PORT ANGELES — Do a crab walk across downtown Port Angeles this evening while viewing crustacean-inspired artwork and meeting the artists who created it during 2nd Weekend Art Event.
The recurring art event, taking place the second weekend of each month, was founded about 10 years ago by the Port Angeles Arts Council as a coalition of downtown Port Angeles businesses and art galleries to bring attention to the culture and variety offered there, organizers said.
Some of the arts and activities this weekend are inspired by the 15th annual Dungeness Crab &Seafood Festival, going on this weekend in downtown Port Angeles, organizers said.
Here’s a cross section of events:
• Landing Artists Studio, 115 E. Railroad Ave., this weekend will host art demos and other activities in conjunction with Crab Fest.
“The Landing Artists Studio is pleased to welcome visiting Crab Fest guests,” said Pamela Dick, an event organizer.
The studio is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Wednesdays, and will reopen for the 2nd Weekend Art Event from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Light desserts will be served.
Throughout the weekend, art demonstrations will be provided by Dick, Larry Bennett, Linda Stadtmiller, Susan Cleaves and Diana Rhodes.
“The artists are always happy to have people watch them and explain their methods and materials,” Dick said.
“Come visit this most unique and welcoming space where you can sit and enjoy yourself before or after a wonderful Crab Fest meal.”
In addition, the public is invited to a Crab Fest Rock Painting Party, with tables set up all weekend. No previous painting experience is required.
“The object is to have fun and meet some new people,” Dick said.
“The finished rocks will be photographed and placed on the Port Angeles Rocks Facebook page. You can hide them or we will.”
Rocks and paint will be provided along with artistic encouragement.
“Come join the fun,” Dick said.
The Landing Artists Studio is located on the lower floor of The Landing mall.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/landingartistsstudio.
• Heatherton Gallery, located inside The Landing mall at 115 E. Railroad Ave., will host a fundraiser to benefit the Peninsula Friends of Animals (PFOA) from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
PFOA, a nonprofit organization, will have a display with literature, books and potholders for sale. In addition, PFOA will be given 30 percent of all art sales during this event.
The art on exhibition incorporates a crab theme in recognition of Crab Fest, said Sky Ann Heatherton, co-owner of Heatherton Gallery.
“Crabs are being reflected in a stained glass hanging, original watercolors, tiles, posters and cards,” she said.
The artists represented are Julie Senf, Janet Beers, Irene Loghry, Hideko Groecker, Janet Piccola, Jolene Sandborn, Priscilla Patterson, Robert Sullivan and Marilyn Evans.
“Collectively, the artists of Heatherton Gallery want to help members of our communities in Port Angeles, Sequim and Carlsborg by having fundraisers for nonprofit organizations,” Heatherton said.
“We may be a gallery of eclectic art and diverse artists but our hearts beat as one when our art can assist others,” added Thomas East, co-owner of Heatherton Gallery.
“Please join us for this worthy cause, helping the vulnerable animals in our communities.”
For more information, call 360-565-0308 or visit http://heathertongallery.biz/.
• Karon’s Frame Center, 625 E. Front St., will host a reception for artist Marcedes “Sadie” Perry from 6 to 8 tonight.
This event is free, family friendly and open to the public.
Perry was born and raised in Port Angeles, and is inspired by cats and kittens.
“Some wonderful people I knew had trapped some wild kittens,” Perry said.
“I took one look at the picture of my soon-to-be best friend with fur and knew she would become part of my family. I named her Quiche Lorraine. I found an intense desire to pick up my Prisma colored pencil and get to work on her portrait which I named ‘Sleeping Quiche.’ ”
After that, “I couldn’t put them down and I started drawing regularly,” Perry said.
“I have started doing many portraits of rescue kitties … and almost every portrait has a story behind it. When you look at one of my kitty portraits, I want you to see more than just an animal. I want you to look into their eyes and see who they are and love them as much as I have come to love them.”
For more information, call 360-565-0308.
• Harbor Art Gallery, 110 E. Railroad Ave., will host an artist reception for the 16 local artists who exhibit at the gallery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The art includes photography, paintings, block prints, sculpture, wood work, ceramics, glass and jewelry.
• Studio Bob, located upstairs at 118 ½ E. Front St., this weekend will host the Fiber Art Exhibition, a showcase of fiber arts by local and regional artists and artisans.
The exhibition will include spinning, felting, weaving, quilting, silk, knitting, crochet, costumes, fiber paintings, fiber sculpture and jewelry.
The artists will be on hand during a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit also will be open from noon 3 p.m. Sunday.