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Art in The Park

Sunlight streaking through the trees lit up a bright idea for volunteers at the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

After previous art shows and hosting artists during the annual River Festival, Julie Jackson, board member for the center, said featuring an extended art show made sense.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 14, the center will host its first Art in The Park, a show with more than 25 different artists and styles.

"The River Center is about stewardship and connecting people between the environment and art," Jackson said.

"Our ultimate goal is to help bring awareness to the River Center."

Each artist is allowed only one piece because Jackson said the space could hold only 30 artists comfortably.

"People are inspired by nature, so this is a 'natural' place to hold an art show for everyone," said Tuttie Peetz, a participating driftwood sculptor.

Some art will be for sale with a portion going to the River Center's educational fund.

Attendees can select the people's choice award, too.

Artists will demonstrate their work all day on Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16, crafting jewelry, driftwood, block prints, pottery and baskets.

Demonstrations also will be on weekdays, but less frequently, so call 681-4076 or check the center's Web site for more information at www.dungenessrivercenter.org.

Purposefully, no music was planned. Jackson said the setting in the woods wouldn't flow well with loud music.

"People want to come here and be peaceful," she said.

"At (other events with music), people try to get away from the music because it's too loud."

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, National Audubon Society and The Sauer Kraut restaurant sponsor Art in The Park.

"If you think the Dungeness River Audubon Center is only for bird lovers, wait until you see Art in The Park," said Shirley Anderson, co-chairwoman of the River Center's Education and Outreach Committee.

Visitors are encouraged to park in the lot near the park entrance and follow the trail to the River Center, as parking is limited.

To learn more about Art in The Park, contact Julie Jackson at 683-1355 or juliejackson@wavecable.com or visit the River Center on the Web at www.DungenessRiverCenter.org.



Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.



Art in The Park:

Where Art &

Nature Thrive

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 14-21 (closed Monday, Aug. 17)

Dungeness River

Audubon Center

2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim

Art demonstrations,

displays and food

Contact 681-4076 or visit

www.dungenessrivercenter.org for more information

Free admission

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