Testimonials

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A Personal and Thoughtful Gesture

When we get a handwritten thank you letter, we’re excited to open it. The art of the postage stamp, the feel of the paper, the personal handwriting: There is simply nothing as personal as a handwritten note. In a stack of bills and flyers, it’s a treasure in a sealed packet, full of promise and potential. It is a visceral reminder of why we do what we do at Solie Funeral Home and Crematory.

Everett Art Walk June 2017

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Solie Funeral Home was excited to once again participate in the Everett Art Walk on May 18, 2017. We featured the amazing, beautiful works of Janie Whited and Evelyn G. Sheffer.  Next month, on June 15,2017 from 6pm-10pm we will feature different artists, including Meghan McSwain. She wrote the following biography.

 

“My passion for art started when I was a little. I was surrounded by many different forms of art. My father and aunt helped me see through a camera lens. I was taken to the museums to appreciate what other’s created. I started with writing, it seemed the easiest way to create. When I became a teenager, with an old soul, I dived deep into music and the psychedelic era. Even though it was the time of Soundgarden and Nirvana. There was just something about black lights and neon paint that screamed to me to be created. My mother allowed me to paint on the walls, so I painted my mural to drive away the blues of being a teenager. I took a long break after that from painting. I figured it was just the sign of the times for me. A few years ago, I came under some health issues that laid me up for a bit. Not doing what I wanted was driving me crazy. I would find myself walking through the art section of the stores. Finally, I just dove into the idea of picking up the paint brush. Knowing I would have to play around with the colors and the glow paint, I set off to just create whatever came to me. I’m grateful that I did pick up painting again, it really helped me through that rough patch.

 

When I am about to start a painting, I call on my muse for inspiration and put on some groovy tunes. Flip the switch on the black light and it’s time to play. Some come forth with just an idea and for me to follow through to get the juices flowing. Others will take time to incubate, coming together in pieces. I do not believe that I have a certain genre that I portray or a certain influence. I let whatever comes forth – come to fruition. I get really excited whatever I create. The most time consuming point in my process is the depth of color and to make sure it glows right. I am working on a new process of invoking my intuition before I start painting. I’m excited to see what comes of these new creations of mine.” Meghan McSwain

 

Check back for more information on additional artists that will be featured here next month. Hope to see you here on June 15, 2017 from 6pm-10pm for the June Everett Art Walk!  If you are interested in showcasing your art or music at Solie Funeral Home llc for Everett Artwalk please contact us.  Curator/Author: Corianne Jensen

 

 

In your service,
Holly Mattie

Funeral Director

Our Second Ikebana Sr. Class

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Free Class for Seniors! Learn to create a one of a kind floral design using the Ikebana Japanese floral design style. Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than 600 years. It developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. Join us to chat, snack, and create! Free to all seniors. Presented by the staff and In-house Floral Designers at Solie Funeral Home in Everett. Serving our community, Solie Funeral Flowersfriends and families for over 70 years.

Eldernet Networking Luncheon

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Hosted by Solie Funeral Home and Crematory

Thursday, May 11 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Eldernet is a networking community for people working with senior citizens in the North King and Snohomish county area of Washington State. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Networking begins at 11:30 with lunch and speaker at noon. For returning friends, lunch is $10. For newbies, your first lunch is on us! Happy Bucks is a chance to give a dollar for a shout out of your company and proceeds benefit a local charity at the end of the year.

Visit their facebook page for meeting dates, speakers & topics or contact: Laura Williams, Harold Cole, or Nancy Werner

Everett Art Walk

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Solie Funeral Home and Crematory is happy to announce that we are participating in the Everett Art Walk every 3rd Thursday.

At our first Art Walk, on April 20,2017 we are featuring art by Evelyn Sheffer and Janie Whited.

Artist Janie Whited says in her biography “As long as I can remember, I’ve been an artist. Growing up in a microscopic Missouri town, for lack of anything to do, I spent a lot of time in the trees. I didn’t recognize my connection to trees until I moved to the Denver area. On the Eastern side of the Rockies, the horizon often disappears into the snow. One gray day I noticed the striking silhouette of a dormant tree. It had taken the form of a jet black dancing woman. From that point on, I was inspired and trees have been a reoccurring image in my work. I admit it, I love them, and I am a tree-hugger.

