New artist group exhibits work

DUNGENESS — A new band of artists, the Open Gallery Art Group, is poised to unveil their creations at Groveland Cottage, 4861 Sequim-Dungeness Way this Saturday.

“We’re trying to create an avenue for the younger generation,” said organizer Maggie Parks of Sequim.

She’s helped to bring together a group of seven for Saturday’s show, which will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Visitors will find mixed-media works by Mateo Chavez, large-scale charcoal images by October Van Selus, metalwork with horseshoes and other objects by farrier Rick Dalan, photography by Brenda Kane and by Parks herself, and “graffiti graphics” by Luke Kisena, a staffer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula.

Kisena “is so amazingly talented,” Parks said, adding that he and other members of the Open Gallery Art Group want to offer demonstrations, classes and even art camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sequim and Port Angeles.

Also displaying art Saturday: Suzi Parks, Maggie Parks’ mother, who is the only non-local artist since she lives on Camano Island. Handcrafted paper is her specialty, with which she makes accordion-style scrapbooks and journals.

The Open Gallery Art Group will reappear next weekend during the Sequim Lavender Festival, Parks added.

The members will set up canopies in the parking lot of Hardy’s Market at the intersection of Old Olympic Highway and Sequim-Dungeness Way from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. July 16 and 17.

Parks, 26, is encouraging students to stop by the display to talk with the artists and to share their areas of interest when it comes to making art.

“We want to get them involved in something creative and hands-on,” Parks said.

For more details, search for Maggie Parks Photography on


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