Olympic Theatre Arts is setting the stage to showcase the arts in a way the theater has never done before.
Introducing “Heart for the Arts,” the new annual fundraiser offers to the Sequim community a three-dimensional experience of art from sight to taste to touch.
An artists’ reception and open house is set for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, when guests can get a sneak peak of the items up for both live and silent auction and enjoy refreshments before the annual fundraiser and event from 4:30-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.
“We’re hoping to create a more diverse view of art,” theater staff said.
This event also is meant to honor local artists and promote his or her work within the community, staff said.
There is a variety of artwork that will be available for purchase during the silent and live auctions at the event from Steampunk clocks to elaborate pieces of fused wood to driftwood sculptures and more.
Tammy Hall, an artist who specializes in several mediums, has her driftwood sculpture called “Pegasus” up for purchase in the live auction. She hand-picked each piece of driftwood and said the piece took her more than 100 hours to complete.
Toy Buillon works with her husband Tim to create repurposed works of art, such as their piece, “Rabbit Clock” which is made from carved wood and decorated with random items to create a working clock embodying a Steampunk theme. Their art also is available for purchase in the live auction.
“I love it (in Sequim) because there are a lot of artists here,” Toy Buillon said.
“Heart for the Arts” kicks off the evening with culinary arts by Jonathon Pabst of Pacific Pantry from 4:30-6 p.m. when guests can enjoy crafted pairings of gourmet tastes with local wines while viewing juried 3-D art for silent auction.
From 6-7 p.m., there is a live auction featuring several different works of art by local artists. The evening ends with a “culinary encore” from 7-8 p.m., when guests enjoy three prepared desserts paired with wine and cider.
Theater staff say proceeds from the event go toward the theater’s ongoing programs and making improvements to the theater’s building, such as new signage outside.
OTA aims to be a community theater and arts center, staff say, where different kinds of artists can come together and be celebrated.
For more information about “Heart for the Arts” call the theater box office at 360-683-7326.
Tickets are $75 per person and are available online at olympictheatrearts.org or at the box office from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.
Space is limited and theater staff advise guests to buy tickets early.