Meet the Owner – Zamarama Gallery

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Bill Zama surrounded by lots of camels in the “snack bar” area inside Zamarama.

When the store was closed for a while during the pandemic, local graffiti artist “Hyper” painted a mask wearing a camel with a positive sign.

Zamarama is located in the heart of downtown Everett at 2936 Colby.

“I really wanted to be in the heart of downtown and this block was so interesting.” That’s what Bill Zama, owner of Zamarama, an art gallery and event space at 2936 Colby Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington told me earlier this week.

In 2017, tired of the high cost of living in Seattle, Bill and his partner moved to Everett and bought a house after seeing an ad on Craigslist.

For the previous five years, Bill had operated the Zamarama Gallery with a business partner in the Crown Hill area north of Ballard. Now living in Everett and not wanting to travel to Seattle, the search began to find the right space to continue Zamarama here.

“I really wanted to be in the right place and after about three months we found this old coin shop,” Bill told me. “You know, for a long time we didn’t have our own sign and people were always stopping by with their pieces.”

In 2018, Bill opened the doors to the Everett store hanging photos he had taken as a photographer specializing in super-saturated color images. He has also lined up painters and abstract artists for screenings as well as musicians for folk and Americana mini-concerts. He also became involved with the Everett Art Walk on the third Thursday of each month.

One of Bill’s new neighbors north of Everett was wood craftsman Tony Saad who first caught Bill’s attention with his hand-carved back scratchers. This led to more artistic woodwork, including a double camel business card holder which is one of Bill’s favorite pieces. Camels are a staple in Zamarama with the two-headed camel featured as its logo.

The 5th Annual Wood Exhibition will be held in December and January at the gallery with five to seven artisans displaying several genres of wood artwork throughout the gallery.

In May of this year, Bill received a Mayor’s Award for the Arts as an artistic entrepreneur, recognizing him for developing the cultural vitality of Everett by empowering and
promote local artists.

Tonight (Saturday evening 11-5-2022) there will be a Gala from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to celebrate Zamarama’s 10th anniversary. There will be catered food, cocktails and mocktails, cakes and music. Tickets were limited and can be sold. You can call him at (206) 245-4239 to check availability.

Bill Zama is big on the future of art, artists, and music in Everett, Washington. “I’ve seen incredible art and artists at Lucky Dime, Black Lab Gallery, Historic Everett Theater and Tony V’s,” Bill said. “The Apex Arts and Culture Center in Everett and Wetmore will be an incredible destination and attraction.”

Zamarama Gallery opening hours may vary but are generally open Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Also later on the third Thursday Art Walk and when there are special events downtown. You can follow them on their PageInstagram and Facebook Feed

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