By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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The city's free Gallery Walk has a number of venues, all within strolling distance, showing paintings, sculpture and mixed-media works, laying out refreshments and inviting the public to meet local artists.
Here are a few of the participants hosting receptions from 5:30 p.m. till 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
■ “A Celebration of Birds” at the Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., features the award-winning nature photography of Stephen Cunliffe as well as painted birds in flight by Laurie Perrett.
“I work to capture the personality of the bird, and not just to produce an illustration that would fit in a field guide,” Cunliffe says.
Also at the Port Townsend Gallery are works in a variety of media by Stephanie Oliveira and pen-and-watercolor paintings by new Port Townsend resident Shelley Brown.
■ “Boats, Harbors and Lights,” local artist Jim Jacobson's display of maritime oil paintings, fills the Conservatory Coastal Home shop, 639 Water St., and an artist's reception is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
■ “From the Woods,” a showcase of Larry Eifert's paintings and Chuck Stern's woodworking, awaits visitors to Gallery Nine, 1012 Water St.
While Eifert's canvases hearken back to the Port Townsend waterfront of years past, Stern's creations are “found art,” made from salvaged big-leaf maple trees.
Both artists will be on hand for the reception Saturday night.
■ Fresh textile art by Jeannie McMacken is on display in “Undercurrents,” an exhibition at Pippa's Real Tea, 636 Water St.
The curious are invited to meet McMacken and discuss her unusual techniques during Saturday evening's Gallery Walk.
■ “Maritime Art: 1880-2013” is the show up now at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St. Admission is free during the Gallery Walk, so Saturday is a good time to see contemporary works by Branan Ward, Kim Kopp, Max Grover, Karen Hackenberg, Stephen Yates, Frank Samuelson and Linda Okazaki, alongside historic pieces by Port Townsend's Victorian-era artists.