SEQUIM — Student art, photography, shades of blue and other treats are in store for those who walk the First Friday Art Walk in Sequim today.
First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a free self-guided tour of art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Each month has a color theme. White and whole visible spectrum is the theme this month, said organizer Renne Emiko Brock.
“White represents inclusive acceptance, optimistic opportunities, hope, open minds, pure and thoughtful actions, friendly impressions, and blank canvases that are receptive to any positive vision,” Brock said.
“Because white is actually all the colors of the rainbow, multi-color enchantment is in the air with blowing bubbles, the wearing of bright tie dyes and fairy wings, and spreading validating pixie dust is encouraged,” she added.
“It is a chance to dress in white and rainbow colors to be magical, shiny, and show off every color of the visible spectrum.”
One special event this month is the opening of the premiere Student Art Exhibit and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the City Arts Advisory Commission’s fifth anniversary celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.
The artwork of several students from Sequim High School will be featured in the exhibit, which will be on display through the month of June.
The City Arts Advisory Commission was established in 2014 to support artistic and cultural activities. The commission provides recommendations to the staff and Sequim City Council about cultural and artistic projects.
For more information, contact arts coordinator Cyndi Hueth at 360-582-2477 or [email protected].
Beginning at the same time as the show will be am Open Jam Session at the Sequim Civic Center.
The session from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is presented by the City Arts Advisory Commission.
It will not be an Open Mic event but a true jam meaning that all will play the same song as a group.
“We will feature folk music and early rock, with many songs played in G, so all levels of musicians can join in the fun,” organizers said.
“The music with lyrics and chords will be provided. Any acoustical instruments are welcome, and if nothing else, bring your voice and a tambourine.”
For more information, contact Hueth.
A special venue during this Art Walk, Harbor Audiology & Hearing Center at 538 N. Fifth Ave. will host members of RAG (Rudolf’s Art Group), who will display their art.
On exhibit will be work by artists Jerri Moore, Susan Zoya, Roger Huntley, Barb Diekfuss, Eva Hidalgo and Shirley Rudolf.
A number of other venues are taking part in this month’s Art Walk. They are:
• Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., will host an open house celebrating its third anniversary of offering Olympic Peninsula art, edibles and gifts.
• Design2Scan3D, 207 W. Spruce St., is a new venue to the Art Walk. It features 3D printing, 3D scanning and ceramics classes. Design2Scan3D will showcase work from its earthenware olla-making class as well as the work of the stoneware plate and bowl class.
• Tracy Wealth Management, 149 W. Washington St., will host photographer Phil Tauran. Born and raised in France, and a professional photographer based in Sequim since 2011, Tauran is fascinated by the pictorialist movement of the early 20th century and impressionism.
He invites attendees to discover an unusual photograph. For him, “the image is a medium of truth and emotion, to capture and live the decisive moment. It’s both a need and a way to communicate.”
• Pondicherri, 119 E. Washington St., will invite Art Walkers on an exploration of India — home to their workshop and where all of Pondicherri designs are created.
Featured will be photography by Apa Sunriver, who earlier this year took a nine-week journey through India. Henna art and Indian-inspired light bites will be offered.
• Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., will present a “22 Shades of Blue” exhibition.
Greg Felando, Nancy Lawrence and Bridget Baker have curated the group show in the front windows with premier pieces. The show presents shades of blue with contrasting styles, a tapestry of the gallery’s 22nd-anniversary celebration.
•Sequim Branch Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., will host featured artist Tim Roos at 6 p.m. and live music with The Pine Hearts starting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and limited library services will be available during this free, after-hours event.
The Pine Hearts offer a unique style of classic country songwriting, experimental folk and fast pickin’ rhythms of traditional Appalachian bluegrass, rooted in a rock ’n’ roll background, organizers said.
Roos’s photographs feature rugged mountains, forests and open waters of the Pacific Northwest.
• Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., will host free, live music with Cool Jam starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Gathering Hall.
With Rick Marschall on rhythm guitar and keyboards, Mike Gerber on lead guitar, Jack Smith on drums and Duane Wolfe on bass in February, Cool Jam plays mostly 1960s and 1970s easy listening — but danceable — Beatles, Beach Boys, Kinks, Steve Miller Band, the Who, Doobie Brothers and others’ tunes. The snack and beverage bar will be open.
For more information, see www.SequimArtWalk.com, where one can find a map, see what special events are happening, links, and how you can be part of art.
To participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim map, listing and website, contact Brock at 360-460-3023 or [email protected].