Fiber Arts and Orange Themed October 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Spices Up Art in the Evening

Fiber Arts and Orange Themed October 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Spices Up Art in the Evening

October 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Color Theme is ORANGE! Orange is one of the brighter colors in fall as summer fades away. Orange is warm, spicy, energizing, appetizing, sweet, zesty, and inspires optimism and active participation. The hospitable hue of orange reminds us of cozy fires, snuggly seasonal sweaters, nesting and organizing, 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 fall colors as they enjoy an evening on the town with friends and family.

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 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.

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.

Special Events for October 7:

The 17th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival continues including the fiber arts exhibition “Interlaced Lore – Adventure, Fellowship, & Perseverance” at the Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave. During the Art Walk reception, many fiber artists and fiber arts advocates will be demonstrating their passion and artistry.

Tiny Bubbles by Marla Varner

“Interlaced Lore – Adventure, Fellowship, & Perseverance” artists include Lora Armstrong, Libby Ballard, Lynn Baritelle, Holly Bliss, Renne Emiko Brock, Donna Lee Dowdney, Liisa Fagerlund, Susanne Foster, Jennifer Harris, Estelle Jackson, Lee E. Johnson, Susan Kroll, Robin Nelson, Jennifer O’Brien, Betty Oppenheimer, Pauline Schultz, Peggy St. George, Marla Varner, Chandra Wu, and Jean Wyatt.

Floral Cascade by Lara Armstrong

This fiber arts exhibition embraces fantastical and very true stories of endurance and friendship through heroic efforts, tests and trials, collaborations, and leading by example. The treasured gift of creativity is within all who seek it. No map can guide you as you craft it yourself through valiant efforts, tests, and epic dye mix takes. Gather fabric stashes, skeins of yarn, courageous companions, and wise mentors to prepare for this everlasting journey of fiber art. What legends of dedication, commitment to bound connections, intertwined myths, and persistence weave stories within your art?

Motion is Lotion by Liisa Fagerlund

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an opportunity to experience positive inclusion, creative expression, encouraged education, the economic enterprise of art, and fostering fiber arts. Join us for this interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities like a museum exhibition, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, hands-on experiences for children and adults, Fiber Arts Market of local artists’ work and fiber supplies, and information about local fiber activities, groups, businesses, and instructional resources.

Lucy by Steve Wry

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features “Bow Wow” a special exhibit to support W.A.G. (Welfare for Animals Guild) which rescues and adopts out disadvantaged dogs in this area by donating proceeds from the sale of selected art pieces.

Done For The Day by Jolene Sanborn

Veteran artists, ceramicist Janet Piccola and painter Patricia Starr will curate the windows with original fine art related to ‘people’s best friends, dogs.’ Included in the exhibit are two and three-dimensional pieces, and jewelry. 

Dreamer by Ryoko Toyama

Inside, there will be more artwork related to ‘Bow Wow.’ Members of the gallery invite the community to this special exhibit of fine art supporting a local Sequim cause.

Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington Street features local artists and inspired gifts by our state and the Olympic Peninsula. The featured artist during the Art Walk is Susan Kelly-Killeen of Naturally Sooz. She does clay pottery and creates leaf design pottery inspired by nature and the leaves of the season. She will be there in person to speak on the process to make her leaf pottery. Her passion for clay and gardening has blended for a unique outcome with nature for functional pieces of art.

“Wee Pebble Art”
Caitlin’s Origami Creations

Pacific Mist at 122 W. Washington will be featuring SticksNStones “Wee Pebble Art” and Caitlin’s Origami Creations during October’s First Friday Art Walk.  Diane has created endearing one of a kind original handmade “Wee Pebble Art” using itty bitty pebbles, driftwood, twigs, ferns, shells, and the tiniest of seaglass.  Caitlin has expanded her origami creations from tiny hearts to now include original earrings and flying dinosaurs.  October will feature Caitlin’s origami pumpkins!

“Sunrays (fractal)” by Dan Brewer

At the City of Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar Street, the City Arts Advisory Commission hosts at 5:00 to 7:00 PM the First Friday Open Music Jam. Bring your acoustic instrument and/or your voice and join us for an informal gathering of people who like to make music. Chairs provided. In the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery, the juried exhibition is “Solstice”.

Dawn & Steve

From 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Rainshadow Café at 157 West Cedar Street has live music with Dawn & Steve. Come sing your favorite songs with a full menu and drinks to enjoy. Some dancing is encouraged too.

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St. has fabulous live music with OC!

Sequim Spice and Tea at 139 W Washington St. has unique art including glass, pottery, illustration, and photography of local artists. You can also find artful, creative tea blends, colorful and fun teapots and cups, and cheerful culinary gifts.

Locally created gifts don Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop at 120 W Washington Street has delightful farm fresh lavender creations, treats, and inspired vintage décor items.

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. enjoy award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits. From 6:00 – 8:00 PM, MIXED COMPANY, features Jon Faverty on the violin, Karen Faverty on the bass and Irish whistle and Bob Warner on the guitar. An energetic merging of guitar, bass and violin, blended into a wide range of genres, creating unique styles of folk, jazz, Irish, bluegrass and sweet classics from around the world. You’ll enjoy MIXED COMPANY versions of songs by Django Reinhardt, Bill Monroe, Vassar Clemons, George Gershwin, Hoagie Carmichael, Jay Unger, Cole Porter and more. Get ready for a “Mixed” playing palette for your listening pleasure!

Soup in the Alley at 138 W Washington features a rotation of local artists, live music, and treats.

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 renneemiko@gmail.com 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.

Please join our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/sequimartwalk

Stroll on the Sunny Side of the Street for August 5 Sequim First Friday Art Walk with Yellow Theme

Stroll on the Sunny Side of the Street for August 5 Sequim First Friday Art Walk with Yellow Theme

August 5, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Various Locations in Sequim

www.SequimArtWalk.com

“Leave your worry on the doorstep, Just direct your feet, On the sunny side of the street.” Stroll or dance in the summer sunshine with the yellow theme color for the August Art Walk! Yellow shines brightly like the sun fueling our world with renewing energy and encourages clear, creative communication. The positive intensity of yellow represents expressive enthusiasm, joyful happiness, positive friendships, and empowers collective generosity, goodwill, and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to wear yellow or cheerful, fun apparel during the Art Walk to celebrate our Sunny 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.

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.

Special events for August 5:

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St. has the Habitat Clallam “Create for Chair-ity” Art Auction and fabulous live music with OC! They are hosting their “Create for CHAIR-ity” Silent Auction with 16 uniquely, artistically created and designed one of kind chairs as a collaboration with First Friday Art Walk Sequim. Join the party and make a bid!

Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington Street, Mikie Smith of Full Moon Candle is their featured artist for the month of August. She will display candle fragrances in several style options and speak on the process of candle making. Mikie with explain the collaboration in making custom candles specifically for Forage Gifts to represent Sequim. Learn from the artist directly during the Art Walk.

“Summer Bouquet” by Sheri Whetstine

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features “Joy in the world with an element of whimsy” with artists glass designer Sheri Whetstine and ceramicist Steve Wry.

Sheri Cox Whetstine states, “Since 2006 I have been exploring the possibilities glass offers, which seem limited only by my imagination. I love to tackle new ideas and try new techniques. I continue to take classes and draw upon the expertise of others willing to share their knowledge. I love how a solid, flat piece of glass can be, merely by adding heat, transformed into a thing of beauty, either by intent or chance. I love the predictable unpredictability of warm glass. I can have an idea in mind and create specifically for the desired effect, but there are sometimes things that happen in the kiln which simply cannot be controlled. I can cut pieces of glass and arrange them with a specific design in mind, or I can put lots of random pieces together and let fate decide the outcome. There may be clean, precise lines and edges, or the glass can swirl and wave into whatever pattern it will, in organized chaos. Each piece of glass is carefully thought out, designed, hand-cut, assembled, fused, then slumped or draped (bent into or over a mold). Most pieces, whether large or small, have upwards of 80 hours invested in their creation. The fusing process takes approximately 20 hours and reaches a peak temperature of 1600̊ F, depending on the process. The slumping or draping process also takes on average 14 to 20 hours, sometimes much longer. Oftentimes there are multiple tests of different colors of glass in the kiln to see how they look after firing before the final decision is made. And there are more failures than successes in the kiln. Each piece of glass is completely original as it is nearly impossible to recreate the same piece twice, no matter how hard I try! And while I do continue to produce pieces that are inspired by my imagination, I also am happy to work with clients on commissions and help bring their ideas to fruition.”

“smooch” by Steve Wry

Stephen Wry shares, “As a ceramic artist, I try to express the joy in the world as I see it. I love to share my ideas about what might be out there in the world that we just are not aware of. Who knows what’s out there? I try to approach each piece with an element of whimsy and a fervent desire to not take myself or my work too seriously. I work with low-fire clay and glaze as well as Raku and Salt firing. I attended California State University in Fullerton, where I majored in ceramics. I minored in Art History and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts.”

The Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue features the Peninsula Art Quilters. Ten artists from the Peninsula Art Quilters group a sub group of Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club will be displaying a wide variety of art quilts and dimensional works.

