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Music accompanies art at former lumber yard


April 15, 2013

Reggie Miles

The expansive interior of the empty building that formerly housed Dunn Lumber has allowed the Marysville Arts Coalition to expand the scope of its annual art show and sale, “It’s Raining Art,” which is set for April 26 and 27 at the building at 1410 Grove Street in Marysville.

In addition to displays of works by local artists, the two-day event features an impressive lineup of professional musicians, along with the opportunity to taste-test the wares of a craft winery and artisan distillery, participate in hands-on art activities, vote on your favorite submitted photograph, and enjoy free munchies.

Participating artists represent a variety of media, from fused glass to wood carving, painting, photography, textile arts, jewelry-making and more.

Amateur photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit framed or matted photos for display during the art show. Minimum size is 5x7, and the submissions must include the photographer’s name, email address, age (if under 18), phone number, and a description of the image. Drop off photos for the exhibit at Ornamental Arts Gallery, 13808 Smokey Point Boulevard, or Marysville Everett Ceramic Tile, 1220-2nd Street, Marysville.

Veteran blues musician, storyteller and hand saw aficionado Reggie Miles (photo at left) headlines the art show with a two-hour performance Friday evening, 6 to 8 p.m. Miles is a popular singer/songwriter who has captivated audiences for years and has gained national attention for some of his topical compositions.

On Saturday, live music kicks off at 10:30 with a performance by Larry Murante, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Campbell Road provides a Celtic-Irish flavor from 12:30 to 1:30, and native American flutist Paul Nyenhuis takes the stage at 3 p.m.

Other performers include piano virtuoso John Gilbert (1:45 to 2:45 Saturday), and a band of local musicians fronted by Marysville Getchell teacher Kurt Hollstein (11:30 to 12:30 Saturday).

For those who enjoy a libation now and then, the folks from Port Gardner Bay Winery will be on hand with samples of their boutique wine varietals. And Dark Moon Distillery, who debuted their apple-based vodka at last year’s art show, will return to offer tastes (and full bottles) of both the vodka and their new rum, as well as the pre-mixed “Apple Knocker” cocktail, a blend of vodka and hand-pressed apple cider.

“It’s Raining Art” will be open Friday, April 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.


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