Arts Around Lynnwood: Time to recognize local students

Childs photo contestBy Barb Childs

Student takes top prize in State Photography Contest

Out of almost 4,000 entries into the Washington State High School Photography Competition, Lynnwood High’s Krystyka Kaminski, took first place in the People Category. The winning photo, pictured at right, will be professionally matted and travel around the state for the next year shown in The Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Photographic Center Northwest to name a few. She also won a cash prize of $100.

The following students at Lynnwood High received special recognition in the Photography competition with either “select” ribbons as part of the top 10 percent of entries or “finalist” ribbons as part of the top 216 photos: Ashley Bodger (select), Carols Escutia (Finalist), Ryan Winston (select), Almida Meyer (select, finalist), Tamara Meyer (select), Adrianna Schiavo (select), ReaAnne Wilson (select), Salena Eng (select), Krystyka Kaminski (select, winner).

June 6: Scriber Lake High students to launch new book

Childs- wrongTwenty-one high school students from Scriber Lake High School will be holding a book release party June 6 for their new book, “You’ve Got It All Wrong,” a powerful true story collection that shines the spotlight on the serious damage caused by labels and the importance of knowing the story behind each “labeled” teen.

The book launch event, which will be held at Café Louvre in downtown Edmonds, kicks off at 5 p.m. with a book signing party and opportunity to meet the student authors. At 6:30 p.m., several of the students will read from their stories during a special hour-long reading performance.

In “You’ve Got It All Wrong,” the student authors take readers into their lives as they struggle with homelessness, abandonment, death, addiction, abuse, and peer pressure. By revisiting their pasts and sharing their stories, these high school students are taking charge of their futures in a positive, powerful way. They are also reaching out to other teens to remind them that they aren’t alone and that labels do not define who they are.

June 7: Students combining music and computers for ‘Musaic’

Students in the Edmonds Community College Digital Music Program will be showcased in an innovative multimedia performance called “Musaic.” It will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the college’s Black Box Theatre, 20000 68th Ave. W.

“Musaic” is open to the public. A $7 suggested donation supports Edmonds CC music scholarships.

This year’s concert performance features student musicians interacting with computers, including live vocal sampling, piano processing, guitar looping, FX sampling, and video game simulations of musical instruments.

The featured student musicians are Simon Aspinall, Dylan Banks, Dustin Elrod, Connor Favero, Justin Jennings, Tom Prince, Josh Richins, and Matt Sledgianowski.

“Our Digital Music program prides itself as being one of the most exciting, advanced, and forward-thinking community college programs in the country,” said Edmonds Community College music instructor Nick Sibicky. “‘Musaic’ is the perfect opportunity to experience this overflowing creativity and ingenuity.”

More Edmonds Community College Concerts include:

June 2: Edmonds CC Music faculty and student colossal collaboration
Music Department faculty and students perform for the campus and community to enjoy. 2pm, Black Box Theatre. or call 425-640-1650.
June 5: EdCC Classical Student Showcase
The talented Edmonds CC Music Department student musicians entertain the campus and community. Black Box Theatre, 5-7:30pm.
June 9: Student Vocal Recital
Listen to the sweet sounds of the Edmonds CC music students as they perform in their end of the quarter vocal recital. Black Box Theatre, 2pm.
June 10: Symphonic Choir Concert
The Edmonds CC Symphonic Choir performs at 7:30 in the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. Students free, $7 suggested donation for the general public.

Edmonds Art Festival Foundation awards scholarships to area visual art students

EAFF scholarship winners.

Seventeen scholarships were awarded this year to students working toward degrees in the area of visual arts.

Megan Cho, from Meadowdale High School, will be attending Occidental College. She received the “Anna E. Sambataro Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship” provided by the Sambataro Family Foundation and selected using the EAF Foundation criteria. Students selected from the Edmonds Community College Visual Arts Program are Javkhlan Nyamiav, Elizabeth Karras, Ginger Wilson and Demi Eger. They will be continuing their schooling at Edmonds Community College.

Students who have been awarded previous scholarships and received renewals this year are:
Samantha Piercy at Cleveland Institute of Art, Reyna Marquez at Edmonds Community College, Taylor Callaway, Erinn McGraw and Amanda Cook at the University of Washington, Spencer Shores, Elise Butters and Mariya Dudyshyn at Cornish College of the Arts, Bryn Fraker at California College of the Arts, Amanda Rengli at Western Washington University, Kathleen Childs at Central Washington University and Juan Valdez at Savanna College of Art & Design.

Funding of the programs of the EAF Foundation comes from your support of the Edmonds Arts Festival, individual contributions and the success of the annual Artists of Tomorrow Benefit and Silent Auction. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, June 12 from 7 pm. Ticket information is available at

June 14-16: Edmonds Arts Festival

Childs art festivalFriday and Saturday, 10-8, Sunday 10-6 at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds.

On Father’s Day Weekend, over 50,000 art-lovers from Edmonds and beyond will attend the popular free, three-day Edmonds Art Festival, one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and largest volunteer run arts festivals. The juried galleries include art from more than 450 top local and national artists. In addition, the festival celebrates the exceptional art of gifted young artists in our Edmonds School District. The juried student art exhibit includes work of students from kindergarten through twelfth grades.

In their 57th year, the Edmonds Arts Festival is a 100-percent volunteer-run and supported event. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the visual arts in local schools, public art and university scholarships through the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

Barb throwingBarb Childs studied pottery at Central Washington University while earning a degree in Business Administration and Community Health Education. She has over 25 years of experience working in the studio, teaching pottery and organizing local art shows, including chairing the Edmonds Art Studio Tour for four years. She also spent 13 years teaching art in a K-8 school. Barb’s work may be seen in Semantics Gallery, Shoreline Arts Council Gallery, Schack Art Center and many local seasonal shows.

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