“Orange Flowers” by Mary Hiestand, a featured artist at the Blue Whole Gallery in March, will be on display during the First Friday Art Walk. (Mary Hiestand)

“Orange Flowers” by Mary Hiestand, a featured artist at the Blue Whole Gallery in March, will be on display during the First Friday Art Walk. (Mary Hiestand)

First Friday Art Walk Sequim celebrates March in glorious green

Self-guided tour available for monthly art walk in Sequim

SEQUIM — The fifth annual Sequim Sunshine Festival starts on Friday during the First Friday Art Walk.

Art-related events include Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe citizen Mackenzie Grinnell sharing “Why it is Always Sunny in Sequim” at 5:10 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St., and the Interactive Light Experience by Ross Brown at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 E. Washington St., throughout Friday and Saturday.

The festival also features work by 2024 Sunshine Festival Poster Artist Mary Lewis of Sequim.

“For the last few years, I have focused on using upcycled magazines as my principle medium,” Lewis said.

“I incorporate techniques stemming from creating mosaics, stained glass, collage and painting. Colors and patterns are cut out of magazines into pieces and glued together into a ‘mosaic.’ As an upcycled magazine artist, I chose to do somewhat of a direct representation of the Sunshine Festival and its most popular events, with the sun of course being the focal point. Sunshine is something the entire community looks forward to seeing more of after a long winter.”

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, find special events and links, and learn how to be part of art.

First Friday Art Walk Sequim’s color theme for March is green, with its hints of promising starts, spring sprouting, revitalized good fortune and motivated anticipation.

Special events

• Navy Band Northwest Popular Music Group’s five-piece band will perform free of charge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Olympic Theatre Arts Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

• Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., has “Here Come Spring!” with Marilyn Hiestand and John Bertholl. Hiestand’s mediums range from watercolors to silk painting. Bertholl moved to Sequim 10 years ago and got “hooked” on working with driftwood.

• Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave., hosts the “Inspiration/Exploration,” a traveling Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) exhibition in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Art Gallery.

Pacific Mist Books, 122 W. Washington St., hosts an evening of poetry readings with Jaiden Dokken, who will be selling their poetry zines and some other written goodies. Dokken is currently serving as Clallam County’s first poet laureate.

• River House Bakery & Cafe, 120 W. Bell St., hosts local artists. This month, the North Olympic Watercolor (NOW) collective presenting artists are Terri Adams, Gayle Brauner, Annette Clem, Connie Drysdale, James Gift, Shannon Goose, Marilyn Heistand and Sue Rescigna.

• The A. Milligan Art Studio & Gallery, 520 N. Sequim Ave., features the artworks of Cat Stanfield and Pat Warner.

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

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

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

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

• Sequim Habitat Boutique Store, 213 E. Washington St., offers live music with Reckless Dove (formerly The OG) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is a store for Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County.

• 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., is a destination home and garden store that hosts one of their local makers.

At Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., offers crafted wines and tidbits.

• La Petite Maison Blanche, 213 E. Washington St., features pastel artist Susan Kuznitsky with gifts and treats throughout the shop.

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

To participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim map, listing and website, contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renne@uniqueasyou.com. Artists of any media are encouraged to get information to her for publicity and opportunities.

The Art Walk Facebook page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk.

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