A&E briefs — Jan. 18, 2023

Cool Jam & the Marmalades to play Elks lodge

Community members are invited to dance and enjoy the music of Cool Jam & the Marmalades, from 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.

Cost is $12 for guests, $10 for elks members.

For more information, contact Richard Crowell 360-775-0872 or olytoo52@gmail.com.

Solo ‘EcoArt’ exhibition set at Peninsula College

A solo exhibition by artist Karen Hackenberg titled “EcoArt” will be featured in Peninsula College’s PUB Gallery of Art from Jan. 18-March 16. She will also be the featured speaker at the college’s March 2 Studium Generale presentation.

Hackenberg received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts/painting from Rhode Island School of Design, moved west to live for a decade and a half in San Francisco, and now lives and works near Port Townsend.

Her beach plastic paintings take a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation and present a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of imaginary post-consumer sea creatures. Her work is represented by Patricia Rovzar Gallery (Seattle) and has been featured in LoDown Magazine (Berlin, Germany) and BlackBook Magazine (Brooklyn, NY).

The PUB Gallery of Art is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The March 2 Studium Generale presentation is free and open to the public and will begin at 12:35 p.m.

OPAA scholarships available

Applications are now open for Olympic Peninsula Art Association’s (OPAA) 2023 student scholarships.

The deadline for the online portfolio and application is 10 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

Association members raise money throughout the year to fund scholarships given to graduating Clallam County high school seniors in an effort to encourage students to continue their artistic studies in college, technical or trade school.

Students do not need to major in art to apply. To be considered for a scholarship, a student must submit an online art portfolio containing a maximum of six original artworks. The portfolio of works may come from one medium or any combination of mediums, and may be from any art category.

Students interested in submitting a portfolio and application should go to the OPAA website at opaagroup.org for complete directions, requirements and a link to the online application form.

Original artwork of scholarship recipients must also be available for display in the annual OPAA Members’ Art Show scheduled for Dec. 1, 2023.

Artwork from previous scholarship recipients may also be viewed on the website.

For more information, or to recommend a student for the scholarship, email the scholarship coordinator at amilliganart@hotmail.com.

Last year, OPAA awarded $3,000 in scholarships and merit awards.

Woodturners to meet Jan. 21

The Strait Turners January meeting and demonstration will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

The meeting will also be held on Zoom.

This month’s demonstration will be an “Introduction to Woodturning.” After the meeting, members host a show-and-tell session, followed by a presentation given by one or more of our members discussing the basics of woodturning.

Members will then have several static display stations set up with an experienced member manning each station to display.

For a Zoom link or more information, contact Matthew Barton at matbarton@olypen.com or 360 271-5928.

Story sing-along set at Sequim Library

Families are invited to sing along with the mellow tunes of Paper Tooth for a calming evening concert to enjoy before bedtime at a concert set for 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Paper Tooth’s story-songs, concert organizers say, provide a soothing environment for children to play, think and create. All songs are accompanied by acoustic instruments, dancing and puppets. This free, 45-minute performance is best suited for ages 4-6, but all ages are welcome.

Sarah Schwiethale is the voice behind Paper Tooth. She worked as a pediatric nurse in Chicago and Portland, and led music sessions with children. After becoming a mother in 2020, she and her family relocated to Port Angeles.

This program is funded in part by local Friends of the Library groups.

For more information about this and other youth library programs, visit nols.org, call 360-374-6402 or email to youth@nols.org.

Entries accepted for ‘Very Short Film Festival’

All are welcome to submit their short film — from one to 10 minutes – on the theme of “Dating” for this year’s Very Short Film Festival, slated for Thursday, March 16, at Peninsula College.

“Dating” is open to interpretation and may include anything from carbon dating to edible dates (those sticky, sweet things), to humans dating humans.

Students from this quarter’s Drama 124 course at PC will act as judges for this year’s submissions. Dr. Lara Starcevich and veteran filmmaker Mark Schwartz are co-teaching the class that covers the fundamentals of screenwriting, acting and directing.

Starcevich has been teaching Speech and Drama at Peninsula College since 2008. She’s a writer, actor, director, teacher, and mom of kids and fur babies (three cats, two dogs) for longer than she wants to admit. She also performs stand-up comedy at open mics whenever she can and has written a book with a very long title: “The Diary of a Hippie, Single Mom who Vents on Social Media because it’s Cheaper than Therapy.”

Schwartz is an award-winning filmmaker whose diverse experience as a producer, director, and writer ranges from indie feature films (selected for New Directors, Santa Barbara, Mill Valley Festivals), to screenplays optioned by major entertainment industry producers and studios, to social justice documentaries (selected for Sundance, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, London, Berlin, Chicago Festivals).

Submissions, due March 1, need to be in MP4 format and sent to laras@pencol.edu.

For more information, contact Starcevich at laras@pencol.edu.

NOLS’ Trivia Night held on Zoom

Join the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) for fun trivia nights on Zoom. Play on your own or make a team.

Sign up in advance at nols.org/trivia to receive the Zoom link and information for team play.

“Trivia Nights @ NOLS” is held at 6:30 p.m. on the final Friday of January and February.

On Jan. 27, trivia from “The Golden Girls sitcom” that first aired in the 1980s and ’90s will reveal true fans. Then, participants will explore conspiracy theories on Feb. 24 with trivia about cryptid and alien activity, parallel universes, and more.

This program is funded in part by local Friends of the Library groups.

For more information about library programs and services, visit nols.org, email to discover@nols.org or follow North Olympic Library System on Facebook and Instagram.

Celtic concert set for Feb. 3 at St. Luke’s in Sequim

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., hosts a Celtic concert featuring Seán Gavin and Johnny B Connolly at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.

Admission is a $20-$25 donation at the door. Tea and cookies are available at intermission ($10).

Gavin, a uilleann piper and whistle/flute player, the first and only musician born outside Ireland to win the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal. He tours regularly with Téada, as well as solo and other projects, and was musical director for the PBS program, “I Am Ireland.” See SeanGavinMusic.com.

Connolly is a Dublin-born accordionist whose playing has become a byword in traditional circles. He toured around the world with other great artists including Solas, Kevin Burke, Nuala Kennedy, Ged Foley, Tony Furtado, Aidan Brennan and Casey Neill.

The pair are playing at the Quimper Grange in Port Townsend on Feb. 2, and at the Phinney Center in Seattle on Feb. 4.

Submitted photo / Johnny B Connolly, a Dublin-born accordionist, joins Seán Gavin, a uilleann piper and whistle/flute player, at a Celtic concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim on Feb. 3.

Submitted photo / Johnny B Connolly, a Dublin-born accordionist, joins Seán Gavin, a uilleann piper and whistle/flute player, at a Celtic concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim on Feb. 3.