Olympic Theatre Arts Center at 414 N. Sequim Ave. has a performance of “The Hobbit” at 7:00 PM Friday night. Tickets available online and at the box office. “The Hobbit” is set within Tolkien’s fictional universe of Middle-Earth and follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins, the titular hobbit, to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo’s journey takes him from his light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister and wild territory.

“Clear Water Stream” by Melissa Doyel

At the City of Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar Street, the City Arts Advisory Commission hosts at 5:00 to 7:00 PM the First Friday Open Music Jam. Bring your acoustic instrument and/or your voice and join us for an informal gathering of people who like to make music. Inside the Civic Center, view from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery the juried exhibition “Pacific Northwest Wonder.”

From 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Rainshadow Café at 157 West Cedar Street has live music with Dawn & Steve. Come sing your favorite songs with a full menu and drinks to enjoy. Some dancing is encouraged too.

Locally created gifts don Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop at 120 W Washington Street has delightful farm fresh lavender creations, treats, and inspired vintage décor items.

Sequim Spice and Tea at 139 W Washington St. has heart filled unique art including glass, pottery, illustration, and photography of local artists. You can also find artful, creative tea blends, colorful and fun tea pots and cups, and cheerful culinary gifts.

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 renneemiko@gmail.com 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.

Please join our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/sequimartwalk

Thank you very much!

Art Beat Small Business Saturday Sales and Events on November 27, 2021 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM hosted by the Sequim pARTners

Art Beat Small Business Saturday Sales and Events on November 27, 2021 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM hosted by the Sequim pARTners

Celebrate creativity and collaboration by supporting local artists and Arts organizations you love! Enjoy artistic demonstrations, performances, and direct sales with artists on Saturday, November 27 in Sequim WA!

Demonstrating interwoven and united connections in the Arts with several heART beats, Sequim pARTners logo by Renne Emiko Brock. It symbolizes our collaboration of different groups, the circles representing the importance of individuals along with the larger community, and plenty of capital As for Arts!

Sequim pARTners include Blue Whole Gallery, First Friday Art Walk Sequim, North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, Olympic Arts Theatre, Olympic Peninsula Art Association, Peninsula College, Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission, Sequim Museum & Arts, and many more are welcome!

Blue Whole Gallery will be open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will have artist demonstrating pottery on a portable wheel, a couple of artists working on easels outdoors from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at 129 W Washington St.

The Blue Whole Gallery is a Cooperative Gallery. Opened in June, 1997, the Blue Whole Gallery brings together more than 35 well-known and emerging Northwest artists in a creative celebration of fine art. Works created by our members are as varied and invigorating as the natural splendor of the Olympic Peninsula. The Gallery has hosted workshops, demonstrations, and exhibitions, and our artists have participated in many art and community events since that time. https://bluewholegallery.com/

West Coast Sea Glass jewelry, bulk sea glass, photography, and beachy gifts https://www.westcoastseaglass.com
Guatemala Inspired Weaving by Lynn Baritelle

Sea Glass Artist and Author, Mary Beth Beuke, Artist Lynn Baritelle, and Artist and Author Renne Emiko Brock will be selling their unique jewelry and fiber art at the Sequim Museum & Arts 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 544 N Sequim Avenue. Both Mary Beth and Renne will have their books available.

hand-dyed superhero cape / scarf by Renne Emiko Brock

The Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities like a museum exhibition, workshops, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, hands-on projects with children and adults, Fiber Arts Market of local artists work and fiber supplies, lectures, and information about local fiber activities, groups, businesses, and instructional resources.

Started in 2005, the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an opportunity to experience positive inclusion, creative expression, and the economic enterprise of art. Always encouraging genuine growth and artistic integrity, most activities are free to the public and all forms of fiber art are welcome.

http://fiberartsfestival.org/

Founded in 1976, the Sequim Museum & Arts has an art gallery and is home to the Manis Mastodon tusks and bones which were found at an early human encampment located on the present day Manis Farm, famous as one of the first-known contact between humans with a mastodon 13,000 years ago. https://www.sequimmuseum.com/

Olympic Theatre Arts Center announces the beginning of a new tradition: “Tale Spinners”, a comfortable, safe storytelling. At 1:30 PM, OTA Tale Spinners storytelling theme is “Moments of Gratitude”. Storytellers and listeners will meet in the Gathering Hall, a newly revamped, nimble and cozy space for intimate events. https://www.olympictheatrearts.org

Olympic Peninsula Art Association will be around town sharing details about their nonprofit and upcoming OPAA Winter Members’ Art Show & Sale Fundraiser at the Sequim Museum & Arts opening December 1.

Olympic Peninsula Art Association, OPAA (formerly Sequim Arts) is a non-profit arts organization located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State since 1969. OPAA provides a forum where artists encourage each other and promote the understanding and appreciation of art for the benefit of members and the community by means of meetings, exhibits, demonstrations, newsletter, and various other educational programs.

The annual Members’ Art Show & Sale demonstrates both the variety of media interests and the diversity in artistic talents of OPAA’s membership. Visit the live and online show. Find more information on the website at https://opaagroup.org

City of Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission hosts artist Marina Shipova, Artist Fellow for the Sequim Understory Project, will have a book signing event at the Civic Center Plaza, 152 West Cedar Street, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The “Olympic Peninsula” books are offered as a non-profit, limited edition and her photographs will also be on display in the gallery. Marina states, “My goal is to use my camera as a painting tool, to paint new uncharted worlds, as a place of self-discovery, and most importantly, the grounds for telling new (untold) stories.” 

The price of Marina Shipova’s book is $25.  For those who wish to purchase a book, cash and checks only will be accepted forms of payment.  Checks should be made out to the City of Sequim. 

Marina Shipova’s exhibit will be on display in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery in the lobby of the Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar Street, from mid-November through January 2022. The Civic Center lobby is open during business hours 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  The exhibit includes a digital presentation of Ms. Shipova’s work on a large screen that can be viewed through the southern window of the Civic Center lobby at any time.

From 1:00 – 3:00 PM, enjoy a Live Music Jam with the Arts Commission that will bring musical instruments to set up at the Civic Center Plaza overhang with information table with upcoming art exhibits and Sunshine Festival Save the Date information. https://www.sequimcityarts.com/

Sequim Home Town Holidays at Centennial Place on the corner of Sequim Ave and Washington St. Each year Santa comes to downtown Sequim via horse-drawn carriage, historic tractor, or antique fire truck! Families can have their pictures taken with the man in red!

The festivities also mark “Small Business Saturday” and the local merchants will be enticing you to their shops to find all sorts of great gifts, stocking stuffers, hold some raffles/contests as well as offer some refreshments! The evening will culminate in a tree-lighting ceremony where you can enter the “number of lights” contest where you might win a gift certificate to spend at a local business that night! Immediately after, there will be a lighted tractor parade organized by the Sequim Museum & Arts.

Choose Local Sequim When you purchase from locally owned businesses, more money stays in our community, providing better services and a more unique place to live. https://www.facebook.com/chooselocalsequim

Thank you very much for your kindness and support! Please join us for First Friday Art Walk Sequim Events year round!

Generous Harvest and Welcoming Hearth for Brown Themed November 5 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

Generous Harvest and Welcoming Hearth for Brown Themed November 5 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

November 5 Art Walk Color Theme is BROWN! Brown is the color of warm acceptance, the turning of the leaves, fall harvest and abundance, and seasonal spicy treats. Brown represents solid assemblies, family trees with deep roots and supportive branches, community minded activities, comforting homesteads, and steadfast alliances. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of bountiful brown or representations of warm hearth and harvest as they enjoy an evening on the town with down to earth friends and family.

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 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.

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. We are starting out small. 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.

Special Events for November 5:

Hand-bound Journals by Jean Wyatt

Returning to the Sequim Art Walk, discover the new location for the Pacific Mist store at 122 W. Washington! Pacific Mist welcomes Jean Wyatt, a Sequim artist who loves color and has a whimsical/story like style. She envisions everyday things like domestic living, classic trucks, nature and sports being done by birds, cats and other animals.  Many of the paintings are illustration-like in that there is a story that can be told. Others are full of color and fun flowers, trees and characters.  She likes to create art that makes her smile and happy when looked at.  It is meant to be colorful, fun, whimsical, unusual and often a little off beat.  See her new hand-painted plant stakes. In recent years Jean has become immersed in the making of books, journals and boxes. These journals are covered with decorative papers or fabrics and filled with hand-torn paper to capture the thoughts or drawings of its owner.

“Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” Fiber Arts Exhibition

As part of the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, enjoy the “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” exhibition and fiber arts demonstrations at the Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue. “Bumblebunching” exhibition artists include Lynn Baritelle, Honey Bliss, Renne Emiko Brock, Donna Lee Dowdney, Liisa Fagerlund, Susanne Foster, Peggy St. George, Leslie Hoex, Estelle Jackson, Susan Kroll, Jacki Moseley, Kelly Ruth, Susan Savage, Gloria Skovronsky, Marla Varner, and Jean Wyatt.

“Quarantine by Gloria B Skovronsky

This juried fiber arts exhibition celebrating happy accidents, successful satisfaction in Wabi-Sabi, and unintended artistic experiences that often lead to evolutionary forms of expression and joyful acceptance that experimentation is part of one’s art practice. Fiber Artists yearn for thorough planning and tight intention, gratification in challenging practice, and ritual appreciation and amusement in transience and incomplete mistakes. Bumblebunching are the exuberant jumbled loops created by the bobbin when stitching has improper tension while machine sewing.

