Gallery North, an Edmonds tradition, finds a new home

Oct 10, 2013
The 50-year-old artists’ cooperative Gallery North is open in its new location at 401 Main St. The gallery is open seven days a week.

For more than 50 years, Gallery North, an artist-cooperative gallery in Edmonds, has been promoting the work of local artists.

Recently, when it was unable to renew its lease, the gallery began the search for a new location. As luck would have it, the space at 401 Main St. became available – just across the street and one block west of its old location.

If you were at the Saturday Market at the end of August, you could have seen a stream of artists moving the furniture, fixtures, and art to the new location.

“We weren’t sure we would be able to do it all in a day,” says Gallery North President Phil Kollen. “But all the artists pulled together, and we were able to open our doors on time the next day.”

While the new gallery is about the same size as Gallery North’s former location, it has better light and more open space.

Gallery North has more than 20 member artists who display their work in the gallery. Each month, member artists hang new work, and there is a new, featured show in the front of the gallery.

The October featured show is the Urban Sketchers. In their “Think Globally, Sketch Locally” show, the Urban Sketchers celebrate the sketchability of the Pacific Northwest, including Edmonds.

This featured exhibition at Gallery North will include original sketches created onsite in Edmonds and the Pacific Northwest.

Coming from a variety of backgrounds, Urban Sketchers share a passion for drawing on location. The Urban Sketchers motto is “seeing the world one drawing at a time.”

The public is invited to visit during Edmonds’ Third Thursday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Gallery North is open seven days a week, 11-5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 10-6 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit the Gallery North website

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