Stephen Yates will give this month’s First Friday Lecture for the Jefferson County Historical Society in Port Townsend.

Stephen Yates will give this month’s First Friday Lecture for the Jefferson County Historical Society in Port Townsend.

Artist to tell of shapers of Port Townsend art community tonight

PORT TOWNSEND — Stephen Yates will present an art talk at the Jefferson County Historical Society First Friday Lecture tonight.

The program will be at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Port Townsend’s historic City Hall, 540 Water St. Admission will be by donation, which supports historical society programs.

Yates’ talk will complement the new exhibit at the Jefferson Museum, “Pat and Peter Simpson: Collectors &Patrons.”

“Stephen knew the Simpsons well and is the perfect person to put their contributions into perspective,” said Bill Tennent, historical society executive director.

“His new painting, ‘Navigator’s Strategy,’ is one of the highlights of the exhibit, which will be open for the lecture audience to view.”

Yates will talk about the Simpsons and their roles in shaping the Port Townsend art community. He’ll also talk about his own art and how it has evolved since it was collected by the Simpsons in the 1980s.

Yates received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas.

He has been a Centrum artist-in-residence and has received numerous awards for his work from regional and national organizations.

His work is in many collections and institutions including Microsoft, Providence Hospital, University of Washington-Bothell campus, Eastern Washington University, the Washington Governor’s Office, Everett Community College, the Kitsap Government Building, the city of Seattle and the city of Portland, Ore.

Stephen Yates’ painting “Navigator’s Strategy” will be displayed tonight during the Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Lecture.

Stephen Yates’ painting “Navigator’s Strategy” will be displayed tonight during the Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Lecture.

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