Fall is here, and so is autumn’s splendor in shades of orange.
Find works of art and more decked out in fall colors throughout First Friday Art Walk Sequim’s October event.
First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun, free self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. Visit online at SequimArtWalk.com to download a map, find out special events and links, and learn how you can be part of art.
The mission, event organizers say, is to create approachable, accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.
The 12th Annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, an interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities Oct. 6-8, starts at the Sequim Art Walk! “Threads Count – Textiles, Technology &Tales” kicks off with a 5 p.m. opening reception of the fiber arts exhibition that through Nov. 25 at the Sequim Museum &Arts, 175 W Cedar St.
This juried fiber arts exhibition validates the advancement of civilization, culture, and community through fiber works that expose the application of innovations in art and science while also creatively expressing the thoughtful tales and ties that bind us together.
During the Art Walk, be sure to visit the Gallery at The Fifth Ave. at 500 Hendrickson Road featuring artist Beverly Beighle with her show, “Torn Between Two Art Forms,” one that features her art quilts and paintings.
Fiber fun by local artists with handcrafted works and artful up-cycled items at The Bag Ladies of Sequim at 161 W. Washington St. They create colorful usable items from old wool blankets and garments that have otherwise seen their last days. All of their creations are one of a kind items that are handmade. Each item has a unique combination of felting, hand dying, beading, embroidering and appliqueing. Several other artists’ works are for sale in their shop.
Local Yarn Shop at 213 E. Washington St. hosts live music and motivating fiber arts demonstrations.
Delight in distinctive perspectives with Jan Kepley’s thoughtful photographs and greeting cards on display at Pacific Pantry at 229 S. Sequim Ave.
Lamb Farm Kitchen Shoppe at 272 W. Bell St. (behind the Oak Table Cafe) presents a book signing with Kate McDermott author of “The Art of Pie.”
City of Sequim Arts Commission presents the “Found Art Exhibit” at the Sequim Civic Center lobby at 152 W. Cedar St. The art exhibited is a collection of collected items that the artists have made into art from many interesting things. Art made from driftwood, yard tools, shells, paper, and many other interesting mediums on display. During the Oct. 6 Art Walk, three free workshops are available, 5:15 p.m. Gavin Wuttken from Around Again will demonstrate making collectibles into art. At 6 p.m., Tim and Toy from Saturday Markets Steampunk Art will be sharing their craft and at 6:45 p.m. Mary Beth Burke demonstrates how she makes sea glass into art. This exhibit will be in City Hall from October through December 2017.
Fine jewelry demonstrations by D’Ann Gonzales and Gail Mclaine at R&T Crystals and Beads at 158 E. Bell St. with a special store-wide sale.
Blue Whole Gallery’s “Rhythm and Shape” exhibit features artists photographer Katherine Loveland and painter Priscilla Patterson at 129 W. Washington St. Loveland says her theme is the theme is “Through the Looking Glass” from Lewis Carroll’s 1871 book. “The window will display my macro photography which like Carroll’s book portrays familiar objects as unfamiliar, an alternative universe,” Loveland says. Patterson says she has focused her art on combining the intricacies of man-made objects, buildings and transportation vehicles, particularly aircraft, with nature.
About Art Walk
This encouraging and educational arts event is sponsored and produced by unique as you/Renne Emiko Brock.
Look for luminarias or “festival lights” to connect the artful spots as the Art Walk celebrates its 11th anniversary this month of fostering creative and artistic ideals while supporting local businesses, including artists as enterprises, to create cultural vitality that is financially beneficial, intrinsically responsible and improves the quality of life in our community.
Initiated in 2006, Brock — Sequim Art Walk sponsor and producer — wanted to establish a free, encouraging and inclusive event that included all forms of the Arts as an open invitation for our community to participate in an evening of talent, education, and validation of local creative efforts in over 30 locations around town.
“Thanks to altruistic, collaborative commitment, the First Friday Art Walk Sequim continues to grow and prosper with the encouragement of our community, businesses, educational and cultural institutions and artists,” Brock says. “It is has always been free for businesses and artists of all media to participate and free to the public to enjoy.”
To participate as a venue or artist on the official First Friday Art Walk Sequim map, listing and website, contact Brock at 360-460-3023 or email@example.com.
To create inclusion between venues, artists and audience, all are 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 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.
See and/or join the event’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/sequimartwalk.