Spring flaunts hope and high spirits with the return of bright flowers and fluttering feathered friends as April’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim bursts with pink as the theme color that represents congenial care, productive promises, encouragement, sweet delight, supportive strength and kind, comforting assurance.
Art Walk participants will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in all spring shades of pink from strong burgundy to soft blush for the evening out on the town. You might see some pink flamingos too!
First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun, free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of each month from 5-8 p.m. Visit online at SequimArtWalk.com to download and print a map, find special events and links, and how to be part of art.
Initiated in 2006, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim is an encouraging and educational arts event that is sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock. Its mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.
BirdFest-BirdQuest is a fun, free game for everyone that brings together high school students, merchants and the community to support the Olympic Bird Festival and encourages shopping local (see sidebar).
The City of Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission is partnering with the Dungeness River Audubon Center to host the 2018 Audubon Society’s Best Avian Photography. Photographs will be on exhibit at the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar St. The winning photographers and their photographs were selected from more than 8,000 entries submitted by photographers from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces. This year’s photographs celebrate the splendor of many bird species protected under the 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Bonnie Block, the 2016 Grand Prize Winner with an eagle and great blue heron taken in Seabeck Washington Arboretum in Seattle, will be in attendance for the exhibition opening to talk about each photo in the show.
Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, at 121 W. Washington St., features artist Jean Wyatt with her imaginative art that includes acrylic paintings, colored pencil art, hand-crafted journals and more. “I like to create art that makes me smile and happy when I look at it,” Wyatt says. “It is meant to be colorful, fun, whimsical, unusual and often a little off-beat.”
Returning to the Sequim Art Walk is Pondicherri at 119 E. Washington St., showcasing painter Tami Wall along with carefully-designed, hand-crafted textiles for home and fashion in their curated boutique.
The Sequim Museum & Arts at 175 W. Cedar St. will host “Memories,” the solo exhibition of local watercolorist Patrick D. Clark. A member of the Kansas Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society, Clark started exhibiting his artwork at street fairs in 1983 until 2014 throughout the nation, and moved with his wife Nancy to Sequim in 2013.
Brad Griffith of Sequim Community Makerspace, at 311 W. Turnhere Road, invites the community to enjoy space for creating, discovery and inventing. “After the winter dig out we have surfaced to continue sharing my 12 years of wood bending skills with the peninsula,” Griffith says. “I make and share the skills to make art, crafts, tools, gifts and small scale engineering projects for education.”
Cedarbrook Lavender, at 134 1/2 W. Washington St., is showcasing the theme of “In the Pink!” with hand-made gifts and uplifting lavender.
The “Don’t Fool with Mother Nature” exhibition at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., featured artists Lucinda Hayes, Debbie Patapoff and Kathy Schreiner. Hayes will curate a front window with her collection of paintings, presenting her gift of design and polished technical skills. Patapoff and Schreiner will curate another window with their unique fine art jewelry, inviting viewers to a world beyond the contemporary setting of wearable art.
Rainshadow Café, at 157 W. Cedar St., presents live music with Donna Rankin and Mary Clock. The two met a couple of years ago and almost immediately realized they were “song sisters” who shared a passion for music and all that it encompasses. Their genre would best be categorized as Folk Americana, as it has its roots in folk, rock, country, gospel and more.
Pinks and all colors are blooming from creations made by local artists at The Bag Ladies of Sequim, 161 W. Washington St., filled with hand-crafted works and artful, up-cycled items.
Two of the “Barn Sisters” from the ongoing run at Rock Hollow Farm and ARTJAM are “hangin’ out around town” for Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk. Susan Gansert Shaw is showing her work from stems and stacks to pears and pleasure in Alder Wood Bistro, 139 W. Alder St. Lynne Armstrong is at Pacific Pantry at 229 S. Sequim Ave. celebrating the respect and joy she “finds in the faces of strangers, and the power and beauty of the everyday.”
Visit The Tangled Gourd at 861 E Alder St., to find creative gourds and polymer clay art by Chawn Vance. Her detailed work uses Zentangle to create a unique art form used to create images from repetitive patterns.
Tracy Wealth Management, at 149 W. Washington St., presents Shirley Rudolf and her art students displaying their artwork in acrylics, watercolors and oils. Artist participating along with Rudolf are Barb Diekfuss, Eva Hildago, Roger Huntley, Jerri Moore and Susan Zoya.
Wind Rose Cellars, at 143 W. Washington St,. hosts artist Carolyn Votaw and live music with Bread and Gravy. “Far Shores: New works by Carolyn Votaw” is an exhibition of monotype impressions of natural treasures collected from the far shores of the Olympic Peninsula, and also features a selection of miniature linocut prints inspired by the Pacific Northwest through May. Bread and Gravy are husband and wife team bringing a mixture of songs from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Olympic Theatre Arts, at 414 N. Sequim Ave., features Russian-born actor and musician Dmitri Gerasimenko in non-verbal performance art and Russian poetry and music at 5:30 p.m. in the Gathering Hall. Gerasimenko grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, and by age 10 he was participating in the professional theater world there. He now lives in Port Angeles with his wife, Jan Adams and his 11-year old son Oleg. First Friday at Olympic Theatre Arts is always free to the public where the snack and beverage bar will be open.
The Peninsula Taproom, at 210 W. Washington St., Suite 4 offers up springtime brews during the Sequim Art Walk.
To participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk sequim map, listing and website, contact Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Artsist of any media are asked to get information to Renne for publicity and opportunities.
To create inclusion between venues, artists, and audience, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it. January’s theme is silver, February is red, March is green, April is pink, May is aqua, June is white, July is purple, August is yellow, September is blue, October is orange, November is brown, and December is gold.
Find more information about First Friday Art Walk Sequim at facebook.com/sequimartwalk.