AE briefs — May 15, 2024

Short reading session at Blue Whole Gallery

The Olympic Peninsula Authors (OPA) will be reading their short prose pieces from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

The writers will be reading pieces that may be a short story, essay, memoir or longer prose poem.

“Come and listen to the writers get wordy,” said Linda Myers of the Olympic Peninsula Authors.

For more information about the gallery, visit

Port Angeles concert set to support Ukraine

Cellist Ian Maksin is the featured performer at a Ukraine benefit concert set for 7 p.m. Monday, May 27, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles.

Tickets for the concert titled “Songs of Vagabond Cello For Peace” are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Get tickets online at

Woodturners group to meet Saturday

The Strait Turners Woodturning Club will be meeting at a new time — 10 a.m. — on Saturday, May 18, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road.

Group leaders say this will be the club’s new time moving forward for meetings held the third Saturday of each month.

This month’s presentation is a remote demonstration, “A Log to Bowl,” by Rick Urban of North Carolina.

PAFAC sets auction for youth art education

The Port Angeles Fine Art Center hosts an upcoming online auction showcasing a curated selection of artworks by exhibiting artist Jyoti Duwadi.

The selected artworks have been donated by the artist, with 100% of the proceeds going towards Youth Art Education programming at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center (PAFAC).

The artworks will be available for bidding during the final days of the current exhibition, “Reimagining the Intersection of Art & Environment – Exploring Natural & Repurposed Materials,” on display at the center through May 26.

PAFAC partners with local schools to offer classroom arts education, free school field trips, and provide free or low-cost arts education opportunities throughout the year.

In the past year, PAFAC representatives said, they have worked with 14 local classrooms providing more than 150 hours of education, field trips for 19 classes and have engaged with 1000+ students through their programs, arts stations, workshops and summer camps.

“The donation of these incredible artworks is a huge gift to our organization, and we are deeply grateful for Jyoti’s generosity and commitment to Youth Art Education,” gallery and programs director Stacey Rekkedahl said. “We are hopeful that art appreciators on the Peninsula and beyond will help us reach our fundraising goal in order to support access to the arts for our youngest community members.”

The PAFAC spends about $73,000 annually to maintain its youth programs and relies on grants, donations and program revenue to support those programs. The PAFAC hopes to raise a minimum of $7,000 through the auction to help offset the cost of that youth programming.

Community dance slated in Port Townsend

The next Port Townsend Community Dance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Port Townsend’s Bobbi Nikles, Jere Canote and Jack Dwyer will be serving up dance tunes, and the caller is Susan Michaels of Vashon Island.

Attendees can expect a mixture of traditional Appalachian squares, active squares, reels, circles, mixers and contras. All dances will be taught; beginners and experienced dancers are welcome. All ages encouraged.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and, if possible, arrive on foot or by bicycle.

Cost is a donation is $10 per person or $20 for a family,though no one will be turned away.

For more information, call Dave Thielk at 971-266-3170.