Sixth Annual Cascadia Art Museum Gala Draws Record Crowds

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The guests had the opportunity to walk around the park and admire the view.
Outdoor artists were on hand to paint original creations that will be auctioned at the event.

It was another picture-perfect Saturday night at the home of Cascadia Museum President Lindsey Echelbarger and his wife Carolyn as a sold-out crowd of over 300 attendees gathered to stroll the grounds, take in the view stunning, dine on a gourmet meal designed by Edmonds Shooby Doo Catering and bid on a range of original artwork, services, vacation packages, jewelry, wine, food and more again, all to support the work and mission of the Cascadia Art Museum.

Cascadia is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Northwest art through its collections, programs, and the outreach and appreciation of artists who call the Northwest home. The annual event is a celebration of the special role the art museum plays in the greater Edmonds community and the North West region.

Lindsey Echelbarger, president and host of Cascadia, welcomes guests.
Although not an official auction item, Lindsey Echelbarger received so many compliments on his tie that he put it up for sale, personally presenting it to the lucky winner.

“We’ve been hosting these events for six years now,” Lindsey Echelbarger said as she greeted guests. “Many of you have been there and supported us from the beginning, but tonight is so heartwarming to see all the new faces. You are now part of our Ohana – Hawaiian for the family.

“When we started six years ago, we never imagined it would be as successful as it has become,” he continued. “This event generates approximately 40% of our operating budget and allows us to continue our children’s programs, Saturday art programs, seniors programs, Alzheimer’s tours, publications, etc. These auctions have raised $2 million to date. We couldn’t do this without your support, and with that support, we see a bright future ahead of us.

Mary Kay Sneeringer and David Brewster, former owners of Edmonds Bookshop, were on hand and ready to bid.
Bidding was fast and furious.
Left to right, Marni Muir, Anne Kutay and Kurt Kutay pause for a photo
Auctioneers Fred and Nancy Northrup kept the excitement – ​​and the bidding – high.
Dessert table winners show off their treats.
Susan Earling got her wish – a chocolate cake for dessert.

According to event chair and coordinator Julie Long, this year’s event drew the largest crowd ever, surpassing last year’s attendance by 20%. And while final numbers are yet to be established, all indications point to another record-breaking fundraising effort, ensuring the art museum’s continued presence, growth and viability.

As the sun dipped below the clouds, this couple took a momentary break from the bidding frenzy for some quiet time.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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