By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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The council, a volunteer panel formed by local artists five years ago, will gather at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Cafe New Day, 102 W. Front St., to discuss ways of spreading the word about Port Angeles' arts scene.
At the same time, the council members are looking for local venues to promote on new rack cards to be placed in hotels and ferry terminals. The cards, funded by a $500 grant from the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, will publicize the city's Second Weekend art walk, including galleries and cafes that have recently joined the circuit. Rack cards listing participating venues were printed in 2011, but those need updating, noted Port Angeles Arts Council president Amy McIntyre.
The arts council has a list of 13 locations now participating in Second Weekend, whose centerpiece is the gallery walk from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Venues include Studio Bob on Front Street, Harbor Art on Railroad Avenue, the Heatherton Gallery, formerly the Landing Art Gallery in The Landing mall, along with newcomers such as Cabled Fiber Studio on Laurel Street and Cafe New Day at Front and Laurel streets.
Those who open their businesses for Second Weekend events are encouraged to email the Port Angeles Arts Council, by March 19, at PAAC.firstname.lastname@example.org regarding inclusion on the new rack cards.
“As soon as we have the participants established, we'll engage Charles Morley to begin the design,” McIntyre said. Morley, a Port Angeles graphic artist, designed the 2011 rack cards, and has put in a bid for the new ones.
The council also plans to advocate for the local arts community in discussions of Clallam County economic development. So while this Wednesday's meeting at Cafe New Day will focus on rack cards and other projects, the council will host an arts community visioning workshop at its next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, 905 W. Ninth St.
To find out more about council activities or to become a member, visit www.PortAngelesArtsCouncil.org or see the Port Angeles Arts Council page on Facebook. The group's public meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at various locations in Port Angeles.
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at email@example.com.