SEQUIM — The Sequim First Friday Art Walk will heat up the cool autumn evening with an orange theme for Halloween and the exhibit of fiber arts and hot rocks from 5 to 8 tonight.
The public is invited to visit www.sequimartwalk.com to download and print a map for special events throughout the downtown.
New to the art walk is Sequim Community Makerspace Inventing Studio at 311 W. Turnhere Road.
Brad Griffith will open his wood bending studio to the public for hands on activities and tours. Visitors are welcome to learn how to bend craft sticks, safely without steam or boiling.
Also new to the art walk are Tracy Wealth Management at 149 W. Washington St. and Evil Roy’s Elixirs Distillery at 209 S. Sequim Ave.
A number of other special events are scheduled for tonight. They are:
• North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival at the Sequim Museum and Arts at 175 W. Cedar St. will mark its 13th year. The theme is “Transformative Style — Originality, Revolution and Repute.”
Several artists will demonstrate their techniques during the opening reception of the juried fiber arts exhibit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
All fiber works explore how apparel influences and makes a difference in historic consequences, altered narratives and personal evolution, said organizers.
• Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., will be the venue for the Rocks, Gems and Jewels exhibit and artist reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The reception is hosted by the City Arts Advisory Commission.
The artists represented are Bob Riley, Gail McLain, Pat Herkal, Kathy Schreiner, Mark Weiss, Eva Kozun, Paulette Hill, Scott Thornhill, David Johannessohn, Barbara Neswald, Katherine Loveland, Evan Miller, Mary Marsh, Randy Radock, and Beighle, Nagle and Feigenbutz.
During the opening, demonstrations and lectures are set on rock painting, stone sculpting and jewelry restoration. They are:
— 5 p.m., Sarah Miller: “Paint a Rock, Give a Smile — How Sequim Rocks Got Its Start.”
Miller is the administrator for the Sequim Rocks Facebook page.
— 5:35 p.m., Dan Fuller: “Estate Jewelry 101 and Is it a Diamond or Just Another Fake.”
Fuller is the owner of Just Fix It, a Sequim jewelry sales and repair business. He has 38 years of jewelry experience from gold refining, casting and stone setting to basic repairs.
— 6 p.m., Eva Kozun and Barbara Neswald: “A Beginners Guide to the Joy and Addiction of Sculpting in Stone.”
Kozun and Neswald will discuss the interest they have in working with stone and the satisfaction that the medium offers.
An introduction to tools and techniques and two take-home lessons will be included.
At the same time, in the Civic Center lobby, Clallam County Gem & Mineral Association will share “All Things Lapidary” to show how to process a stone from rough to slab to cabochon to finished jewelry.
• R&T Crystals and Beads, 158 E Bell St., will offer glittery hot rocks and colorful beads with jewelry demonstrations.
•Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., will feature work by Sequim artist Jean Wyatt.
Her work includes whimsical paintings, color pencil works, and handcrafted journals.
• Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., will celebrate the opening of a new Art in the Library exhibit with fiber art by Rae Powell-Walz at 6 p.m.
Refreshments and live music by flute player Gary Stroutsos are planned from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Rainshadow Café, 157 W. Cedar St., will host local accordion player Kip Tulin, who will entertain with stories and oompah music, featuring marches and polkas.
German draught will be on tap and a full menu will be available. Special prizes will be offered for those wearing lederhosen.
• Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., will host an exhibition, Think Pink, that will present a combined creative offering from Mary Franchini and Lynne Armstrong in the windows.
The display will honor Breast Cancer Awareness month, curated by the artists’ longtime Barn Sisterhood friend Susan Gansert Shaw, who recognized a color linked their paintings.
The show will feature figures, landscapes and many hats.
• Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., will host live blues music by the Malcolm Clark Trio starting at 7 p.m. with wine and appetizers available for purchase.
• Pacific Pantry, 229 S. Sequim Ave., will host a reception for Jan Kepley and his fine art photography from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This show will be an expression of Kepley’s metaphoric and scenic fall-influenced imagery and a display of photographic note cards and 2019 calendars, organizers said.
• Olympic Theatre Arts Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave., will provide music by former Seattle band leader, concert impresario and recently-arrived Sunland North resident Burke Garrett with horn man Craig Buhler.
Garrett and Buhler promise to offer up popular award-winning hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the duo will dish up the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini.
First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.
• Bag Ladies of Sequim, 161 W. Washington St., will host fiber artists with handcrafted works and artful up-cycled items.
They create colorful usable items from old wool blankets and garments that have otherwise seen their last days.
• Nourish Restaurant, 101 Provence View Lane, will display the art of Susan Martin Spar with an opening reception from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Spar is a realist artist who specializes in both landscape and still life paintings. She cites a long list of teachers but is most noted for having graduated from Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, where she studied painting intensively for three years.