A&E briefs — July 5, 2023

Lavender melodrama returns to OTA stage

Olympic Theatre Arts’ annual lavender melodrama is back, and just in time!

“Lavender Lawlessness, or This Buds for You!” is set for three weekends of shows starting July 7. Check out performances at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, July 7-23, at the OTA Main Stage, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Cheer the hero, boo the villain and sigh for the damsel in distress in over-the-top melodrama based on the mythical history of the Pacific Northwest and Sequim. The performance includes the new olio (vaudeville) act, “The Boyz in das Boat,” that hysterically tells the heroic story of the 1936 Olympic gold medal rowing team.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students.

Get tickets or more information at olympictheatrearts.org or by calling the box office at 360-683-7326 between 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

‘Terminus’ exhibit on tap

Olympic National Park, in partnership with the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Washington’s National Park Fund and Discover Your Northwest, kicks off the summer of “Terminus: A Glacier Memorial Project” with the opening exhibit reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

In collaboration with volunteer artists, the park’s Artist-In-Parks program looks to acknowledge impacts of climate change and exploring how to come together to care for the natural world.

Forty-three volunteer artists have created poems, paintings, quilts, animations, music, dance and more to memorialize the 40 major or named glaciers in Olympic National Park.

While the art will be “housed” virtually on the park’s website (nps.gov/olym/terminus.htm), for one time only most of the art will be exhibited at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

Visitors can view the exhibition in person at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., during regular gallery hours (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), Thursday-Sunday, July 7-Sept. 3.

City calls for Sunshine festival poster art

The Sequim Sunshine Festival Committee is seeking applications from artists to develop artwork for the 2024 Sequim Sunshine Festival poster and promotional materials.

The selected artist receives $500 and a table or booth at the 2024 Sequim Sunshine Festival marketplace.

To apply, submit an application and three digital samples of existing work by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1 — only digital applications will be considered — at form.jotform.com/221794280228054.

All entries will be juried by a subcommittee of the Sequim Sunshine Festival planning committee by Aug. 9, and artists will be notified by Aug. 11.

The 2024 Sequim Sunshine Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. Learn more at visitsunnysequim.com. Or contact Barbara Hanna, City of Sequim’s communications and marketing director, at 360-681-3422 or bhanna@sequimwa.gov.

Invite opens to annual artist studio tour

Applications are being accepted to participate in the second Strait from the Artists Studio Tour — a celebration and sale of precious art by local artists working in cooperation on the Olympic Peninsula.

The tour is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12.

Deadline for applications is Monday, July 10. Apply at straitfromtheartists.com/apply. Applications include a $40 artist registration fee.

Strait from the Artists Studio Tour is a self-guided, free and open to the public, tour of multiple artist studios and exhibition spaces from along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Attendees can visit, view and learn directly from the artists about their diverse creative processes and the imaginative community-minded efforts of their work.

For more information, email Renne Emiko Brock at renne@uniqueasyou.com.

Learn to draw comics

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) invites youths in grades 4-7 to “Draw Comix and Graphic Novels with Dana Sullivan,” a drawing workshop focusing on comics and graphic novels, taught by artist and author Dana Sullivan.

The Port Townsend-based artist will be at Sequim Middle School, 301 W. Hendrickson Road, from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday July 13. Sullivan will be at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 3-4 p.m. the same day.

Other events on Sullivan’s schedule include: 11 a.m.-noon at the Forks Library, and 3-4 p.m. at the Clallam Bay Library on Tuesday, July 11.

No registration is needed and all supplies are provided by the library. Event details can be found at nols.org/drawcomix.

Sullivan has written and illustrated several picture books and the award-winning graphic novel series “Dead Max Comix.” Learn more about Sullivan at danajsullivan.com.

Storytelling session set at Sequim gallery

Join four members of the Olympic Peninsula Authors’ Writers Read group for an afternoon of storytelling from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St. This free event is open to the public.

Featured storytellers include: John Bertholl, one of Blue Whole Gallery’s own artists and a veteran of story slams; D’mitre Gerisimenko, who will tell stories of his youth in Russia; Nessa Goldman, co-host of Olypen Story Slam, and Heidi Hansen, co-host of the Olympic Peninsula Authors.

Olympic Peninsula Authors (OPA) is dedicated to increased awareness of the many diverse and talented authors working and/or writing about this part of Washington state.

Blue Whole Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays. Visit bluewholegallery.com.

Enjoy outdoor movies at Fort Worden

Port Townsend Film Festival and Fort Worden Hospitality are hosting a new outdoor movie series, set for Saturday evenings in July.

“Backyard Movies at the Fort” offer four free, family-friendly movies that each start at 9 p.m. on the Fort Worden Commons Lawn at the state park in Port Townsend.

The schedule includes:

• Saturday, July 8 — “Bend it Like Beckham” (PG-13), 112 minutes

• Saturday, July 15 — “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (PG-13), 120 minute

• Saturday, July 22 — “Billy Elliot” (PG-13), 110 minutes

• Saturday, July 22 — “Bring It On” (PG-13), 99 minutes

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating, along with warm clothing and blankets. A selection of snacks and beverages (including adult drinks), will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit ptfilmfest.com/backyard.