PORT TOWNSEND — Small artworks, metal work and jewelry will be featured during the Port Townsend Gallery Walk on Saturday.
The monthly evening tour of Port Townsend’s galleries is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.
The Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St., will present its sixth annual Artist Showcase Holiday Small Works Show, highlighting small pieces by the 32 artists participating in the gallery’s Artist Showcase program.
The show will open in Northwind’s Jeanette Best Gallery, with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
The show will be displayed through Dec. 30.
For more about the nonprofit Northwind Arts Center, see northwind arts.org or call 360-379-1086.
Also on the tour are these galleries.
• Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., will host Jewelry Five.
December’s featured artists — Addy Thornton, Shirley Moss, Kristen Wade, Martha Collins and Andrea Guarino-Slemmons — will be present for the reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Thornton’s recent focus is showcasing stones in her jewelry, for instance, the jaspers that mimic landscapes, abstract paintings or distant planets or translucent stones such as prehnite and aventurine that remind her of scuba diving. Her favorite are the opals with their flashes of colored light.
She also makes kinetic jewelry using hinges in her pendants.
Moss is known as The Chainmaker. Starting with long rolls of sterling silver wire, she coils it into springs and hand saws all her own links. Once she has the links, the real work begins. With a pair of pliers and a magnifying lamp, Moss puts together the links one by one to form a wide variety of fluid chains. Some chains take as many as 32 links per inch.
Wade, a jeweler for more than 20 years, will show designs from her “Under the Sea” collection, featuring sterling silver jewelry that is textured and patterned with sea urchins. This is in addition to her “Botanical Prints” collection, using plants such as jasmine, strawberry fig and sage leaves from her garden.
Collins’ goal is to create personal, unique, three-dimensional works of art with exotic hardwoods and colored veneers. She looks for color, texture, and grain in the hardwoods and accentuates these with veneer that she hand-dyes.
Guarino-Slemmons will feature some of her handmade glass beads after taking a three-year break. She draws inspiration from nature and produces designs using beads, stones and beach glass.
For more information, see www.porttownsendgallery.com or call 360-379-8110.
• Port Townsend School of the Arts Grover Gallery, 236 Taylor St., offers “Bright and Curious!” a small works show for the month of December.
PtSA teachers Rick Myers, Charlie Van Gilder, Lindsey Wayland, Rebecca Wild, and Chris Witkowski will exhibit their interpretations of a bright and curious world. PtSA Grover Gallery also welcomes guest artist Tom Walden to the show, which will exhibit his intricate and sparkling precious metalwork.
Walden makes sterling silver jewelry, tea infusers and other decorative, fanciful and yet practical pieces of art. Small insects, birds, robots and magical creatures are worked into his creations.
Myers teaches a variety of drawing classes at PtSA. His art is described as both precise and narrative. His illustrations can be found in “Small Craft Advisor,” “Small Boats Magazine” and other publications.
Van Gilder, a ceramic artist, teaches beginners and advanced students in hand-building techniques. He will show both thrown and hand-built pieces that often allude to mythological themes and stories.
Wayland is a poet calligrapher by vocation, heart and education, organizers said. She is a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting and teaches students at PtSA.
Wild pairs a love of letter forms with drawing materials and paint, organizers said. His work was recently featured in “Sea Rites,” a duo exhibit at Northwind Art Center.
With a classic art education from the University of Detroit, PtSa faculty Chris
Witkowski has a classic art education from the University of Detroit. Color and light illuminate her work, organizers said.
Many of PtSA’s artist-teachers will be on hand from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday to talk about their work and the classes they offer at PtSA during Gallery Walk, Saturday 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery is open everyday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
The nonprofit school is at Fort Worden. For more about it, see ptarts.org.