Orange Themed October 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Lights Up the Night Celebrating 10 Years

Orange Themed October 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Lights Up the Night Celebrating 10 Years

October 7, 5 – 8 PM at Various Locations in Sequim

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 – 8 p.m. Visit online at SequimArtWalk.com 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. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

Initiated in 2006, Renne Emiko Brock, Sequim Art Walk sponsor and producer, wanted to establish a free, encouraging, and inclusive event that included all forms of the Arts as an open invitation for our community to participate in an evening of talent, education, and validation of local creative efforts in over 30 locations around town. Thanks to altruistic, collaborative commitment, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim continues to grow and prosper with the encouragement of our community, businesses, educational and cultural institutions, and artists.

Look for luminarias or “festival lights” to connect the artful spots as the Art Walk celebrates its ten year anniversary this month of fostering creative and artistic ideals while supporting local businesses, including artists as enterprises, to create cultural vitality that is financially beneficial, intrinsically responsible, and improves the quality of life in our community. It is has always been free for businesses and artists of all media to participate and free to the public to enjoy.

October 7 Art Walk Color Theme is ORANGE! Orange is one of the brighter colors in fall as summer fades away. Orange is energizing, delightful, sweet, zesty, and inspires optimism and active participation. The warm hue of orange reminds us toasty fires, nesting and organizing, seasonal sweaters, friendship made out of admirable interests, delightful sweets, encouraging teachers and mentors. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of orange or spicy colors as they enjoy an evening on the town with friends and family.

Special events October 7:

"American Tradition" by Diane Williams
“American Tradition” by Diane Williams
"Calla Lillys - transparency weaving" by Lynn Baritelle
“Calla Lillys – transparency weaving” by Lynn Baritelle
"Rescue" by Gloria Skovronsky
“Rescue” by Gloria Skovronsky
"Night-Watcher" by Connie Lobo
“Night-Watcher” by Connie Lobo

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival’s “Material Measurement – Magnitude, Meaning & Makers” fiber arts juried exhibition is at the Sequim Museum & Arts at 175 West Cedar St. is about vindicating the volume and importance of all fiber in its many forms while reflecting on textiles, tales, and talent through enlightenment, abundance, accumulation, and perception. Conspicuous consumption or considerate consequences, creators convey cloth’s transformation from meaningless mass into something that matters. Fiber Artists included in the exhibition are Carolyn Abbott, Lynn Baritelle, Helga Barton, Beverly Biegle, Catherine Bilyard, Renne Emiko Brock, Debra Danielson, Lauralee DeLuca, Liisa Fagerlund, Marijane Figg, MarySue French, Debi Glass, Janet Green, Pamela Hastings, Heartfelt Collective, Leslie Hoex, Lee Johnson, Margie Kepner, Susan Kroll, Danielle Lawrence, Mary Liebsch, Connie Lobo, Donna McMillen, Sherry Nagel, Sue Nylander, Pat Oden, Noreen O’Neill, Betty Oppenheimer, Ilse Osier, Monica Quarto, Diane Ross, Sandy Schlechter, Gladys Schulz, Alison Sell, Gloria Skovronsky, Stephanie Swenson, Marla Varner, Judy Warner, Diane Williams, Christie Wise, and Beth Witters.

Jazzy Judy - lyricist and songwriter
Jazzy Judy – lyricist and songwriter

Amazing singer and teacher “Jazzy Judy” Clark will perform at the Sequim Museum & Arts during the reception with upbeat tunes. With a vocal style reminiscent of female singers during the 20s-60s, Judy Clark is an experienced and versatile entertainer.  From big band to gospel, smooth jazz to country ballads, folk to Hawaiian, and much more, her voice and presence are perfect for a variety of settings.

"Coded Message" by Carol Janda
“Coded Message” by Carol Janda
"Toward the Unknown" by Katherine Loveland
“Toward the Unknown” by Katherine Loveland

Blue Whole Gallery’s featured artists in October are Carol Janda, a veteran painter, potter and teacher, and Katherine Loveland, award winning photographer, at 129 W Washington St.

Gail McLain will be doing fine jewelry demonstrations at R&T Crystals and Beads at 158 E Bell St. with a store wide sale too.

Starting at 6:00 PM, Sequim Branch of the North Olympic Library System at 630 N. Sequim Ave., celebrates the opening of a new “Art in the Library” exhibit featuring the black and white photographs of Ken Dvorak. And at 6:30pm, the Chuck Eastman/Rex Rice Quintet will perform tunes from the “Boys in the Boat” era, including big band jazz and swing.

A new Fiber Art Exhibit presented by the City Arts Advisory Commission is in the Sequim Civic Center lobby at 152 W Cedar St.

orange yarn from The Local Yarn Shop
orange yarn from The Local Yarn Shop

Local Yarn Shop at 213 E Washington St. hosts live music and motivating fiber arts demonstrations.

Cedarbrook Lavender Farm Shop in Orange and Fall colors
Cedarbrook Lavender Farm Shop in Orange and Fall colors

Get creative with lavender and meet a “budding” artist at Cedarbrook Lavender at 134 1/2 W Washington St.

Ready for some fine ukulele music? The Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Strummers (OPUS) take to the stage at 5:30 p.m. at Olympic Theater Arts at 414 N Sequim Ave. Formerly known as the Eden Valley Strummers, OPUS consists of anywhere from eight to 30 players, according to Dan King, the group’s spokesperson, adding there is also an accordion and mandolin player. The group began with only four players, but soon were entertaining folks at rehabilitation centers throughout the area. They also played for city events such as the Juan de Fuca Festival, the county fair, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and the Fourth of July parade.

watercolor by George Zien
watercolor by George Zien

Look for the luminaries lighting up Mia Bella at 130A N 3rd Ave. features fascinating art by Curposney Gadane of Enhanced Art containing surrealistic storytelling via collage. Mia Bella also hosts artists Pat Gordon, George Zien, Priscilla Patterson, Pam Kauffman, and gorgeous concrete garden features of hosts, rhubarb, and other exotic leaves bejeweled and painted by Joanie Schmoll.

"Discovery Trail" by Jan Kepley
“Discovery Trail” by Jan Kepley

Jan Kepley’s thoughtful photographs are on display at 1st Security Bank at 114 S Sequim Ave. artist’s reception from 4:30 to 6:00 PM with cards and calendars for sale.

Maia Waye’s Inspirational Art is on display at Sequim Spice and Tea 139 W Washington St.

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts live music with Tony Flaggs Band that is a mixture of folk and rock with award winning artfully crafted wines with appetizing tidbits.

Show your support! Dungeness Kids has Dillon Liebert, a local teen, who will be busking at 990 E Washington St. He is a junior at Sequim High and a local singer/ songwriter that was raised right here in Sequim.

One of the newest venues to the Art Walk is The Bag Ladies of Sequim at 167 W Washington St. next to Emerald Grill with up-cycled items for a new purpose with an artful twist. They create colorful usable items from old wool blankets and garments that have otherwise seen their last days. All of their creations are one of a kind items that are handmade. Each item has a unique combination of felting, hand dying, beading, embroidering and appliqueing. Several other artists’ works are for sale in their shop.

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Color themes for First Friday Art Walk Sequim

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.

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 renne@uniqueasyou.com If you are an artist of any media on the Art Walk, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities.

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Thank you for your support!