Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk glimmers with gold in December

Free self-guided tour set for Sequim

“Storm King” by Julie Senf, a featured artist at the Blue Whole Gallery and one of the curators of the gallery’s “Rowed to Gold” exhibition, is on display this December. (Blue Whole Gallery)

“Storm King” by Julie Senf, a featured artist at the Blue Whole Gallery and one of the curators of the gallery’s “Rowed to Gold” exhibition, is on display this December. (Blue Whole Gallery)

SEQUIM — The Sequim Arts Commission will offer the ninth annual student holiday display and tree lighting during the First Friday Art Walk.

The tree lighting by Mayor Tom Ferrell will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Visit SequimArtWalk.com to download and print a map and find special events.

Each monthly art walk has a color theme. This month it is gold, celebrating the winter solstice and the return of the sun, according to Renne Emiko Brock, art walk organizer.

Gold represents “rekindled optimism, superb festivities, admiration, prosperity, kindhearted deeds and lifelong fellowships,” Brock said in a press release.

Shades of gold and glitter are welcome on the walk as are ugly holiday sweaters.

Other special events are:

• Elk on a Shelf, a scavenger hunt for people 15 and younger, has game cards at participating storefronts. Participants can bring completed cards to That Takes the Cake, 171 W. Washington St., by 5 p.m. Jan. 2. Winners are announced Jan. 3.

• A. Milligan Art Studio and Gallery, 520 N. Sequim Ave., hosts the Olympic Peninsula Art Association’s Members Show and Fundraiser.

Visitors can vote for their favorite works of art, and the “People’s Choice Awards” will be presented to the winners that night during the reception.

A silent auction of various items from area businesses and individual donations will also be held.

Proceeds will benefit the association’s art scholarship program.

• La Petite Maison Blanche, 213 E. Washington St., features painter Lynne Fearman along with gifts and treats.

• Sofie’s Florist, 463 W. Washington St., offers a Pop-Up Christmas store.

Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave., explores the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors’ works in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Art Gallery.

At the reception, in addition to many completed sculptures, club members will have a demonstration table featuring driftwood sculpture art in progress, as well as tools used to coax out the hidden beauty from the raw wood.

• Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., has the “Rowed To Gold” exhibition, which features gallery members’ art around all things rowing and water.

Members support local high school students’ efforts to bring a screening of “The Boys in the Boat” to Sequim, and their efforts to support homeless students.

The gallery also supports their fundraising effort to provide housing for Sequim’s homeless students and will accept cash and check donations for the Joe Rantz House during December on behalf of Sunrise Rotary and The Interact Club.

Proceeds from the sale of selected art will be donated by gallery artists to the Joe Rantz House.

The annual Gift Gallery will once again be showcased in the main gallery for the entire month of December.

• Rainshadow Café, 157 W. Cedar St., has live music with Dawn & Steve from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Locally Known Cowork, 112 W. Washington St., features artists Emma Gockerell and Kelli Ward.

• Pacific Mist Books, 122 W. Washington St., offers an eclectic mix of new and vintage books, cards and gifts including local authors and artists.

• Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., features local and regional gifts and treats from around the area.

• Wild Goddess Brews-n-Bites, 145 E. Washington St., Suite D, has small bites, salads, dips and boards.

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store, 213 E. Washington St., has live music with The OG from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Sequim Spice and Tea, 139 W. Washington St., offers glass, pottery, illustration and photography of local artists, along with tea blends, teapots and cups and culinary gifts.

• Over the Fence, 118 E. Washington St., hosts one of its local makers.

• Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop, 120 W. Washington St., offers lavender creations, treats and vintage décor items.

• Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., has crafted wines and appetizing tidbits.

• Soup in the Alley, 138 W. Washington St., features a rotation of local artists, live music and treats.

To participate as a venue or an artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim map, listing and website, contact Brock at 360-460-3023 or renne@uniqueasyou.com.

Join the Art Walk Facebook page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk.

Painter Lynne Fearman is the featured artist at La Petite Maison Blanche. (First Friday Art Walk Sequim)

Painter Lynne Fearman is the featured artist at La Petite Maison Blanche. (First Friday Art Walk Sequim)

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