artists' booths on the plaza Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair

May 6 First Friday Art Walk Sequim Aqua Theme Makes a Splash Inspired by the Sequim Irrigation Festival

The Sequim Irrigation Festival’s “where water is wealth” inspires the AQUA color theme celebrating cultivation and culture during the May 6 Sequim Art Walk. The color aqua expresses responsible, sustainable elements of cool fresh water, abundant salty seas, renewing rain, and bright sunny skies. Art and music inspired by our natural resources, creativity, positive partnerships, and revolutionary ideas are included in the May First Friday Art Walk Sequim. From our inventive cultivating irrigation ditches that make our valley abundant to our future forward-thinking ideas are highlighted at the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair. Besides wearing the color theme of Aqua, everyone is encouraged to dress up in amusing and whimsical outfits for the Irrigation Festival’s “Callen Crazy Days”!

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun and free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Visit online at SequimArtWalk.com as your resource to download and print your own map, find out what special events are happening, links, and how you can be part of art.

Initiated in 2006, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is an encouraging and educational arts event that is sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

Special events for May 6:

The Irrigation Festival Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair launches the First Friday Art Walk Sequim Patron Preview along with the new Crazy Daze Breakfast for Dinner at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza at 152 West Cedar Street. The Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair celebrates creativity, inventiveness, and sustainability as we honor the innovation that turned Sequim in to a growing, productive community.

Come join us for shopping, food, Photo Ops, entertainment, demonstrations, and fun on the corner of Sequim Avenue and Cedar Street at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza. Our Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair emphasizes reusability, repurpose, and recycling, as well as, high quality hand-made craft products with the opportunity to engage directly with the artists and learn about their art practice and passion.

3 Bear Spirit by Shana Yellow Calf – Lukinich

Along with creative vendors selling handcrafted art, wares, and food, connect with neighbors, local nonprofits, and educational adventures. Visit the Innovative Reuse Spotlight and Demonstration booths to learn about DIY reuse, recycle, repurpose creations and the Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission’s public art project.

Barb Falk Diekfuss Art

Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair Artists, Food, and Nonprofit Vendors include 3D Wood Maps, 10 Buffalos Art, Aloha Smoothies, Ansley Art & Images, Artisan Sea Glass, Blue Mountain Baking Co., Bottleworks451 Recycled Material Art, Cal Sal Pies, Colibri Sustainable Living, Contour Vision LLC, Coyotesong, Designed by Meg, Dougerly Candle Co., D’s Nuts, Egg Roll Hut, Fairview Lake Studios, FOCC, hue are you?, Lil Log Cabin Creations, Lisa’s Designs, Little Green, Mary B Truly, Northwest Niche, Olympic Peninsula Authors, Olympus Hot Dogs / Gyros, Paperwings Studio, Peninsula College / Morning Star Designs, Peninsula Craft Studio, Peninsula Friends of Animals, Pop’s Sausage Grill, The Crusty Clam, Sassy Glass, Sequim Bee Farm, Sequim Botanical Garden, Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market, Smoothie Essentials, Reuse Art Spotlight with City Arts Advisory Committee, and Irrigation Festival Merchandise.

Fairview Lake Studios

Friday’s Entertainment Schedule includes Crazy Daze Community Skits from 6:00 – 7:00 PM and Sara Shea and Group from 7:00 – 8:00 PM on our performance stage. DR Callen, nicknamed Crazy Callen, was the designer of the first irrigation ditches in Sequim that took water from the Dungeness River to the Sequim Valley. Each year we honor this amazing pioneer with a breakfast – “Crazy Daze Breakfast”. No tickets are required. We welcome the whole family to join us for Crazy Daze “Breakfast for Dinner”, where we will have live entertainment, seating and tables for people to enjoy their meals and be entertained with fun skits and music.

Dharmadillo #3497 by Dan Brewer

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the exhibition “Create from Nature’s Order” featured artists are Dan Brewer a fractal artist and Dennis (Doc) Pangborn a two-dimension painter. Dan Brewer started messing around with computers in 1970.  When he stumbled upon fractals he began to explore how they are made. The early personal computers (PCs) took a painfully long time to process and render their images. A single change could take nine hours. However, as processing chips got faster and the fascinating fractal world continued to draw him back, his interest in building computers grew. Seven PCs later, newer monster computers had whittled that nine hours per change down to less than five minutes. Dan’s fractal work remains true to the generating equations. It has no layering or partial editing of color. Nor is it redrawn, touched up, or painted in or out of the computer. For Dan, fractals are templates for the imagination to play on.

“Autumn Splash” by Dennis Pangborn

Dennis (Doc) Pangborn shares, “Having been here a few years now, I continue to be amazed at all the possibilities for compositions. I have a growing fascination with clouds and skies and how best to capture them on canvas. I enjoy experimenting with various painting processes to get the results I’m looking for in my compositions. Palette knives, paint rollers, sponges, and brushes can all play a part when I paint.”

The Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue features Keith Ross, of Keith’s Frame of Mind located in Sequim WA, is widely known and respected for his wildlife photography, and for his event and portrait photography as the official photographer for the Sequim Irrigation Festival season in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Gallery. This exhibit is called “Heavy on Herons”, featuring a full gallery of framed Great Blue Heron images, along with a laser projector slide show of 283 heron images on a 10 foot big screen the museum. Keithalso captures live events like ballet and concerts, using his mastery behind the camera. His images and the story of the rescue of a pair of bald eaglets were published in Scholastic Magazine, and distributed nationally to all the schools in the country. He is also the creator and administrator of the Sequim Outdoors Facebook group, created to allow our local artists and photographers to post their work on a safe platform.

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

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

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.

Rainshadow Café is also hosting the joyfully, talented artist Sarah Necco. She shares, “I am a professional artist and photographer local to Olympic Peninsula, WA. I have been creating art my whole life and enjoy working in a variety of mediums, as well as photography and making jewelry. Most of my work is inspired by my love for flowers, nature, and landscapes. When not working on a creative project, I can be found in the garden, on a hike, or spending quality time with my family and pets!” 

Pacific Mist – Books, Cards & Gifts at 122 West Washington Street hosts By the Sea Simple Luxuries by Kathy Snoden connecting with our aqua color and water theme.

Connie Drysdale

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts The Wazoo local artists Bob Allen and Verna Allen from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. They’ll sing rock, blues and a little folk music. You might better know them as members of Black Diamond Junction. Wind Rose Cellars is also hosting Peninsula Art Friends art exhibit through the month of May. Participating members are Beverly Beighle, Connie Drysdale, Melissa Doyel, Allyne Lawson, Roger Huntley, Cecilia Olivera-Hillway, Shirley Rudolf, and Randy Washburne. Partner live music, art, and award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits at Wind Rose.

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

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

No Fooling, Blushing and Bold Pink First Friday Art Walk Sequim Color Theme on April 1

No Fooling, Blushing and Bold Pink First Friday Art Walk Sequim Color Theme on April 1

First Friday Art Walk Sequim

April 1, 2022 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Various Locations Around Sequim

SequimArtWalk.com

April 1 Art Walk Color Theme is PINK! Spring flaunts hope and high spirits with the return of bright flowers and fluttering feathered friends as April’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim bursts with PINK as the theme color that represents congenial care, productive promises, encouragement, sweet delight, supportive strength, and kind, comforting assurance. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in all spring shades of pink from strong burgundy to soft blush 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 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Visit online at SequimArtWalk.com as your resource to download and print your own map, find out what special events are happening, links, and how you can be part of art.

Initiated in 2006, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is an encouraging and educational arts event that is sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

Special events for April 1:

It’s time for BirdFest BirdQuest! You can play BirdFest-BirdQuest which runs April 1 to 30 and is sponsored by Sequim-Dungeness Chamber of Commerce. During the First Friday Art Walk, you can find these fine art feathered friends at several locations. BirdFest-BirdQuest: a fun free game for everyone that brings together high school students, merchants, and the community to support the Olympic Bird Festival and encourages shopping locally. www.OlympicBirdFest.org Find and match the bird art pieces created by Sequim High School students to the business where they are hidden. You can vote for your favorite student art piece too! Game cards available at and can be returned to each of the participating merchants and the Sequim Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center at 1192 E Washington St. by 4:00 PM April 30, 2022. Winners need not to be present for the Prize Drawings or People’s Choice Awards. Questions? 360-683-6197 or info@SequimChamber.com

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts vocal jazz artist Wendy Cassandra performing jazz standards from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Partner live music, art, and award winning artfully crafted wines and appetizing tidbits at Wind Rose.

Pacific Mist – Books, Cards & Gifts at 122 West Washington Street hosts author Ruth Marcus and artist Carol Pearson. Local poet and former Gazette columnist, Ruth Marcus, weaves art and poetry in this collection of hand-drawn mandalas and modern haiku — a lush journey into ancient-art-cum modern. Readers will find themselves in the forest, wheat fields and coastal waters. From ice fishing to meditation, Ruth weaves the spiritual and political with nature and everyday life. A beautiful gift book that weds two ancient arts. Educational and inspiring. Autographed for First Friday shoppers. Carol Pearson is the owner/artist of Lizzie Betz Jewelry (Lizzie Bets was her grandmother’s nickname). After 35 years of teaching Special and Regular Education classes, her artistic and creative talents took her into a new endeavor. Carol uses a broad collection of semi-precious gems and crystals in her jewelry making. All pieces are one of a kind, making them unique and full of personal detail. She offers customer designs at her Sequim Studio, along with her own beautiful creations in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, barrettes, decorative pins and key chains. Carol is self-taught and draws her inspiration from the nature of the spectacular Pacific Northwest. Carol’s work will be on display and available for purchase at Pacific Mist during the April First Friday Art Walk and Carol will be happy to tell you the art and history behind each of her creations.

The City Arts Advisory Commission hosts the High Schools of the Olympic Peninsula Creative Crafts & Art Exhibit at the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar Street. Please join the City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) for an Open House and Awards Ceremony for the winners of the High Schools of the Olympic Peninsula Creative Crafts and Arts Exhibit on Friday, April 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with award presentations at 5:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery at the Sequim Civic Center.

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

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

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St. has a local artist and Live Music by The OG.

