Hey, rain is good for the garden, so don’t let the forecast keep you from visiting Sorticulture, Everett’s annual garden arts festival.
Sorticulture is the Northwest’s premier festival for garden art, local plants and flowers, and handmade outdoor products.
There is no entry fee and it happens all weekend in downtown Everett, Washington on Colby Avenue between Everett and Pacific.
When: June 10-12, 2022
Friday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday June 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
150 attendees are expected with a great lineup of music, speakers, and classes as well as food vendors, a beverage garden, and specials from downtown Everett merchants and artists. You can click here to see the latest list of artists and vendors with links to many of their websites.
Here are some profiles of artists you will see this weekend at Sorticulture.
Merrilee Moore – Artistic Expressions in Glass
Born in Everett, Merrilee Moore went to school in Lake Stevens and has been blowing glass since 1996. She began learning her craft at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and continued to hone her skills at the famed Pilchuck Glass School. Moore is not only an artist but also a teacher helping new generations of creative students master the intricate process of glassblowing. She describes her designs as whimsical, fun and inviting with lots of collectibles.
At the show, you’ll see a selection of squizzles, liquid sunshine, and merrilights. “I like to show off the vitreous side of glass,” Merrilee told us. “I like to use thicker glass, showing fluidity and movement.
Merrilee does all her glass work at the Schack Arts Center in Everett. Here’s a great YouTube video of Merrilee working her craft.
Merilee will be located in California and Colby.
Peter Sandvig – Woodinville Barrel Works
Peter Sandvig uses every bit of the salvaged oak wine barrels he obtains from several local wineries around his Woodinville home. Top, bottom, sides, bands, it all goes into the functional and artistic items that Sandvig creates in their shop.
He started Woodinville Barrel Works about four years ago after retiring from the fishing industry. On a trip through Walla-Walla, his wife saw spheres around town and he started making them. This soon led to votive candle arches and soon there were chairs, flower boxes, plant stands and more.
“People love things that are salvaged and handcrafted by a local artist,” Sandvig said. “I do a lot of custom items, if you can send me a picture of something you’ve seen I can probably recreate it for you.”
Woodinville Barrel Works will be in Colby and California throughout the weekend. You can also see more of their work here on their Facebook page.
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