Shine On! Silver Color Theme for January 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

Shine On! The January 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Color Theme is SILVER with hints of black and white to celebrate the New Year filled with idealistic goals for the future, optimistic hope, and civic reflection. The sparkly color of silver represents shimmering thoughtfulness, honorable dedication, shiny aloft ideals, confident inclusion and equity, untarnished resilience, imaginative aspirations, and revolutionary receptiveness. To create inclusion between venues, artists, and audience, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly color themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it.

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Due to an abundance of Covid-19 caution and community care, the Eighth Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Sterling Reputation” Mystery Game is postponed to January 2023. Thank you for your support and understanding. Kitty Sterling Sterling thanks you too!

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun and free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Visit online at as your resource to download and print your own map, find out what special events are happening, links, and how you can be part of art.

Initiated in 2006, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is an encouraging and educational arts event that is sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim has returned while respecting the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity. Please enjoy the Arts and Culture of Sequim safely. Not all venues are open fully with the slow start of the return of the evening activities of Sequim Art Walk, so please visit them when they are open.

Several venues will not be open January 7 extending well-earned holiday rest and revitalization. Expect them to return on February 4 with our red theme!

Special Events for January 7:

“Near Ozette” by Mary Franchini

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the exhibition “Some Old and Some New” highlighting artist and teacher Mary Franchini. From landscape to portrait, Mary approaches the subject with a fresh viewpoint, producing paintings with a lasting impression, often with symbolic elements.

“3 Pears” by Mary Franchini

Mary states, “I find myself at the beginning of a new year with the task of filling 2 windows in the Blue Whole Gallery!!  So I looked around my studio and figured that I had plenty of pieces to fill 4 windows. The collection that will be shown is a look forward and back, some way back. Some have been repainted, and some just reframed but are all mine. Over time I have used many different mediums and combined lots of them. My main medium now is probably Acrylic but others get thrown in now and then. I have had many great teachers—mostly in workshops. One thing that I loved about Robert Burridge was that he gave us a yellow piece of paper with big black PERMISSION printed on it. I took that permission to heart and felt free to paint whatever I wanted, and how I wanted, at any given time.”

Buttercup Lane from left to right in the picture: Mike Johnson, Diane Johnson, Rodger Bigelow, Dave Keyte and Joe D’entrone.

Olympic Theatre Arts Center at 414 N Sequim Avenue has Buttercup Lane performing all shiny and delighted to play for you! Mike Johnson shares, “One of the neat things about playing for the First Friday Art Walk at the Olympic Theater is that we have the opportunity to enhance the Buttercup Lane wardrobe. The guys in the group wear color matching long-sleeve dress shirts and Diane wears a color matching blouse or scarf. Since the Art Walk has a different color theme for each month, and since this is our seventh time to do the show, our wardrobe now boasts of  red, blue, green, white, yellow, orange and for the month of January, silver dress shirts – we’re really styling.”

Buttercup Lane is a cover band. Although we have written some original material, our primary focus is to cover some of our favorite music from several different genres. We would be hard pressed to be just a country band or just a jazz band as we love music from a variety of sources including classic rock and roll, big band swing, blues, pop, and yes, country and jazz.

The folks that make up Buttercup Lane are Mike and Diane Johnson, Rodger Bigelow, Dave Keyte and Joe D’entrone, all local Sequim residents. Each has an extensive background in music. Playing as a group for the past six years at various venues throughout the Olympic Peninsula, we see ourselves as messengers of our shared experience. We hope that audiences are intrigued and uplifted by our playing, singing and banter and that the fun we have creates a few shared experiences for them as well.

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

To create inclusion between venues, artists, and audience, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it. January is silver, February is red, March is green, April is pink, May is aqua, June is white, July is purple, August is yellow, September is blue, October is orange, November is brown, and December is gold.

Thank you very much, Renne