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Library Art Walk features photographer

The Sequim Library joins Sequim's First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Aug. 6.

The Art in the Library reception for featured artist Jan Kepley is "after hours," from 5-8 p.m.

His work will be on display, light refreshments will be available and live jazz will be performed between 5:30-7:30 p.m. by the Ed Donohue Quartet.

Limited library services will be available during the after-hours event.

Kepley is a professional photographer with roots in classical music, painting and writing. He started dabbling with a camera in 1977 and is totally self-taught.

When he and his wife, Kay, moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 1980, he started learning macro imagery. Using his backyard as his studio, he developed his fine art skills. A 1987 article in Peninsula Magazine entitled "Jan Kepley - Artist or Photographer?" led to gallery shows, a greeting card line and slide performances coordinated with music and prose.

Kepley has taught photography at Peninsula College and led workshops for Olympic Park Institute, North Cascades Institute and the National Wildlife Federation. The Kepleys have run Natural Light Photography from their home east of Sequim since 1985.

He describes himself saying, "I don't think of myself as a photographer, a writer or an artist. I don't believe in talent, but in process, intent, patience and the worth of doing the little things. My close-up images are accomplished by photographing in prime natural light with minimum depth of field so that the subjects stand dreamlike in a luminescent wash of color, often appearing more painting than photograph."

Art in the Library is a collaborative library/community art project featuring rotating exhibits by local artists. The program is made possible by generous contributions from the Friends of Sequim Library and by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Randy Radock, who schedules the artists and designs the displays.

The Sequim Library is at 630 N. Sequim Ave. For more information, contact Lauren Dahlgren, Sequim Library branch manager, at 683-1161 or or visit and click on "Events."

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