THE PLACE WE CREATE. Graphite is the newest facility dedicated to the arts in Edmonds, Washington. We are starting to become the vibrant multi-use art center.

The creative space is now providing artists a place to work, and visitors a place to see artists in action and view the gallery. Keep up with new announcements on our facebook and Instagram accounts.

What’s Happening at Graphite

The public is invited to the debut of MOTiF
Artist Reception Saturday evening July 23, 7-8:30pm

Graphite Studios, Art Library and Gallery
Open every Saturday Noon-4pm

Edmonds Art Walk Evenings, Third Thursdays 5-8pm
July 21 / August 18 / September 18 = MOTiF
October 20 / November 17 / December 15 = Graphite Studio Artists GSA in B&W
January 19 / February 16 / March 16 = NuD: Art of the Figure

Graphite building entrance. May 23, 2022. (Photo by Nick Ng)

Gallery at Graphite: MOTiF

July 21 – October 15

Open to the Public Saturdays Noon-4pm
Edmonds Art Walk evenings 5-8pm on July 21, August 18, and September 18.

Mary Olsen and Tracy Felix are filling the area’s newest art gallery with “MOTiF,” an exhibition that promises to delight and intrigue. It is the gallery within Graphite, located at Main and 2nd in the heart of downtown Edmonds.

Olsen and Felix are the driving forces of this new art center, which includes not only the gallery but art studios and common spaces where local artists are finding a place to come and create. But first and foremost, these two dynamic women are accomplished artists.

Olsen hails from a solid background in art history and art education. Her new series created for the show is a great example of how the world around them influences an artist’s work. “ “I was at the site every day during the construction of the Graphite building. The textures of the metal, wood and glass intrigue me,” explains Olsen. “I’ve incorporated these materials into a new series of layered assemblage pieces.” The artist is also showing art described as woven drawings, which are intricate and textured pieces that provide insight to her thinking and process.

Felix has long been interested in portraiture, specifically using portraits as symbols. This past year has found her immersed in stylized images created using pigment and wax transferred into translucent rice paper. “My goal is to blur the lines of race, gender and culture. These images are designed to allow the viewer to get past first impressions, and see others as truly unique individuals. If we can see past assumptions and stereotypes, we might be able to understand and know each other.”

Taken all together, the artwork inspired the collection to be titled MOTiF, which describes the strength of the repeated, dominant ideas that flow through both artist’s work.

The public is invited to the debut of MOTiF for Edmonds Art Walk, July 21 from 5-8pm as well as the Artist Reception on Saturday evening, July 23 from 7-8:30pm.

MOTiF at the Graphite will be open every Saturday Noon-4pm and for Edmonds Art Walk evenings 5-8pm on July 21, August 18, and September 18.

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Next Steps

This summer we would like to open up the facility to host private events and workshops. We’d like to hear your ideas! What does your local art group need? Email us at [email protected]

Graphite will be a new hub for people of all ages to come in and experience art at any level.
Amenities include:
Graphite Gallery
Art book Library 
Workshop area for instruction
8 Artist’s Studios 
Artist’s Locker Room
Darkroom for photography
Charcoal Restaurant
Community events

Graphite is the home of Art Start Northwest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the opportunity for people of all ages to learn and express themselves through the creative process. 

 

Address

The Graphite

202 Main St :: Edmonds Washington 98020

[email protected]