“Ruby Seed Pod” by Deborah Harrison
“Robin and Nicholas” by Susan Trisko

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the exhibition “Celebrating the Natural World” with artists Deborah Harrison, mixed media sculptor, and Susan Trisko, 2D artist in painting. Sequim with blue skies, their art will help viewers to reconnect with the beauty of nature.

Deborah Harrison shares her process through a series of questions, “What inspires your creativity?  ‘Sacred Elements’, my series of watersculptures, was inspired by a dream. One morning, just as I was awakening from sleep, the image of an illuminated marble fountain flashed boldly in my consciousness. It stayed with me all day, and I could not shake the feeling that it wanted to come into physical form. Not being formally trained in the arts, it took five years of experimenting before I succeeded in crafting the dream vision. I call it the Nautilus Mandala. In time, more complex designs emerged, all with flowing water as their central element. I find the gentle sound of the water soothes the nervous system, while the dance of water and light delights the eye. Each fountain in the series features classic geometric shapes that promote harmony and a sense of well-being. Recently I have been enjoying a novel artform: layered glass sculptures. “Layering” the stained glass—a unique approach that I developed—adds complexity and depth to my pieces. When the sunlight streams through multiple layers of colored glass, their vivid hues intensify: the sculpture comes to life, sparkling and glimmering with luminosity. The precise abstract geometrics of my first pieces have given way to more organic lyrical forms such as fields of wind-swept grasses filled with budding wildflowers, seedpods bursting with jeweled ‘bead seeds’, blossoming lotuses, delicate butterflies, and—most recently—translucent cobalt blue waves of the Salish Sea.

What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? Photographing my glass sculptures is very challenging. It’s almost impossible to capture their luminosity in a photo. I find that one really needs to experience them in person.  Oh, and the cutting of the glass–as one might imagine—is really rough on the fingers! An abundant supply of band-aids is essential.

What is next for you? Is there anything you are working on right now that is exciting for you? With spring now upon us, and new life blossoming all around, I feel a surge of fresh enthusiasm. The stunning natural beauty of our little corner of the continent enchants me, and I am feeling inspired to create some layered glass sculptures in honor of the wild gorgeousness here. Now that temps are warming up, I am making my annual camping reservations. I always get excited about that. Spending time in the wilderness, breathing in the exquisite beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, is so healing to the psyche. Mother Nature is my muse!”

Susan Trisko ponders about her art practice, “I wonder: Why do we paint or draw or do any artistic endeavor? What is it that drives us to take a subject of any kind and make a representation of it to hang on the wall or on ourselves or put on a pedestal in the middle of a room? I think it is to draw attention to it, to share with others. Most of us do our work in solitude and when completed, we find ways to share with others. It is to say “Isn’t this beautiful or interesting or magnificent in some way?” 

As a child, drawing the chipmunks or deer or birds I found around my house was a way to make them mine, to hold them still.  My parents weren’t the kind of people who praised or encouraged. It wasn’t until I was in my late 20s and married to my husband that I took my first Art lessons with Sacramento artist Carole McNair. I do not remember how I met her nor how we became best friends. She was an Art teacher and we became almost inseparable. We did mall shows together throughout Northern California and that was when I sold my first paintings.

A few years later I found myself wanting to learn more.  I wanted to do portraits and I began searching for my next teacher. A friend told me about Abraham Nussbaum. Abe was Austrian and a Holocaust survivor.  He was also a famous artist. I interviewed for a spot. He taught one-on-one only and had but one opening. I studied with Abe for several years, painting in his studio and listening to his stories.  He was the kindest, wisest man I ever met, and a published poet. 

I painted absolutely every night for about 20 years. It was obsessive. In my late 30s, I felt there was more to learn and I found someone who had a lot to teach. His name was Gary Pruner in Carmichael, California. I learned a lot from him, like fading edges and blending, blending. I was in three galleries at this time, The Treasure Trove in Roseville, Ca. Delphina’s on J Street in Sacramento, and an Artists’ Coop in Sacramento. I was selling a lot of paintings.

Then it became necessary for me to go to work full-time on the second shift and I could not paint much during this next chapter of my life. I was caught up in earning a living and not very happy.

In 2003 we moved to Port Townsend, escaping Sacramento. After many health problems, I am painting again.  I am enjoying the bright colors. I love painting fur. I love painting feathers. I love exploring each subject as I paint it, discovering something new with each one. I paint beautiful things because, while there are ugly things in our world worth depicting, I choose to concentrate on the innocent and beautiful. I hope other people will enjoy looking at my paintings as much as I enjoyed painting them.”

Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington St. is showcasing artist Keith Ross with some images of Birds of the Pacific Northwest, in honor of April being Bird Month. Keith Ross, of Keith’s Frame of Mind based in Sequim WA, is widely known and respected for his wildlife photography, and for his event and portrait photography, as the official photographer for the Sequim Irrigation Festival season, and also captures live events like theater ballet, and concerts using his mastery behind the camera. He also teaches photography & editing, and has a full-service printing and framing business, providing complete unmatched quality, from the press of the shutter, to delivery of the finished products. Teamed with his wife KryzTyna, highly skilled in graphic design and photography, they offer a complete professional package for anything you need.

At Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave., artists Orval Howe, Sr., and Sammy Catii, Howe’s granddaughter, are featured. “My grandfather … helped feed his family in part by selling his paintings along Old Olympic Highway during the Depression,” Catii said. “He painted on whatever he could find, sometimes that meant paper plates or cardboard and sold for whatever a buyer was willing to pay. It was his dream that someday his paintings would hang in a museum.” Howe died in 1956, and now his grandchildren have collected many of his paintings to display, alongside Catii’s photography. “There is some fun history here and his love for nature is inspiring,” Catii said. For every dollar donated to the museum, the donator’s name will be put in a hat for a drawing at the end of the month for one of Catii’s prints. Catii is a professional photographer with a love for the outdoors. A native to Washington state, she has volunteered with Audubon and studied ornithology at Cornell University. Their artwork will be on display at Sequim Museum & Arts throughout April; hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Brad Griffith will open the historic home, Sequim’s first creamery in 1914, at 311 W Turnhere Road to share his current work. It is across the street from the Sequim Middle School as well. Enjoy his craft wood bending and “Make Tools in Schools” home studio tour. Twelve years of reinventing how to design, make, and teach NO STEAM wood bending. Come see hundreds of arts, crafts, tools, toys and furniture. Three years of making and teaching how to make small hand tools from everyday objects. Both are his way to support students learning how to work with wood and the skilled trades. www.craftstickcrafts.com

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

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

Sequim Sunshine Festival poster art by Donika Huls with elk and sun over the mountains

Grow and Glow the Green Themed March 4 First Friday Art Walk Sequim and Start of the Glowing Sequim Sunshine Festival

On March 4, 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. Look for glowing luminaries as we are also celebrating the Sequim Sunshine Festival and encourage you light up with glowing bling to honor our sunny Sequim.

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

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim has returned while respecting the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity. Please enjoy the Arts and Culture of Sequim safely. Not all venues are open fully with the slow start of the return of the evening activities of Sequim Art Walk, so please visit them when they are open.

Special Events for March 4:

The Sequim Sunshine Festival encourages people to get out, have some fun, explore our beautiful town and discover something new. Details for this two day event at https://www.visitsunnysequim.com/263/Sequim-Sunshine-Festival

These are the Friday, March 4 Sunshine Festival Events:

5:00 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting on the Civic Center Plaza at 152 W Cedar St.

5:10 p.m. – Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Heritage Presentation of “Why the Sun Always Shines in Sequim” at the Civic Center Plaza

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – First Friday Art Walk Sequim at various venues in town

Light Art by Ross Brown

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Interactive Light Experience at the Garden Clubhouse at Pioneer Memorial Park at 387 E Washington St.

Join us for this custom built interactive environment that blends art and science encouraging visitors 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. Artist Ross 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.” – Ross A. Brown, exhibit designer

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – City Arts Advisory Commission Music Jam on Civic Center Plaza

6:00 p.m. to March 5 – Play the Great Sun Hunt 2022 Scavenger Hunt.

Join the Sunshine Festival Restaurant Romp supporting local eateries and you just might win a prize! Details at https://www.visitsunnysequim.com/268/Restaurant-Romp

Showcasing the Sequim Sunshine Festival Poster Artist: Donika Huls is a graphic designer with an ethereal aesthetic that embodies her work and her art will be featured on the 2022 Sequim Sunshine Festival poster and other marketing materials. She creates her pieces hoping that they leave the viewer with a warm feeling of joy and hope. This is Donika’s first big project after graduating with a degree in Multimedia Communications from Peninsula College, and she is very excited to be creating art for the Sequim Sunshine Festival. In her free time, Donika enjoys playing video games and hanging out with her friends. Donika shares, “I wanted my art to convey what it means to live in Sequim, while also symbolizing the light and hope that the Sunshine Festival embodies.  Having an elk be one of the main parts of the image with the sun between the antlers is what really makes this art specific to Sequim’s sunshine, along with the mountain range and rolling hills in the background. The spelling of Sequim in the stars is actually a call out to the drone show from the 2020 festival, when drones spelled out the name of the town. Overall, I really wanted the art to have the joyous feeling of a sun rising on a new day, and the hope that that brings.”

Art Cards by Sarah Necco

Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington St. is showcasing joyfully, talented artist Sarah Necco. She shares, “I am a professional artist and photographer local to Olympic Peninsula, WA. I have been creating art my whole life and enjoy working in a variety of mediums, as well as photography and making jewelry. Most of my work is inspired by my love for flowers, nature, and landscapes. When not working on a creative project, I can be found in the garden, on a hike, or spending quality time with my family and pets!” 

