia Carandang, Angela Bandurka and Ron Stocke. The City of Lynnwood and Lynnwood Arts Commission also displayed images of the growing public art collection across the city.

Angela Bandurka, a painter who completed her first commissioned work at age 15, said she was grateful to be a featured artist for this inaugural show.

“We are used to showing our work in other in cities across the Puget Sound region,” she said, “so it is great to be involved with and highlight artists who live here in Lynnwood.”

Fred Wong, City of Lynnwood staff liaison, said he is proud of the growing collection of public art in the city. From the EGGS-plore series to the fantastic art wraps on the city’s utility/signal boxes, Lynnwood is taking an innovative approach to expanding its arts community.

This event, and others like it, is focused on raising funds for planned murals and other projects.

“I look forward to the day when people in Lynnwood are creating art on their own, creating beautiful, fun, and unexpected art experiences,” Wong said.

Several well-known artists from Edmonds attended the event, including Tracy Felix Fraker, Janis Graves and Lynn Hanson, and many of the attendees came from across the Puget Sound. As I left the ballroom and stopped for a tasty cup of Whidbey Coffee for my short drive home to Edmonds, it felt like our art community just got a little bit larger, and also a little bit closer.

The Art of Food & Wine will be an annual event, so watch for it next January. Until then, be sure to check out the public art in Lynnwood.

More information about the Lynnwood Arts Commission and art programs throughout the city can be found at www.LynnwoodArts.org.

 

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