December 2 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Color Theme is GOLD and all that glimmers brightly from 5:00 to 8:00 PM!
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 superb festivities, admiration, prosperity, 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.
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 on December 2:
Juan de Fuca Harmony will be singing Christmas songs and carols around downtown. Juan de Fuca Harmony (formerly the Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus) recently became a mixed group and changed the chorus’s name to be welcoming to both women and men. The chorus has been gathering and singing around the Peninsula since 1983. The group is always looking for men and women who like to sing. The group is open to anyone who has an interest in learning to sing a cappella 4-part harmony regardless of age or prior singing experience. Juan de Fuca Harmony rehearses Tuesday evenings in the Sunland Golf Club Ballroom from 6:30pm – 8:30 PM. If you are interested, you can come by, listen, and see what they are about. For more into visit www.juandefucaharmony.org
Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features “All I Want for Christmas is…” Welcoming the holiday season, members of the gallery will fill the December windows with their wish-list artwork, from realistic to romantic with a touch of humor and joyous spirit. Barbara (Barb) Boerigter, a founding member, is busy curating this end-of-the-year group show, assisted by veteran artists, Janet Piccola and Mary Franchini. In addition, the annual Gift Gallery with a special holiday display is showcased in the main galley for December.
Barbara Boerigter states, “‘What are you going to do with THAT?’ My husband has asked me this when I’d bring home another ‘dumpster’ treasure and put it in my studio—which is overflowing with stuff! The answer, as I’d shake my head, would be ‘I don’t know’. And there it would sit with all the other stuff in a found object sculptor’s treasure chest. There are no boundaries when working with existing objects and this means lateral thinking, no literal. Finding beauty in discarded things that have had a previous life gives me great satisfaction. And I can sometimes give them another one.”
Pacific Mist – Books, Cards & Gifts at 122 West Washington Street hosts Sequim artists Renne Emiko Brock, Diane Fatzinger, and Jean Wyatt. Renne Emiko Brock of “hue are you?” encourages, educates, and empowers people with color. Her book, “action-packed superheroes: your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers”, combines her lifetime of research and artmaking into a creative system to inspire people through color theory, transformative lessons, and confidence to articulate your passion to be your best self. Learn to use color communication, creativity, integrity, and fortitude because your intent and your action is how people appreciate you. Along with her book, Renne will have colorful superhero scarves / capes and gifts for the superhero in us all.
Diane Fatzinger of Sticks ‘n Stones will have her original handmade art created using pebbles, driftwood, twigs, ferns, shells, and seaglass. Diane shares, “I like simplicity and I try to carry that over into my art. All my items are original and made with one-of-a-kind pieces hand-picked and hand-placed by me.”
Jean Wyatt of J Wyatt Art loves color and has a whimsical/story like style. 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. In recent years Jean has become immersed in the making of books, journals and boxes – unique gifts perfect for family, friends or a special treat for yourself.
Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue hosts the Olympic Peninsula Art Association Members’ Art Show in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Art Gallery. The annual Members’ Art Show & Sale runs December and January and demonstrates both the variety of media interests and the diversity in artistic talents of OPAA’s membership. Olympic Peninsula Art Association, OPAA (formerly Sequim Arts) is a nonprofit art 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.
At 5:00 PM, City of Sequim and the City Arts Advisory Commission Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Reception at the Sequim Civic Center, located at 152 W. Cedar Street. The holiday tree will be decorated with ornaments created by local 4th grade students and there will be a reading some of the messages the 4th graders have written about “what brings them joy”.
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. This month, Cedarbrook hosts artist Don Hancock and you can delight in his “Kaleidoscope Art” mesmerizing acrylic poured, fluid, abstract art.
New Venue on the Sequim Art Walk! Check out Christmas Collections by Sofie’s at 123 E Washington Street. It is full of holiday décor and look for our Elk on a Shelf Game here and all over Sequim!
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.
Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington Street features amazing gift giving ideas that share how amazing our neck of the woods is. Forage is full of local artists and creations including tasty treats.
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.
Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. enjoy award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits.
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 email@example.com
If you are an artist of any media or performing artist, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities.
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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