Author Bertha Cooper

Pacific Mist – Books, Cards & Gifts at 122 West Washington Street hosts Tumble and Tide artist Pam Bauer and author Bertha Cooper during the art walk. In recognition of Women’s History Month, Pacific Mist will host local author Bertha Cooper. Cooper holds a BSN in nursing from the University of Washington. Her 50- year career as a professional advocate for quality of life and health care of the elderly bring her rare insight and experience into the aging process. Her previous book, “Old and On Hold”, addressing aging during a pandemic, has attracted many fans. Cooper’s most recent book, “Women, We Are Only Old Once”, offers “the wisdom below the years we’ve lived and the power that comes with making our own choices about our aging selves”. Cooper will be available to chat about the books and her experiences in writing. Books will be available for sale and personalized autograph by Cooper. “Best New Voice in Health & Fitness” [Phoenix Award winner 2021] and Best Indie Book Award Winner 2021

Tumble & Tide art by Pam Bauer

Bauer is a Port Townsend artist who works with the stones and shells she finds on the beach to make one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories. In particular, she makes bookmarks from shells she has collected. Because each shell is unique, each bookmark is a one-of-a-kind accessory for the book lover as well as a tangible connection to beautiful ocean ecosystems.  Tumble and Tide also offers other unique stone and shell gift items for any occasion.

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.

The City Arts Advisory Commission hosts the High Schools of the Olympic Peninsula Creative Crafts & Art Exhibit at the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar Street.

“Olympic Dandelions” by Karen Rozbicki Sringer
“Happy Dance” by John Bertholl

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the exhibition “Welcome Spring!” featured artists of March are John Bertholl, driftwood artist, and late Karen Rozbicki Stringer (1957-2021), fine art photographer. Members of the artist co-op gallery invite the community to the new exhibit in welcoming the arrival of Spring. From driftwood, nature’s gift, John Bertholl creates expressive sculptures that converse directly with viewers. Because of his love for driftwood, he applies techniques that revive the essence of the wood. Karen Rozbicki Stringer’s work is being featured in Memorium. A gallery member for eight years, she died last year after a prolonged illness. As a fine art photographer, Stringer sought to convey in her work “a sense of calm, tranquility, melancholy, rapture, or humor.” With a keen and compassionate eye, she pursued images that captured “an appreciation of the essential in all its complexity and simplicity.” A silent auction of some of her art will be held during the month of March, all proceeds of which will go to the Gallery’s Student Scholarship Fund. Included in the scholarship fundraising event will be the sale of a deeply personal and powerful tribute book of photographs by and of Karen, and poetry by Karen’s husband, Ken Stringer. Mary Franchini and Lynne Armstrong, veteran member artists will curate Karen’s exhibit.

Sherrie Cerutti
photo by Ken Kennedy

The Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue featured artists Sherrie Cerutti and Ken Kennedy in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Gallery. Sherrie has been a photographer her whole life. She started out with 35mm and eventually moved to video.  She started out freelancing for the local newspapers, the Sequim Gazette and the Peninsula Daily News, in the early 80’s. She used her Pentax K1000, which she still owns.  After graduating from Sequim High School, she went to journalism school in Seattle. Her career path took her in the direction of a news photojournalist, telling her stories with a video camera.   She spent 20 years working for several news affiliations, NBC, CBS, and ABC, where she was nominated for 12 Emmy awards. She has since retired from broadcast news after 30 years and now lives in Port Angeles.  She joined the Olympic Peaks Camera Club two years ago and has returned to her true passion, “still” photography with her Canon digital camera. The Olympic Peninsula has become her studio for landscape and wildlife photography.  She loves to chase the light and capture the moment in time. Sherrie Cerutti states, “With still photography you have one image to tell a story. May you enjoy the story I have chosen to tell.” 

Ken Kennedy shares, “I am a local photographer living in Sequim since retiring here in 2017. The Olympic Peninsula is a fantastic area to live in, as it has so many incredible photographic opportunities. My interests in photography are varied as I enjoy many different types of photography. I like hiking in Olympic National Park and the National Forest taking Landscape and Nature images. My other interests are: night photography and imaging deep sky objects, macro photography, architectural photography, and occasionally wildlife if the opportunity presents itself. Photography has been an interest since I was in High School. Today’s equipment and computer software allow you to take photos and make images that would not have been possible in the days of film. I really enjoy what you can do with images once you begin editing them in the computer.  

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

Dawn & Steve

From 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Rainshadow Café at 157 West Cedar Street has live music with Dawn & Steve. Come sing your favorite songs with a full menu and drinks to enjoy. Some dancing is encouraged too. Rainshadow Café is also hosting Mike Biskup’s art for March. mikebiskup.com

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St. has a local artist and Live Music by The OG.

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

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

February 4 Sequim Art Walk Focuses on Love and Hearts with the Red Color Theme

February 4 Sequim Art Walk Focuses on Love and Hearts with the Red Color Theme

Happy and healthy hearts are the focus of February’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim while incorporating RED as the theme color that represents love, active endeavors, increased excitement, driven leadership, and passionate affection. 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 wear 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 5:00 – 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.

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim has returned while respecting the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity. Please enjoy the Arts and Culture of Sequim safely. Not all venues are open fully with the slow start of the return of the evening activities of Sequim Art Walk, so please visit them when they are open.

