SEQUIM — Painted mailboxes and horses along with live music will highlight this month’s First Friday Art Walk in Sequim tonight.
The theme color for the August art walk is yellow.
“Yellow shines brightly like the sun fueling our world with renewing energy and encourages clear, creative communication,” said Renne Emiko Brock, who organizes the art walk.
“The positive intensity of yellow represents expressive enthusiasm, joyful happiness, cheerful friendships, and empowers collective generosity, goodwill and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to wear yellow or sunny, fun apparel during the Art Walk to celebrate our summer in Sequim.”
First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a free self-guided tour of art venues in Sequim from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month.
Among the special events tonight is a Keying Around Block Party at Sequim Civic Center plaza, 152 W. Cedar St.
The party hosted by the city of Sequim and the city Arts Advisory Commission will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The party will feature live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Seattle band High Divide performing at 7 p.m., followed by local eclectic rock band Black Door Alley from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Games and children’s activities — such as face painting, coloring and a kids parade — will begin at 5 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity and Wind Rose Cellars are working together to provide a beer and wine garden throughout the evening and visitors are encouraged to picnic on the plaza during the event.
Habitat for Humanity also will host the 2018 Mail Box Art Event in the Civic Center council chambers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Painted mailboxes will be on display within the council chambers for Habitat’s annual fundraiser.
Sequim Mail Box Artists include Trina Berg, Emiko Brock, Matthew Carter, Ann Flack, Heidi Hansen, Cindy Horsfall, Denice Irish, Kevin James, Mary Jendrucko, Eva Kozun, Natalie Martin, Craig Robinson, Rhienna Trower, Gerda Van Dijk and Madison White.
Votes for the People’s Choice Award can be made at the artists’ reception.
The Block Party marks the conclusion of the Keying Around program, which featured hand-painted pianos located around the city.
The painted pianos and musical instrument cases will be available for viewing at various businesses throughout this event.
A silent auction will be held for all three pianos located at U.S. Bank on the southwest corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Avenue, Tedesco’s at the northwest corner of Second Street and Washington Avenue and the Civic Center Plaza until 5:30 p.m. today.
For more information or to place a bid, see the concierge desk in the Civic Center lobby.
Other events are:
• Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., will present the music of Buttercup Lane in the Gathering Hall at 5:30 p.m.
The group will cover music from early rock ’n’ roll, country, R&B, rockabilly, pop, jazz, 1930s and ’40s swing, as well as original tunes.
Buttercup Lane includes Mike and Diane Johnson, Rodger Bigelow on lead guitar and Dave Keyte on the Electronic Wind Instrument. Mike will sing and play a mellow acoustic/electric baritone ukulele with Diane providing both lead vocals and tight harmonies to renditions of songs the group loves performing.
Olympic Theatre Arts live music is free to the public and the snack and beverage bar will be open.
• Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., will highlight artwork by Lucinda Hayes and Carol Janda.
The exhibit, “Energy and Harmony,” will be the front windows.
Hayes will include her paintings of horses, an expression of the power of freedom.
Janda, a teacher and artist, will present a variety of paintings as well as three-dimensional clay work.
• Sequim Museum & Arts, 175 W. Cedar St., will feature sepia tone vintage prints of the Sequim Prairie, Dungeness, and other points of interest.
The work by Dungeness photographer Joe McKissick, who used a tent for his studio, was donated by the Frick Family, Norma Marshall and Judy Reandeau Stipe to the museum.
• Rainshadow Café, 157 W. Cedar St., will provide live music with Ches Ferguson along with locally roasted coffee, Northwest craft beer, wine, and cheese platter’s and charcuterie plates.
• Solar City, 135 W. Washington St., will celebrate its 17th anniversary from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a Women’s Evening of Encouragement.
Local women-owned businesses will be represented by presentations from Young Living Essential Oils, Color Street Nails, and Beach Body Nutrition & Fitness.
• Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., offers goods from local, small businesses.
• Sequim Farmers Market vendors will participate in the First Friday Art Walk at Centennial Place on the northeast corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street.