WEEKEND: Sequim Art Walk to feature BirdFest Quest tonight (Friday)

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — Tonight's First Friday Art Walk promises a special matching game, a show titled “Jewels of the Olympics” and, as ever, a color theme.

It's pink, as in April cherry blossoms — or wine, whatever your fancy.

Art lovers are invited to dress in “all shades of pink, from strong burgundy to soft blush, for the evening out on the town,” said organizer Renne Brock-Richmond. She collaborates with a variety of downtown businesses to put on the Art Walk tonight [April 4] from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m.

The participating shops, cafes and galleries offer free art shows, refreshments and live music, plus this month's BirdFest BirdQuest game.

In conjunction with the Olympic BirdFest, this weekend's bird-watching festival hosted by the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society (www.OlympicBirdFest.org), the activity will have people roaming the downtown, finding bird sculptures made in Jay Reichner's Sequim High School art class.

The goal is to match the sculptures up with the list on the game card. Those who drop off their cards at That Takes the Cake, the bakery at 171 W. Washington St., will have a chance to win the grand prize: a bird's-eye-view flight over the North Olympic Peninsula with Sequim pilot Emily Westcott.

For information on all things Art Walk, see www.sequimartwalk.com or phone 360-460-3023.

Here's a sampling of places to stop tonight.

■ The Museum & Arts Center, 175 W. Cedar St., hosts “Jewels of the Olympics,” a solo exhibition by photographer and hiker Ross Hamilton. This retrospective covers Hamilton's 40-year labor of love: capturing the natural world with his camera.

■ Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co., 157 W. Cedar St., has singer-guitarist Cort Armstrong in tonight, along with locally roasted java.

■ Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., presents “An Unusual Evening in Sequim: A Celebration of the Bard,” a short program of Shakespeare excerpts performed by local actors. Art walkers are invited to enjoy the 6:30 p.m. program along with Olympic Theatre Arts' display of original relief prints by Randy and Sallie Radock.

■ Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., has jazz songstress Sarah Shea and her band Chez Jazz playing from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30, alongside a BirdFest art display.

■ The Sunshine Cafe, 145 W. Washington St., is exhibiting Sequim Student Art Show award winners' nature art and original birdhouses by Tom and Crystal Hagen.

■ Colors of Sequim, 139 W. Washington St., hosts author Buc Keene, who'll sign copies of his The Kind of Western I'd Like to Read series of books.

■ The Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., presents “Feathers and Fins, Wood Art Soars and Swims,” a show starring sculpted creatures by Christian Speidel and Joyce Volmut.

■ Doodlebugs, 138 W. Washington St., has its Creative Café Art Bar open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 for make-and-take craft projects.

■ Fieldnotes, 123 E. Washington St., and Pacific Pantry, 229 S. Sequim Ave., are new Art Walk venues, showcasing Iris Edey's botanical paintings.

■ The Gallery on the Walls, 128 E. Washington St., showcases paintings by Sally Cays and Patricia Taynton.

Last modified: April 04. 2014 1:10AM
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