Special events for February 4:

The Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue featured artist in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Gallery is Dungeness resident Steve Vogel. Now retired, former Clallam County District #3 Fire Chief, graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in fine arts. In addition, he training in Mechanical Engineering drawings enhances his strong perspective in multimedia art pieces. Steve has an affinity for nautical and historical sites, such as lighthouses, boats or other beauty on the Olympic Peninsula. He prefers to draw or paint from items that interest him rather than consigned artwork for others. Since the last art show at the Sequim Museum in 2018, he purchased an etching press, and is in the process of relearning those skills after a 44 year break to pursue printmaking. The past year, Steve created 6 etchings for his new art show and now picked up his paint brushes again to resume oil painting after a 22 year absence. 

From 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. hosts live music with TIN SANDWICH, a local duo Marty and Marilyn Kaler performing some blues along with a little rock. Also enjoy award winning artfully crafted wines, appetizing tidbits, and hosts local artists.

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

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store at 213 E Washington St. has photographer Bri Brown and Live Music by The OG. Bri Brown is a photographer and digital artist based in Port Angeles, WA. She is currently on an AmeriCorps service year with Habitat for Humanity while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. When she is not working, studying, or creating art, you can find her hanging out with some baby goats, reading self-development books, and traveling! So far, Bri has been to 49 states and 18 countries which have prompted a love of deep, earthy hues in her art. She has been involved in the artistic community since childhood having sold her first art piece when she was 8 years old for $.25 (a little clay penguin with a top hat). She has dabbled in quite a few mediums since then including painting, sculpture, and graphic design. During the start of the pandemic, she started offering custom, hand-drawn digital designs to connect with others while staying safe. Additionally, she began offering professional photoshoots with the aim of capturing life in all its vibrance and joy. She is enjoying building a business that aligns with her artistic passions! 

“THEIR WORK IS DONE” by Barbara Boerigter
“A Flush of Rose” by Jeannine Chappell

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the exhibition “Taking Chances, Breaking Rules” with Barbara Boerigter and Jeannine Chappell who create art by ‘taking chances and breaking rules’. Barb, a founding member of the artist-co-op since 1997, discovers the beauty in ‘discarded things’ and revives them into an art form while Jeannine is breaking through her well-established comfort zone into the world of abstract.

Barbara shares “’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. “

Jeannine says. “After spending many years doing representational work, especially animals, my focus has now turned to abstract painting, and I notice the differences in the process from one form to another. With the representational work, I would start from an idea and perhaps from photographs, and interpret that in the piece. With the abstract work–acrylic and mixed media on wood panels–I start from an empty place and follow the images as they build. It requires being comfortable with the unknown and trusting the process as it develops. And it also involves the back and forth between the freedom of play and the analysis of the design elements in the painting, to create a piece that shows both inspiration and structure.”

Dawn & Steve

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

During the Art Walk, the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W Cedar Street has a photographic exhibit portraying favorite story photographs of the Olympic Peninsula by Marina Shipova in the Karen Kuznek Reese Gallery. The exhibit includes a digital presentation of Shipova’s work on a big screen that can be viewed through the window of the Civic Center at any time. Shipova was selected as the Artist Fellow for the Sequim Understory Project, a placemaking program that will result in the design of Centennial Place at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street. Her work is one of the community engagement components of the project. The City Arts Advisory Commission hosts the Art All Over “Re-Use” Exhibit at the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar Street.

From 5:00 to 7:00 PM, local harpist, Clara Fredrickson, will be sharing her talents on the harp in Olympic Theatre Arts’ Gathering Hall as OTA continues its open house to all those wanting to learn more about the theatre and the many opportunities it offers. See what exciting productions OTA has coming up. And explore parts of the theatre you may have never seen before. OTA will have tours, music, and opportunities to meet OTA’s new Executive Director, David Herbelin. The wine bar will be open. Enjoy a beverage and listen to beautiful harp music this First Friday at Olympic Theatre Arts. It’s a great way to be introduced or reintroduced to OTA.   

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

Shine On! Silver Color Theme for January 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

Shine On! Silver Color Theme for January 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

Shine On! The January 7 First Friday Art Walk Sequim 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.

Silver stuff animal cat

Due to an abundance of Covid-19 caution and community care, the Eighth Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Sterling Reputation” Mystery Game is postponed to January 2023. Thank you for your support and understanding. Kitty Sterling Sterling thanks you too!

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.

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim has returned while respecting the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity. Please enjoy the Arts and Culture of Sequim safely. Not all venues are open fully with the slow start of the return of the evening activities of Sequim Art Walk, so please visit them when they are open.

Several venues will not be open January 7 extending well-earned holiday rest and revitalization. Expect them to return on February 4 with our red theme!

Special Events for January 7:

“Near Ozette” by Mary Franchini

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the exhibition “Some Old and Some New” highlighting artist and teacher Mary Franchini. From landscape to portrait, Mary approaches the subject with a fresh viewpoint, producing paintings with a lasting impression, often with symbolic elements.

“3 Pears” by Mary Franchini

Mary states, “I find myself at the beginning of a new year with the task of filling 2 windows in the Blue Whole Gallery!!  So I looked around my studio and figured that I had plenty of pieces to fill 4 windows. The collection that will be shown is a look forward and back, some way back. Some have been repainted, and some just reframed but are all mine. Over time I have used many different mediums and combined lots of them. My main medium now is probably Acrylic but others get thrown in now and then. I have had many great teachers—mostly in workshops. One thing that I loved about Robert Burridge was that he gave us a yellow piece of paper with big black PERMISSION printed on it. I took that permission to heart and felt free to paint whatever I wanted, and how I wanted, at any given time.”

