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Six Everett Rain Barrels Now Up For Auction

April 14, 2014

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Red Octopus rain barrel

“Red Octopus” is one of six rain barrels currently up for bid by the City of Everett. Click to see all available or to bid.

You have until Sunday afternoon at 4pm to bid on one of six decorated rain barrels that are in the first phase of an auction of barrels decorated by local artists. Earlier this year the city of Everett placed decorated rain barrels around the city. The barrels were part of Everett’s “Let it Rain” program that is encouraging residents to conserve water by capturing runoff in barrels and recycling it in gardens and lawns. There are a total of 13 decorated barrels that will be available for bid this month.

While the first six are up for bid now, the remaining seven should be available on April 20th. Click here to learn more about the rain barrel program including upcoming dates for “Make it, Take it” workshops hosted by Everett Public Works where you can build your own rain barrel.


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Everett Art Walk Suspended

April 7, 2014

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Art Walk

The Everett Art Walk has been called off for now.

Received word today that the popular Everett Art Walk which is usually held on the third Saturday of every month has been suspended. No details available yet, just a notice received today saying the following…

“Everett Art Walk” is going through some reorganization at this time and we will be taking a break during the Spring of 2014.
The Everett Art Walk has some exciting things in store and will be announcing more information in the coming months. Stay Tuned!

We’ll let you know if we find out what’s going on or feel free to share any details you may have in our comments section.


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Everett Film Festival Marks 17 Years

February 12, 2014

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Everett Film Festival

Tickets and the festival line up are available by clicking the logo above.

The Everett Film Festival celebrates its 17th year Feb. 21-22 with a weekend of provocative and engaging documentaries, shorts, animations and feature films at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

“Since our start in 1997, the festival has become a highly anticipated annual event,” said Teresa Henderson, director of the film festival. “Though it’s evolved over the years, we’ve worked to maintain the festival’s mission of celebrating the strength, humor and diversity of women through a wide array of films.”

The festival begins with an opening-night gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Attendees can enjoy appetizers and desserts, and take in three short films and feature-length documentary. The documentary, “Unmistaken Child,” follows the journey of a young Tibetan monk who is asked to search for the reincarnation of his deceased spiritual leader.

The festival continues Saturday, Feb. 22, with an entire day of world-class independent short films, animations and features. Saturday’s feature films include “No Evidence of Diseases,” a film about six oncologists battling gynecological cancers while performing in a rock-and-roll band, and “Honor and Sacrifice,” a film exploring how Japanese brothers came to fight on opposite sides of World War II. “Honor and Sacrifice” filmmaker Lucy Ostrander will speak with the audience following her film.

“We have an incredible lineup of unique, captivating films this year,” said Henderson. “This is a great opportunity to explore other worlds and other lives through film.”

The Everett Cultural Arts Commission provided a grant to support the 2014 Everett Film Festival.

Visit www.everettfilmfest.org for tickets, the festival schedule, and film details.

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City of Everett to Give $10,000.00 to Whidbey Island Radio Station

January 28, 2014

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Everett Arts Grants

Everett Cultural Arts Grants Program goes before the city council.

Wednesday night the Everett City Council is expected to approve $40,000.00 in capital and programming grants recommended by the Everett Cultural Arts Commission. Among the largest of the grants is ten thousand dollars for studio equipment for radio station KXIR. At 88.9 on the FM dial, KXIR is licensed to Freeland and their radio tower is located in Greenbank on Whidbey Island. The station is owned by the non-profit KSER Foundation and its studios are currently located in Everett. The station went on the air in November and currently simulcasts KSER’s signal. KSER General Manager Tom Clendening writes on his blog that the simulcast will likely continue for some time…

“For several months we will continue to simulcast KSER & KXIR while we conduct more community forums and surveys to obtain community feedback on how to best serve the community with two independent public radio stations. We’d welcome your feedback.”

You can find out more about KXIR by clicking here.

Another large grant of $10,000.00 is earmarked for the Schack Art Center for production equipment. You can click here to see the full list of programming and capital grants that the Everett Cultural Arts Commission is recommending.

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1st Everett Art Walk of 2014 is This Saturday

January 16, 2014

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Everett Art Walk

Click above for a list of participants in this Saturday’s Everett Art Walk

Saturday marks the 1st Everett Art Walk of the year. Well it may be more of an Art Drive as you won’t want to limit yourself to just those galleries in downtown Everett. The Everett Art Walk is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 4pm – 7pm. The event ranges from Anabel’s Framing at 26th and Broadway in Everett, through several venues in the downtown Everett corridor, to 3231 Broadway, out to We Do Art in the 5600 block of Evergreen Way. Several of the venues have teamed up with local micro brewers and many eateries in Everett are featuring local artists on their walls. To learn more about Everett Art Walk visit their official web page here.


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Everett Artists and Arts Supporters to be Celebrated

November 20, 2013

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Diane Wright

Diane Wright, recipient of the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence

The Everett Cultural Arts Commission and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will honor the winners of the 2013 Richard Wendt Award and Mayor’s Arts Awards during a celebration at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room, 3201 Smith Ave. The names of the winners have already been announced. Here’s the rundown provided by the City of Everett…

Richard Wendt Award of Excellence

Diane Wright, freelance writer and former arts and entertainment reporter for the Everett Herald and the Seattle Times, is the winner of the prestigious Richard Wendt Award of Excellence for her extraordinary commitment to the arts scene in Everett. Wright’s insightful, well-researched writing helps bring attention to local artists, performers and events.

