Edrie is a proud Dorchester resident and graduate of Emerson College. Her arts advocacy started when she landed in Boston, fresh from the North Dakota farm where she grew up, and garnered a work study job at the Majestic Theatre, helping to restore the old theatre to its present glory.
Over the years, Edrie has worked hard throughout the greater Boston area bringing art and arts education to under-served communities. She started The Cracked Ceiling Society which put on a monthly free arts salon for local teens at the Zeitgeist Gallery. Edrie also worked with Club Passim, curating the rotating art exhibit in their space. She focused on local talent often offering them their first opportunity to show their work to the public. More recently Edrie served as a guest member of the Somerville Arts Council, helping to hone the vision of its grant program. It was Edrie’s honor to serve on Boston Mayor Walsh’s Late-Night Task Force helping the group to understand the unique needs of artists.
Edrie is president of WIREFOREST, an arts organization that brings together a diverse pool of over 100 artists to put on ART Happenings both locally and nationally. WIREFOREST has worked with organizations such as Liars and Believers, Company One, Cambridge Arts Council, Somerville Arts Council, Boston Circus Guild, Arts Emerson, First Night, ORG and the A.R.T..
Some nights you can find Edrie recalling her North Dakota roots as she plays the accordion for the local art-rock group Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys.