PORT TOWNSEND — Only 12, Aloura Remy will host a show of her work at the Jefferson County Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend on Saturday.
The young artist’s work will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, 540 Water St., on Saturday. Those without invitations to the show can tell those at the front desk that they are there for Aloura’s show and will be let in without having to pay museum admission.
Aloura is not new to Port Townsend’s art scene. She put on a similar show at the museum in July and sold 26 of the 30 pieces she had on display.
According to Aloura’s mother, Adelita Jorquera, her daughter always had an interest in art but began creating consistently when she was 7.
“That was when she really started doing art on a regular basis,” Jorquera said.
Aloura was not available for comment Thursday.
Aloura is inspired by the natural world, specifically the beaches and ocean near Port Townsend and Sequim, where she’s spent the majority of her life, her mother said.
“She is really, really comfortable with sea animals or anything to do with the sea,” Jorquera said. “She is inspired by a lot of sea creatures and sea birds — things she sees on the beaches around here.”
However, Aloura’s love for the sea extends further than just her art. Home-schooled, Aloura has been volunteering with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center for three years.
She has even turned some of her artworks into cards, which she has sold as a way to raise funds for the marine science center as well as Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.
According to her website, www.alourasart.com, where people can buy some of Aloura’s art, she is inspired by the natural world but loves to embellish it with her imagination, especially when it comes to color.
Aloura’s art also comes with an educational message: On her website, each piece comes with facts about the creature in it. Accompanying a drawing of an otter and a sea star, one of the pieces for sale, is the note that sea otters have built-in pockets under their arms.
Currently, Aloura prefers to use colored pencils and pastels for her works of art, but Jorquera said she’s also been dabbling in computer graphics and animation.
“Her plan is to go to art school and to continue to pursue art,” said Jorquera. “Her ultimate goal is to work for Disney as an animator. That’s why she’s been practicing and looking into how to do animation recently.”
Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5550, or at [email protected].