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Annual event ‘rains art’ in Marysville


April 30, 2013

One of two designs, this one by Kurt Holstein, that was completed one square at a time by art show visitors.

The second annual “It’s Raining Art” event, held April 26 and 27 in the building formerly occupied by Dunn Lumber, attracted a steady stream of visitors perusing displays by local artists, enjoying live music and refreshments, and sipping tastes of artisan wine and spirits provided by Snohomish County vintners and distillers.

The Marysville Arts Coalition (MAC) organized and hosted the two-day art show and sale, which featured works created by thirteen artists. Items for sale represented a variety of mediums, from blown and fused glass to turned wood, oil and watercolor paintings, exquisite jewelry creations, hand-painted silk accessories, and photography.

“This is great,” remarked Mayor Jon Nehring, who stopped by the art show Friday afternoon. “Marysville needs this kind of event, and it’s good to see all the activity.”

Live music entertained visitors throughout the event, and volunteers made sure the ample buffet setup remained fully stocked.

Guests also had the opportunity to sample wines from Port Gardner Bay Winery in Everett and the apple-based rum and vodka products crafted at Dark Moon Distillery in Snohomish.

A unique hands-on activity allowed visitors of all ages and abilities to help create colorful murals. Each square became part of an overall design, with each “artist” adding their own flavor to the 4-foot by 8-foot creations. Marysville Arts Coalition members Kurt Holstein and Theresa Alu furnished the basic outlines for the murals, which may become templates for a larger community-sized project to come.

“We hope to have a presence at some of Marysville’s summer events and offer more chances for people to be part of a mural project,” said Jodi Hiatt, MAC vice president. “It went over really well during the art show.”

Theresa Alu created the design for this community mural project.

The Marysville Arts Coalition is a community organization, open to the public, that is working to promote the arts in Marysville. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., usually at Ornamental Arts Gallery at 13805 Smokey Point Blvd.

To find out more about MAC, visit or contact MAC president Beckye Randall at or (425) 308-4176.


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