WEEKEND: Gallery Walk, PT Shorts on tap Saturday in Port Townsend

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

AT THE FREE PT Shorts literary reading this Saturday, director Joyce O'Neal wanted to indulge two of her passions: birds and good stories.

So together with three local actors, she'll present selections from the landmark Rachel Carson book The Silent Spring, as well as “The Snow Goose” by Paul Gallico and “Return to Earth” by Jim Harrison.

Saturday's hour-long reading, presented by Key City Public Theatre, will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., and as always will coincide with downtown Port Townsend's Gallery Walk from
5:30 p.m. till 8 p.m.

O'Neal read The Silent Spring back in 1962 when she was a girl in Oklahoma; its story of pesticides' effect on birds — and their songs — resonated then as now. On Saturday evening, Port Townsend actor Peter Wiant will read from Carson's classic.

“The Snow Goose” is another favorite, with its tale of a hunchback who cares for all kinds of water birds. One day, a local girl comes by with a wounded snow goose and is frightened of the man with a claw for a hand and a back as high as his head. But the hunchback shares stories and mends the broken bird — and becomes the girl's friend. Actress Michelle Stay will bring the Gallico story to life.

As for Harrison's “Return to Earth,” O'Neal appreciates the essay's portrayal of a strong, earthy woman. She tapped Joseph Bednarik to read “Return,” a fitting choice as Bednarik works at Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, publisher of Harrison's poetry.

To find out more about PT Shorts and other local theatrical events, visit www.KeyCityPublicTheatre.org.

— Diane Urbani de la Paz
PORT TOWNSEND — Art inspired by love and other adventures will fill up local galleries through February, and a first opportunity to see it all comes this Saturday night. The free downtown Gallery Walk brings newly unveiled shows, artist sightings and refreshments together from 5:30 p.m. till 8 p.m. Saturday, while other art programming comes a little later in the month. Here's a cross-section of activities.

■ At Gallery 9, the artists' cooperative at 1012 Water St., watercolor illustrator Marcy Gordon is showing her creations. Gordon will also teach free classes in her illustration technique during February at Gallery 9, and information can be found at www.Gallery-9.com and 360-379-8881.

■ At the Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., Shelley Brown will show paintings from her heart.

“It was so appropriate that I was chosen as Artist of the Month for February, the month of Valentine's Day,” she said. “I am a newlywed and have definitely had love in mind.”

Also featured in February are Stephanie Oliveira's raku masks, fired in an oven whose temperature hits 1,850 degrees.

“You never know exactly what the outcome will be,” said Oliveira, “but the results can be spectacular.”

■ At the Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St., travel is the theme. Images of Greece, Mexico, Spain and other lands constitute “Travel Sketches,” a showcase of art by JoAnne Heron, Miriam Lansdon, Barbara MacLean, Sandra Offutt, Sandra Smith-Poling and Kathleen Snow.

A reception will be part of Saturday's Gallery Walk, and then the artists will give a free talk at 1 p.m. this Sunday. The show will stay on display through Feb. 23.

Also at the Northwind Arts Center, artist Sandra Smith-Poling will teach a travel journal workshop for artists of all levels from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. The cost is $60, and participants can find out more via Spoling@olympus.net or 360-379-1178.

Last modified: January 30. 2014 8:09PM
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