Barbara Ewing’s colorful ceramic platters are featured at the Port Townsend Gallery.

Barbara Ewing’s colorful ceramic platters are featured at the Port Townsend Gallery.

Port Townsend Gallery Walk spotlights paintings, ceramics, wood

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Gallery Walk returns this Saturday.

The Gallery Walk, lasting from 5:30 p.m. until about 8 p.m., encompasses several downtown venues, all of which charge no admission to see the art and meet the artists who create it.

Here is what’s new:

• Red Dragonfly Gallery, 211 Taylor St., will showcase new work from fine art painter Jacqueline Chisick.

This the artist’s first new show in several years.

The theme for the month of May— which includes Mother’s Day— is “The Divine Feminine” and the gallery will present Chisick’s latest paintings, created especially for this spring event.

The Divine Feminine is a celebration of women at all stages of life, loosely based on the classic “Maiden, Mother, Crone” trilogy from popular folklore.

Refreshments will be served. Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Port Townsend harpist Shannon Ryan.

For more information, contact Peter Messerschmidt or Sarah Nash at 360-385-1493.

• Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., will feature the work of Barbara Ewing and Shirley Mercer at Saturday’s Gallery Walk.

Each year for Gallery Walk, Ewing focuses on something new for her collection of functional ceramic pieces. This year, it is a selection of serving platters, which are all footed. In addition, Ewing has made several large, slab-built vases and a variety of slab-built table lamps.

She began her love of ceramics in high school and went on to study ceramics at Alfred University in New York State in the early ’70s.

Mercer is a self-taught artist and has been painting in watercolor since 2006.

“For me, I know it’s partly capturing those qualities and then portraying them on paper in a way that evokes memories and emotions,” Mercer said. “And I suspect it’s a bit of nostalgia — the era of the steam engine that is slowly fading into history.”

For more information, phone 360-379-8110 or go to

• Gallery 9, 1012 Water St., will highlight the paintings of Carolyn Doe and woodwork by Robin McCann this month.

The artists will discuss their work during the Gallery Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Doe has been working in the bubble of her warm studio all winter and will showcase a fresh bouquet of work in multiple mediums, said Meg Kaczyk of Gallery 9.

The new work includes natural themes in palette knife oils, batik on silk and mixed-media botanical prints with oils.

McCann’s “appreciation of wood shines through in his impeccable craftsmanship and remarkable design sense of form and grace,” Kaczyk said.

For more information, see or call 360-379-8881.

• Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St., will feature a selection of paintings by Port Townsend resident Margaret Woodcock.

The opening reception for the Showcase Artist of the Month will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Woodcock will talk about her work “Multiple Expressions.”

Woodcock moved to Port Townsend after retiring from 25 years of teaching studio art to community college students in Northern California.

She received her MFA in painting and drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited extensively in both academic and commercial venues, primarily in the West.

The show runs through May 31.

Exhibit hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays and from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information, see

Port Townsend Gallery Walk spotlights paintings, ceramics, wood
Jacqueline Chisick’s work is featured at the Red Dragonfly Gallery.

Jacqueline Chisick’s work is featured at the Red Dragonfly Gallery.

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