MARYSVILLE — The former Dunn Lumber building at 1410 Grove St. in Marysville was bustling with activity April 26-27 as the Marysville Arts Coalition’s “It’s Raining Art” show and sale returned to the community for a second year, albeit in a new venue.
“I’ve always been a sucker for jewelry and glass art,” said Marysville’s Cherie Ruchty, as she examined glass-blown earrings and pendants made by some of the local artists whose works were showcased at the two-day event.
Even other vendors, such as Penny Goodwin of Snohomish, were intrigued by fellow crafters’ handmade items, such as the hand-painted silk scarves that Marysville’s Karen Lyons had on display both days.
“This has been a really good venue with incredible music,” Lyons said, as Arlington’s Paul Nyenhuis played his assortment of flutes in the background. “The Marysville Arts Coalition is very well-organized and I’d love to see more people join.”
Marysville Arts Coalition President Beckye Randall credited 14 local artists with taking part in this year’s event, along with the Port Gardner Bay Winery and Dark Moon Distillery, which offered attendees samples of their craft wine and hand-pressed cider.
“Our lineup of live musicians have performed an assortment of different styles on both days,” said Randall on April 27, as she pieced together segments of two 30-foot by 20-foot test murals that she’d invited attendees of all ages to color individually. “Really, everything has just gone a hundred times better this year. All our artists have been able to offer sales, which is important, because we want this event to be worthwhile for their time, and there’s been a steady stream of attendees on both days to check out their wares.”
The “It’s Raining Art” show and sale received a small grant from the city’s hotel/motel tax funds, and Randall simply hopes that it’ll break even when all the sales and expenses are added up.
“Last year, we wound up about $800 in the hole,” Randall said. “This year, we were able to provide all our food for free and pay for all the musicians, and the owners of the building let us use it for free. We didn’t even have half this amount of space last year.”
Randall likewise credited Quil Ceda Village with donating a number of umbrellas to the event, while Mr. Chairman furnished it with chairs and Judd & Black loaned event organizers a refrigerator.
“It’s nice to be able to interact with other groups in the community and develop a synergy with them,” Randall said. “Marysville benefits from having a bigger art presence. It sets us apart and unifies us as a community all at once.”
For more information, log onto the Marysville Arts Coalition’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarysvilleArts.