WEEKEND: Art combines with adoptable animals at Port Angeles Fine Arts Center on Saturday

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

A FREE ARTIST’S talk and reception are open to the public — and their well-behaved pets — this afternoon at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Internationally known painter Jean Bradbury will give a short talk on her new show at the arts center, “Vulnerable Creatures,” at 4 p.m. today. Then she’ll stay for the reception and refreshments from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., when pets on leashes will be welcome along with their owners.

Also during the party, handmade dog and cat treats will be for sale. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula made the goodies and created original artwork for the bags they come in.

“Vulnerable Creatures,” which will stay on display through July 5, is Bradbury’s first show in Port Angeles. The artist, a graduate of Queen’s University in Canada, lives in Seattle, and has received local grant awards as well as support from Aramex Jordan and UNESCO for her work teaching art to women in a farming community near the Dead Sea. In 2013, she founded Studio Syria to bring art education to Syrians refugees in Jordan.

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center’s indoor gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, while the 5-acre Webster’s Woods art park surrounding it is open from sunrise till sunset every day. Admission is free indoors and out.

To find out more, visit www.PAFAC.org or phone the center at 360-457-3532.

—Diane Urbani de la Paz, Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — Felines, in art and in person, are about to appear at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in what Mary Beth Wegener calls “a pretty neat deal.”

Wegener, executive director of the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, will shepherd some animals over for an adoption day this Saturday outside the fine arts center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd. There will definitely be cats, she said, while the selection of dogs will depend on which types and temperaments are at the Humane Society’s shelter.

The adoption day is actually part of a day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center will stay open until 5 p.m. Saturday.

The center has a brand-new show up in honor of animals: “Vulnerable Creatures,” a display of oil paintings by Seattle artist Jean Bradbury.

Goats, sheep, chickens and Bradbury’s beloved cats are all here, alongside her landscapes of organic farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. Bradbury recently finished a series of plein air studies of those fields east of the city.

“I tend to paint images of the gentleness of nature, of nature’s vulnerability,” the artist said in an interview this week.

Bradbury hopes to reflect how “nature is complex . . . and magical.

“My art celebrates the fragility of life,” she added, “and definitely the beauty of life.”

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