Buttercup Lane from left to right in the picture: Mike Johnson, Diane Johnson, Rodger Bigelow, Dave Keyte and Joe D’entrone.

Olympic Theatre Arts Center at 414 N Sequim Avenue has Buttercup Lane performing all shiny and delighted to play for you! Mike Johnson shares, “One of the neat things about playing for the First Friday Art Walk at the Olympic Theater is that we have the opportunity to enhance the Buttercup Lane wardrobe. The guys in the group wear color matching long-sleeve dress shirts and Diane wears a color matching blouse or scarf. Since the Art Walk has a different color theme for each month, and since this is our seventh time to do the show, our wardrobe now boasts of  red, blue, green, white, yellow, orange and for the month of January, silver dress shirts – we’re really styling.”

Buttercup Lane is a cover band. Although we have written some original material, our primary focus is to cover some of our favorite music from several different genres. We would be hard pressed to be just a country band or just a jazz band as we love music from a variety of sources including classic rock and roll, big band swing, blues, pop, and yes, country and jazz.

The folks that make up Buttercup Lane are Mike and Diane Johnson, Rodger Bigelow, Dave Keyte and Joe D’entrone, all local Sequim residents. Each has an extensive background in music. Playing as a group for the past six years at various venues throughout the Olympic Peninsula, we see ourselves as messengers of our shared experience. We hope that audiences are intrigued and uplifted by our playing, singing and banter and that the fun we have creates a few shared experiences for them as well.

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

Thank you very much, Renne

Silver stuff animal cat

“Whodunnit Downtown?” Mystery Game Postponed to 2023

Due to an abundance of Covid-19 caution and community care, the Eighth Annual “Whodunnit Downtown? – The Case of the Sterling Reputation” Mystery Game is postponed to January 2023.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Kitty Sterling Sterling thanks you too!

We do aim to have a January 7, 2022 First Friday Art Walk Sequim.

#sequimbff

Glimmering Hope with Gold Theme for December 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

Glimmering Hope with Gold Theme for December 3 First Friday Art Walk Sequim

First Friday Art Walk Sequim

December 3, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Various Venues in Sequim WA

SequimArtWalk.com

December 3 Art Walk Color Theme is GOLD and all that glimmers brightly! 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.

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim has returned while respecting the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity. Please enjoy the Arts and Culture of Sequim safely. We are starting out small. Not all venues are open fully with the slow start of the return of the evening activities of Sequim Art Walk, so please visit them when they are open.

Special Events December 3:

“A Childhood Friend” by Gretchen Sotebeer
“Look at that Teal Cabin!!” by Shirley Rudolf
“Blue Hydrangeas” by Allyne Lawson

The Olympic Peninsula Art Association invites you to their Winter Members’ Art Show & Sale Fundraiser Opening at Sequim Museum & Arts at 544 N Sequim Avenue. The annual Members’ Art Show & Sale demonstrates both the variety of media interests and the diversity in artistic talents of OPAA’s membership. The show runs December 3-22 and January 19-31. Olympic Peninsula Art Association, OPAA (formerly Sequim Arts) is a non-profit arts organization located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State since 1969. OPAA provides a forum where artists encourage each other and promote the understanding and appreciation of art for the benefit of members and the community by means of meetings, exhibits, demonstrations, newsletter, and various other educational programs. Olympic Peninsula Art Association invites you visit their live and online Members’ show at https://opaagroup.org and their fundraiser auction site at https://2021membershow.opaashow.org

During the Art Walk, the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W Cedar Street has a photographic exhibit portraying favorite story photographs of the Olympic Peninsula by Marina Shipova now through January 2022 in the Karen Kuznek Reese Gallery. The exhibit includes a digital presentation of Shipova’s work on a big screen that can be viewed through the window of the Civic Center at any time. Shipova was selected as the Artist Fellow for the Sequim Understory Project, a placemaking program that will result in the design of Centennial Place at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street. Her work is one of the community engagement components of the project. Also in the Civic Center, all fourth grade or nine-year-old students in the Sequim School District, private schools and home schooled, are invited to create an ornament to decorate the holiday tree that will be displayed from December 3, 2021, through the first of January 2022. The theme for all student-created ornaments is The Importance of Kindness. The Civic Center hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

“Rialto Beach” by Julie Senfb
“Almost Ripe” by Lynne Armstrong
“Sunrays (fractal)” by Dan Brewer

Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. features the group show “Celebrating the Light” welcoming the holiday season in their front windows. From an illuminated layered glass sculpture to diverse paintings and whimsical pottery, artists depict the mystery of light in fine art form. In addition, the annual Gift Gallery, a special holiday display, is showcased in the main gallery for December. Members of the gallery welcome the community to our Holiday group show. Marilynn Evans, the president of the gallery, will curate the show. She 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. An 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.  A celebration of light comes in many versions: light a path; light a candle; shed light on an idea; light encourages hope.

