Fiber Arts Festival and Orange Themed October 6 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

October 6, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Various Locations in Sequim

October 6 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Color Theme is ORANGE! Orange is one of the brighter colors in fall as summer fades away. Orange is warm, spicy, energizing, appetizing, sweet, zesty, and inspires optimism and active participation. The hospitable hue of orange reminds us of cozy fires, snuggly seasonal sweaters, nesting and organizing, friendship made out of admirable interests, delightful sweets, encouraging teachers and mentors. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of orange or spicy fall colors as they enjoy an evening on the town with friends and family.

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun and free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Visit online at 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 6:

The 18th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival continues including the fiber arts exhibition “Spinning Sewn Stories – Promulgate, Piece, & Ply” at the Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Ave. During the Art Walk reception, many fiber artists and fiber arts advocates will be demonstrating their passion and artistry. The 2023 fiber arts exhibition artists include Lora Armstrong, Lynn Baritelle, Renne Emiko Brock, Sam Chonko, Liisa Fagerlund, Cary Bryer Fallert-Gentry, MarySue French, Lynn Gilles, Jennifer Harris, Estelle Jackson, Debra E. Olson, Sharle Osborne, Marla Varner, and Jean Wyatt.

“Xes” by Marla Varner

“Spinning Sewn Stories – Promulgate, Piece, & Ply” is a juried fiber arts exhibition that includes the creative and pluck feats of artistic declarations that persevere over challenges and leap beyond barriers to be produced and shared. These crafty and cunning creations tempt fate and fortune to be made and demonstrate how the artist will not be deterred and knows no limits. Fiber artworks of reinforced tales and yarns are spun from momentous consequences, family ties, and patched experiences. The choices artists make, the colors, patterns, topics, and materials, are part of the destiny they design for themselves while outwardly influencing hearts and minds asserting their unique artistic message and championing imaginative expression.

“Patchwork Shroom” by Jennifer Harris

About the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival:

The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival celebrates its 18th year which always starts the first full weekend in October in Sequim and various events and locations throughout autumn. The North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is an opportunity to experience positive inclusion, creative expression, and the economic enterprise of art. Always encouraging genuine growth and artistic integrity, most activities are free to the public and all forms of fiber art are welcome. Join us for this interactive fiber arts event throughout autumn connecting to the community with activities like a museum exhibition, Fiber Arts Market of local artists’ work, and educational demonstrations of fiber processes. Excellent volunteers make this community event possible including several local fiber arts groups, artists, fiber friendly businesses, and educational organizations. We are grateful for their fostering natures and fiber arts talents.

“Mega Carotene” by Liisa Fagerlund

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Event Dates:

The “Spinning Sewn Stories – Promulgate, Piece, & Ply” exhibition is a component of the 18th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival starting Oct 6-8, 2023 at the Sequim Museum & Arts location at 544 N Sequim Ave, Sequim WA 98382. The festival includes the First Friday Art Walk Sequim on October 6, 5:00 – 8:00 PM with fiber arts demonstrations and on Saturday, October 7, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM with an exhibition opening reception 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. On November 3 during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim and on November 25 for Small Business Saturday Fiber Arts Market, engage and support local fiber artists. Many autumn fiber arts events and exhibitions happen throughout the months of September, October, and November on the Olympic Peninsula that are partnerships with the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival.

New Venue for the Sequim Art Walk! Over the Fence, a destination home and garden store, at 118 E. Washington St. is hosting one of their local makers. Jack from Cupcake Candle Co. will be joining them with some of his yummy bath and body products and woodwick candles.

“Snowy Owl 4” by Jeannine Chappell

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. has the exhibition “Baby It’s Cold Outside” as it partners with the Sequim Warming Center. Their artists recognize the need to support this worthwhile effort to provide a safe and warm environment for the people unhoused in our community or those outside during extreme cold weather events. By recognizing the Sequim Warming Center, the Blue Whole artists hope to bring awareness and understanding to their mission. Over the course of the 2022 – 2023 season, the Sequim Warming Center saw 506 total check-ins, with 102 unique clients. They anticipate more significant numbers this upcoming season than in previous years, with a projected expense of over $30,000. This includes staffing, utilities, and rental costs. The warming center also provides nonperishable food and beverages, clothing and blankets, internet service, and access for clients to connect with other outreach services and resources. Proceeds from the sale of select artwork throughout the month of October will be donated to support the Olympic Community Action Program’s Sequim Warming Center. Veteran artists Sheri Whetstine, glass artist, Janet Piccola, potter, and Jean Glaser, painter will curate the gallery windows with fine art related to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

“To Sea” by Linda Tilley

The A. Milligan Art Studio and Gallery at 520 N. Sequim Avenue hosts Guest Linda Tilley. Her exhibition in the main gallery immerses you in the serene beauty of the natural world that surrounds us. Painting primarily in oil, Linda says she is drawn to paint “en plein air”, inspired by the intensity of color, light, atmosphere and the energies of the world outside. She also uses the time she spends in nature to inform the works she creates when painting inside her studio. She’s traveled regionally and to Europe following her passion for plein air painting, continually learning and honing her skills to capture the experiences that she shares on her canvases. Over the years, this award-winning artist has had her work juried into multiple regional shows and exhibitions; and her paintings are hung in private collections across the United States. While you’re visiting the main gallery between the Olympic Theatre Arts Center and the Sequim Museum and Arts Center, take a look around the corner into Anne Milligan’s pastel studio for a sneak peek at her works in progress, and see her finished pieces on display in the digital studio.

La Petite Maison Blanche at 213 E Washington St. features artist Corinne Humphrey. Her vibrant paintings are inspired by former rescue mutts Rudy and Adobe. Like most dogs, they have much to teach us about life, love and silly exuberance if we’ll only listen. Corinne shares, “Anyone can teach their dog to sit, stay or speak, but did you ever stop to think about what your dog could teach you? ” If you haven’t strolled down to this new venue, it is worth the small walk with samples and contains local treats and uniquely curated gifts.

Wild Goddess Brews-n-Bites at 145 E Washington Street Suite D has small bites, salads, dips, and boards. Have a comfy seat and enjoy a wide selection of beverages along with delightful live music.

“The Circle of PanchaMahaBhoota” by Tami Wall

At the City of Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar Street, the City Arts Advisory Commission hosts the opening reception of “Elemental; Fire, Water, Wood, Earth, Metal, Air” on view in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery. At the same time from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, the First Friday Open Music Jam happens. Bring your acoustic instrument and/or your voice and join us for an informal gathering of people who like to make music.

Pacific Mist Books at 122 West Washington Street shares the love of reading and offers an eclectic mix of new and vintage books, cards, and gifts including local authors and artists.

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

Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington Street features local artists and inspired gifts by our state and the Olympic Peninsula.

Dawn & Steve at Rainshadow

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.

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

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

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

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 If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

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