“At the Junction” by Marla Varner.

Please be sure to see the multi-award winning and world traveling “At the Junction” by Sequim artist Marla Varner. This exhibition is the first time this honored quilt has been on display locally.

“Chrysalis Circuitry” by Kelly Ruth

Also, explore “Chrysalis Circuitry” by Canadian fiber and sound artist Kelly Ruth. You scan a QR Code to access her YouTube music video filmed in the virtual world of Second Life. The music composition using sounds from contact mics and effects pedals on a weaving loom and spinning wheel in collaboration with Saxophone player Allison Balcetis. 

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St. has Live Music by The OG and featuring paintings by local artist and Sequim Art Council member, Craig Robinson!

“Buddha” by Carol Janda
“Iron horse” by Debbie Cain

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features “Gentle and Tranquil” with artists Carol Janda and Debbie Cain. Together, they present the gentle and tranquil world filled with the magic of nature.  Carol Janda, potter and painter, is known for her continuous exploration of approach to the subject and technical challenge. Debbie Cain, the gourd artist, and teacher, incorporates her life-long encounters with nature and people into her art. Debbie Cain shares, “When I did my first gourd about 20 years ago, I was totally captivated and very excited to explore the possibilities on this new 3D canvas. I began with wood burning and then was introduced to carving.  I use both techniques in most of my work today. To produce the overall effect, I embellish my work with natural pine needles, gemstones, glass and fiber coiling.  I have also taken great inspiration from Southwest American Indian motifs.  My work has been published in the book “Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds”.  I have received awards from various venues including the Arizona Gourd Society in Casa Grande, AZ.” Carol Janda states, “Pottery and painting seem to have come naturally.  Moving back and forth calls for new ideas and problems to solve. Designing work pottery, paint, glaze, watercolor or oil, keeps me thinking and creative.  Art has been a lifetime blessing from childhood to my years at Glacier Bay, Alaska during long dark winters and now during these stay-at-home days.”

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. enjoy award winning artfully crafted wines, appetizing tidbits, and hosts local artists.

Rainshadow Café at 157 West Cedar Street has lots of seating outside and inside with a full menu and drinks to enjoy.

Sequim Spice and Tea at 139 W Washington St. is open until 8:00 PM with creative tea blends, colorful and fun tea pots and cups, and many more culinary gifts.

Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop at 120 W Washington Street has delightful farm fresh lavender creations, treats, locally created gifts, and inspired vintage décor items.

A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe at 225 E Washington St. will display local quilters’ work that corresponds with the monthly color theme. A Stitch in Time encourages people, if they have a quilt they made that coincides with the color designated for the Art Walk, to drop them off at their shop the day of the walk with their label and info attached to their quilt.

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 renneemiko@gmail.com 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.

Please join our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk

“Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Sequim Museum & Arts
Orange Fiber Art "LAVA DREAMS" by Donna Lee Dowdney

Celebrating 15 Years, October 1 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Welcomes Fall Warmly with Orange Theme

Celebrating 15 years of art and inclusion! October 1 Art Walk Color Theme is ORANGE! Orange is one of the brighter colors in fall as summer fades away. Orange is warm, spicy, energizing, appetizing, sweet, zesty, and inspires optimism and active participation. The hospitable hue of orange reminds us cozy fires, snuggly seasonal sweaters, nesting and organizing, 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 fall colors as they enjoy an evening on the town with friends and family.

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.

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. We are starting out small. 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.

Special Events for October 1:

"The Covid Corvid" by Peggy St. George
“The Covid Corvid” by Peggy St. George

Celebrating our 16h year of the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, enjoy the “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” Opening Reception of the fiber arts exhibition which runs October 1 to November 27, 2021 at the Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue.

“The Quietude of Thrums” by Estelle Jackson

This juried fiber arts exhibition celebrating happy accidents, successful satisfaction in Wabi-Sabi, and unintended artistic experiences that often lead to evolutionary forms of expression and joyful acceptance that experimentation is part of one’s art practice. Fiber Artists yearn for thorough planning and tight intention, gratification in challenging practice, and ritual appreciation and amusement in transience and incomplete mistakes. Bumblebunching are the exuberant jumbled loops created by the bobbin when stitching has improper tension while machine sewing.

“At the Junction” by Marla Varner

“Bumblebunching” exhibition artists include Lynn Baritelle, Honey Bliss, Renne Emiko Brock, Donna Lee Dowdney, Liisa Fagerlund, Susanne Foster, Peggy St. George, Leslie Hoex, Estelle Jackson, Susan Kroll, Jacki Moseley, Kelly Ruth, Susan Savage, Gloria Skovronsky, Marla Varner, and Jean Wyatt.

More Details about the October 1 -3 North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival at http://fiberartsfestival.org/

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St. is having their “Sooner or Ladder Art Auction” to support their mission of affordable housing. Admission is free! Live Music by The OG and featuring paintings by local artist and Sequim Art Council member, Craig Robinson!

“Blaze Maple” by Suzan Noyes
“Looks Fishy” by Dennis Pangborn

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features “Season of the harvest” with Suzan Noyes and Dennis (Doc) Pangborn. Both are well-established painters, known for their artwork closely associated with nature. Members of the gallery welcome the community to the new exhibit filled with autumn color and inspiration. Suzan Noyes shares, “As an artist, I enjoy using pastels and acrylics to capture favorite subjects – like trees. If my work has you climbing some branches, shades you along a forest or river walk, or catches your eye with leafy color, I’ve painted the right tree for the job. Weathered bones of old vehicles and buildings also catch my eye – all those angles.” Dennis (Doc) Pangborn states,“Being a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, I am daily struck by the beauty and diversity of the animal and plant kingdom here. Using my palette knives and brushes, I try to bring to the canvas my interpretation of God’s amazing creativity. Having seen so many beautiful gardens, flowers, and lavender farms in the area, I’ve been inspired to dip my toes into the world of impressionist-style florals and landscapes. I also like to experiment with biomorphic shapes and multiple perspectives points in my abstract paintings.”

Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop at 120 W Washington Street has delightful farm fresh lavender creations, treats, locally created gifts, and inspired vintage décor items.

A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe at 225 E Washington St. will display local quilters’ work that corresponds with the monthly color theme. A Stitch in Time encourages people, if they have a quilt they made that coincides with the color designated for the Art Walk, to drop them off at their shop the day of the walk with their label and info attached to their quilt.

Kevin Tracy Wealth Management at 149 W Washington St. is displaying local watercolorists of Beverly Beighle, Connie Drysdale, Melissa Doyel, Barb Falk-Diekfuss, Wendy Goldberg, Roger Huntley, Cecilia Hillway, Allyne Lawson, Jerri Moore, Shirley Rudolf, and Carol Wilhelm.

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. enjoy award winning artfully crafted wines, appetizing tidbits, and hosts local artists.

Rainshadow Café at 157 West Cedar Street has lots of seating outside and inside with a full menu and drinks to enjoy.

Sequim Spice and Tea
Sequim Spice and Tea always decorates their front windows to match the Sequim Art Walk Color Theme! Thank you very much!

Sequim Spice and Tea at 139 W Washington St. is open until 8:00 PM with creative tea blends, colorful and fun tea pots and cups, and many more culinary gifts.

Hoffman and Miller rehearsing the arrival of Hoffman’s troublemaking character.

At 414 N. Sequim Ave., Olympic Theatre Arts Center’s comedy production of “A Facility for Living” by Katie Forgette is set to open the community theatre’s 2021-2022 Season on Friday, October 1. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test less than 72 hours old is required for admittance into the theatre. “To me this is sort of the exciting stage,” said actress Vicki Miller.  “Where everybody knows their lines, all of the blocking is done and now we’re just tweaking things here and there and opening night’s right around the corner.”

“It’s getting a little tense,” said actor Joel Hoffman, playing the newly arrived Joe Taylor who rocks the boat One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest style. “We have to do all the tech and put it all in place but it comes together as it always does.”

One of the pay’s tech components is the “Squawk-Box”, a disembodied voice played over the Facility’s loudspeakers sardonically reminding residents of various policies and events as well as a seemingly never ending schedule of old Ronald Reagan films. Volunteer sound designer David Meissner worked with KPTZ radio DJ Brice Embree and Embree’s wife Debbie to create the recordings, both of whom also volunteer at OTA.

“One reason I really wanted to do the sound design is because the squawk box is like a character itself in the show,” said Meissner. “Sometimes you just hit the doorbell when it’s supposed to ring once in a while and it’s very important, but in this it’s like you’re one of the characters. It’s going to be fun to participate and ‘surf along’ with the actors.”

“It’s going to be a funny show,” said Meissner. “It builds to a very funny climax. And it’s very timely – it pushes buttons and it’s going to make people think.”

“I really look forward to coming here every night,” Miller said. “And not just because the show is funny, which it is, but all the different characters – they’re just so endearing in their own way.”

“A Facility for Living” runs from October 1st to October 17th, 2021. Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. A Pay-What-You-Will show for any and all budgets is Thursday, October 14th at 7:30 p.m. and the first two Sunday shows offer a “Talkback” session where audiences can stay after the performance and talk with the cast and crew about the production in an open forum setting.