“She paints with words,” said Patti Matson and Casey Hall, who nominated Wright for the award. “She is a passionate advocate of everything art and we can’t think of a person more deserving of this award.”

2013 marks the 21st year of the Richard Wendt Award of Excellence, given annually to a person or organization who has demonstrated outstanding support of the arts throughout their lifetime. The award is named for Dr. Richard Wendt, who passed away in 2007. Wendt was a long-time promoter of the arts in Everett and helped found the city’s Cultural Arts Commission and the 1% for the Arts program.

 

Mayor’s Arts Awards

In recognition of Everett’s growing arts scene, the Cultural Arts Commission in 2010 created the Mayor’s Arts Awards to honor art educators, artists in the community and young artists who demonstrate commitment to the Everett arts community.

This year’s Mayor’s Arts Award winners are:

  • Arts educator: Ann Morgan
  • Artist in the community: Duane Kirby Jensen
  • Young artists: Aaron Coughlin and Bryan Bradley of I Will Keep Your Ghost

 

Ann Morgan has been instrumental in building the art education programs for the Everett School District and Schack Art Center, and represents the art community on a variety of local boards and committees. She has taught at Cascade High School for 13 years and helped start the Schack’s art docent program for Snohomish County.

“Ann is a diligent, resourceful and supportive teacher,” said Judy Tuohy with the Schack Art Center. “She is always looking for new ways to support her students.”

 

Duane Kirby Jensen, a local artist and poet, is a vocal supporter of Everett’s growing poetry scene. Jensen currently hosts Everett Poetry Nite and promotes the weekly event through social media and face-to-face outreach. A published poet and a painter, Jensen has been instrumental in bringing out-of-town voices to Poetry Nite.

The nomination highlighted “his support and promotion of all artists and poets and his love of community building.”

 

Aaron Coughlin and Bryan Bradley formed the band I Will Keep Your Ghost in 2009. They describe their music as “groovesynth,” and count among their influences Neon Indian, Bear in Heaven, Discovery and “a massive amount of 70s Italian disco.” They’ve already developed a dedicated fan base in western Washington.

“With several shows in Everett and Seattle under their belt, the electro-rock duo has managed to create a full sound that has made quite a splash in the last year,” said Ryan Crowther, founder of the Everett Music Initiative.  “With an album due out by the end of 2013, these two are sure to put Everett on the map in a major way.”

In addition to developing their sound and their following, Coughlin and Bradley are committed to participating in and nurturing the Everett arts and music scene.

“Not only do they invest time, resources and creative energies into producing their own art, they engage with the ripening arts culture within the city,” said Kimberly Williams, cultural arts commission member. “Aaron and Bryan support local artists and bands by attending shows and events, all the while infusing their contagious positive personalities into vibrant discussions about art, life and culture.”

 

Learn more

The Everett Cultural Arts Commission is composed of volunteer commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor. The mission of the commission is to initiate, sponsor, organize and promote cultural and artistic programs and services for the enrichment and enjoyment of the Everett community.

For more information, contact Carol Thomas, cultural arts manager, at 425-257-7101 or cthomas@everettwa.gov, or visit www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=1074.

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Everett to Spend Thousands on Art for a Dozen Rain Barrels

November 10, 2013

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In an effort to draw attention to surface water management, the City of Everett is asking artists to submit ideas on how to cover rain barrels in art. The city will pick the top 12 – 15 submissions and pay each artist selected $300. Here is more on what the city is looking for…

Everett Rain Barrel project

Click to learn more about rain collection in Everett.

It’s not a traditional canvas, but the city of Everett is hoping that a rain barrel will inspire local artists to create works of art that highlight the importance of stormwater management.

In 2014 the city’s public works department will launch “Let it Rain,” a stormwater management program designed to help homeowners control runoff on their properties and reduce their risk of flooding. The program will include rain barrel displays in downtown Everett and at the Everett Mall from February to June.

“We hope that artists will be inspired by Everett, the Puget Sound, gardens, rivers, storms or other green stormwater management ideas, but there are no restrictions in terms of creativity,” said Apryl Hynes, surface water public education specialist. “Barrels can be decorated with any media – paint, metal, clay, glass, wood, or whatever helps tell the story.”

The Let it Rain program will provide assistance with green stormwater management practices, including the use of rain barrels to store rainwater. The program includes help with rain garden installations and downspout disconnections, as well as discounted rain barrels for Everett homeowners.

“Collecting rainwater from your roof is a simple, effective way to save money and conserve water,” said Hynes. “The Let it Rain display will draw attention to the benefits of rain barrels and will hopefully encourage Everett residents to try one out at their homes.”

For more information on stormwater management in Everett, visit www.everettwa.org/letitrain.

Call to artists

Artists are invited to submit their design ideas, including the media they plan to use, to the public works department at 3200 Cedar Street by Friday, Nov. 22. They should include examples of their previous work. Submissions can also be sent via email to ahynes@everettwa.gov. Artists should explain how they plan to keep their barrels safe from the harsh elements – human and meteorological – for an entire spring outdoors.

Selected artists will be notified to pick up their barrels in early December, and will receive a $300 stipend after completing their barrel. Photos of the barrels will be featured on the city’s website and social media channels.

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