Old Time Fiddlers set jam session
Members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association meet for a jam session from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.
The jam session runs through 1 p.m., followed by a performance from 1-2 p.m.
The group will play “old time” music — a genre of North American folk music played on acoustic instruments, generally centering on a combination of fiddle and plucked string instruments including the guitar, banjo and mandolin. Association jams often include dobros, dulcimers, auto-harps and ukuleles. Come to play or just to learn or enjoy this traditional style of music.
There is no charge to attend, but donations in support of the group’s scholarship program are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack.
Strait Turners to meet
The Strait Turners Woodturning Club meets at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.
Demonstrator Carl Jacobsen will be presenting remotely thru Zoom, offering expertise in turning an urn with a brass insert for the lid. Masks are not required but can be worn for those seeking to join the group and expand knowledge of woodturning.
For more information, contact Jackie LeDoux at 360-457-5172 (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., after 5 p.m.), 360-452-5673 (12:30-5 p.m.) or JackieLeDoux2022@outlook.com.
St. Luke’s to host Ensemble Sangineto
Described as an “eclectic band” that “skillfully blends ancient harmonies and sonorities with modern rhythms,” Ensemble Sangineto comes to Sequim for a concert set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.
Admission is a $20-per-person free will offering.
The wide-ranging musical experiences of the individual members of Ensemble Sangineto converge to create fresh arrangements of traditional Irish, Scottish, Breton and Italian tunes and original compositions that reveal influences from many several musical genres — ranging from classical to folk, from Gregorian chant to musical, from pop to Celtic music.
For more information, visit ensemblesangineto.com/ensemble.
PA Players to put on special brunch performance
The Port Angeles Community Players host a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14, in conjunction with their Main Stage Production of Richard Bean’s comedy, “One Man, Two Govnors,” at the PA Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
A ticketed event that will include brunch of scones, fruit kebab, quiche (meat and vegetarian option) and dessert as well as a mimosa, rose for mom and a picture portrait. Doors open for guests at 11:30 a.m., brunch service begins at 11:45 a.m. and features pre-show entertainment.
After brunch, guests can get their picture taken in a special photo area and then will be seated to watch the afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. (show ticket included in the brunch special ticket purchase).
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at pacommunityplayers.org. Deadline to purchase tickets and reserve a spot is Wednesday evening, May 10.
For more information, call 360-452-6651.
PC lauds student art
The 2023 Olympic Peninsula High School Art Exhibition is on display in the PUB Gallery of Art at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Luridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, through Friday, May 12.
The juried exhibition features a total of 44 works of art including paintings, drawings, linocut prints, photography, digital art, ceramics, metalwork, and mixed media artwork created by Port Angeles, Crescent, Port Townsend and Quilcene high school students.
Award winners are: Sara Eldridge, Best of Show; Claudia Wilcox, Best of 2-D; Kayden Faller, Best of 3-D; Luca Campbell, Best of Photography & Digital Art; Deakon Budnek, Second in 2-D; Kayden Faller, Second in 3-D; Elizabeth Storm, Second in Photography & Digital Art.
Honorable Mention recipients include Kristian Escano, Jordan McTear, Eania Ziese, Eli Fox, Panya Cao, Pema Anuthea Hutter-Rennilson,and Biaani Egeler.
The PUB Gallery of Art is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Images of the exhibition may be viewed on the Peninsula College PUB Gallery of Art Facebook page.
PAFAC sets annual ‘Art in Bloom’ exhibit
The Port Angeles Fine Art Center will host their annual Art in Bloom Pop Up exhibit over Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-14, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art in Bloom will feature colorful floral designs in response to the Center’s current exhibition, “What’s For Lunch?,” a Flower Bar and a Plant-a-Pansy station.
Gallery visitors will be able to enjoy original floral designs paired with the fiber art that inspired them. On Saturday, visitors can purchase a ticket for the Flower Bar from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and children 12 and younger can plant a pansy for free from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Flower Bar tickets are $35 for PAFAC members and $40 for the general public and can be purchased at pafac.kindful.com/e/flower-bar-2023.
Seven of the Peninsula’s floral designers will use flowers, greenery and other natural materials to create original arrangements in response to artwork in the exhibit. Designers participating in this year’s event from the Port Angeles Garden Club include Pamela Ehtee, Billie Fitch, Bernice Cook, Patty Wheatley, Tina Cozzolino, Mary Lou Paulson and Linda Nutter. They hold certificates in floral design and judging and are members of the Olympic Peninsula Judges Council of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs.
Learn more about the arts center at pafac.org.
Group’s guest night is May 16
Juan de Fuca Harmony, formerly known as the Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus, is continuing 2023 with a second guest night. The group is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and was originally chartered in 1983 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Juan de Fuca Harmony will be welcoming all men and women interested in singing with the chorus to be their guests at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, Sunland Golf and Country Club, 109 Hilltop Dr.
The chorus will welcome guests with a few songs and then get everyone involved in learning a few short simple songs called “tags,” which are arranged to quickly getting everyone singing in four-part harmony.
The Juan de Fuca Harmony group is under the direction of Linda Muldowney. Rehearsals are at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Sunland Golf Club.
For more information, visit juandefucaharmony.org or send a text message or call Ron (907-602-7008), Linda (360-775-6547) or Rich (360-460-2801).
Eco-printing demo on tap
Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., is hosting an eco-printing demonstration from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The public is welcome to the free event.
Gallery member Marilyn Hiestand will showcase basic techniques of creating eco printing using vegetation and a microwave. Eco printing is a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of creating designs on fabric or paper using plant materials such as leaves, bark, seeds or flowers.
A lifelong artist and maker, Hiestand has worked with fiber and fabrics, watercolor as well as mixed media collage. She will show examples of her eco prints and collages. Attendees will also be able to ask questions to better understand the eco-printing technique.
Blue Whole Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, visit bluewholegallery.com or find the gallery on Facebook and Instagram.
Local author self-publishes
Local author Tony Chiodo recently released “Sweet Blindness,” a self-published tongue-in-cheek sci-fi novella, now available on Amazon.
Chiodo has published two historical novels, “Callie’s Revolution” and “Quanah and Mackenzie” on Amazon and a semi-autobiographical novel, “Year of the Cat.”
In “Sweet Blindness,” four aliens from the planet Xaria befriend a college librarian in the sedate town of Zephyr, Texas. The tale careens from dream world rendezvous, a showdown with the Neanderthalish Draks in the Chihuahuan Desert, and an alien named Fria’s quest to make love to Jack Kerouac.