Tickets to this Main Stage comedy are $18 for the general public, $16 for OTA members, and $12 for students with school identification card, and are available at the theatre box office from 1-4pm, Tuesday through Friday or online at www.OlympicTheatreArts.org. For further information, call the theatre at 360-683-7326.

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 renneemiko@gmail.com 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.

Orange Fiber Art "LAVA DREAMS" by Donna Lee Dowdney
“LAVA DREAMS” by Donna Lee Dowdney
The Sequim pARTners are leaders, creators, and contributors that learn and work together collaboratively. Silas Crews captured the Sequim pARTners stories to create this film to demonstrate our dedication to support the Arts in our community and each other. Thank you very much! “After many months and some COVID storytelling challenges to overcome, the short film about Sequim arts organizations pivoting over the last year is here. Thank you very much for your participation and patience. It was really touching to see the different themes develop between the all your voices and the overall messages of resilience by each of your organization.” – Silas ©2021 Silas Crews Story Crane Productions https://www.storycrane.com/ 360-207-4270 silascrews@gmail.com Learn more about the First Friday Art Walk Sequim at http://sequimartwalk.com/

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Get Your Glow On for the Green Themed First Friday Art Walk Sequim and Glowing Sequim Sunshine Festival on March 6

Get Your Glow On for the Green Themed First Friday Art Walk Sequim and Glowing Sequim Sunshine Festival on March 6

March 6, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Various Venues in Sequim WA

SequimArtWalk.com

On March 6, reveal an invigorating evening filled with green apparel and hints of promising starts, spring sprouting, motivated anticipation, and revitalized good fortune. March’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim reveals GREEN as the theme color that represents fresh ideas, learning something new, youthful pursuits, nurturing natures, eternal good spirits, wellness, and generous assurance. You will discover newfangled art and imaginative folks supporting the option to decorate and dress in all shades of green while you stroll on the town with friends.

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. 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.

Special Events March 6:

Lots of events are happening during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim for the Sequim Sunshine Festival during the first weekend in March, Friday and Saturday, March 6 -7. The Sunshine Festival will bring relief from the winter blues with activities that focus on light, fun, art, physical activity, and positive energy for all ages. The Sunshine festival focuses on one of Sequim’s best-known features – Sunshine! Visit for more details at https://www.visitsunnysequim.com/263/Sequim-Sunshine-Festival

Play the “Hunt the Sun” Game is at various venues on the Art Walk! Everyone knows that Sequim is one of the driest places in Western Washington and sunshine is a theme throughout town.  Join in the “Hunt the Sun” game and find the sunshine throughout Sequim.  Take a photo or selfie with the items that represent the sun, and post to social media with the hashtag #sequimsunshinefestival. Participants can redeem their photos for “glow-bling” for the Saturday evening events.  Glow-bling can be redeemed at the Civic Center, 152 West Cedar Street, from noon to 4:00 p.m. and at Carrie Blake Park from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

At Centennial Plaza on the Corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, 3-D Chalk Artist – Naomi Haverland will be creating on Friday, March 6 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again Saturday, March 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Naomi Haverland has been painting for as long as she can remember and has been doing chalk since 2011. She specializes in humorous and hyper-realistic portraits.  She has won many awards and recognition for her chalk art, including seven awards at the Denver Chalk Art Festival in her home state of Colorado. See Naomi in action as she creates a piece of art designed just for the Sequim Sunshine Festival.  

At the Garden Clubhouse at Pioneer Memorial Park, come for the Interactive Light Experience by Ross A. Brown Exhibition Opening at 6:00 p.m. Join us for this custom built interactive environment that blends art and science encouraging visitor to look at light as an artistic design element and the physical properties of light.  Art and science share a similar path of exploration, but with different intentions. City Arts Advisory Commission Chairman and artist Ross A. Brown hopes this installation will instruct and also create wonder at the power of light to inform our lives. “Living here in the ’Blue Hole/Rain Shadow’ have you ever wondered what is ’light’?  Most of us accept that it is and get on with our lives. This exhibit is intended to invite the viewer to experience light as a form of artistic expression as well as talk about ’what is light’. As the viewer, you will be able to interact with and manipulate the light to see and feel the extraordinary power of these electromagnetic waves we call light.”

Sunshine Café at 135 W. Washington Street is hosting a Pour Sip Paint at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the new Sequim Sunshine Festival with a Pour Sip Paint session and create this special painting. $40 covers the cost of instruction from a local artist, 10″ X 20″ canvas, painting supplies and one beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverage. A full food and beverage menu is available for purchase.

The City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) invites you to the “Illuminations” exhibit at the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar Street. The artists represented are:  Suzanne Anaya, Anna Blanchard, James Bowie, David Brownell, Kelcie Byrd, Diane Clementi, Sharon DelaBarre, Ines Epperson, Caryl Fallert-Gentry, Sally Franz, Rich Madeo, Melissa Mann, Mary Marsh, Bob Martinson, Evan Miller, Derek Moose, Vicki Naumann, Suzan Noyes-Mangold, Priscilla Patterson, Sally Raddock, Michael Reece, Melinda Reed, Morgan Stephenson, Ryoko Toyama, Anna Waldron, Nancy Wilcox, Sandy Wolf, and Igor Zusev. Also, at the Sequim Civic Center at 5:00 p.m. there is an Art Talk on the Art Walk- “How Light Works” with Ross A. Brown. And, at 7:00 p.m., “Look to the Sky” Movie Screening. Join us for a free screening of this inspirational documentary film by Director Brett Culp.  The movie tells uplifting stories of young people who have demonstrated the iconic spirit of Superman by becoming real-life superheroes.

Miss Alaska 1937 footwear

Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop at 120 W Washington Street will be sharing Cedarbrook and friends vintage collections. Some of the displays will include Miss Alaska 1937 footwear, ladies clothing, lovely hair brush sets and more. Come see our on vintage museum for the evening of March 6. Along with vintage items for sale too! They are also participating in the Sunshine Festival’s “Hunt the Sun”! 

‘Sol the Sun Dish’

Design2Scan3D is bringing “Sol” to Sequim for Art Walk. Help us celebrate the “Hunt the Sun” game by finding our studio at 207 W Spruce St on Friday night, then find ‘Sol the Sun Dish’ hidden among the ceramics in our studio. Take a selfie of you and “Sol” and you could win it or other glow-bling prizes.

“Hobuck Beach” by Susan McDougall

Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave. will host “The Camera in My Mind: Works” a solo exhibition of Susan McDougall. A new resident of Sequim, by training a mathematician and programmer and now retired from a career with Boeing, Susan has balanced and sustained her scientific side with a love of the natural world, while her artistic side has found expression through art and photography. An avid outdoorswoman, special subjects of interest to her are birds, trees, and western landscapes. Her photographs inspire many of her paintings and drawings. Susan works with Sennelier soft pastels, enjoying the purity of their colors and taking a keen interest in techniques of their application to best represent natural forms and textures. Recently, she has been working with felt-tip pen, distilling the complex forms of living trees and birds to present the essence of her subjects. McDougall shares, “The tension between the images I hold in my mind and the nature of pastel, the medium in which I enjoy working, forces me to think hard about how I can render just the right amount of detail to create images that are neither realistic nor abstract, but rather are ‘emblematic,’ showing the real center of the living creature or the scene before me.” She adds, “But sometimes I just like coloring.”

“Waterfall Top, Marymere Falls” by Ken Dvorak
“RUST” by Kate Loveland

The Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. presents the exhibition “Inner landscape” featuring artists Ken Dvorak and Katherine Loveland. Two award-winning photographers present nature’s blessing in a distinguished manner. Through their art, the viewer will be guided into their inner landscape. A river or a creek runs through it (with apologies in Norman Maclean and Isaac Walton). Ken’s March window in the Blue Whole Gallery is a walk through the waters of Montana and Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.  On the rivers of Montana Ken learned “meditation of the cast, a ritual of “10&2”, mending the line, and “reading” the river.  Scouting the river and the creeks of the Olympic Peninsula he found inspiration in the waterfalls, the river, and creek beds and the months of the amazing river that empty into the Pacific. Katherine shares, “Art Is the Essence of Awareness,” John Galloway, Celtic poet. For both the artist and the viewer, art enables us to intertwine increased knowledge of our inner landscape with what we can know and see. My photography depicts abstract views of nature rather than realistic ones so that there is greater opportunity to know all of one’s self.

“Game On!”

The Olympic Theatre Arts Center at 414 N Sequim Avenue presents “Game On!” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. which is a free, kid themed performance revolving around Shakespeare and games that were popular during his time or mentioned in his plays. Olympic Theatre Young Thespians, ages 8-13, will recite lines from Shakespeare’s plays while demonstrating swordplay, leapfrog, stool ball and archery. They will demonstrate moves of chess, cribbage, dice, as well as showing examples of the games All Hid, All Hid, Bo Peep and Muss. After reciting lines and demonstrating all of the games, the children will invite the audience to play. Doors open at 5:15. First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

Rainshadow Café at 157 West Cedar Street are hosting the music of Bread and Gravy during the Art Walk.

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, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you!

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.

