A&E briefs — Feb. 21, 2024

Gospel concerts slated in Sequim

Dr. Calvin Taylor, a gospel music recording artist and composer who appears weekly on the Kids Praise TV program, offers free concerts at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 24, at Sequim Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane.

CDs and music books will be available for purchase after the afternoon concert.

For more information about the event, call 360-683-7373. For more about Taylor, visit calvintaylormusic.org.

Toastmasters to talk evaluations

Evaluation is a key to good speaking and possibly even winning a speech contest, local Toasmasters say.

Kyle Hall, the SKWIM Toastmasters’ featured speaker, will share the truths and tricks of better evaluations at the group’s next meeting set for 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the KSQM 91.5 FM Radio broadcasting offices, 609 W. Washington St., and online (go to skwimtm.org).

The event is free, and open to the public both online and in-person.

During this 100-minute workshop, attendees will learn how to give a good evaluation and the dos and don’ts of effective evaluating.

Hall brings multiple skills learned from his 30 years in Toastmasters. He has been a district director, shepherded clubs in Washington state and Alaska, and won third place in the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2003.

“I am excited to hear Kyle’s speech” says Judy Sadler, Vice President of Public Relations. “He has a great sense of humor and uses it to make all of his presentations fun.”

SKWIM Toastmasters is part of Toastmasters International, a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that “empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.” The Sequim club meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the KSQM offices and on Zoom. Join through the link at skwimtm.org.

Exhibit featuring Indigenous women at PC’s Longhouse

Artwork by Ashley Frantz will be on display in ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse, 1502 E. Laurisden Blvd., Port Angeles, through April 18.

Winter quarter Longhouse gallery hours are 1:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays, and by appointment.

A Makah Tribal member, Frantz was born and raised in Port Angeles and graduated from Peninsula College and the Evergreen State College’s Native Pathways Program. She enjoys photography and working with fiber arts and recently started knitting with cedar rope. Her artwork will be on display in the Longhouse which focuses on healing through relationship with identity, celebrating womanhood, and coming into your age.

Frantz will share more about her work during Studium Generale set for 12:35 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, in the Little Theater on PC’s Port Angles campus. A free artist reception will be held later that day from 2-4 p.m. in the Peninsula College Longhouse.

For more information or to schedule a tour, email to longhouse@pencol.edu or call 360-417-7992.

Local textile art on display in PT

Art quilts, felted and textile sculptures and wearables are among the dozens of textile art on exhibit now at 675 Tyler St., Port Townsend, by Sequim and Port Townsend fiber artists.

The Fiber Habit window display, “Big Chill,” available 24/7 to passersby, is sponsored by Peninsula Fiber Artists (sda-np.com). Most pieces are available for purchase directly from the artist. ‘

Photo by Lora Armstrong/Peninsula Fiber Artists
The Peninsula Fiber Artists host a textile art on exhibit at 675 Tyler St., Port Townsend.

Photo by Lora Armstrong/Peninsula Fiber Artists The Peninsula Fiber Artists host a textile art on exhibit at 675 Tyler St., Port Townsend.

On exhibit through March are winter-themed pieces by Lora Armstrong, Lynn Gilles and Susan Melka of Sequim, and Leslie Dickinson, Caryl Fallert-Gentry, Sue Gale, Debra Olson and Barbara Ramsey of Port Townsend.

The Fiber Habit window exhibits created by members of Peninsula Fiber Artists change every two months. In April, Sequim artist Evette Allerdings will install “Funky Ladies,” and in June Port Townsend’s Debra Olson will open an exhibit of 16-inch wide panels.

The August-September Fiber Habit exhibit will be “Birds of a Feather” by Port Townsend’s Olson, Pat Herkal, Leslie Dickinson and Sue Gale.

The group’s “Color Play” exhibit will open April 2 at The Fifth Avenue in Sequim, and “Small Treasures” will open May 1 at Anne Milligan’s Gallery on North Sequim Avenue.

The organization meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., with sessions alternating between the Gardiner Community Center (March 13) and the Northwind Art classroom space at Fort Worden (April 10). Meeting are open to textile and fiber artists at no charge.

For details, see sda-np.com.

Fat Ferdie and the Stolen Sweet to take stage at OTA

Fat Ferdie and the Stolen Sweet, the jazz group that entertained local audiences on Black Friday and New Year’s, is back for another celebration: Leap Day.

Join Ferdie, Ed Donahue and Jessie Lee, as they get the Olympic Theatre Arts venue jumping from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29, at OTA, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Tickets are $15 and available at olympictheatrearts.org, or call the box office at 360-683-7236 between 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

Music will be a mix of Great American Songbook, rock, Latin and jazz standards.

Her Voice concert set in Port Angeles

Local musicians host a Her Voice fundraiser concert at 4 p.m. on March 10, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave. Port Angeles.

Supporting the Rapasky Scholarship Program, this event aims to empower local young women pursuing musical dreams.

Donations during the concert help fund the scholarship program.

For more information, contact Noah Smith at noah.smith201@gmail.com.