Located in downtown Edmonds on 2nd Avenue & Main Street. Graphite Arts Center is the center for Artists and the public to enjoy.

Awaiting is a place where all can create, view live demos and buy art from Graphite Artists during public hours and see art at the Gallery at Graphite, city events, art movie nights, art lectures, classes, workshops, open studio nights.

Graphite Arts Center is home to Art Start Northwest, our non-profit, 501(c)(3), that supports our school outreach program.


Art Start Northwest

Graphite Arts Center is home of our non-profit, 502(c)(3). Founded by Mary Olsen, it is the mission to make art more accessible to people of all ages. In 2023, our growing School Outreach Program outfitting five local Edmonds Elementary Schools with art supplies and teaching the teachers how to teach art class! (see more below)

We believe that curiosity, discovery, and the creative process are an inherent part of the human experience. Art Start Northwest seeks to provide positive experiences to people of all ages and abilities.

Support Art Start Northwest

In October 2023, Art Start Northwest hosted the first ever “Teach the Teachers” workshops for 42 public school elementary teachers from five partnered schools in Edmonds School District: Spruce, Lynndale, College Place, Cedar Valley, and Chase Lake Elementary.

We shared with teachers the value of weaving art into the classroom curriculum. We demonstrated watercolor, oil pastel techniques and gave teachers the opportunity to practice art projects that could easily be implemented for grades K-6, making these art projects successful and accessible for their classrooms, and provided an abundant packet of resources and information for bringing more art into the classroom.

We will host more Teach the Teacher Art Workshops.

Art Start Northwest donated new art supplies to each of the five schools into art cabinets. Delivery and set up of these art cabinets will were completed in November 2023. 

Would you like to be part of the Graphite Arts Center experience?
Graphite Arts Center needs YOU! Support our vision of making art accessible to all. Tell us about yourself and special skills you would like to bring to the table!

Art Start Northwest supports Art for All, a non-profit committed to empowering people with disabilities to create and exhibit art in the greater Puget Sound area. Please click on the button below to learn more about Art For All classes at Graphite Arts Center.

1st Wednesdays at Graphite Arts Center, see below for details.




OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Saturdays 12:00pm-4:00pm & New Hours Open! Fridays 1:00pm-5:00pm
The public is invited to explore the gallery, enjoy our art library and meet artists at work. Public may also enter the gallery evenings through Charcoal Restaurant from 4:00pm-9:00pm

Art Walk Edmonds (AWE) | Join us on the 3rd Thursdays monthly, 5:00pm-8:00pm | Meet the Artists, watch them demo, buy their art, music, plus view the current show in the Gallery at Graphite. 

*NEW* Graphite Art Series: Lecture | March 29th, 7:00pm | Geoff Flack | Free entry, suggested donation of $5.00 More info coming soon

*NEW* Community Open Studio Nights | 4th Thursday of the month | February – October 2024 | 5:00pm-8:00pm (doors open at 4:45pm) | For Ages 16 & up 

Adults $35 | Students & K-12 Teachers (with ID) $20 | 4-month punch card $100
Supply fee (optional): Adults $10, Students & K-12 Teachers $5

No pre-registration required. Just show up at the main entrance, pay the fee and get ready to be creative in our inspiring space! We accept credit cards, checks and exact change only. You can bring any project to work on (nothing toxic or with strong smells & community friendly) – painting, printmaking, drawing, knitting, collage, etc. Or choose to pay the supply fee and participate in the theme of the month (listed below).

February 22: Watercolors | March 28: Graphite | April 25: Charcoal | May 23: Collage | June 27: TBD | July 25: TBD | August 22: TBD | September 26: TBD | October 24: Pen &Ink 

We want art to be accessible to everyone and have a limited number of reduced fee scholarships available. 
Questions? Contact [email protected]

*NEW CLASSES* Learning the Basics with Mary: Drawing | March 6, March 13, March 20 | 7:00pm-9:00pm 
For Adults 18+
Mary Olsen, founder of Graphite Arts Center, will be teaching three Drawing classes in March 2024. Students will have the opportunity to try different drawing techniques including line, tone, contour, pointillism and hatching. A variety of media will be explored.

Sign up for one class or all three! No prerequisites or drawing experience required. Classes do not have to be taken consecutively. All supplies are included. $40 per session, pre-registration required. Register here. Questions? Contact [email protected]


We have art studios for full-time professional Artists who need a place to create and sell their art. (Currently, all art studios are rented)

We also offer Artist locker rentals!

To apply for a space below:

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202 main st

edmonds, wa. 98020

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