Birds have become a regular feature of my work as a result of sailing in the Florida Everglades and Keys in the 80’s. Being at anchor was my favorite part of sailing. I was blessed to see thousands of migrating birds; egrets, herons, anhinga, and more. Once during a guided meditation on the bow of the ship, I saw a white bird, wing outstretched, and she said, “Always keep your wings ready. You never know where the winds will take you.” My acrylic work is an attempt to express my homesickness for Florida, missing blue when winter’s grey lingers.

A few years ago I had a near death experience that totally derailed me creatively. Finally, one of my friends, tired of hearing me whine, said, “Just draw.” Best advice ever. I put pen to paper and images naturally began to flow. This group of pen and ink drawings is very close to my heart. It represents a jumpstart to re-ignite my creative expression and begin anew. I hope you enjoy the show!” Janie

For more information on the artists, or to purchase art, please contact Black Lab Gallery at 1618 Hewitt Ave Everett, WA

The next Art Walk will be May 18,2017 6pm-10pm and every Third Thursday after from 6pm-10pm. Hope you can come join us for cookies and coffee and appreciate amazing local art with us!

 

Corianne Jensen

Art Curator

Third Thursday – Everett Art Walk April 20th

Floral design at Carl Gipson Sr. Ctr

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This Spring, explore Ikebana Floral Design with a free class presented by the floral designers at Solie Funeral Home. Come join us, have a snack, chat with friends and create a work of art! Spring is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives. Come join us to create your own floral design in the Japanese “Ikebana” style. Ikebana can inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. Spring is a time when we feel close to nature, which provides relaxation for the mind, body and soul. Join us and explore your inner floral designer. Celebrate the beauty of spring. Wednesday, April 12th from 10 to 11 am. Carl Gipson Senior Center 3025 Lombard Avenue, Everett Wa.

 

 

Everett’s Historic Rucker Mansion

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Hidden deep on the outskirts of Everett, overlooking the Port Gardner Bay, lies the Rucker Hill historic district, while filled with beautiful homes, this neighborhood holds Everett’s crown jewel, the Rucker house, better known as Rucker Mansion.

Built in 1905 the Rucker Mansion was first home to Jane Morris Rucker her two sons and one daughter in law. The Rucker’s were most noted for establishing the Everett Land Company which transformed the city of Everett into what the city has become today. The home is currently privately owned, and became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Aside from the beautiful sight of Rucker Mansion, along the lengthy winding road that leads there,  a surprise awaits in the form of Rucker Hill Park, I would strongly encourage anyone who loves to watch sunrises or sunsets to check out the beautiful view. 

A Place to remember….Holyrood Cemetery

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Holyrood cemetery is located slightly off the freeway in Shoreline. It overlooks Lake Ballinger, providing it’s visitors with a magnificent view. Holyrood Cemetery dedicated on the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 1953.  It officially opened its gates on January 2, 1954. Holy Rood is a Catholic cemetery with section names like, “God’s Acre”, “Nazareth” and “City of God” The grounds are filled with beautiful statues representing Catholic icons. Holyrood is also scattered with trees of many varieties, which offer a quiet place for reflection. Holyrood is immaculately maintained by its helpful and friendly staff. It boasts not only beautiful stone monuments, but also impressive columbarium walls and a stately chapel mausoleum where mass is held in both English and Spanish. For more information about Holyrood and the service they offer, or to plan a visit to the cemetery call (206)363-8404 

Holyrood Cemetery
205 NE 205th St.
Shoreline, WA 98155 

Mass Schedule:http://www.acc-seattle.com/docs/mass%20schedule%202016.pdf

Green Burial in Snohomish County

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Woodlawn Cemetery is one of only four cemeteries in the state of Washington that has green burial options available. The green burial section of the cemetery was designated in 2009 and is endorsed by the Green Burial Council. This section of the cemetery is located just North of the office on the side of the grounds. Some of the graves are adorned with simple markers, others are more formal and some have opted to plant flowers in lieu of traditional monuments. In order to be buried in the Green section of the cemetery decedents must either be in a biodegradable casket or placed in a shroud. The cemetery does also offer biodegradable grave liners to accommodate this burial choice. With every loved one that is placed in this section, the cemetery will also plant a tree in their memory as a way of giving back to the environment. As a result, the area is scattered with youngling trees that will continue to grow with the cemetery.
For more information about the Green Burial options available at Woodlawn call (360) 568-5560.

 

 

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