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“Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology”

Chocolate Covered Bountiful Brown Theme Color for November 1 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

November 1 Art Walk Color Theme is BROWN! Brown is the color of fall harvest and abundance, the turning of the leaves, sweet chocolate, and seasonal spicy treats. Brown represents steadfast alliances, community minded activities, solid assemblies, family trees with deep roots and supportive branches, and warm comforting homesteads. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of bountiful brown or representations of hearth and harvest as they enjoy an evening on the town with down to earth friends and family.

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. 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.

Special events for November 1:

Indulge in “A Sweet Evening of Chocolate” at Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington St. with all the local flavors featuring WeDo Fudge, Yvonne’s Chocolates, Seattle Chocolates, Harvey’s Hot Butter Rum Popcorn & Hot Chocolate, Sugar Hill Farms Caramels, Chukar Cherries, and so much more. Holidays bring delish flavors and smells and Forage Gifts will help you along with a tasting of the holiday season. Test out chocolates and other sweets to consider for giving the gift of Sequim and Washington that is delicious!

"A Walk in the Woods" by Stan Green
“A Walk in the Woods” by Stan Green
Irresistible Aesthetics Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Sequim Museum & Arts
Irresistible Aesthetics Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Sequim Museum & Arts
 "Shetland Cowl" by Susan Kroll
“Shetland Cowl” by Susan Kroll

The fiber arts exhibition “Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology” along with fiber artists demonstrating their creative techniques and selling their wares at the Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave. Fiber vendors include Renne Emiko Brock, Lisa Gilbert, Kathy Martin, and Jan Tatom. The fiber arts exhibition of spellbinding, splendid, and sublime delights for the senses embracing the fascination of working with mesmerizing materials and hypnotic methods. Expressed as satisfyingly subtle to voraciously hedonistic, aesthetics is defined as the perception, appreciation, and creation of what is considered beautiful. Belief systems, color values, and personal philosophy are embedded into the pleasure of creating and experiencing fiber art creations. From utilitarian towels to fancy fluff, attraction and obsession fuel creators to produce exquisite works through time honored techniques and enthusiastic experimentation.

“Crossing Clay” by Erica Iseminger
"King Boletus" by Nona Giersch
“King Boletus” by Nona Giersch

Artists include Carolyn Abbott, Judy Anderson, Lora Armstrong, Lynn Baritelle, Catherine Bilyard-Eagle, Renne Emiko Brock, Mary Ann Clayton, Betty Cook, Anne Davies, Lauralee DeLuca, Liisa Fagerlund, MarySue French, Nona Giersch, Lisa Gilbert, Janet Green, Stan Green, Marilyn Hiestand, Leslie Hoex, Erica Iseminger, Estelle Jackson, Susan Kroll, Gladis C. Marr, Kathy Martin, Donna McMillen, Brianne Moores, Sherry Nagel, Sue Nylander, Ilse Osier-Forrest, Patti Pattison, Jolene Sanborn, Pauline Schultz, Gloria Skovronsky, Peggy St. George, Jan Tatom, Gail Van Horsen, Marla Varner, Linda Wesseler, Nancy K. Wilcox, and Jean Wyatt.

Rachel Knapp Painting
Rachel Knapp Painting

Rainshadow Cafe at 157 W Cedar St. is showcasing artist Rachel Knapp and has live music with Dawn Martin from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with her diverse style and soulful hard-edge vocals that will rock the house. Rachel Knapp shares, “These paintings are a part of my healing process, the beginning of an ongoing journey of self-discovery, shaped by growing up wild in the woods as a mountain man’s daughter, fueled by love, gratitude and acceptance. Not sure exactly when, but I started painting at a young age. It was just something I did because I felt like I needed to in order to express my emotions and experiment with the way things can be seen. Never truly considering myself an artist, I put away the brushes and art supplies in pursuit of other things. Life happened, and art was all but forgotten. For twenty years my art supplies sat in a box. Then over the course of a few years a series of tragic, unexpected events occurred in my life, one after another. They started to pile up. I found myself emotionally and spiritually bankrupt. Then one day I found ‘the box’! That was about a year ago. My art box is much bigger now. Art has given me a space to express my emotions, to sit and connect spiritually to the source of love, to face the issues I need to face, to heal, to play. For me the process is still about the experimentation of the way I see things. I enjoy playing around with color and texture.  It is important for me to not overthink it. To just let go and paint.” 

Dawn Martin grew up in a musical family and began playing the piano and singing at age four with her dad W.L. Martin. Her family entertained regularly playing mostly bluegrass and old style country music. She also studied classical piano, competed in concerto competitions and attended San Francisco State University as a piano performance major. Always an entertainer, Dawn played in jazz and rock bands during this time and would slide off to the clubs to sing and play. Dawn recently relocated to Sequim from Vail Colorado where she has been playing regularly as a soloist and with duos, trios and full bands.

"Steampunk Cat Over London" by Marilynn Evans
“Steampunk Cat Over London” by Marilynn Evans
"My Tree House 3" by Ryoko Toyama
“My Tree House 3” by Ryoko Toyama

At 129 W Washington St, the Blue Whole Gallery’s exhibition “Emotional Reality and Fantasy” is inspired by the beauty of the surroundings by two Sequim artists, digital artist Marilynn Evans and water media painter Ryoko Toyama. The annual artists’ co-op Gift Gallery for holiday shoppers will also open. Marilynn loves to create multi-layered, imaginative and very colorful digital art that invites the viewer to step into a different reality for a brief moment. She is fascinated by the beauty of colors and by the moods and emotions they evoke. The imaginative layering of the images, whimsical or even surreal elements, rich in textures, and other effects that allow her to design something new that captures your imagination as well, resonates with you, and makes you pause and wonder if only for a moment. But most of all, it makes you smile. Ryoko states, “Mediums and techniques I apply to my paintings continue to evolve while the purpose remains the same, that is, creation of emotional reality. Inspiration comes from concepts, visible or audio object. The process begins with the end in mind. However, my work often takes its own course, producing an unexpected through a magical transition.”

"Raven's Gold" by Mary Hughes
“Raven’s Gold” by Mary Hughes

New Venue on the Art Walk! Harbor Audiology and Hearing Center at 538 N 5th Avenue hosts members of NOW (North Olympic Watercolorists which is located across the street from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. In addition to original art hanging, there will be also small prints, miniatures, greeting cards, Christmas ornaments, so on, which would make great stocking stuffers. 

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts live music with Vinyl Tap. Jay Henry plays a mixture of songs from the 60s and 70s. This local musician from Diamond Point states, if it was on vinyl he probably knows the tune. Partner live music and award winning artfully crafted wines with appetizing tidbits at Wind Rose.

The City of Sequim and the City Arts Advisory Commission invite the public to the Sequim Civic Center for the “Tie One On” exhibit at 152 W Cedar St. The artists represented are Lora Armstrong, Nancy Booth, Jane Burkey, Jeannine Chappell, Patrick Clark, Sharon DelaBarre, Leslie Dickson, Penny Dorothy, Marilynn Evans, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Cindy Fullwiler, Fumie Gage, Anne Grasteit, Eva Kozun, Ernie Kozun, Allyne Lawson, Melissa Mann, Bob Martinson, Debra Olson, Priscilla Patterson, Marcedes Perry-Baar, Susan Schneider, Gloria Skovronsky, Ryoko Toyama, and Sandy Wolf.

Also at the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W Cedar Street, treat yourself to the Olympic Peninsula Art Association Fundraiser “Small Wonders” Art Show and Sale in the City of Sequim Council Chambers. All artworks for sale at $100 or less.

Design2Scan3D and Dungeness Chestnuts are teaming up at the Spruce Building, 207 W Spruce Street for the Sequim Art Walk. Help the farm celebrate the harvest with Sequim’s First Annual Chestnut Roast at the Design2Scan3D Studio. Come join us to try fresh roasted chestnuts and enjoy live music. Fresh chestnuts will also be available for sale.

Olympic Theatre Arts at 414 N Sequim Avenue hosts live music with Sicilian born concert pianist Giovanni Andolina who will be performing his own work, “Eleonora della Baronia Concerto” in the Gathering Hall at 5:30 PM. The performance weaves an original piano concerto together with the prose of a classic Sicilian love story. Mr. Andolina will be telling the story primarily in English, but also incorporates some of the original Italian into the work. “It is a legend of a passionate and true love from around the year 1600 in my birthplace of Milazzo, Sicily,” says Andolina, graduate of the Francesco Cilea Music Conservatory in Italy. “I did write the entire piano concerto and I performed it in my home town in Sicily at the Teatro Trifiletti. Since then I have worked in translating the piece to be able to perform it in both Italian and English.” First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

“Tacoma” by Jan Kepley

Special Event during the November 1 Sequim Art Walk! Decorate with Panache at 154 W Washington St. is showcasing fine art photographer Jan Kepley. Jan says this about his creative process, “I have been dabbling in the arts all my life, working in many directions: music, writing, painting, photography, recording & food creation. Some of my photographic images are concept pieces begun like paintings with general decisions about what I want to say and what visual elements I want to use to say that. I go out and collect the elements photographically and from there an image grows and changes along the way. Other images are representations of what I see.”

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, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you!

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.

Please join our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/sequimartwalk

Thank you very much!

