Attitude of Gratitude journals free at Port Angeles Farmers Market

Market Art activity youth-oriented

PORT ANGELES — What is something you love to listen to?

Look out the window. What do you see that you’re grateful for?

Do you have any memories you’re thankful for?

Such are a few of the prompts in the free, 30-day “Attitude of Gratitude” journals awaiting young people at the Port Angeles Farmers Market this Saturday.

“Our Market Art activities are youth-oriented — kids age 5 to 18 — but we’d never turn anyone away,” said Kayla Oakes, executive director of the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts.

The foundation, host of the project, invites young artists to pick up their gratitude-journal kits at the farmers market under The Gateway pavilion at Front and Lincoln streets, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Children and adults can work on their journals on site at JFFA’s four socially-distanced work stations or take them home to share with family members.

“If we have kits left over, we’ll make them available at our office,” Oakes said, noting JFFA’s place is just inside Chase Bank at Front and Laurel streets.

“Go wild! There are no rules. You might choose to journal using pictures or photos,” JFFA administrative manager Kari Chance writes in the kit instructions.

She curated the journal prompts, which include “What talent do you have that you’re grateful for?,” “Write about a time you were brave,” and “Fill in the blank: I am grateful I learned how to ____.”

Gratitude journalists are invited to post their artwork on the Juan de Fuca Foundation’s Facebook page. To learn more about the foundation’s activities, see JFFA.org and email [email protected].

Saturday’s Market Art activity is part of a series that included the Día de los Muertos ofrenda, or altar, at the Port Angeles Wharf earlier this month. Dozens of local families contributed paper marigolds from kits handed out at the Oct. 24 farmers market, and visitors came to leave photographs and written remembrances of departed loved ones.

All things Market Art are free thanks to sponsorship by D.A. Davidson and from community donations to JFFA, Oakes noted.

The foundation also has worked with another partner, Harbinger Winery of Port Angeles, to debut the Juan de Fuca Red wine. Custom-labeled bottles of the wine, along with JFFA logo-etched glasses, will be available for purchase Saturday at the farmers market.

The bottles commemorate the first Market Art project, which last summer gave youngsters free kits for painting paper feathers. Those hundreds of feathers yielded the big pair of wings in the old Maurice’s window at First and Laurel streets; now an image of the wings graces the wine label.

In other JFFA news, the foundation’s year-end membership campaign will start Nov. 20, with another in the online “In (Your) Living Room” concert series. This show stars the local band Crushwater, in a 6 p.m. performance live-streamed via links provided at JFFA.org.

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