Northwind hosts open studio with live music

PORT TOWNSEND — For the first time, open studio night at the Northwind Art School will have live music — from local jazz quartet Minor Troubles — this Wednesday.

Artists of any level and any age are welcome in Northwind’s open studio, inside Building 306 at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way.

The big classroom will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with Minor Troubles providing jazz standards and a few songs by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Steely Dan.

“And since it’s St. Patrick’s week, we’ll be playing some Van Morrison as well,” said Dana Sullivan, who is both the band’s drummer and a teaching artist at the school.

“Bring your supplies or use ours, and bring your creative spirit,” said Leila Block, Northwind Art education assistant.

Admission to the open studio is by donation with $10 suggested, while children get in free with an adult. Proceeds benefit Northwind Art’s youth scholarship program.

“This way, the open studio nights support the next generation of artists in the local community,” organizers said.

To sign up, see North, use the Courses link at the top of the page and find the March 15 “live music in the open studio.”

To find out about Northwind Art membership, visit the same website, and to join the newsletter mailing list, email info@north

“This is a great way to carve out space for your art-making practice,” Block said of Wednesday’s activity.

More open studio nights are coming in the next few weeks, on April 4, April 18 and May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We promise not to sing, so artists can get into their groove,” Sullivan said.

His bandmates are bassist Paul Geoghan-McWilliams, guitarist Lucien LaMotte and keyboardist Eric Ode.

“We’ll set the swing,” Sullivan said, “while you do your artistic thing.”

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