Zumba Flash Mob at Sequim Civic Center

Stroll on the Sunny Side of the Street for August 2 Sequim First Friday Art Walk with Yellow Theme

“Leave your worry on the doorstep, Just direct your feet, On the sunny side of the street.” Stroll or dance in the summer sunshine with the yellow theme color for the August Art Walk! Yellow shines brightly like the sun fueling our world with renewing energy and encourages clear, creative communication. The positive intensity of yellow represents expressive enthusiasm, joyful happiness, positive friendships, and empowers collective generosity, goodwill, and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to wear yellow or cheerful, fun apparel during the Art Walk to celebrate our Sunny 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. 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.

Special events for August 2:

 D.R. Anderson painting of a lighthouse
D.R. Anderson painting

New Venue on the Art Walk! Harbor Audiology and Hearing Center at 538 N. 5th Avenue hosts members of NOW (North Olympic Watercolorists) including Carol Wilhelm, D.R. Anderson, Shirley Rudolf, Roger Huntley, and Reiko Barclay. Come meet the artists and enter into a raffle for a donated giclée of Seattle’s cityscape. 

Shipley Center

New Venue on the Art Walk! The Shipley Center at 921 E Hammond St. has an exciting line up of exhibitions and demonstrations of Fine Art including oil, pastel, and watercolors, Fiber Arts, Stitchery, Wood Burning, Driftwood Critters, Art Glass Pieces, and a singing group! They are also providing a $5 meal for before or after the Art Walk.

New Location! Now visit the Sequim Museum and Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue in their new location! Enjoy the “Daring To Defy Ordinary – Three Unique Photographic Perspectives of Nature” exhibition includes Sammy Catiis, Tim Hauf, and Sally M. Harris. See how nature inspired these artists’ viewpoints as you travel the world with Tim, up close with Sammy, and visit “The Bird Zone” with Sally. Al Harris will be providing the live music during the reception.

The City of Sequim and the City Arts Advisory Commission invite the public to a Block Party on the Civic Center Plaza at 152 W. Cedar Street from 5:00 to 9:30 PM. The Party will kick off with a Flash Mob in the Civic Center Plaza at 5:15 p.m. by the Zumba Sisters! Live music starts at 5:30 with the high-energy and easy going sounds of Bread & Gravy, followed by the unique blend of folk and rock by Quilcene musician, Kalan Wolfe at 6:30 PM, and then the compelling mix of eclectic rhythm and blues of Locos Only from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. There will also be rock painting for kids, and a live painting by local artist, Craig Robinson during the concerts. Cedars at Dungeness will provide a beer and wine garden throughout the evening and visitors are encouraged to bring your own chair and picnic on the plaza during the event.

Zumba Flash Mob at Sequim Civic Center
Zumba Flash Mob at Sequim Civic Center
"Cormorant" by Rich Hill
“Cormorant” by Rich Hill

Be sure to enjoy “The Beach” art exhibit inside the Civic Center featuring artists Lora Armstrong, Lynne Armstrong, Gary Bullock, Jane Burkey, Jeannine Chappell, Patrick D. Clark, Gdane Curposney, Melissa Doyel, Christopher Enges, Marilynn Evans, Cindy Fullwiler, John Gussman, Paulette Hill, Rick Hill, David Johannessohn, Mark Kennedy, Rita Kepner, Katherine Loveland, Melissa Mann, Natalie Martin, Stacey Martin-Lopez, Linda Martz, Gail McLain, Sharman Owings, Sallie Radock, Claudia Serafin, Linda Stadtmiller, Morgan Stephenson, Ryoko Toyama, Patty Waite, Donna Wilson-Sommer, and Sandy Wolf.

THISTLE and Sequim Community Makerspace

Brad and Kelly Griffith will open their historic home, Sequim’s first creamery in 1914, at 311 W Turnhere Road to share their studios and passions. Brad, of Sequim Community Makerspace, will share his enthusiasm and secrets for wood bending of all kinds. His knowledge and creations are sure to inspire. Kelly will have jewelry available from THISTLE and will also be available to share her first published book on life after loss, “After Words: cultivating peace, purpose and beauty in the aftermath of tragedy.” Stop by to share conversation and refreshments!

Kayohti band playing live
Kayohti

Olympic Theatre Arts at 414 N Sequim Avenue hosts live music with Kayohti starting at 5:30 PM in the Gathering Hall. Kayohti is a four piece band of guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums composed of some of the most experienced players on the Olympic Peninsula. Featuring Jim Charlier on bass and vocals, Mark Schecter on keyboards and vocals, Terry Smith on drums, and Mike Pace on guitar and vocals, Kayohti plays both originals and uniquely interpreted covers. You can expect to hear anything, from Albert King, to The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, and Little Feat. It’s all about dancing. First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

“That’s when the light shines through” by Lynne Armstrong
“EarthSong” and “Golden Spiral Triangle” by Deborah Harrison

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the gallery’s veteran artist Lynne Armstrong and welcoming a new face, Deborah Harrison, who is a glass-water sculptor. Lynne’s exhibit includes ‘The Beach Series’ of acrylic paintings, while Deborah presents water-sculptures collectively titled ‘The Dance of Water and Light.’ Lynne Armstrong states, “I am privileged as an artist to live where the land meets the sea.  It is a place of great spiritual significance. I completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts in Painting at Cornell University and a Masters in Art History at Stanford.  For one year I was a student at the Academia de Belle Arte in Florence, Italy, before completing my comprehensive examinations for a Ph.D. in Art History at Stanford. I have taught art in college, high school and elementary school. I work in the mediums of watercolor, oil, acrylic, and clay.” Deborah Harrison states, “Ever since I was a small child, I have been mesmerized by the play of water and light. Recently I have learned that just gazing upon the water, and listening to its sound, helps quiet the mind and calm the nervous system. I wonder if perhaps that is why I have always been so captivated by it.” Her artwork highlights the beauty of light and water. Incorporating Sacred Geometry into her designs, these unique sculptures feature flowing water as their central element. The fountains—which she calls “Watersculptures”—are made of marble and natural stone, stained glass, and ceramic, and are illuminated from within. Her latest pieces do not incorporate water, but are made with multiple layers of a unique stained glass called “waterglass”. With its gentle rippling undulations, waterglass gives the impression of gazing into a watery realm. When the waterglass is illuminated by natural light, it comes to life. For this reason, Deborah recommends they be placed on a windowsill.

Mixed Media Art by Patty Waite
Mixed Media Art by Patty Waite

Pondicherri at 119 E Washington St. is hosting artist Patty Waite and her photo-based mixed media artwork involves equal parts digital art and hands-on creativity in the studio. She creates designs that acts as inspiration, encouragement and empowerment using found and recycled materials. Also, henna artist Ellie Curtis will be creating all natural henna tattoos. Light bites and refreshments provided. 20% off all Pondicherri products for wearing the month’s theme color: YELLOW!

Design2Scan3D at 207 W Spruce St. which features Sequim featuring 3D printing, 3D scanning, and ceramics classes. For August Art Walk, local Port Angeles author, Louise Lenahan Wallace will do two readings from her books. At 6:00 PM, she will read from her first book, “Length of Days”, which starts us out in Ohio during the outbreak of the Civil War. At 7:00 PM, she will read from, “The Longing of the Day”, which takes place on a ranch in the Wyoming Territory. Both readings will be approximately 5-10 minutes each. Design2Scan3D will also be displaying a 3D print of the bonsai project that was scanned at the July Art Walk.

Check out local artists and craftspeople at the Sequim Farmers Market showcase at Centennial Place on the corner of 100 E Washington St. and Sequim Ave.

The Bag Ladies of Sequim at 161 W Washington St. has added several unique new artists including Elvina Taylor who creates ceramic birdhouses and colorful votive shrines, Gloria Hancock who paints wine glasses with cheery images of lavender and birds. Also, Julie Taylor has handwoven wool socks and fingerless gloves, Kelly St. Clairs acrylic paintings, and Valerie Stevens ceramic tiles with hand-painted mermaids, octopus, and etc.

Nightingale

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts the harmonious live music of Nightingale with Donna and Mary. Also enjoy award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits at Wind Rose.

Rainshadow Cafe at 157 W Cedar St. has live music with “Mixed Company” who are a local husband and wife team and friends who enjoy making music together and know how to get toes tapping. The music they play is a mix of old-time favorite bluegrass, Irish tunes, a few Texas two-step favorites, a sprinkling of vintage soft rock/folk with a “Mixed Company” twist, as well as some spicy Cajun samplings. David Herrera plays mandolin, having played with several groups locally, entertaining friends for a number of years. Bob Warner, on guitar, comes to “Mixed Company” from Olympia and time playing with a blues band. Jon Faverty has played fiddle for decades, formerly playing professionally in south Florida. Jon’s wife, Karen Faverty, rounds out the sound with a bass line, played on a Kala U-bass. You’re bound to go away from a performance with a song in your heart!

Special event during the Sequim Art Walk! “A Glimpse Inside Keith’s Frame of Mind” with photographer Keith Ross at Decorate with Panache at 154 W Washington St.

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, 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.

Please join our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk

Thank you very much!

