By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — A steampunk tea, “Art and Urgency,” a concert in the library: That's a quick summary of Port Angeles' Second Weekend festivities tonight through Sunday.
Here's a look at the choices for lovers of art and music; admission is free unless otherwise noted.
■ FarmStrong, a bluesy-Americana band featuring Cort Armstrong and Jim Faddis, will give a free concert at the Port Angeles Public Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., tonight. This is the October Art Blast party, with the music, a display of work by local artists and refreshments from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Art by Rachel Braun is in the spotlight tonight as Karon's Frame Center, 625 E. Front St., hosts an opening reception for Braun. The public is invited to enjoy paintings, refreshments and conversation from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.
■ The Second Friday Art Rock, or 2FAR party takes over Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., beginning at 8 tonight. Featured artist Deedee Gonzales will set up her easel and palette to create a mixed-media work on site while BBR — guitarists Barry Burnett and Bill Tiderman and bassist Rudy Maxion — supply the dance music. The cover charge for 2FAR is $3.
■ Hawaii Amor, aka Roma Peters, sings and plays her ukulele Saturday afternoon at Elliott's Antique Emporium, 35 E. First St., from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
■ “Clock's Tickin': Art and Urgency” is painter Johnny Rickenbacher's one-man show at Studio Bob, the event space upstairs at 1181/2 E. Front St. While all art-hungry folk are invited, Rickenbacher especially encourages beginning or hesitant artists to this exhibition. The opening party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday will include a prize drawing for a Rickenbacher painting; then on Sunday, the show will be open again from noon to 3 p.m.
■ After Rickenbacher's reception, blues guitarist Thom Davis and harmonica player Mr. C will team up to play the blues at The Loom, the lounge beside Studio Bob. Admission is by donation to the performance starting at 8 p.m.; beverages will be available at The Loom's bar.
■ “Embracing Life through Art ... The Journey Back” is October's exhibition in the atrium at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave. Nearly 30 artists, amateur and professional, explore their experiences with cancer, grief and recovery in this third annual show sponsored by The Landing Artists' Studio, Port Angeles Relay for Life, Survivor's Outdoor Experience, Assured Hospice and Sarah Cronauer of The Landing. A free public reception will go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; the exhibition stays through Oct. 31.
■ Jennifer Bright's one-of-a-kind silk and merino wool scarves await visitors to Harbor Art, 110 E. Railroad Ave. Bright, a marine biologist and artist, also shapes ceramic plates decorated with painted rockfish, salmon and other sea life.
■ Roger Bogers, an artist known for his wood-block prints shown at Pike Place Market in Seattle, is the October featured artist at Oven Spoonful, 110 E. First St.
Now living in Sequim and caring for his parents, he is experimenting in oils, acrylics, watercolors and scratch board. An opening reception with Bogers is slated for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; light refreshments will be laid out while beer and wine will be sold at the no-host bar.
■ The first Steaming Tea & Social arrives at The Loom, adjacent to Studio Bob at 1181/2 E. Front St., this Sunday afternoon.
Performing artist Merryn Welch invites everyone who enjoys steampunk-style costumes, art and haberdashery to this casual gathering, to take place at The Loom every second Sunday from 3 p.m. to
5 p.m. There's no cover charge while guests may purchase finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, truffles, tea, coffee and other beverages from the bar.