Mount Vernon, Washington

The Coal Hard Truth Forum

Thursday, Jul 7, 7:00 pm

Twenty 1.5 mile long trains per day for decades right through Skagit County. Problems with diesel exhaust, coal dust, traffic, vessel risks, and a huge contribution to climate change—just some of the probable impacts from a proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, a few miles past Bellingham. If built, SSA Marine's terminal will export up to 48 million tons of Peabody coal per year, all of it shipped by train through Mount Vernon, Burlington and Skagit farmland. 


In the Art Bar - John Sedgwick Photographer; Ginny Darvill Vida Nueva Women's Weaving Cooperative

June 2011

Distant Neighbors
Many Skagitonians have deep ties to other countries where their families originated or live, but here we are close neighbors. Mexico is not only the homeland to many of us but it is our geographical neighbor, in many ways both close and distant. For some of us to go there is a pleasant short vacation trip, for some it may be an ordeal born of necessity. For some of us Mexico is not home, but truly our distant neighborhood. We go there often to work, learn, enjoy and visit friends.
Photographer John Sedgwick:
I am often asked what I photograph.
Our inner and outer worlds abound with artistic opportunity. My inspiration is drawn from my mood, where I am and what nature's glorious light presents to me. My best images find me, they were there all along inviting me in to explore and create art from the dancing light before me.
I am drawn to detail often hidden in the larger scene.I love rich vibrant color, moody skies, sacred trees, lush flowers and the marvelous display of abstract pattern all around me. This may be the exquisite design of an intimate landscape, the sensuality of a supple rose or an edgy abstract etched in rusty steel.
Thank you for your support for the arts.
To see more of my art please visit my website;
Ginny Darvill:
Vida Nueva is a group of Zapotec women from Teotitlán del Valle, an indigenous Mexican community in Oaxaca with centuries of weaving history. This cooperative of widows, single mothers and unmarried women supports each other in daily struggles and shares artistic and practical ideas and techniques. By working together and selling directly to consumers, they are gaining respect and fair prices. Some of their proceeds help support women through workshops on domestic violence, traditional medicine, health care, and weaving techniques. Other projects include safe, environmentally sound stoves, toys for poor children, food for poor and ill women, reforestation and water conservation. They work to preserve traditional techniques, designs and natural dyes. Every step in the production of rugs, or tapetes, is done by hand with traditional methods. Each tapete is unique.
Ginny Darvill visits the cooperative and buys directly from the artists at their full price. She sells the rugs for the same price plus only the cost of shipping for the purpose of helping support the women and increasing their market. Besides her connection to the women of Vida Nueva, she also volunteers at CORAL, a program for hearing impaired children in Oaxaca City and will return to both places this fall. Because of the large, vibrant Mexican community in Skagit County and the ties many other county residents have to Mexico, she considers Oaxaca both a close and distant neighbor.

In the Art Bar: Deirdre Czoberek

Artist: Deirdre Czoberek
Dates: May 1st ~ May 31st, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7th from 5:30 - 7:30

Deirdre Czoberek is a painter working primarily in oil colors. She is interested in the play of light and color in her non-representational paintings. She  received her B.F.A. in painting at the University of Washington in the early 1990's and has found her home in the Skagit Valley where she is continually inspired by the ever evolving landscape.

Fashions for Friendship- a eco-friendly fashion show

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 pm
$20 General admission, $50 premier seating
Tickets available through tulee's (360-840-6361), the Lincoln box office (360-336-8955), and Friendship House

Come out and support this fun and one-of-a-kind event!
tulees of Mount Vernon proudly presents their first annual fundraising fashion show,  Fashions for Friendship, with proceeds benefiting Friendship House.

In the Art Bar - Skagit Human Rights Festival

Saturday, Mar 5, 5:00 pm

Human Rights Art Display

During the month of March, the Lincoln Theatre art gallery will host a Human Rights Display by local Skagit Valley artists.

An opening for this event will be on Friday March 5th from 5-7pm, at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Mount Vernon. The Human Rights Display will be up throughout the month of March, in conjunction with the Skagit Human Rights Festival.

Lincoln Annual Membership Meeting/Volunteer Holiday Party

Thursday, Dec 16, 6:30 pm

All Lincoln Theatre Members and Volunteers in good standing are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting presented by the Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation at 6:30pm this evening. At this meeting you will find out about the state of the organization, including a financial review; meet the current board members and elect new candidates; and be the first to officially hear of our plans for programming and capital improvements for 2011.