"as you wish" by Renne Emiko Brock for Habitat for Humanity's Mail Box Art Fundraiser

Sunshine Yellow August First Friday Art Walk Sequim Cancelled, so Show Your Creativity on Social Media

The August 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim is cancelled for the safe start, stay healthy order. Even though the Sequim Art Walk is canceled, we can still celebrate our artists, creatives, and culture of Sequim virtually online. Because we are in Phase 2, please show your support for local culture and all forms of the Arts by posting on social media networks your creative expression with the #sequimbff hashtag on August 7.

"as you wish" by Renne Emiko Brock for Habitat for Humanity's Mail Box Art Fundraiser
“as you wish” by Renne Emiko Brock

To create inclusion between everyone, you are encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly color themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it. August’s color theme is YELLOW for summer sunshine! 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.

Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity. Share social media posts with the hashtag #sequimbff and please participate with our creative community this month online at our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk utilizing distance socializing.

We will celebrate our inspiring summer in Sequim dressed in yellow or sunny, fun Aloha apparel as well! Please stay safe, be healthy, and keep creating! We are all in this together!

Though the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is cancelled, there are a few special events happening:

Fluidity Digital Art Show Short Version from A on Vimeo.

The City Arts Advisory Commission’s “Fluidity, a Digital Art Exhibit.” The exhibit will be displayed on Sequim’s City website at this link: https://www.sequimwa.gov/705/Current-Exhibit. This digital show will also be displayed by two monitors through the windows at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar Street from August 7- 9. This exhibit is intended to honor the current cancellation of art walk and to celebrate artists safely at a distance or at home. The artists represented are: Pamela Raine, Linda Collins Chapman, Ryoko Toyama, Ines Epperson, Anne Peacock, Anne Schneider, Sally Franz, Randy Radock, Julia Conklin, Morgan Stephenson, Raquee Rivera, Witta Priester, Dan Powers, Carol Nielsen, Maria Reid, Estelle Jackson, Allyne Lawson, Lisbeth Jardine, JoAnna Caro, Peggy Hanson, Tom White, Gloria Lamson, Ken Kennedy, Gary Bullock, Dan Brewer, Melissa Mann, Robert Tognoli, Scott Pascoe, Jeff Williams-Gifford,  Susan Gansert Shaw, Suzanne Anaya, Randall Page, Rick Hill, Darcy McNamara, Nels Peterson, Roger McGinnis and Eva McGinnis.

“Portrait of Nancy” by Sally Cays
“Fire Birds” by Jeannine Chappell

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features artists Sally Cays and Jeannine Chappell. The gallery is open, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Wed. through Sat. Following the guidance by the Governor and Clallam County Health Officer, the gallery admits 6 visitors at a time. Facial covering, use of hand sanitizers, and social distancing are required in the gallery. Sally is a watercolor painter, well-liked teacher, known for her dramatic floral and still life paintings, and commissioned portraits. Jeannie is a digital painter focused on feathered friends. “As we have been earthbound for these last months, staying at home for the greater good, we can look to the flight of our bird companions for that connection with the freedoms we long for.” 

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. In the future, 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!

May is Aqua

The May 1 First Friday Art Walk Sequim is cancelled. Celebrate creativity online!

The May 1 First Friday Art Walk Sequim is cancelled for the stay home, stay healthy order. We are all in this together! Please stay home and show your support for local culture and all forms of the Arts by posting on social media networks your creative expression with the #sequimbff hashtag on May 1.

May is Aqua
May 2012 – Art Walk Color Theme was AQUA!

To create inclusion between everyone, you are encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly color themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it, including dressing in it. May’s color theme is Aqua inspired by our natural resources, creativity, positive partnerships, and revolutionary ideas. The color aqua expresses responsible, sustainable elements of cool fresh water, abundant salty seas, renewing rain, and bright sunny skies.

Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

Please participate with our creative community this month online at our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk utilizing distance socializing. #sequimbff Please stay home, be healthy, and keep creating!

April 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim is Cancelled

The April 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim is cancelled for the stay home, stay healthy order. Please stay home and show your support for local culture and all forms of the Arts by posting on social media networks your creative expression with the #sequimbff hashtag on April 3.

Please share your pink themed creative expression online with #sequimbff

To create inclusion between everyone, you are encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly color themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it. April’s color theme is PINK for spring in all shades of pink from strong burgundy to soft blush. Pink represents encouragement, supportive strength, considerate care, productive promises, sweet delight, and kind, comforting assurance.

Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity. Please participate with our creative community this month online at our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk utilizing distance socializing. Please stay home, be healthy, and keep creating! We are all in this together!

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.

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

Hearts with Art for Red Themed February 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

Hearts with Art for Red Themed February 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

To have heart, you need art! An evening filled with love, lots of live music, red apparel, passionate pursues, warm hearts, the virtues of fine wine, and sweet treats. February’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim embraces RED as the theme color that represents heartfelt forte, vehement affection, driven leadership, active endeavors, and intense jubilation. It is also National Wear Red Day to increase awareness of heart health. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to decorate and dress in all shades of red from blush to burgundy for the evening out on the town.

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.

During the January 3 Art Walk, the community played “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” Mystery Game co-hosted by Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm and First Friday Art Walk Sequim and written by Renne Emiko Brock. Mister Marcus Mimas, the League of Dance Band Lobbyist, is who did the crime and our winner was Carole Calderwood of Sequim! Thank you to our suspects, CaptainCrystal Stout, Jeff Perry, Emily Westcott, Brian St. Ours, Lara Starcevich, Michelle Noonan, Scotland Noonan, and Matthew Gomez! Thank you for prizes from Cedarbrook Lavender Farm, Wind Rose Cellars, Dungeness Kids Co., Rainshadow Cafe, Peninsula Taproom, Sequim Community Makerspace, Design2Scan3D, and The Bag Ladies of Sequim, WA!

2020 “Whodunnit Downtown?” Suspects
Mister Marcus Mimas is Whodunnit!

Special Events on February 7:

Ted Lund’s wood turning

Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop has their ribbon cutting Grand Opening in their new location at 4:30 PM right before the Sequim Art Walk at 120 W Washington St. With refreshments, visit their featured artist Ted Lund. Ted’s turned wood creations are made from salvaged maple, madrone, and fruitwood trees from the Sequim area. His proceeds from the sale of these items go the local Kiwanis Club, for projects benefitting children.

Just in Tyme

Olympic Theatre Arts welcomes Just in Tyme at 5:30 PM at 414 N Sequim Avenue. In 2005, Sandi Lockwood found her living in Sequim without a keyboard orchestra, so she re-designed herself and skills to create a live band, Just in Tyme. “At OTA we will be featuring songs from our latest CD which include popular hits from early Rock & Roll, R & B, Pop, and Latin Favorites,” said Rich Crowell. “Rich vocal harmonies and dazzling arrangements abound.” First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open. Just in Tyme Band bios:

Mary Charles is a singer, song writer, and author. Throughout the years, she has had the privilege of studying under many teachers who were instrumental in showing her the incredible music paths that nurtured her desire to become a voice in her time. When one is to hear her sing, it has been said that she has a passionately distinct “sound” that sets her apart from all others as her voice reaches a place in the listener and touches the soul. Since Mary’s musical style stems from many genre’s, singing with the band ‘Just In Tyme’, where she plays congas on occasion, was a wonderful connection for the next musical progression in her life.

Debra Davis’ musical experiences began in her own family, where growing up they sang together the hymns and gospel songs in church choirs and as duos and trios. As her voice matured she was often tapped for school and community programs. But you can’t confine that sweet voice to a choir. So off she traveled with various R&B and Blues bands to play the Seattle nightclub scene. When asked for a comment about herself now, she coyly offered, ”I feel so blessed being in this eclectic group that allows for vocalizing in All genre’s.”

Rich Crowell began pickin’ and grinnin’ at 13. Catching the wave of surf music, the British Invasion, blues, R&R, he traveled through Arizona and Northern California playing with dance bands. He switched from guitar to bass in college and spent the next few decades playing bass in jazz combo’s. He went back to guitar 2000 and has enjoyed gigging in many styles and genre’s.

Sandi Lockwood began her musical career as a pianist at age 4 and added organ at 6yrs. She had no idea where it would lead. Always ready to try something new and surprising, her delight rested upon the emerging synthesizer/keyboard. In 1985 she aligned herself with the progressives at Yamaha Int’l Keyboards who provided her opportunities to grow. Whereupon she engaged in a new musical entity: a Keyboard Orchestra. “Think a full symphonic orchestra with all sounds coming from digital synth keyboards. We wrote our own music and arrangements as well as receiving music from arrangers around the country.” She led many youth and adult orchestras in CA.

“Calmness” by Shirley Rudolf

The Shaky Barbers will bring to the Sequim Branch Library of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) at 630 North Sequim Avenue hosts the NOW (North Olympic Watercolorists) and live blues music by The Shaky Barbers. The music will begin at 6:30 PM, but come early to check out the new art on display and meet featured artists from North Olympic Watercolorists beginning at 6pm.  Refreshments will be served and limited library services will be available during this free after-hours event. The new Art in the Library exhibit features watercolor paintings by NOW (North Olympic Watercolorists) and will be on display from February 7 through June 1. Featured artists include D.R. Anderson, Beverly Beighle, Rita Heywood, Janet Flatley, Shirley Rudolf, Roger Huntley, Judy Larimore, John Wilkinson, and Lyn Conlan. The Shaky Barbers will share their unique, original music for the lap steel guitar inspired by Hawaiian ragtime, Klezmer, and pre-WWII blues.

“Unpredictability” by Carole Janda
“Tree for hope” by Ryoko Toyama

The Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. presents the exhibition “Climate Change”. From a little seabird caught between the needs of man and a changing ocean, to plastics, weather patterns, continuous melting at the earth’s end to a tree of hope, the Blue Whole Gallery Artists tell stories of the effects of climate change. This dynamic show where art is grounded in the stories of today and curated by Joyce Volmut and Jeannine Chappell.

Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave. will be sharing their collection of historic pictures during the month of February in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Gallery. In addition, wood Artist Bob Stipe will bring one of his kayaks to display. Bob, who was born in the old Sequim General Hospital, is retired from the Army and worked with wood for decades. He purchased patterns for the boats, milled some of his own wood, including maple from a tree that grew near the log cabin where he was raised, and completed 2 kayaks. After helping a friend complete another, Bob and daughter Staci are working on her kayak when she visits from Louisiana. 

Design2Scan3D at the Spruce Building, 207 W Spruce Street will continue with their “Platter Matter” series and offer a few curious folks a chance to glaze a platter at the studio. No prior experience necessary. Platters have been fired once and are ready for your artistic touch. Must sign a waiver to participate. Completed platters will be displayed and may be purchased at the March Art Walk.

The City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) invites you to the opening of the “Illuminations” exhibit and artists’ reception 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.

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts visual artist and designer Makayla DeScala. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she gains inspiration from the diverse and rugged landscape around her, drawing parallels between events in nature, like storms and seasons, with the human experience. Her newest collection of paintings will be featured at Wind Rose Cellars December-February and is a focused work on environmental cloudscapes. She explores variations in shape, tone, color and texture with the intent to showcase how they can alter and/or create mood and atmosphere. Primarily a painter working with acrylic paints and mediums, her pieces have been described as colorful and expressive. Simplicity, movement and color remain at the center of her work, making her collections versatile and desirable for various tastes. A graduate of Peninsula College’s Multimedia program, Makayla credits the skills she learned there as well as the relationships she formed, as being crucial to her success as an artist. She currently sits on the Multimedia advisory board as a way to give back and encourage a new generation of creatives. 

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

Silver, Black, and White Color Theme for January 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim with Seventh Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” Mystery Game

Silver, Black, and White Color Theme for January 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim with Seventh Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” Mystery Game

January 3 Art Walk Color Theme is SILVER with hints of black and white to celebrate the New Year filled with idealistic goals for the future, optimistic hope, and civic reflection. The sparkly color of silver represents shimmering thoughtfulness, honorable dedication, shiny aloft ideals, confident inclusion and equity, untarnished resilience, imaginative aspirations, and revolutionary receptiveness. To create inclusion between venues, artists, and audience, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly color themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it. You can also solve the “Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” at the 7th Annual Whodunnit Downtown? Mystery Game during January 3 Sequim Art Walk for a prize!

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 January 3:

The Seventh Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” Mystery Game is a fun-filled evening where visitors engage with suspects and collect the clues about the suspects at various venues to solve the crime. Play the game for a chance to win a prize during the January 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.

Our story is set on New Year’s Eve 1977, the polarizing fever of disco and “Star Wars” has gripped the nation and created division among friends and families. Apposing perspectives of rebellion to oppression and rogue, footloose behavior boil over during the Moonrise Club Disco Dance Tournament hosted by club owner Ms. Quinny Quartz. Steeped in competition, the dancers take to the checkerboard floor to battle for the mirror ball trophy while the anti-dancing crusaders clash to end this wicked disco fever. What syncopated force disrupted the infectious choreography as the large cash prize vanished along with the trophy? Force users, dancers, contradiction, and conflict hits the streets of Sequim as the search is on to shed luminescent light on the criminal who swiped the contest prize. Can you solve the mystery?

Starting at 5:00 PM, strut down the sidewalk to “Staying Alive” while visiting various Sequim First Friday Art Walk venues. Mingle with the suspects in our mystery game and discover why they might have stolen the Moonrise Club’s Mirror Ball Dance Trophy. Visitors and sleuths to the “Whodunnit Downtown?” and Sequim Art Walk are encouraged to dress in the theme colors of silver, black, and white, as well as, in 70’s era attire, disco duds, and “Star Wars” motivated costumes. It is not required, but dressing up makes the evening more fun and festive. You can solve this crime that will inspire balance and integrity by finding clues about the suspects of the “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” at these local businesses: Bag Ladies of Sequim at 161 W Washington St., Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St., Cedarbrook Lavender at 120 W Washington St., City of Sequim Civic Center at 152 W Cedar St., Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington St., Peninsula Taproom at 210 W. Washington St., Rainshadow Café at 157 W Cedar St., Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St., That Takes the Cake at 171 W Washington St., and Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St.

“Whodunnit Downtown?” 2019 suspects

Pick up your game card at any of the participating venues at 5:00 PM. Fill out your game card, and, enter it at “Whodunnit Headquarters” at Cedarbrook Lavender Farm Gift Shop at 120 W Washington St., and then be part of the prize drawing for the correct answer at 7:30 PM. No purchase necessary. Must be 21+ to win. Need not be present to win. Winner drawn by random and the first game card drawn with the correct answer wins the prizes donated by Sequim friends and local businesses. The Seventh Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” Mystery Game is co-hosted by Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm and First Friday Art Walk Sequim. You will find more details and a map at SequimArtWalk.com Can you solve this compelling mystery game? You are our only hope!

"Light thru July" by Ryoko Toyama
“Light thru July” by Ryoko Toyama

The City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) invites you to the opening of the “Illuminations” exhibit and artists’ reception 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 in the Council Chambers there is the Art Talk on the Art Walk from 5:00 to 5:45 PM, artist Ross Brown will present “What is light and how it has become the subject in current art forms”. And, then, Open Jam from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for an informal gathering of people who like to make music! This is not an open mic event, but a True Jam meaning that we will all be playing the same song as a group.  The music with lyrics and chords will be provided. Any acoustical instruments are welcome, and if nothing else, bring your voice and a tambourine. 

roasted chestnuts

Design2Scan3D and Dungeness Chestnuts are teaming up at the Spruce Building, 207 W Spruce Street for the Sequim Art Walk.  Design2Scan3D will demonstrate how to create a stoneware platter using press molds and stamps created and printed in-house. Tools, stamps, and ceramics will be available for sale in the studio as well. Dungeness Chestnuts will welcome the New Year by hosting a chestnut roasting demonstration followed by chestnut sampling for those who’d like to try a roasted chestnut. There is a limited quantity of fresh and frozen chestnuts available for sale.

"Vessel I" by Mike McCollum
“Vessel I” by Mike McCollum

The Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. presents the gallery’s Second Juried Show and this time the show is focused on three dimensional art. The gallery had Mike McCollum, distinguished artist and art educator, as the juror. Mike McCollum stated, “The sculptures that were submitted were interesting, and in some cases very exciting. There was an overall sense of good craftsmanship and attention to detail. There was a wide selection of motifs and subject matter, ranging from figurative to abstract. There were varied materials used from wood to glass. All in all the sculptures I chose to be included in the exhibit offered an interesting and personal cross-section of 3-D art.” The artists in the show are John Bertholl, John Blackburn, Dale Blankenship, Ross Brown, Dia Calhoun, Linda Collins Chapman, Kathey Ervin, Susan Gansert Shaw, David Johannessohn, James Klein, Randy Raddock, Claudia Serafin, Chawn Vance, Sidney Westenskow, and Steve Wry.

paintings by Makayla DeScala

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts visual artist and designer Makayla DeScala. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she gains inspiration from the diverse and rugged landscape around her, drawing parallels between events in nature, like storms and seasons, with the human experience. Her newest collection of paintings will be featured at Wind Rose Cellars December-February and is a focused work on environmental cloudscapes. She explores variations in shape, tone, color and texture with the intent to showcase how they can alter and/or create mood and atmosphere. Primarily a painter working with acrylic paints and mediums, her pieces have been described as colorful and expressive. Simplicity, movement and color remain at the center of her work, making her collections versatile and desirable for various tastes. A graduate of Peninsula College’s Multimedia program, Makayla credits the skills she learned there as well as the relationships she formed, as being crucial to her success as an artist. She currently sits on the Multimedia advisory board as a way to give back and encourage a new generation of creatives. 

Crushwater
Crushwater

Starting at 7:00 PM at Wind Rose Cellars, live music with Crushwater who draw upon diverse musical influences in rock, punk, indie, folk, Latin, and Americana music to create original, high-energy rock filled with soaring melodies and unique lyrics.

Rainshadow Cafe at 157 W Cedar St. is hosting a musical performance by Olympic Generations (OGz). 

Patty Davis

Olympic Theatre Arts welcomes Patty Davis leading an evening of Karaoke at 5:30 PM at 414 N Sequim Avenue. According to the Huffington Post, “Karaoke is a Japanese word which means ’empty orchestra’, but there’s nothing empty about it.”Join professional singer and performer Patty Davis for a fabulous evening of Karaoke. Bring your voice and let’s have fun! First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

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.

January is Silver
January 2012 – Art Walk Color Theme was SILVER!

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Friendly and Glittery Gold and Festive Theme for December 6 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

Friendly and Glittery Gold and Festive Theme for December 6 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

December 6 Art Walk Color Theme is GOLD and all that glimmers brilliantly! Gold is the color of our star Sol as we celebrate the Winter Solstice and the return of the sun during December. The impressive, shiny color of gold represents radiant friendships, admiration, prosperity, superb festivities, rekindled optimism, kindhearted deeds, and lifelong fellowships. As you enjoy an evening on the town with family, friends, and guests who join our welcoming community, you will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of gold or glittery interpretations of this festive time of year to celebrate happiness, harmony, and hope. Enjoy the Holiday Stroll among the downtown venues and visit with Santa!

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 on December 6:

Several of our First Friday Art Walk Sequim venues are part of the Sequim Holiday Stroll and Sale happening from 4 to 7 as well. This includes a jolly photo-op with Santa & Mrs. Clause and free candy canes at Forage Gifts &  Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington St. Gather “Night Before Christmas” books signed by Santa from Dungeness Kids Co. at 163 W Washington St. Play “Elk on the Shelf” throughout town and visit Santa’s Reindeer at Coastal Farm & Ranch.

Rainshadow Cafe at 157 W Cedar St. is participating in the Holiday Stroll with giving away mini hot chocolate sippers and hosting live music with “Bread and Gravy” from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 

The City of Sequim and the City Arts Advisory Commission invite the public to the Sequim Civic Center for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Reception and “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. 

“The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber's Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean's Most Beautiful Stones” by Mary Beth Beuke
“The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber’s Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones” by Mary Beth Beuke

That Takes The Cake at 171 W Washington St. is hosting the Sequim Creatives and Educators Book Signing with Mary Beth Beuke, Renne Emiko Brock, Kelly Griffith, Marina Shipova, and Lara E. Starcevich from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. At this book buying and signing event, you will discover “The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Beach Comber’s Edition: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones” by Mary Beth Beuke with expert advice for first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters who want to learn more—from California to Cape Cod, from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Northwest, and around the world.

“action-packed superheroes: your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers” by Renne Emiko Brock
“action-packed superheroes: your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers” by Renne Emiko Brock

“action-packed superheroes: your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers” by Renne Emiko Brock teaches through color and action how to communicate your unique, authentic motivation, zeal, and mission to be productive, successful, and encouraging superhero.

"After Words" by Kelly Griffith
“After Words” by Kelly Griffith

“After Words: Cultivating peace, purpose and beauty in the aftermath of tragedy” by Kelly Griffith recounts her family’s difficult and remarkable journey from grief and new normal to happiness and gratitude.

“Fine Art Photography” by Marina Shipova

“Fine Art Photography”, “The Art of Steampunk – Every Picture Tells a Story”, and “The Art of Fantasy – Whimsical Fairytale Illustrations” by Marina Shipova and she says “. Classic art has always been the anchor and core of my artistic journey. I find myself in a world where the digital canvas is infinitely flexible, a conduit for limitless possibilities, upended in multiple dimensions and unified by apps and technologies.”

“The Lost and Unfortunately Found Erotic Memoirs of Flora Ludmilla” by Lara E. Starcevich

by Lara E. Starcevich “The Lost (and unfortunately found) Erotic Memoirs of Flora Ludmilla: by Flora Ludmilla” by Lara E. Starcevich is a lark in this ‘tell-all’ expose of epic proportions, Flora Ludmilla bares all in this seething, self-pleasuring confessional that pushes the envelope of good taste. You can learn a lot from these local authors. Brock, Griffith, Shipova, and Starcevich teach and work at Peninsula College, including art, multimedia, and drama, and Beuke travels the world to teach about sea glass treasures. Their books can delight your eyes, tickle your funny bone, tug at your heartstrings, and inspire your soul. Also, get artistic cupcake treats at the award-winning That Takes The Cake while you stroll on the Art Walk.

Makayla DeScala painting collage
Makayla DeScala painting collage

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts visual artist and designer Makayla DeScala. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she gains inspiration from the diverse and rugged landscape around her, drawing parallels between events in nature, like storms and seasons, with the human experience. Her newest collection of paintings will be featured at Wind Rose Cellars December-February and is a focused work on environmental cloudscapes. She explores variations in shape, tone, color and texture with the intent to showcase how they can alter and/or create mood and atmosphere. Primarily a painter working with acrylic paints and mediums, her pieces have been described as colorful and expressive. Simplicity, movement and color remain at the center of her work, making her collections versatile and desirable for various tastes. A graduate of Peninsula College’s Multimedia program, Makayla credits the skills she learned there as well as the relationships she formed, as being crucial to her success as an artist. She currently sits on the Multimedia advisory board as a way to give back and encourage a new generation of creatives. 

Xmas by Terri Biondolino
“Xmas” by Terri Biondolino

At 129 W Washington St, the Blue Whole Gallery’s exhibition is inspired by the Beatles, John Lennon classic song IMAGINE. Calling on their wealth of imagination for their works, the artists of the Blue Whole Gallery will display in this group show. All the members will be Co-curators, Lynne Armstrong and Mary Franchini, have worked together curating the gallery and sharing ideas and creative endeavors for many years. Enjoy the exciting windows curated by two veteran artists. The community is invited to the free opening reception. Meet the artists, check the Gift Gallery, and participate in a surprise raffle

Design2Scan3D and Dungeness Chestnuts are teaming up at the Spruce Building, 207 W Spruce Street for the Sequim Art Walk.  Design2Scan3D will host a holiday bazaar in the studio featuring unique stoneware gift items under $10. Dungeness Chestnuts will offer both roasted and fresh chestnuts for sale as well as our popular Chestnut Crunch Caramel Corn that sold out during last month’s Art Walk. Stop by and shop their unique gifts and try something new.

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

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. 

Olympic Theatre Arts welcomes Cheryl Bell and Jason Paul for an evening of musical variety at 5:30 PM at 414 N Sequim Avenue. Cheryl Bell has always loved singing and is enjoying bringing her sultry, provocative vocals to many musical styles. You can follow her on Facebook at Cheryl Bell Vocalist. Jason Paul is a guitarist and vocalist. Since moving to the Olympic Peninsula his musical talents include classical, jazz, pop, country, and rock & roll. He performs as a soloist and in concert with fellow musical talent here on the Olympic Peninsula. From Latin to Country these two perform an entertaining blend of music you are sure to enjoy! First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

“The Yellow Brick Road Scarf” by Jan Tatom

Sequim Museum & Arts at 175 W Cedar St. hosts a fiber art exhibition by Jan Tatom and is featuring four Sequim authors book signing and. The local authors are Iconic Pioneer Photographer Ross Hamilton, Katherine Vollenweider, Barbara Paschal, and Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall.

Jan Tatom is a local fiber artist who is ever inspired by the spectacular colors and textures of nature. Whether it’s the incredible colors of the seasons, or the snow-capped Olympic Mountains, nature is always providing a wonderland of texture and color that Jan loves to mimic in her artistic creations. Her artistry is expressed in the form of wearable art, including hand-woven, knitted, and felted items; garments constructed from purchased fabrics; wall hangings; and utilitarian art.

Katherine Vollenweider joins the Sequim Museum crew and will be aboard to sign her book, “Images of America, Sequim – Dungeness Valley”. This book presents our local history as a continuum – through the people, the natural resources, and how both have contributed to the communities we see today. Meticulously researched, methodically cited, and imminently quotable, Vollenweider reveals the origins and roles of locations, dates, places, and names that are almost forgotten except on vintage maps. Always looking for the answers, she shows how commerce and development linked to create an economy. In her research, Vollenweider unearthed the mystery as to how and by whom New Dungeness was initially funded and the true people who commissioned the Dungeness Wharf.  All of this material became available in the early 2000’s due to digitizing of newspapers, books, government records and more. Katherine was the Sequim Museum & Arts Registrar from 2002 -2004, its’ Director from 2004 – 2010; started the Sequim Archives at the museum; serves as an Advisor to  the Museum Board of Trustees; Seattle Power Squadron grant writer; and has recently started assembling maritime photography of vessels and fisheries of the last 40 years. 

Barbara Paschal has written two Children’s Books: “Stampy and Friends” and ” Stories for Stampy”. Combined in the two volumes she has written 15 short gentle tales of animals from giraffes to puppies to ladybugs as well as small children. The two books are illustrated with 150 of Barbara’s original colorful and imaginative watercolor paintings. They were originally written for a wonderful child she was helping at the Sequim Boys and Girls Club. Barbara named the Teddy Bear on the cover and in some of the stories “Stampy”.  Barbara is a retired Physical Therapist and love’s watercolor painting, writing and helping others in the community. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her books so they may be enjoyed by other children and help them with reading.

Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall, great granddaughter of one of the first to discover the Olympic Hot Springs, authored a book of the history of this local phenomenon. Beautiful old pictures are on every page giving the reader a clear view of the area and its development. The resort remains strongly in our memories and the hot water still bubbles out of the ground.

2019 “Whodunnit Downtown?”

Be prepared for the 2020 Seventh Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Disco Trophy Hustle” Mystery Game is a fun-filled evening where visitors engage with suspects and collect the clues about them at various venues to solve the crime for a chance to win a prize during the January 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. The mystery game is set in 1977 on New Year’s Eve and is Co-Hosted by Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm and Renne Emiko Brock. Visitors and sleuths to the “Whodunnit Downtown?” and Sequim Art Walk are encouraged to dress in the theme colors of silver, black, and white, as well as, in 70’s era attire, disco duds, and Star Wars motivated costumes. It is not required, but dressing up makes the evening more fun and festive. Discover details at SequimArtWalk.com closer to game time in January. Can you solve this mystery?

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!

Orange Themed October 4 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Full of Fiber, Flight, and Fall Colors

Orange Themed October 4 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Full of Fiber, Flight, and Fall Colors

October 4 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.

Special Events for October 4:

“Geometry In Textiles” by Betty Cook – red, Nancy Wilcox – orange, Mary Ann Clayton – yellow, Peggy St. George – green, Janet Green – blue, and Anne Davies – purple

The 14th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, an interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities Oct 4-6, starts at the Sequim Art Walk at the NEW Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave. “Irresistible Aesthetics – Beauty, Absorption, & Ideology” is a juried 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.

“Night Wave” by Estelle Jackson
“Changing Seasons” by Stan Green

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.

“Noble Rust” by Liisa Fagerlund
“Climate Change Quilt” by Patti Pattison

Discover more about the 14th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival in Sequim WA is October 4 – 6, 2019 at http://fiberartsfestival.org Join us for this 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, lecture, and information about local fiber activities, groups, businesses, and instructional resources.

Jazzy Judy

Sequim Museum and Arts will feature vocalist Jazzy Judy. A recognized singer, songwriter and author, Judy loves to sing classics in various genres that you will no doubt recognize. Judy has performed in the greater Seattle area for a variety of events and she continues to perform for seasonal functions in Sequim. Come and have fun and bring back some great memories. Several of her CDs will also be available for purchase, proceeds to be donated to the museum.

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.

“Dawning “by Priscilla Patterson
“The Raven’s Attilier Common Raven” by Joyce Volmut

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features “Wings!” with painter Priscilla Patterson and sculptor Joyce Volmut. Priscilla describes the front windows, “Incorporating the man-made with the natural, we have entered a world where, with birds of the air, we can leave the ground for pleasure, commerce and aid to others.” For more than 30 years, award-winning artist Priscilla Patterson has focused on the field of aviation art. A member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, Canadian Aviation Artists Association, and the Coast Guard and Air Force Art programs, her work is found in numerous collections including the United States Pentagon. In collaboration with Joyce Volmut’s bird carvings for October’s window, the artists decided on a theme of “Wings,” with Patterson adding helicopters to keep with the feeling of flight. Incorporating the man-made with the natural, we have entered a world where, with birds of the air, we can leave the ground for pleasure, commerce and aid to others. To quote Orville Wright, “The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.” Priscilla Patterson has written a book entitled, “Fences: An Illustrated Journey,” created two vocal CDs and also holds a certification in composite drawing for law enforcement. Joyce states, “I originally believed I would only carve the lives of saints but birds took hold of me.  Birds bring people together.  My joy is capturing their moment in time when they show all their spark, their enthusiasm for life and the spectrum of their wonder.”

Rainshadow Cafe at 157 W Cedar St. has live music with Free Rangers 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This duo consisting of Locos Only guitarist/singer/songwriter Kevin Lee Magner and former Pies on the Run member Steve Lopes on bass and mandolin playing music to soothe your soul, rile you up, pluck your your heartstrings, and spin an epic tale, all in a single evening. They tamper with old classics and still stealthily sneak in a few of their own compositions at every opportunity, making for a fun and lively time.

3D Bonsai

Design2Scan3D and Dungeness Chestnuts are teaming up at the Spruce Building, 207 W. Spruce Street in Sequim. Help the farm prepare for their first annual chestnut roast in November by making a stoneware chestnut tasting dish in October—while supplies last. No experience or purchase necessary. Signed waiver required. Dishes will be glazed, kiln-fired and used to serve roasted chestnuts at the Friday, November 1st roast. Individuals may purchase their dish at a discount on day of roast. Check out their collaborations with other artists and authors from past Sequim Art Walk in the studio too. 

“Spring Vinyard in Provence” by Catherine Mix

Local artist and teacher Catherine Mix will have a one woman show at the Pacific Pantry at 229 S Sequim Ave. Catherine states, “I paint in watercolor, pastel, or oil paint to capture the fascinating patterns of light and shadow on a person or an object.  I paint to revel in color and texture, for the satisfaction of solving a complex problem, and for the joy of creating an original work of art. Here on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, we are spoiled for choice with spectacular vistas of mountains, water, forests, fields, gardens, and wildlife and I am always excited to paint these subjects. Much of the work for this show was painted en plein-air which means in the open air.”

“Giraffes in the Paintbox” by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

The City of Sequim and the City Arts Advisory Commission invite the public to enjoy and participate in their Open Jam – an informal gathering of people who like to make music from 5:30 to 7:30PM at 152 W Cedar St. All acoustic instruments are welcome plus singers, keyboards, practice basses, and other electronic instruments. If you’d like to play certain songs, please bring multiple paper copies of songs or pdf files. Also enjoy the City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) for the opening of the “Tie One On” exhibit and artist reception. 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. Art Talk on the Art Walk: Organizer, Cherry Bibler, will give an overview of the Olympic Peninsula Wearable Art Show planned for August 1, 2020 at the Sequim Boys and Girls Club. This will be a gala fashion show featuring original designs created by talented artists, seamstresses, or fashionistas. The show will celebrate creativity, encourage recycling, support youth interest and include entries from a variety of niches. Having a long background in sewing as a hobby, Cherry immediately became interested in participating as an artist in the show. Cherry and a small but powerful volunteer group are now spearheading the debut of an Olympic Peninsula Wearable Art Show to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. 

Sequim Library at 630 N Sequim Ave. presents “Ocean Arts” exhibit features the work of regional artists and Seattle band Pearl Django with their Hot Club swing starting at 6:30 PM. Limited copies of The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery will be available, kicking off a month-long Clallam County Reads program featuring the marine science title.  With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.  The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Refreshments will be served and limited library services will be available during this free after-hours event.

Visit Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington St. featuring author Susan Gibbons-Wolf with her book “P.S. Boats Around the Puget Sound”. It is a delightful rhyming, bilingual children’s book about boats with beautiful watercolor illustrations of Pacific Northwest Scenes. Come by, chat with the author and have a booked signed just in time for Christmas.

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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Painting by Catherine Mix of mountains and a Sequim barn

Inspire Your Creative Side with the Educational and Imaginative Blue Theme for the September 6 Sequim First Friday Art Walk

September 6 Art Walk Color Theme is BLUE! The color blue relates to creativity, imagination, inventive inspiration, thoughtful research, and reliable community-minded achievement. Like the sky, lofty and ambitious blue can be dreamy, peaceful, and hopeful, yet it also is strong and honest full of productivity, responsibility, and constructing alliances. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of blue or representations of lofty and loyal aspirations 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.

Special events for September 6:

Design2Scan3D will continue their local author series this month and feature Beverly Hoffman who will be reading from her book, “Creating a Pause…Changing an Ordinary Moment to the Sacred.” Within the book are 24 vignettes showing how a person has the opportunity to transform that moment.  The suggestions are neither labor-intensive nor costly.  She’ll be reading from the chapter on Creating Art. After the reading, Beverly and Chris Kresa, owner of Design2Scan3D, will create a ceramic art piece together in the studio.

Painting by Catherine Mix of mountains and a Sequim barn
Painting by Catherine Mix

Local artist and teacher Catherine Mix will have a one woman show at the Pacific Pantry at 229 S Sequim Ave. Catherine states, “I paint in watercolor, pastel, or oil paint to capture the fascinating patterns of light and shadow on a person or an object.  I paint to revel in color and texture, for the satisfaction of solving a complex problem, and for the joy of creating an original work of art. Here on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, we are spoiled for choice with spectacular vistas of mountains, water, forests, fields, gardens, and wildlife and I am always excited to paint these subjects. Much of the work for this show was painted en plein-air which means in the open air.”

"Wolf" by Barbara Lippert
“Wolf” by Barbara Lippert

New Location! Now visit the Sequim Museum and Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue in their new location! The Sequim Museum and Arts presents “Out of the Forest” photography exhibition by the Olympic Peaks Camera Club. The club’s mission is to promote interest and enhance skill in photography among friends.

Also at the Sequim Museum and Arts, Al Harris, Ed Donohue, and Elaine Gardner-Morales will be playing music during the Opening Night Reception for the Olympic Peaks Camera Club exhibition “From the Forest”. Al Harris is a music producer and is the piano player for the Dukes of Dabob, Chez Jazz (Sarah Shea), Jessie Lee, and has played at Stymie’s, 7 Cedars, The Cellar Door, OTA and various other venues. He’s currently the director for the Port Angeles Symphony’s Adventures in Music program. Ed Donohue (trumpet, flugelhorn) has toured with the jazz group “Abraxis” and has also performed with Clark Terry, Ethel Ennis, Mark Murphy, Phil Woods, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Bobby Shew and Shelly Manne. He’s in high demand for various groups on the Peninsula and currently teaches band at several Port Angeles schools. Elaine Gardner-Morales is the bass player for the Olympic Express big band and for the Dukes of Dabob. She’s also the Peninsula College director of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble classes.

Ches Ferguson by Carol Pope
Ches Ferguson by Carol Pope

Rainshadow Café at 157 W Cedar St. has live music with Ches Ferguson along with locally roasted coffee, Northwest craft beer, wine, and cheese platter’s and charcuterie plates. The music of Ches Ferguson has been described as folkadelic groove for your soul. He will take you on a musical adventure, weaving originals, covers and improvisational journeys on guitar, flute and mesmerizing vocals.

“Finn” by Sally Cays
"Raw Flowers" by Debbie Cain
“Raw Flowers” by Debbie Cain

At 129 W Washington St, Blue Whole Gallery’s exhibition “Autumn bloom” features gourd artist Debbie Cain and painter Sally Cays. Debbie states, “When I did my first gourd about 16 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.” Sally Cays is well known and frequently commissioned to do portraits of people and pets, many of which will be on display at the gallery. A well-liked teacher, Sally is planning a workshop to teach “Portraits of Children” for later this year. Ever since she was very young, Sally has had the ability to capture what she considers the “essence” of a personality in her paintings.  This is why, with few exceptions, she prefers to work with and photograph the subject herself to get to know them.  Although some of her portraits are done from other people’s photos, this is a much more difficult way for her to work. 

"Storm King" by Jan Kepley
“Storm King” by Jan Kepley

Pondicherri at 119 E Washington St. will be 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.”

"Blue Salmon" by Randy Radock
“Blue Salmon” by Randy Radock

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts artist Randy Radock and live music with Bread and Gravy. Randy, who is a block printer and photographer, shares about his work, “I print on a variety of materials including tapa, slate, papyrus and handmade papers collected on world travels. My photography and art reflects my interest in wildlife, North American and First Nations artistry and from my travels to the seven continents of the world.” Bread and Gravy are husband and wife team. They will be performing as a duo with a mixture of songs from the 70-90s from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Partner live music, art, and award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits at Wind Rose.

Christopher Melgar at OTA

Olympic Theatre Arts at 414 N Sequim Avenue hosts live music with Olympic Peninsula newcomer Christopher Melgar starting at 5:30 PM in the Gathering Hall. Skilled in classical guitar and violin, trumpet, vocal performance, piano, percussion, and select folk instruments, Melgar’s main focus is classical guitar. Having studied under world-renowned classical guitarist Elliot Frank, Ph.D at East Carolina University, Melgar recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelors in music education and classical guitar performance under Dr. Daniel Hull, Ph.D. Melgar is currently looking for students that are eager to share his passion for classical music through string instruments. “I plan to continue my course of studies to obtain my Masters in classical guitar performance here on the west coast,” said Melgar. “Overall, I get the most enjoyment from life when I have an opportunity to share my gift and passion for music. Knowing I can help someone find a state of happiness and enjoyment while playing music really touches my heart and soul.” First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

The City of Sequim and the City Arts Advisory Commission invite the public to enjoy and participate in their Open Jam – an informal gathering of people who like to make music from 5:30 to 7:30PM at 152 W Cedar St. All acoustic instruments are welcome plus singers, keyboards, practice basses, and other electronic instruments. If you’d like to play certain songs, please bring multiple paper copies of songs or pdf files. September is the last month for “The Beach” exhibit plus we will have another Open Jam Session from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Be sure to enjoy the last month of “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.

“Blue Souls” by 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.

Gary McMannon at the Herd Gallery in Big Elk

Special Event during the September 6 Sequim Art Walk! “The Poetry of form & color” as expressed by featured painter and poet Gary McMannon at the Herd Gallery inside the Big Elk at 707 E Washington St. Internationally inspired painting and poetry by local artist Gary McMannon will be featured within the gallery, please take this unique opportunity to view this collection of images created during his decades of travel to such diverse locales as Kentucky, Ireland, Madrid, Spain, South Africa, Wyoming, Seattle, WA, and our own Olympic Peninsula where Gary has lived for over 20 years.

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!