By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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Steampunkish writer J.R. Boyett, in keeping with Port Townsend’s Brass Screw Confederacy festival this weekend, will give a reading at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., on Saturday night.
Admission is free to the 7:30 p.m. event, another in Key City Public Theatre’s PT Shorts series of literary readings.
Boyett will offer “A Fistful of Dandies,” a story from his forthcoming novel set in a steampunk renaissance era.
For more about PT Shorts, a monthly event coinciding with the downtown Port Townsend Gallery Walk each first Saturday, see keycitypublictheatre.org, and to find out about the Brass Screw steampunk events today through Sunday, see www.brass-screw.com.
His show, titled “Decomposition of the Heart,” awaits visitors to the Red Raven Gallery, one of the stops on the Port Townsend Gallery Walk, the free event held every first Saturday evening of the month around downtown.
Kirschner, who is from Philadelphia, began as a freelance illustrator in the 1990s and went on to become one of the original artists to work on the “Magic: The Gathering” card game. These days he shows his work at galleries around the country.
“I like to use symbolism that I pull from my life experiences. . . . If I am lucky, the viewer will find some way to relate to the image,” Kirschner said of the works at the Red Raven, 922 Water St.
The same might be said of the other art exhibitions on the Gallery Walk. Among the venues participating in the event from 5:30 p.m. till about 8 p.m. Saturday are:
■ The Stairway Gallery at Jefferson Community School, 280 Quincy St., where graduating senior Caleb Arthur is showing new paintings.
■ Gallery Nine, 1012 Water St., where glass artist Nancy Rody and painter and cloisonne jeweler Linda Lundell offer their work in a show titled “Our Sacred Earth.”
■ The Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St., where the juried show and sale, “Fins, Feathers, and Fur,” is a benefit for Chimacum’s Center Valley Rescue Ranch for injured or abandoned animals.
■ The Port Townsend Gallery 715 Water St., where the “Artful Alchemy” show brings together jewelers Andrea Guarino-Slemmons, Caroline Littlefield, Shirley Moss, Stephanie Oliveira and Lelah Wright.