Arts Notebook

  • Tue Jul 10th, 2012 7:23pm

Sea Jazz with the Port of Edmonds

The Port of Edmonds had its first of a summer series of casual jazz performances at the port – called Sea Jazz – on July 1.

The series continues 1-3 p.m. Sundays and 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 29 at the Plaza at the Port of Edmonds (the area on the water side of Anthony’s Home Port building).

Sea Jazz features mainly award-winning jazz musicians from local high schools, most of whom appeared in the recent Edmonds Jazz Connection.

At the end of the series the port will provide an honorarium to the school music programs. Any money people donate during the performance goes to the musicians themselves.

Gallery North features photographer

Gallery North presents “The Bodhisattva Series,” an exhibition by local photographer Sam Spencer.

Spencer explains that the Bodhisattva, a Buddhist concept, is an enlightened person who seeks to be a bridge to the spiritual world for the benefit of others.

A reception for Spencer is 1-4 p.m. July 15 at Gallery North, 508 Main St., Edmonds. Another reception will be held during the Edmonds Third Thursday Art Walk, 5-8 p.m. July 19.

For more information, go to

Edmonds artist at Woodinville event

Knight Visions Gallery is hosting an evening of art with local artists Bonnie Hodges of Edmonds and Hal Sutherland of Woodinville, 4-8 p.m. July 19 at Davenport Cellars, 19501 144th Ave. NE, Woodinville.

More than 10 artists will be showcased at Davenport Cellars during the wine, art and music event at the Woodinville Warehouse Winery district.

Hodges is an award-winning fine artist in Edmonds. She paints landscapes, portraits, still lifes and animal portraits. She works mainly in oil, pastel and digital media. She teaches oil painting for beginners at Edmonds Community College.

Sutherland, an animation legend, began his career in 1954 on the film “Sleeping Beauty.” His animation career includes Harmon Studios and True Line Studios. He was the director and a co-founder of Filmation Studios, where he received an Emmy for his work on the animated “Star Trek” series.

Tickets to wine tastings are available at

For more information on Knight Visions Studio Gallery, go to

Vermillion at The Loft

Mia Vermillion will bring her smokey blues and jazz in a solo performance with acoustic guitar and vocals, 7 p.m. July 20 to the Loft Cafe &Social Lounge, 515-A E Main St., Edmonds.

Vermillion has opened for Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond at Seattle’s Jazz Alley and has performed on the main stage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Ore., playing ahead of Patrick Lamb, Curtis Salgado and Buddy Guy.

Bellevue Chamber Chorus auditions

The Bellevue Chamber Chorus, a 36-voice mixed chorus, is holding auditions for singers in all voice parts for its 2012-13 season.

Auditions are 7-9 p.m. Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 14-15 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

Auditioners will be expected to sing a prepared piece of their choice; demonstrate vocal range; and demonstrate musical proficiency via ear training, aural memory and sight-reading exercises. An accompanist will be provided.

Call 425-881-0445 to schedule an audition. For more information, go to

Artwork donated to UW Bothell School of Business

Local philanthropist Robert Rotella was recently honored at a reception held by the University of Washington Bothell School of Business.

Rotella donated 13 art photographs to UW Bothell’s Eastside Leadership Center, which houses executive, graduate and undergraduate business programs.

Rotella is the CEO of Rotella Capital Management, which has offices in Bellevue and Chicago. He acquired his interest in photography early in his life from his father who would often take pictures of the family. He has photographed cities and people but more recently has specialized in macro flower photography and landscape images.

Early in his career, Rotella’s prowess as a photographer led to his first big break in business, after an investor who was impressed by his photography gave him $50,000 with the expectation that his trading skills would match his photography skills.