Edmonds' newest home for the arts, Stunningly Strange Gallery, is now open at 407 Main St. It takes the place formerly occupied by Bellissimo Beauty Bar, which relocated across the street to 402 Main St.
The art gallery, which opened Nov. 15, displays whimsical, surrealistic and mixed media art.
“No matter what age a person is, there is a imaginative side to everyone,” said Stunningly Strange owner Kaitlin Phillips Goodey. “I want to show art that is unusual and has a story that resonates with the viewer.”
The goal of the gallery is to bring new and fresh art to an active art community. “I want to expose the community to art that goes beyond the traditional,” Phillips Goodey said.
The first show in the gallery is her own artwork, which is inspired by fairy tales, playful youth and memories.
Phillips Goodey is a recent master of fine arts graduate from Washington State University, where she explored the stage between youthful imagination and losing one's innocence through photography and figurative clay sculptures. She was trained in photography at the Art Institute of Seattle, where she earned her bachelor's in fine art.
She is the granddaughter of J. Ward Phillips, a former president of the Edmonds Arts Festival, and original developer of Old Milltown in downtown Edmonds.
Phillips Goodey has shown her work in the Washington State University Museum of Art, CUB Gallery, Art Not Terminal, Twilight Artist Collective, Tasty Delectable Collectibles and Dollirium Art Doll Emporium. She has also shown her work at Seattle art fairs and at the Fremont market.