June Echternkamp is one of the featured artists at the Blue Whole Gallery in July. “Sailing,” a stained glass work, is one of her many pieces on display. (Submitted photo)

June Echternkamp is one of the featured artists at the Blue Whole Gallery in July. “Sailing,” a stained glass work, is one of her many pieces on display. (Submitted photo)

First Friday goes purple on July 1

SEQUIM — Purple abounds in Sequim this July and the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is no exception.

The free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim continues 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight and keeps going the first Friday of each month. Visit SequimArtWalk.com for a map and links.

This month, the color theme is purple, the color of Sequim’s famous lavender blooms.

“The color purple represents mesmerizing potential, magical camaraderie, thoughtfulness, cultivated dignity, supportive spiritual significance and impressive extravagance,” said First Friday organizer Renne Emiko Brock.

“Those sweet lavender flowers come in purple, violet, mauve, orchid, lilac, indigo, amethyst, plum, pink and even white. You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in tints and shades of purple as fellow Sequimmers prepare for Sequim Lavender Season.”

Among the attractions today will be the Blue Whole Gallery’s show “Finding Magic in Nature.”

The cooperative artist gallery at 129 W. Washington St. is featuring stained glass artist June Echternkamp and abstract photographer Katherine Loveland.

Both will be present today, starting at 5 p.m.

The gallery’s usual hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The gallery adheres to the Clallam County Public Health guidelines.

For more about the Blue Whole, see http://www.bluewholegallery.com.

Other special events tonight are:

• Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., will host Jeremiah and Danika Johnson of Miss Bee Haven Apiary, food artisans and local farm. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jeremiah will speak on beekeeping and their honey operation.

• Pacific Mist Books, Cards & Gifts, 122 W. Washington St., will host artist Diane Fatzinger, SticksNStones, one of a kind original handmade “wee little artwork” created using pebbles, driftwood, twigs, ferns, shells and seaglass.

• Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., the City Arts Advisory Commission (CAAC) will open the “Pacific Northwest Wonder” juried exhibition in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 29.

An Open Music Jam will be on the plaza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight. Residents and visitors are invited to bring their musical instruments and voices and participate in the open jam session.

The CAAC received 31 entries and selected 16 pieces for the exhibit.

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The Sequim Museum & Arts, 175 W. Cedar St., will host “The American West: A Celebration. A Photo Essay by Jeff Hart.” The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will continue through the month of July.

• Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat Boutique Store, 213 E. Washington St., will host live music by The OG.

• Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., will host live music Tin Sandwich, a local duo Marty and Marilyn Kaler, performing some blues and rock from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Peninsula Art Friends also displays its water medium art exhibit.

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

• Sequim Spice and Tea, 139 W. Washington St., has heart-filled unique art including glass, pottery, illustration and photography of local artists.

• Rainshadow Café, 157 W. Cedar St., will host from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. live music with Dawn & Steve. Singing and dancing is encouraged.

• Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave. will host Stardust Big Band’s “All American Jazz” concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($17.76 promo code USA) and $5 students at the OTA box office or OlympicTheatreArts.org. For more information, call the theatre at 360-683-7326.

To participate as an artist and/or venue, contact Brock at 360-460-3023 or renneemiko@gmail.com.

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