WEEKEND: Jefferson museum plans party tonight, ribbon-cutting Saturday

PORT TOWNSEND — A party tonight and a new exhibit opening Saturday will celebrate the renaming of the museum at 540 Water St.

The facility, which has been known as the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum, is now renamed the Jefferson County Museum of Art and History.

The party is planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

The cost for the event, which includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and music, is $50 for historical society members and $75 for nonmembers.

“Contemporary Expressions of the Northwest: Fine Art from the Robert and Nora Porter Collection” is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Saturday when a ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the new name.

Porter, a Port Townsend civic and political leader who died in November at the age of 75, left the museum about 80 pieces of unique local art.

The new display will feature work by Patricia Fitzgerald, Galen Garwood, Max Grover, Anne Hirondelle, Kim Kopp, Evangeline Nakano, Linda Okazaki, Carolyn Watts, Thomas T. Wilson, Martha Worthley and Stephen Yates.

Many of the artists featured in the exhibit will be on hand for tonight’s benefit and Saturday’s ribbon-cutting.

The exhibition will remain in place through December.

For more information, phone 360-385-1003 or visit www.jchsmuseum.org.

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