“tiger moth” handprint by Jaiden Dokken Isabella
“portrait of a weensy creature” handprint by Jaiden Dokken

Pacific Pantry at 229 S Sequim Avenue is open until 7:00 PM and featuring talented artist Jaiden Dokken.

plant stakes by Jean Wyatt

Pacific Mist Bookstore at 122 W. Washington hosts two amazing artists as they pursue the goal of artistry where it exists. Christina and Charles founded “We Do Fudge” in Sequim in April 2013. In addition to offering a huge variety of delicious fudge flavors Christina created a new product in 2018 … you just can’t stop eating “Cashew Delight”.  We Do Fudge will be offering samples and a variety of fudge for the special people on your Christmas gift list. Jean Wyatt is a Sequim artist who 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. These journals are covered with decorative papers or fabrics and filled with hand-torn paper to capture the thoughts or drawings of its owner. Stop by Pacific Mist during the December First Friday Art Walk to see her newest creation – plant stakes! Colorful additions for home or office guaranteed to brighten your day!

Wind Rose Cellars at 143 W Washington St. enjoy award winning crafted wines, appetizing tidbits, and hosts local watercolorists in December. Participating Art Friends artists are Beverly Beighle, Connie Drysdale, Melissa Doyel, Wendy Goldberg, Eva Hidalgo, Roger Huntley, Allyne Lawson, Jerri Moore, Shirley Rudolf, and Randy Washburne.

Olympic Theatre Arts Center at 414 N Sequim Avenue has two events happening during the Art Walk! Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Strummers (OPUS) will be playing in OTA’s newly revamped Gathering Hall on Friday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM. OPUS is a musical group sourced from of 40+ ukulele players entertaining their way across the northern peninsula. “While learning to play the ukulele brought us together originally,” says group organizer Mike Bare. “It’s the meeting with friends and singing that keeps the group alive. Most of our songs come from the 1940’s thru the 1960’s. Songs that we grew up hearing and singing.

A single night can change everything. Olympic Theatre Arts Center at 414 N Sequim Avenue has a 7:30 PM performance of “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play”, adapted for the stage by Joe Landry, music by Kevin Connors, directed by Olivia Shea. We return to the timeless Dickens classic told from the set of a 1940’s radio broadcast! Relive your favorite holiday ghostly tale that reminds us how kindness and compassion make all the difference. You can buy tickets for performances December 2-19 online at https://www.olympictheatrearts.org/ or contact them directly at (360) 683-7326.

A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe at 225 E. Washington St. will display works by the Peninsula Art Quilters, pieces that correspond with the monthly color theme. Each of the four featured quilts in the exhibit, “Collaboration,” were designed and mastered by multiple members of this local group. A Stitch in Time encourages people, if they have a quilt they made that coincides with the color designated for the Art Walk, to drop them off at their shop the day of the walk with their label and info attached to their quilt. (Note: this is the final chance to buy raffle tickets for the 2021 Sunbonnet Sue annual quilt; the drawing is set for Dec. 8.) 

Sequim Spice and Tea at 139 W Washington St. has artful, creative tea blends, colorful and fun tea pots and cups, and festive 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.

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

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

Please join our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk Thank you very much!

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

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

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

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun and free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Visit online at SequimArtWalk.com as your resource to download and print your own map, find out what special events are happening, links, and how you can be part of art.

Initiated in 2006, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is an encouraging and educational arts event that is sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim has returned while respecting the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity. Please enjoy the Arts and Culture of Sequim safely. We are starting out small. Not all venues are open fully with the slow start of the return of the evening activities of Sequim Art Walk, so please visit them when they are open.

Special Events for November 5:

Hand-bound Journals by Jean Wyatt

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

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

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

“Quarantine by Gloria B Skovronsky

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

“At the Junction” by Marla Varner.

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

“Chrysalis Circuitry” by Kelly Ruth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

Please join our Facebook Page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk

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

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

Celebrating 15 years of art and inclusion! October 1 Art Walk Color Theme is ORANGE! Orange is one of the brighter colors in fall as summer fades away. Orange is warm, spicy, energizing, appetizing, sweet, zesty, and inspires optimism and active participation. The hospitable hue of orange reminds us cozy fires, snuggly seasonal sweaters, nesting and organizing, friendship made out of admirable interests, delightful sweets, encouraging teachers and mentors. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of orange or spicy fall colors as they enjoy an evening on the town with friends and family.

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun and free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5 – 8 p.m. Visit online at SequimArtWalk.com as your resource to download and print your own map, find out what special events are happening, links, and how you can be part of art.

Initiated in 2006, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is an encouraging and educational arts event that is sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock. Our mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim has returned while respecting the Covid health and wellness guidelines of masks, social distancing, and limited capacity. Please enjoy the Arts and Culture of Sequim safely. We are starting out small. Not all venues are open fully with the slow start of the return of the evening activities of Sequim Art Walk, so please visit them when they are open.

Special Events for October 1:

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

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

“The Quietude of Thrums” by Estelle Jackson

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

“At the Junction” by Marla Varner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing, and Website, please contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com If you are an artist of any media, please get your information to Renne for publicity and opportunities. Thank you for your support!

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

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

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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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