By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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FOR THOSE WITH a taste for mystery, a downtown “Whodunit” will coincide with tonight's First Friday Art Walk in Sequim.
“It's January 1913. There's been a robbery. There are suspects. There are weapons. There are clues,” goes the invitation.
To help strolling sleuths solve the whodunit, game cards will be available at downtown shops. Participants need only look for the silver question marks sprinkled about, beginning at 5 p.m. today.
No purchase is necessary to join the search for the “robber,” while participants must be 18 or older.
The contest winner will be announced after a drawing at the Sunshine Cafe, 135 W. Washington St., at 8 p.m. The grand prize is a night's stay at Victoria's Royal Scot Hotel and a round-trip passage for a car with two passengers on the MV Coho ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria.
For more information about this event sponsored by the Sequim Chamber Merchants Group, phone the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce at 360-683-6197.
Peninsula Daily News
Every first Friday of the month, Sequim's art galleries, shops and cafes stay open till 8 p.m. to showcase the work of local artists, be they sculptors, painters or wine makers. So this evening, those ready to indulge their senses are invited out for this free, self-guided tour.
Tonight's proceedings have a color theme, just like each of the art walks. Renne Brock-Richmond, coordinator of First Friday Art Walk venues, has chosen silver for January, while encouraging people to express that any way they like.
Here's a cross-section of the venues participating in this evening's art walk, with activities from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
■ Wind Rose Cellars opens its wine bar and tasting room in a new location tonight: in the former Damiana's at 143 W. Washington St. The locally owned winery features art by Saundra Cutsinger, music by Bill Volmut and its handcrafted, Italian-style wines such as Pinot Grigio, Orange Muscat and Dolcetto. Also in the new spot, Wind Rose owners David Volmut and Jennifer States plan to offer light fare and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
■ The Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., features artists Barbara Boerigter and Mary Franchini. While Boerigter is showing her mixed-media creations, Franchini is showing the paintings she does “for the sheer joy of the experimental process.”
More information about Franchini, who also teaches experimental painting and facilitates “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” classes, awaits at www.MaryFranchini.com.
■ “Art as a Family Affair,” the new show at The Museum & Arts Center, 175 W Cedar St., showcases fiber art by Sherry Nagel and watercolors by the late Pat Speer.
■ Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co., 157 W. Cedar St., pairs Jeff Tocher's large-scale paintings with music by vocalist Eileen Meyer while pouring locally roasted coffees.
■ Jean Wyatt displays her original art in floorcloths, placemats, calendars and more at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St.
■ Paulette Hill and D'Ann Gonzales will give jewelry demonstrations tonight at R&T Crystals and Beads, 158 E. Bell St.
■ Adrian's Restaurant, 665 N. Fifth Ave., is a relatively new place to have dinner, drinks, and dessert while discovering more Mary Franchini paintings from her “Chair Series.”
■ The Creative Café Art Bar will be open today from 4:30 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. for on-the-spot projects at Doodlebugs, 138 W. Washington St.
To learn more about Sequim's First Friday Art Walk, email Brock-Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.facebook.com/sequimartwalk or phone 360-460-3023.