SEQUIM — Three new venues have been added to the First Friday Art Walk in Sequim tonight.
They are Sequim Community Makerspace Inventing Studio, Tracy Wealth Management and Evil Roy’s Elixirs Distillery.
Tonight’s color theme for the Sequim Art Walk, set from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., is blue.
The color blue relates to imagination, creativity, thoughtful research, inventive inspiration and reliable community-minded achievement, according to Renne Emiko Brock, who organizes the walk.
First Friday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month.
Visitors are invited to go to SequimArtWalk.com to download and print a map, find out what special events are happening and how they can be part of art.
New to the Art Walk is Community Makerspace Inventing Studio at 311 W. Turnhere Road.
The studio is owned by wood-bending designer and creator Brad Griffith, who opens to the public for hands-on activities and tours.
Visitors are welcome to explore and learn how to bend craft sticks safely without steam or boiling.
The public is invited to discover ways of making wood bend along with art, toys, crafts, gifts, furniture and the new woodshop of the future.
The building was Sequim’s Dungeness-Sequim Cooperative Creamery, built in 1914. It also can be accessed via West Hendrickson Road across from Sequim Middle School.
Also new to Art Walk is Tracy Wealth Management at 149 West Washington St., featuring Michelle Fast Horse Beads and artist Amy Watts.
Fast Horse was born and raised in Montana on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. She is a Native American/European whose parents inspired her to focus on heritage in her beadwork, and those rich traditions come alive with her brightly colored beadwork.
Watts, who works at Tracy Wealth Management, will exhibit mixed media artwork.
• Evil Roy’s Elixirs Distillery at 209 S. Sequim Ave. is also new. The distillery produces craft liquors using mostly Washington-grown raw ingredients. The public is invited to learn all about the process with educational liquor tasting and mini-cocktails.
• Rainshadow Café at 157 W Cedar St. will have live music by singer-songwriter Eileen Meyer along with locally roasted coffee, Northwest craft beer, wine, cheese platters and charcuterie plates.
Also at this week’s Sequim Art Walk:
• Sequim Museum and Art Center at 175 W. Cedar St. will present “Simply Black and White,” an exhibition of photographs by Witta Priester and ceramics by Linda Collins Chapman, both Sequim resident artists.
This show demonstrates how using strictly black and white as the artists’ palette can stimulate the creation of fine art, and how black and white can challenge and transform the viewer’s perception.
Priester has won numerous awards for her creative photography, including the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Clallam County Fair.
She competes locally and internationally and judges photo competitions.
Chapman has been a studio ceramicist for more than 40 years. Her award-winning art is collected on four continents and has been shown in galleries, invitational and juried shows from coast to coast.
There will be an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum, which is open to the public; admission is free.
• Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave., will host Ferhan Kayihan sharing poetic selections from two Sufi mystics, Yunus Emre and Omar Khayyam, in both Turkish and his own translations to English.
As part of a cultural experience that reflects the journey of the soul for these masters, the center will present classical Sufi music in the background and a brief film of the whirling dervish Sema ceremony.
A practicing Northwest dervish has been invited to offer the centuries old spiritual tradition of whirling, a repetition of turning around the heart, mirroring the movements of the celestial spheres.
First Friday at OTA is always free to the public. The snack and beverage bar will be open. Call 360-683-7326 for more information.
• Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W. Washington St. will exhibit the work of its artists of the month, Debbie Cain (gourd art) and Sally Cays (painting).
Cain and Cays, award-winning veteran artists and teachers, will showcase the gallery’s windows with unique pieces.
The community is welcome to join the opening of the new exhibit in the season of art, autumn bloom.
The exhibit will be on until the end of the month.
For information, go to www.bluewholegallery.com.