PORT TOWNSEND — View oil paintings, beaded jewelry and Native American artwork, and greet the artists Saturday during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk.
During the free event, which occurs the first Saturday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., art galleries and venues in the downtown waterfront district show off the work of local artists while encouraging participants to explore the many nooks and crannies of the town’s historic center.
Sampling of events:
• Gallery 9, 1012 Water St., during the month of August will feature artists Susan Martin Spar and Judith Komishane.
Spar and Komishane, during Gallery Walk, will be on hand to greet the public and discuss their work.
Spar — an oil painter — said she has been focused on atmospheric paintings.
“The clouds this spring [were] remarkable,” she said.
“Every day has revealed veritable sculptures of clouds over the Olympic Mountains and Strait. I couldn’t resist painting them.”
For this show, Komishane — a beaded jewelry artist — has fashioned a storm clouds necklace and another representing blue skies and fair-weather clouds. Representing earth is a many ambers necklace and several insect pendant necklaces.
Visit www.gallery-9.com or call 360-379-8881 for more information.
• The Jefferson Museum of Art &History, 540 Water St., during Gallery Walk features Persistent Vision: Northwest Native Art, an exhibition of contemporary Native American art by tribal artists including Joe Ives Sr., Jimmy Price, Marvin Oliver, Isleta Pueblo, Bill Martin Jr., Cathy MacGregor and Dusty Humphries.
The artwork is complemented by historical pieces from the Jefferson County Historical Society collection including intricate baskets, carvings and tools ranging from 100 to 4,000 years old.
For more, visit www.jchsmuseum.org.
• The Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., this month features the works of Stephanie Johnson and Sylvia White.
Johnson and White, during Gallery Walk, will be on hand to greet the public and discuss their work.
Johnson is a classically trained artist and a recent graduate of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, according to a news release.
“With this exhibition, it was my goal to create each painting to celebrate an element of beauty discovered in nature,” Johnson said.
“Whether it is sunlight bathing a Venetian gondola, treasured shells from the ocean or wine grapes from a Tuscan vineyard, everything pays homage to the wonder of nature.”
In the landscapes of this collection, Johnson said she desires “to bring epic scenery — in the tradition of the Hudson River Artists — back into a contemporary environment. I want to capture the feeling of atmosphere and intensity of light.”
White has been a fiber artist for over 35 years, according to the news release.
She began as a basket maker using traditional materials. Twenty years ago, she changed to using recycled materials including computer and electrical wire, donated paintings and metals to create vessels, collages and sculptural forms. White’s exhibit this month combines her work with recycled materials and metals and extends her designs to include wall hangings.
For more information, call 360-379-8110 or visit www.porttownsendgallery.com.