"lavender currents spectrum scarves" by Renne Emiko Brock

July 5 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Awash with Purple Color Theme

July 7 Art Walk Color Theme is PURPLE! Purple is the color of Sequim’s famous lavender blooms and the color purple represents mesmerizing potential, magical camaraderie, thoughtfulness, cultivated dignity, supportive spiritual significance, and impressive extravagance. Those sweet lavender flowers come in purple, violet, mauve, orchid, lilac, indigo, amethyst, plum, pink, and even white. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in tints and shades of purple as they enjoy a festive night on the town with friends and fellow Sequimmers preparing for Sequim Lavender Weekend later in the month. Come out and celebrate what makes Sequim so special!

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. 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.

Special Events for July 5:

Ruby Beach Sunset by Christopher Enges
“Ruby Beach Sunset” by Christopher Enges

A lot of activity happening at the Sequim Civic Center! City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) hosts the opening exhibit and artist reception for “The Beach” at the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar Street. The jury reviewed a record 110 pieces of artwork from 50 artists before selecting 40 pieces to be included in the exhibit.  The artists represented are:  Lora Armstrong, Lynne Armstrong, Gary Bullock, Jane Burkey, Jeannine Chappell, Patrick D. Clark, Gdane Curposney, Melissa Doyel, Christopher Enges, Marilynn Evans, Cindy Fullwiler, John Gussman, Paulette Hill, Rick Hill, David Johannessohn, Mark Kennedy, Rita Kepner, Katherine Loveland, Melissa Mann, Natalie Martin, Stacey Martin-Lopez, Linda Martz, Gail McLain, Sharman Owings, Sallie Radock, Claudia Serafin, Linda Stadtmiller, Morgan Stephenson, Ryoko Toyama, Patty Waite, Donna Wilson-Sommer, and Sandy Wolf.

Inside the Sequim Council Chambers experience the Art Talk on the Art Walk that will include demonstrations from local presenters talking about driftwood creations, visual and virtual storytelling, and using videography and drone photography: 

5:30 p.m. – Tammy Hall:  “Creating Animals from Driftwood:  A Lesson in Anatomy” 

Tammy is and always has been driven to do art even if she didn’t have art supplies. As a child she would use water from the garden hose (forbidden activity) and use clay soil to make up a batch of mud so she could sculpt dishes and the food to go on them to play house.  As she grew up, she went from media to media teaching herself.  Some of these are pen and ink, scratchboard, oils, collage and found object assemblages which include driftwood animal sculpture. These take the form of all manner of animals, wolves, foxes, rabbits, ravens and even a large pacific giant octopus. Currently she is learning to sculpt in porcelain and has come full circle and returned to playing in the mud.  

Renne Emiko Brock and her virtual self Zinnia Zauber
Renne Emiko Brock and her virtual self

6:15 p.m. – Renne Emiko Brock:  “Message in a Bottle – Visual and Virtual Storytelling in Art”

Encouraging you to achieve your creative potential, artist and instructor, Renne Emiko Brock, developed a storytelling system that inspires people through color theory, transformative experiences, visual vocabulary, and enthusiasm to articulate your passion. Along a sandy shore in a virtual learning environment, artists discover how to deliver meaningful messages through their medium and intentions. Using Renne’s storytelling checklist, learn how to communicate your unique, authentic motivation and conceive inclusive, effective engagement.

7:00 p.m. – Christopher Enges:  “The Living Beach:  Using Videography & Drone Photography to Capture its Essence”

Chris has an AAS degree in Multimedia Communications, as well as certificates in digital editing, photography, and advanced digital videography from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA. He has lived on the North Olympic Peninsula for over 35 years and has captured images from Washington’s Olympic National Park and Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, along with lighthouses and ocean beaches of Washington, Oregon, and British Colombia, and commercial product photography for the last 15 years before entering the videography field almost three years ago.

In the Lobby, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., meet and greet the artists Volodymyr (Vlad) Husarovskyi , Tammy Hall, Renne Emiko Brock, and Christopher Enges. Volodymyr (Vlad) Husarovskyi with Ukranian Roots – Distinctive art created from roots, burls and uniquely shaped driftwood.  Vlad was born and raised in Western Ukraine. In high school, he became very interested in sculpting. Coming from a large modest family, carving stone, especially marble, was not an option, as the tools and the materials were too expensive. He made a steel knife from a shaving blade and started to experiment with wood. That was about 45 years ago.  Vlad enjoys working with natural shapes and “imperfections” of driftwood and found wood, carving some and leaving some “as is”, bringing out a critter or a more abstract object for all of us to see. He tends to gravitate towards roots, burls and uniquely shaped driftwood. Often Vlad walks the beaches and trails in Sequim, Port Townsend or La Push to find the inspiration and some raw material to work with.  All the work is done with hand tools, the favorite steel knife he also made (he’s gone thru several over the years), sanded by hand and then coated with bee’s wax and orange oil.

Habitat for Humanity’s End Tables Reception

Also at the Sequim Civic Center, enjoy a preview of the creative end tables from Sequim Artists for Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s “Recycle into Art” Art Auction fundraiser and vote for your community People’s Choice winner!

Design2Scan3D showing off some of their purple ceramics

New Sequim Art Walk Venue! Design2Scan3D at 207 W Spruce St. which features Sequim featuring 3D printing, 3D scanning, and ceramics classes. Design2Scan3D will be showcasing a member of the Dungeness Bonsai Society and making a miniature stoneware mold with it.

Dianne and Allen of Sunshine Cafe and new owners Tristen and Lucas.

Come meet the new owners of Sunshine Café, Tristen and Lucas, at 145 W Washington St with some finger foods and the opportunity to introduce themselves to the public.  Using one of Tim Quinn’s designs, watch an artist in action painting a mural on the wall inside sunshine. Thank you Dianne and Allen for being such wonderful supporters of the Sequim Art Walk all these years!

“The Lavender of Sequim America’s Provence” by Bonnie Louise Gillis

Do visit Purple Haze Lavender’s Downtown Store at 127 W Washington St. for a “The Lavender of Sequim: America’s Provence” book signing with Bonnie Louise Gillis.

Phil Tauran

Tracy Wealth Management at 149 W Washington St. hosts local photographer Phil Tauran. Fascinated by the pictorialist movement of the early twentieth century and also impressionism, he invites you to discover an unusual photograph. Born and raised in France, Phil was very early attracted by art in all its forms. Painter first, he dives pretty quickly in photography and more specifically black and white. For him “The image is a medium of truth and emotion, to capture and live the decisive moment. It’s both a need and a way to communicate. “Phil is a professional photographer who has been based in Sequim since 2011.

My Woolly Mammoth paper floristry at Pondicherri
My Woolly Mammoth paper floristry at Pondicherri

In honor of the Sequim Lavender Weekend, Pondicherri at 119 E Washington St. is featuring My Woolly Mammoth. Her love of nature, attention to detail, and whimsical eye combine to create realistic floral art that lasts forever. Her surreal floral paper art blends easily into any home just as regular flowers would. Whether a wreath or a bouquet, these handcrafted pieces blur the line between manmade and natural in a beautiful way. Also Ellie Curtis, henna artist, will be there, you can reserve an appointment for your own wearable art aka henna tattoo today for Friday.

Forage Gifts Owner Theresa Rubens and Photographer Keith Ross with the famous eaglets

We have all enjoyed following the story of our local eaglets! Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington St. will be featuring framed prints and notecards taken by Keith Ross of Keith’s Frame of Mind during the Art Walk. Come by to chat and see the beautiful eaglet portraits. And, enjoy all things that inspire us in Sequim and creative works from local artists.

“Alpaca” by Jeannine Chappell

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features Jeannine Chappell and incarcerated individuals at the Clallam Bay Correction Center. Jeannine Chappell, award-winning artist known for her work on animal images, especially the owl, will showcase both her digital paintings and mixed media paintings in the window. During the opening reception on the First Friday, July 5, 5-8 PM, she will discuss her art. Then on Saturday, July 6, Jeannine will present an art talk at the gallery about her work and her process, from 1-2 pm.  Her art talk, an educational opportunity for the community, is free. Another window will hold a special exhibit by the incarcerated individuals at the Clallam Bay Correction Center where neglected dogs are trained professionally. The exhibit was initiated by Ken Dvorak, member of the gallery and WAG (Welfare for Animals Guild), and presented by the Blue Whole Gallery, a co-op art gallery in downtown Sequim since 1997. The individuals at the Correction Center are pleased to help WAG by making and donating their artwork.

Rainshadow Café at 157 West Cedar St. hosts live music with Hot Llamas. How they describe themselves, “We’re a “Rural Funk” band from the Pacific Northwest. Formed in a magic space between the sea and the mountains, we play energetic danceable tunes that also find a unique home between bluegrass and funk, blues and jam.”

“SquareBirds” by Robert Steelquist

Alder Wood Bistro at 139 W. Alder St. showcases recent photography of Sequim author and photographer Robert Steelquist. The exhibition “Square Birds” features intimate portraits of wild birds framed within a one-to-one aspect ratio that draws the viewer’s gaze to the birds’ eye and a visual encounter we rarely experience.

Check out local artists and craftspeople at the Sequim Farmers Market showcase at Centennial Place on the corner of 100 E Washington St. and Sequim Ave.

