Star Pittman, organizer of Olympic Theatre Arts Center’s Tale Spinners, tells a “scary story” at the debut of the 2021-2022 Tale Spinners series just before Halloween. Photo courtesy of Olympic Theatre Arts Center

Star Pittman, organizer of Olympic Theatre Arts Center’s Tale Spinners, tells a “scary story” at the debut of the 2021-2022 Tale Spinners series just before Halloween. Photo courtesy of Olympic Theatre Arts Center

A&E briefs — Nov. 24, 2021

  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021 1:30am
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Strummers set concerts

Olympic Peninsula Ukulele Strummers (OPUS) will perform holiday concerts at the Port Angeles Festival of Trees this weekend and at Olympic Theater Arts in Sequim during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim in December.

The Festival of Trees program is from noon-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

The First Friday performance is set for 5-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Olympic Theater Arts Center Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Both shows will feature Christmas and other holiday songs including both traditional carols and contemporary tunes. The public is welcome to sing along.

Time Out set to hit OTA stage

Olympic Theatre Arts Center welcomes Time Out, a group of local musicians, for an evening of listening dancing, and socializing starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, at OTA’s Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Members of the band include: Ann Brittain, vocals; Ed Donahue, trumpet and flugelhorn; Andy Geiger, tenor saxophone; Chuck Easton, guitar; Elaine Gardner-Morales, bass; and Pete Harris, drums.

Time Out features songs from the Great American Songbook, Broadway shows, blues and easy listening.

Time Out, a group of local musicians that include (clockwise from top left) Pete Harris, Elaine Gardner-Morales, Chuck Easton, Ann Brittain, Ed Donahue and Andy Geiger, plays on the OTA Gathering Hall stage on Nov. 26. Submitted photos

Time Out, a group of local musicians that include (clockwise from top left) Pete Harris, Elaine Gardner-Morales, Chuck Easton, Ann Brittain, Ed Donahue and Andy Geiger, plays on the OTA Gathering Hall stage on Nov. 26. Submitted photos

Tickets are $10 and are available at the theatre box office from 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday or online at OlympicTheatreArts.org.

“We want to make OTA the entertainer hub for the Olympic Peninsula featuring live entertainment every weekend,” OTA executive director David Herbelin said. “Stardust Big Band was an amazing kickoff to this goal. I’m looking forward to the future.”

For more information, call the theatre at 360-683-7326.

Concert/dance events back on at the Elks

The Sequim Elks Lodge has resume live music at the lodge, 143 Port Williams Road. Masks must be worn upon entrance. Cost is $10 for lodge members, $12 general public.

Cool Jam will play rock hits from the 1960s and 1970s on Sunday, Nov. 28. The Stardust Big Band, featuring swing, standards, big band classics and holiday music, play at the Elks lodge on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Special Holiday show set in Sequim

The Holiday Show, an event featuring seven local artists, is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at 141 Flying Cloud St., Sequim. Featured artist’ range of work includes jewelry paintings, gourds, glass and fiber optic sculptures.

Artists include Ross Brown, Jinx Bryant, Roberta Cooper, Lizbeth Harper, Donna LaHue, Sharman Owings and Linda Tilley.

Understory photo project on display at Sequim Civic Center

A photographic exhibit portraying favorite story photographs of the Olympic Peninsula by Marina Shipova is on display now through January 2022 in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

Civic Center hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The exhibit includes a digital presentation of Shipova’s work on a big screen that can be viewed through the window of the civic center at any time.

Shipova was selected as the Artist Fellow for the Sequim Understory Project, a placemaking program that will result in the design of Centennial Place at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street. Her work is one of the community engagement components of the project.

Limited copies of her book “The Olympic Peninsula” will be available for purchase for the non-profit price of $25. Cash and checks will be the only accepted form of payment (make out checks to “City of Sequim”).

Any remaining books after Nov. 27 will be available for purchase at the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Visitor Information Center, 192 E. Washington St.

For more about Shipova, visit sequimcityarts.com.

Woodturners set November Zoom meet

The Strait Turners Woodturning Club meets at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 30, on Zoom.

The club’s guest speaker this month is Mike Peace of Suwanee, Ga. Peace has been turning since 2013 and before and will be demonstrating how to sharpen a skew and how to use it correctly.

The club, established in 2016, generally meets the last Tuesday of the month at the Gardiner Community Center; club members say they do not have a date yet for when they will resume in-person meetings.

For the Zoom information or more about the club, call Jackie Le Doux at 360-457-5172 (from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and after 5 p.m.) or 360-452-5673 between 12:30-5 p.m.).

PAFAC’s Makers Market, Light Art Experience set

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., welcomes all individuals to their annual Makers Market and Light Art Experience starting on Friday, Nov. 26, to kick off Wintertide, a month of festivities and celebration.

The Maker’s Market boasts a range of locally made gifts by 31 artists and artisans from Clallam County. Visitors will find art prints, home decor, jewelry, body care, kitchenware, cards, toys, games and more. The gallery will be open for extended hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27.

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center’s Light Art Experience has light art installations spread throughout the 5 acres of Webster’s Woods and runs through Jan. 9, with artwork lit up between 4-8 p.m. Photo courtesy of Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center’s Light Art Experience has light art installations spread throughout the 5 acres of Webster’s Woods and runs through Jan. 9, with artwork lit up between 4-8 p.m. Photo courtesy of Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

This year’s artists for the 2021 Light Art Experience include Heather Dawn Sparks, Sarah Fetterman, Ross Brown, Dustin Fosnot, Nathan Shields, Loreen Matsushima, Michael Mills, Katherine Shaughnessy, Ken Roepe, Tracy Beals and Andy Rovelstad.

The Makers Market will be set in the Esther Webster Gallery and light art installations will be spread throughout the 5 acres of Webster’s Woods. The Light Art Experience runs through Jan. 9, with artwork lit up between 4-8 p.m.

OTA’s Tale Spinners to offer ‘Moments of Gratitude’

Olympic Theatre Arts Center presents its second Tale Spinners storytelling event Saturday, Nov. 27, with the theme “Moments of Gratitude.” Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and stories start at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10, and are available at the door, online at olympictheatrearts.org or by calling the box office at 360-683-7326 between 1- 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Refreshments and beverages at the bar are available.

All proceeds from the event go to restore and refresh the exterior and the theatre.

Sequim writer Heidi Hansen, author of the collection of short stories “Slices of Life,” will be adding a story to the events line up. She will be offering her books for purchase.

The event features seasoned local storytellers and encourages “walk-in” storytellers from the public.

“Tale Spinners provides a safe, comfortable space in OTA’s Gathering Hall for the public to come hone their ability to express themselves through storytelling,” organizer Star Pittman said. “It’s also a great opportunity to support others as they do the same.”

Author Mavis Amundson’s “Sturdy Folk,” a compilation of personal accounts of life and work on the Olympic Peninsula, is back in print. Submitted photo

Author Mavis Amundson’s “Sturdy Folk,” a compilation of personal accounts of life and work on the Olympic Peninsula, is back in print. Submitted photo

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