Five-day Festival of Student Arts starts Tuesday at college

PORT ANGELES — Walkways will bloom, flights of fancy will become theater, and “junk” will become art — weather permitting — Tuesday.

The Festival of Student Arts, a kind of salad of visual and performing arts events, will be open to the public at the Peninsula College main campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Most of the attractions in the five-day festival are free, beginning with Tuesday’s Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest on the quad below the campus clock tower.

“Last year, it was packed,” said Rick Ross, director of athletics and student programs.

“We hope to see that happen again,” not only for the chalking itself from 7:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. but also for the free barbecue. That will go from noon till whenever the food runs out, Ross said.

There also will be a surprise event near the chalk art contest at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, he added — but all of this depends on precipitation.

Rain or the threat of rain will postpone the contest festivities until another day.

The college will also present 10 other art shows and performances, including parties celebrating the release of the Tidepools arts magazine and events marking the school’s 50th anniversary.

The schedule of presentations, — free unless otherwise noted — include:

— Student Arts Exhibition, PUB Gallery of Art, Tuesday through Saturday

— Photojournalism Student Exhibition, PUB Café, Tuesday through Saturday.

— “Junk Art Wars” exhibition of 50th anniversary-themed welding designs by Peninsula College welding students, all day Tuesday on the quad.

— The Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble presents “PC@50,” by music professor and composer David Jones in honor of the college’s 50th anniversary, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Maier Hall.

— ASC Grand Finale Talent Show, 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, PUB.

— Foothills Writers Series Tidepools reading and publication celebration, 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Maier Hall.

— PC Student Art Show reception, 4 p.m. Wednesday, PUB Gallery of Art.

— Studium Generale lecture, 12:35 p.m. Thursday Little Theater, featuring Festival of Student-Directed One-Act Plays preview, plus a Peninsula College 50th anniversary documentary and readings of original work by students of Spanish.

— Festival of Student Directed One Act Plays, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Little Theater; admission is $5 for the public and free for Peninsula College students.

The plays, some of which may have material not suitable for children, include: “Pirate Passion,” written and directed by Jim Guthrie; “The Tragic Tale of the Man who Fell in Love,” written by Michael Mills and directed by Sean Peck-Collier; “Sea of Star,” written by Gwendolynn Barbee-Yow and directed by John Manno.

Also, “Sparks Therapy,” written by Nikkole Adams and directed by Sam Faulk; “The Tale of Xavier Scott,” written and directed by John James; “Meeting of the Minds,” written by Jason Ridle and directed by Nikkole Adams; and “The Middle,” written by Nikkole Adams and directed by Jeremiah Paulsen.

— Tidepools 2012 awards ceremony and reading, 7 p.m. Saturday, Raymond Carver Room, Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

For more details, see www.PenCol.edu, phone 360-452-9277 or find Peninsula College on Facebook.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345 ext. 5062 or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

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