“Fly by Night” by Jan Kepley will be on display at Pacific Pantry.

“Fly by Night” by Jan Kepley will be on display at Pacific Pantry.

Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk gets the blues

SEQUIM — Treat yourself to an expanse of blue art tonight at Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk.

“Blue is inspiring and imaginative like a night sky full of shooting stars or a cloudless day full of possibilities while also being reliable, sound and willful,” organizer Renne Emiko Brock said.

Attendees are encouraged to dress the part, in blue, of course.

First Friday Art Walk provides a free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the first Friday of every month.

The monthly art walk, which started in 2006, aims to “create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity,” Brock said.

Visit www.sequimart walk.com to download a map of participating venues.

Special events during the First Friday Art Walk include:

 Sequim Museum &Arts, 175 W. Cedar St., will host an opening reception, unveiling a September photography exhibition, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.

The Olympic Peaks Camera Club’s 25 years of celebrating and supporting local photography comes into focus for “Olym-PIX,” the monthlong exhibit at the museum.

Members will display their craft from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through Sept. 30.

The exhibition celebrates the Olympic Peninsula’s diverse terrain, from beaches to majestic mountains, and highlights an abundance of flora, animals and wildlife.

“Our club encourages friendship, quality photography and personal growth through interest in and enhancement of photographic skills,” club members said in a news release.

“Members share their photos, learn new techniques and become better photographers by participating in friendly competitions critiqued by experienced photographers; hearing guest speakers; attending workshops; and setting off on photo field trips.”

For more information, visit olympicpeaks.org/news.

 Blue Whole Gallery, 129 Washington St., will present featured artists Bridget Baker and David Tinsley.

Together, Baker’s 2-D art and Tinsley’s sculptures comprise “Fantasies and Fabrications.” You can expect to see windows inviting viewers to “the world of fantasies and fabrications.”

For more information, visit bluewholegallery.com.

 Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., will feature musical group Buttercup Lane in the theater’s gathering hall at 5:30 p.m.

The group will cover music from early rock ’n’ roll, country, R&B, rockabilly, pop, jazz, 1930s and ’40s swing, and original tunes.

Buttercup Lane includes Mike and Diane Johnson, Rodger Bigelow on lead guitar and Dave Keyte on the electronic wind instrument. Mike Johnson will sing and play a mellow acoustic/electric baritone ukulele, and Diane Johnson will provide both lead vocals and tight harmonies for Buttercup Lane’s rendition of favorite songs.

“Local audiences have been very complementary and receptive to our music,” Diane Johnson said in a news release.

Olympic Theatre Arts also has an original, new musical based on the award-winning picture book “Strictly No Elephants.”

The musical runs today through Sept. 10, with shows at 7 tonight, Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 10.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students.

The book and lyrics are by Lisa Mantchev and Glenn Dallas with music and lyrics by Linda Dowdell. It is directed by Mantchev, Dowdell, Bonne Smith and Danny Willis.

For more information, call 360-683-7326 or see olympictheatrearts.org/OTA.

 The Bag Ladies of Sequim, 161 W. Washington St., will offer bold blues and other colors by local artists with handcrafted works and artful up-cycled items.

 Pacific Pantry, 229 S. Sequim Ave., will present Jan Kepley’s photography.

Visit the Habitat for Humanity’s fundraiser “Room For One More — Create for CHAIR-ity” art chairs on display at various businesses including Sherry Scharschmidt at Blissie’s Bonetique, Mary Jendrucko at First Federal, SHS Be the Change Club at US Bank, Kevin James at Dungeness Kids Co., Cassidy Crew at Quality Inn, Beverly Pluth at Doodlebugs, Art Jam at Blue Whole Gallery, Raquel Lohrmann at Castell Insurance, Rotary Interact Club at Rainshadow Roasting Coffee, First Federal at First Federal, Jeanne Sliva at Solar City, SHS AP Art Class at First Federal, Heidi Hansen at BrokersGroup Real Estate, Craig Robinson at Olympic Lavender Co., Miriam Spreine at Solar City, Melissa Klein at Bonita’s Pet Supply, anonymous at the Habitat ReStore in Port Angeles, SHS Honor Society at the Sequim School District office, Taylor Prejean at Jace The Real Estate Co. and Blynn Hughes at That Takes the Cake.

“Silent Sobs and Me” by David Tinsley will be on display at Blue Whole Gallery.

“Silent Sobs and Me” by David Tinsley will be on display at Blue Whole Gallery.

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