First Friday Art walk embraces art with heart and red color theme

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:30am
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First Friday Art Walk Sequim

When: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2

Where: Various venues in Sequim

On the web:,

City postpones PNW art exhibit

An official opening commemorating permanent art installations and an artist reception at the Sequim Civic Center has been postponed March, in conjunction with the Sequim First Friday Art Walk that month. The events were originally scheduled to coincide with the First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 2, but has been delayed, city officials said. The event will now be held from 4-5 p.m. Friday, March 2, and the Civic Center open 5-7 p.m. for exhibit viewing. The exhibit highlights original pieces from Pacific Northwest artists and tie into the history of Sequim. Themes that were incorporated into the Civic Center plaza design include: friendly community, bountiful prairie, innovative strong people, magnificent mountains, natural beauty, quiet waters and sunshine. For more information, call Charisse Deschenes, assistant to the City Manager, at 360-681-3432.

Celebrate some art with heart at the February’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim — an evening filled with love, red apparel, and passionate pursues incorporates warm hearts, virtues of fine wine and sweet treats.

Art Walk embraces red as the theme color that represents driven leadership, active endeavors, passionate affection and increased excitement. It is also National Wear Red Day to increase awareness of heart health. Find works of art and folks supporting the option to decorate and dress in all shades of red from blush to burgundy for the evening out on the town.

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun, free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. Visit online at to download and print a map, find special events, links and how you can be part of art.

The group’s mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity. This encouraging and educational arts event is sponsored and produced by unique as you/Renne Emiko Brock.

Special events

Sequim Museum & Arts features “Nature’s Miracles,” an art exhibition by Beverly Majors at 175 W. Cedar St., where nature’s never-ending variety of subject matter, either in its most subtle ways or wind and sand blasted by time, presents an array of possibilities. The beauty of the wind and water as it polishes driftwood is always captivating. Although these are not the only subjects painted, they are among the favorites. Most of the pieces are painted in acrylic and some in pastels; however, a newfound fondness of scratch art is starting to emerge.

At 129 W. Washington St., Blue Whole Gallery’s exhibition of “Grace, Beauty, and Attitude of Birds” features the artists of the month of February, digital painter Jeannine Chappell and sculptor Joyce Volmut. They showcase the beauty and spirit of birds in the art form. Meet the artists from 5-8 p.m. See

Alder Wood Bistro launches its re-opening after their annual January off by hosting the vibrant, bold and emotionally charged work of Thya Merz of T. Merz Studios from Port Townsend at 139 W. Alder St. Gabriel and Jessica Schuenemann are fired up and ready to get back to what they love — bringing people pleasure through food as an ephemeral expression of fresh, locally sourced and community supported cuisine.

Wind Rose Cellars, at 143 W. Washington St., will feature the Tony Flaggs Band, playing Rock and Americana, from 7-9 p.m. Also enjoy photography from Nicole Meyer, a local portrait and landscape photographer. The bistro will feature food specials and small plates tailored to their locally produced wines.

Rainshadow Café, at 157 W. Cedar St., has live music with Ches Ferguson along with locally-roasted coffee, Northwest craft beer, wine, and cheese platter’s and charcuterie plates from 6-8 p.m. Ferguson’s music has been described as “folkadelic groove for your soul,” taking listeners on a musical adventure by weaving originals, covers and improvisational journeys on guitar, flute and vocals.

At the Sequim North Olympic Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., linger over the featured the work of photographer and adventurer Genny Langworthy with at 6 p.m.reception, and enjoy experienced jazz saxophonist Craig Buhler performs at 6:30 p.m. (see side).

New to the Art Walk, discover tasty crafted outstanding brews and treats at the Peninsula Taproom at 210 W. Washington St., Suite 4.

Lamb Farm Kitchen at 272 W Bell St. is featuring artist Ivy Ross Ricci.

