WEEKEND: Sequim’s First Friday to put spring into art lovers’ steps

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM ­— A cherry-blossom pink color theme, the BirdQuest matching game and other Olympic BirdFest activities make tonight’s Sequim Art Walk a distinctly springtime gathering. The monthly event, spread around a variety of downtown venues, happens from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. with free admission to all comers.

As with each First Friday Art Walk, organizer Renne Brock-Richmond added the color theme. Everyone who comes downtown tonight is invited to dress in pink or just accent their attire with it, she says, adding that any shade works, from soft rose to hot fuchsia.

There’s another theme this time around: birding, what with the Olympic BirdFest today through Sunday. Information about this weekend full of field trips and workshops awaits at www.OlympicBirdFest.org.

To start, Port Townsend photographer Stephen Cunliffe and artist Robert Amaral, both of whom are teaching workshops at BirdFest this weekend, have their art on display at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St.

The Wind Rose wine bar is among the 12 businesses taking part in the BirdQuest matching game. Players pick up game cards at any of the businesses, all of which are displaying bird sculptures made by local student artists. After matching the images on the card to the artwork at each place, players drop off their cards at That Takes the Cake, 171 W. Washington St., for a chance to win two Protection Island birding cruise tickets.

BirdQuest game card holders are also invited to write in votes in tonight’s Favorite Wild Bird Sculpture competition, and the top three students will win cash prizes.

Venues beckoning with local artists’ creations during tonight’s Art Walk also include:

■ The Museum & Arts Center, 175 W. Cedar St., with the Photography Collectors’ Show, an exhibit of 50 photos by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans and 41 other famed artists;

■ Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co., 157 W. Cedar St., has surfer and artist Todd Fischer’s watercolors of ocean scenes and landscapes plus Celtic folk music by Mary Tulin from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.;

■ The Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., has a party featuring Irish music by fiddler Erin Hennessey and guitarist David Rivers plus Olivia Bailey’s art prints on view;

■ Doodlebugs, 138 W. Washington St., opens its Creative Café Art Bar for “Happy Hour” today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., so artists and crafters are invited to drop in and work on projects;

■ Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., has chocolate sampling and light refreshments, floor cloths and other art by Jean Wyatt and local authors Bonnie Louise Kuchler and Catherine Mich on hand with their books;

■ The Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., is displaying natural and found-object assemblage, metal sculpture and more by Larry McCaffrey and Robert “Bud” Bowling;

■ Red Rooster Grocery, 1341/2 W. Washington St., has on view contemporary acrylics by Saundra Cutsinger;

■ Colors of Sequim, a new art-supply store, is open at 139 W. Washington St;

■ The Sunshine Café, 145 W. Washington St., is showcasing the winning works from the Sequim Arts Student Art Show;

■ The LARC Gallery, 166 E. Bell St., has mixed-media artists Donna Standerwick and Sunny Benham plus a variety of creations by 22 other local artists;

■ R&T Crystals and Beads, 158 E. Bell St., has jewelry demonstrations by Paulette Hill, D’Ann Gonzales and Gail McLain;

■ Thomas Building Center, 337 W. Washington St., is a new Art Walk venue with a display of Gary Parr’s carvings, Judy Larimore’s watercolors and photography and other creations by local artists;

■ The Gallery on the Walls, 128 E. Washington St., has Sally Cays and Patricia Taynton on hand to discuss their artwork.

For a map of Art Walk venues and more on the free event held the first Friday evening of the month, visit www.Sequim
ArtWalk.com or visit the “First Friday Art Walk Sequim” page on Facebook.

Last modified: April 04. 2013 6:02PM
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