“Happy Dog” by Susan Zoya

Shirley Rudolf, painter and teacher, has arranged for members of NOW (North Olympic Watercolorists) are displaying their artwork at First Security Bank at 114 S. Sequim Avenue and members of RAG (Rudolf’s Art Group) are displaying their artwork at Harbor Audiology & Hearing Center at 538 N 5th Ave.

Painting by Tami Wall

Evil Roy’s Elixirs Distillery at 209 S Sequim Ave. is hosting painter Tami Wall and Zorina Wolf with Village Heartbeat Drummers.

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts Twisted Roots in the house with a mixture of blues, folk and rock. Bring your dancing shoes for the live music and award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits at Wind Rose.

Please note that several regular Sequim Art Walk venues will be closed due to the July 4 Holiday.

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, 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.

Please join our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk

Thank you very much!

Sequim Irrigation Festival Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair

May 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Aqua Theme Makes a Splash Inspired by the Sequim Irrigation Festival

The Sequim Irrigation Festival’s “where water is wealth” inspires the AQUA color theme celebrating cultivation and culture during the May 3 Sequim Art Walk. The color aqua expresses responsible, sustainable elements of cool fresh water, abundant salty seas, renewing rain, and bright sunny skies. Art and music inspired by our natural resources, creativity, positive partnerships, and revolutionary ideas are included in the May First Friday Art Walk Sequim. From our inventive cultivating irrigation ditches that make our valley abundant to our future forward-thinking ideas are highlighted at the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair. Besides wearing the color theme of Aqua, everyone is encouraged to dress up in amusing and whimsical outfits for the Irrigation Festival’s “Callen Crazy Days”!

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. 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.

Special events for May 3:

The Irrigation Festival Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair launches the First Friday Art Walk Sequim Patron Preview at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza at 152 West Cedar Street. 2019 will be the 29th year for the Arts and Crafts Fair that provides an opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted wares.

Delightful artists and craftpersons on the Sequim Civic Plaza.
Delightful artists and craftpersons on the Sequim Civic Plaza.

Come participate in the Community Creativity Activity to color small parts of the 2019 Irrigation Festival logo to make a giant logo mural that will be on display at Coastal. Bring your DIY reuse, recycle, repurpose creations to win prizes on Friday night or Saturday morning! Enter to win in the People’s Choice Awards in our 4 categories: Wearable, Functional, Decorative, and Kids 15 and under.

Lauralee of Phoenixx Fibers spinning to make new creations.

Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair vendors include 3D Wood Maps, Ansley Art & Images, Art to Suit You, Beyond Caricature, Creative Iron Works, CR Wearables, DJ’s Pens, Full Moon Rising Body Care Co., Generations Boutique, Gypsy Bound, hue are you?, I Found Treasurers, Lazy Soul, Lil’ Log Cabin Creations, Misty Hollow Woods, Moments in Time and Design, Inc., New Dungeness Light Station Assoc., Olympic Peninsula Authors, Paperwings Studio, Peninsula Friends of Animals, Phoenixx Fibers, Pop’s Sausage Grill, PNW Arts & Treats, Sassy Glass, Sativa Valley Essentials, Sequim Bee Farm, Sharray Originals, Snow Creek Leather, The Shepherd’s Fold, The Tangled Gourd, Tsunami Bat Company, Uniquely Designed Jewelry, Welfare for Animals Guild, and Your Old Silver.

 Your Old Silver was one of our winners in the Reuse Showcase last year and a vendor this year!
Your Old Silver was one of our winners in the Reuse Showcase last year and a vendor this year!

Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose are an underlying theme of the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair which will have creative demonstrations throughout Saturday and Sunday, as well as an Innovative Reuse Showcase and Contest you can enter on Friday night and Saturday morning. Enjoy entertainment and food as well on May 4-5! Details at IrrigationFestival.com

Throughout the town, artwork created by our local students for the 2019 Irrigation Festival Button Contest will be on display at several Sequim Merchants.

Sequim mayor and olla by Design2Scan3D
Sequim mayor and olla by Design2Scan3D

New Sequim Art Walk Venue! Design2Scan3D at 207 W Spruce St. which features Sequim featuring 3D printing, 3D scanning, and ceramics classes. Mayor Smith agreed to let them scan him and make him into a ceramic figurine atop an olla that they made together in the studio. Design2Scan3D plan to present this olla to the mayor and the City of Sequim in their studio to celebrate the Sequim Art Walk and the Irrigation Festival.

R&T Crystals and Beads Demonstration
R&T Crystals and Beads jewelry demonstration

R&T Crystals and Beads at 158 E Bell St. is having their 10 year anniversary celebration. Along with a sale, treats from Sequim Fresh Catering will be served.

Carol Wilhelm’s collage

Tracy Wealth Management at 149 W Washington St. hosts members of NOW (North Olympic Watercolorists) who are displaying their watercolors.  Participating artists are Carol Wilhelm, John Wilkinson, Jim Gift, Beverly Beighle, Rita Heywood, Roger Huntley, and Shirley Rudolf. 

Monica Gutierrez Quarto's print
Monica Gutierrez Quarto’s print

Pondicherri at 119 E Washington St. is hosting artist Monica Gutierrez Quarto. Her artwork ranges from paintings and monotypes to woodcuts. Nature is an obvious theme in her pieces with magic and whimsy mixed in. Monica hosts local workshops in Sequim and Port Angeles. Art Walk guests will receive special pricing on her upcoming workshops just in time for Mother’s Day! Sign up during Art Walk required. Monica states of her work, “Nature plays an integral role in all of my artwork, as does the interaction between human beings and wildlife. I’m attempting through art to help revive the soul and change the hearts of the people who have lost the balance with nature and have become numbed to its essential elements.”

Liisa Fagerlund fiber art
Liisa Fagerlund fiber art

The Sequim Museum & Arts at 175 W Cedar St. will host “Discoveries and Abstractions” with photographer Jerry Fagerlund and fiber artist Liisa Fagerlund. The photographs and collages represented in this exhibition reflect the wide range of environments Jerry and Liisa have experienced in their years together. Travel interests and career advancement gave them the opportunity to live and work in a number of different and fascinating places including Nigeria, Utah canyon country, France, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. Liisa is inspired by the natural world including the wonderful colors and patterns of landscape and the human environment. She began focusing on art after retirement to Sequim, taking classes in drawing and painting, employing sewing skills in creative ways to make art quilts, fabric collages, and wearable art. She benefits from the vision of her husband and his photography, learning to look and really see the world around her. Many of her collages are inspired by photographs he has taken.

"Dragonfly bowl" by Carol Janda
“Dragonfly Bowl” by Carol Janda
"Breaking Ground" by Stacey Martin-Lopez
“Breaking Ground” by Stacey Martin-Lopez

“Art in an Aqua Tone” exhibition at the Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features artists Carol Janda and Stacey Martin-Lopez. Carol Janda is known for her two and three dimension artwork. She will showcase her paintings including refreshing waterscapes and stoneware pottery with a touch of nature. Stacey Martin-Lopez will exhibit paintings, revealing her long-standing expertise in gouache. Her selection of pieces for the window also includes an aqua tone. Carol and Stacey, two veteran artists, are eager to talk about their art with art supporters of the community.  Stacey states, I prefer working with graphite and the vibrant colors of gouache as well as printmaking.” To learn even more, Carol Janda will offer Art Talk on Saturday, May 4, 1:00 to 3:00 in the gallery about her thoughts, techniques, ideology, and developing abstract images and the various types of abstract expressionism. 

Debbi Soderstrom, soprano, Julie Gonzales, alto, Mary Lowry, tenor, Mark Condran, baritone
Debbi Soderstrom, soprano, Julie Gonzales, alto, Mary Lowry, tenor, Mark Condran, baritone

If you have never heard a sax quartet, you owe it to yourself to check out the Saxologists in their upcoming performance at Olympic Theater Arts Gathering Hall starting at 5:30 PM at 414 N Sequim Avenue. The Sequim City Band Saxologists are a saxophone ensemble composed of members of the Sequim City Band. Current instrumentation includes a quartet of saxes – soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. The sound is both warm and edgy and the range of music covers everything from classical to pop, ragtime to smooth jazz. Each instrument has an opportunity to shine in solo melodic lines as well as blending into the overall sound of the quartet with full, rich ensemble moments. The Saxologists are community ambassadors for Sequim City Band. Performing in venues more intimate than those that can accommodate the entire band, they introduce young and old to the joy of live musical performance. First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

The Peninsula Taproom at 210 W. Washington St., Suite 4 offers up springtime brews and hand-crafted spirits at Evil Roy’s Elixirs Distillery at 209 S Sequim Ave. during the Sequim Art Walk.

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts artist Carolyn Votaw and live music with “Hannah and Christian”. “Far Shores: New works by Carolyn Votaw” is an exhibition of monotype impressions of natural treasures collected from the far shores of the Olympic Peninsula and also features a selection of miniature linocut prints inspired by the Pacific Northwest through May. “Hannah and Christian” are a wife and husband duo with a mixture of songs from the 70-90s. Partner live music, art, and award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits at Wind Rose.

Visit the Olympic Peninsula Art Association’s Member Art Show, Sale, and Silent Auction at the Sequim Civic Center Chambers at 152 W Cedar St.

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, 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.

Please join our Facebook Page at Facebook.com/sequimartwalk

Thank you very much!