Olympic Theatre Arts welcomes to the stage, singer/songwriter, Sophia Engkvist at 5:30 p.m. in the Gathering Hall at 414 N. Sequim Ave. (see side).

Nourish hosts artist Daniel Owens with a “meet the artist” reception from 4-6 p.m., followed by the music of Nightingale, at 1345 S. Sequim Ave.

Learn more about the passion and process of artists at the Bag Ladies of Sequim at 161 W. Washington St. with spinning yarn and wire, beaded jewelry demonstrations.

About Art Walk

To create inclusion between venues, artists, and audience, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it.

Color themes are as follows: January is silver, February is red, March is green, April is pink, May is aqua, June is white, July is purple, August is yellow, September is blue, October is orange, November is brown and December is gold.

To participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim Map, Listing and Website, contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or Artists of any media are encouraged to get information to Renne for publicity and opportunities.

Join the Facebook page at

OTA presents the ‘Crystal Bowl Choir’ on First Friday

Olympic Theatre Arts welcomes to the stage, singer/songwriter, Sophia Engkvist, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, for Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk, in OTA’s Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Engkvist will share her music and “Crystal Bowl Choir” for what will be a unique sound experience featuring 11 crystal singing bowls, two alchemy bowls, Tibetan bells, chimes and Engkvist’s singing. Some songs are lively and make listeners want to dance and chant while others are gentle and peaceful, perfect for meditation.

“Feel free to bring mats, blankets and cushions for your comfort, if you would like to lay or sit on the floor,” Engkvist says.

There is no charge for admission to the performance. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase from OTA volunteers

Engkvist is a New Age musician with two recorded CDs, “When We Rise” and “What If A Day,” created with Carlsborg music producer Jeremy Cays. Recordings feature songs written and sung by Engkvist with orchestration arranged by Cays, infused with ethereal sounds of crystal bowls, as well as contributions from local musicians Jason Taylor, Al Harris, Nancy Rumbel, Kate Powers and Marlene Moore.

Engkvist plays bowls and sings for Blue Mountain Yoga+ in Carlborg, joining yoga classes led by Julia Buggy and Qigong led by teacher and Reiki healer Ben DeFrancisco. She also offers meditation concerts, sound bath workshops, and individual and small group sound sessions. Visit for more information about Engkvist’s work.

The Olympic Theatre Arts’ business office is open 11-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 360-683-7326.

Sequim Library puts spotlight on Buhler’s jazz, Langworthy’s photography

Experienced jazz saxophonist Craig Buhler will share live tunes at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

An artist reception celebrating the opening of the new Art in the Library exhibit — and featured artist Genny Langworthy — takes place at 6 p.m., immediately preceding Buhler’s performance.

Buhler is director and first tenor sax with Sequim’s Stardust Big Band and the Carmel Big Band Workshop. He is co-director of the Northwest Big Band Workshop and Director of the two Big Bands at Camp Heebie Jeebies. Among his 30 recording credits are nine CDs under his own name. He is a charter member of the acclaimed California rock band HONK, which toured nationally with the Beach Boys, Loggins & Messina, Chicago, Santana and others before audiences of more than 10,000. HONK has released five CDs and continues to sell out San Juan Capistrano’s Coach House as well as other California venues. Buhler is the author of two books on music: “New Ears Resolution” and “Keys to Music.”

Langworthy is an adventurer and photographer who often calls a kayak her office. She shoots mostly landscapes and seascapes, and many of the images are shot from water level in her trusty kayak. Her pieces capture the natural splendor of British Columbia, Western Washington, Quebec, Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia as well as Newfoundland Labrador. All of Langworth’s pieces are custom-framed by her and, as such, the framing is part of the artistry.

Limited library services will be available during this special after-hours reception. The Art in the Library program is made free to the public with support from the Friends of Sequim Library. For more information about this and other upcoming events, visit and select “Events” and “Sequim,” email to or call 360-683-1161.

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