Edmonds-Woodway grad Barbara Childs featured in Artists Sunday
Last updated 11/24/2020 at 11am
Edmonds School District's community arts program Barbara Childs is one of 20 artists nationwide chosen to participate in Artists Sunday, a new art-focused shopping holiday taking the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Childs went to Edmonds-Woodway High School and lives in Lynnwood.
Five Edmonds artists were also chosen: Sue Robertson, Cheryl Brown, Allison Leigh Lilly, Janis Graves, and Barbara Chapman.
"With more than 2,000 artists from all 50 states participating in Artists Sunday, picking a top 20 that represented diverse mediums and locations around the country was a difficult task, to say the least," said Christopher Sherman, Artists Sunday's founder.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Childs, who has participated in Gallery North's annual Small Works show in Edmonds, decorates her wares to reflect the colors and textures found by the shores of Puget Sound. Most of her time is spent at the wheel, embellishing with stamps she creates herself.
Childs is also the coordinator.
The Artists Sunday movement come at a time when the cancellation of the vast majority of in-person sales opportunities since last March. A survey from American for the Arts found the arts-and-culture sector has suffered a $13.1 billion economic hit due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Childs' pottery is just one local example, with over a 70 percent drop in sales for the year so far.
"With the usual selling venues temporarily or permanently closed this year, I've had to find new ways to reach my customer base," she said. "Adding an online store to my website was a first major step. It's an honor to have my work recognized by Artists Sunday as one of their national top 20 gift picks."