“Hobuck Beach” by Susan McDougall, featured artist at Sequim Museum & Arts. Submitted art

“Hobuck Beach” by Susan McDougall, featured artist at Sequim Museum & Arts. Submitted art

Celebrate coming spring with green-themed First Friday Art Walk

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:30am
  • Life

First Friday Art Walk Sequim

When: 5-8 p.m. March 6

Location: Various venues near downtown Sequim

On the web: SequimArtWalk.com

On March 6, reveal an invigorating evening filled with green apparel and hints of promising starts, spring sprouting, motivated anticipation and revitalized good fortune.

March’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim reveals green as the theme color that represents fresh ideas, learning something new, youthful pursuits, nurturing natures, eternal good spirits, wellness and generous assurance. Discover newfangled art and imaginative folks supporting the option to decorate and dress in all shades of green while you stroll on the town with friends.

First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a fun, free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim from 5-8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Visit SequimArtWalk.com to download and print your own map, find special events, links and how to be part of art.

Initiated in 2006, the Art Walk is an encouraging and educational arts event with a mission to create approachable, accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

Special events

Lots of events are happening during the First Friday Art Walk Sequim for the Sequim Sunshine Festival during the first weekend in March, Friday and Saturday, March 6 -7. The Sunshine Festival will bring relief from the winter blues with activities that focus on light, fun, art, physical activity and positive energy for all ages. The Sunshine festival focuses on one of Sequim’s best-known features: sunshine! For more details, visit www.visit sunnysequim.com/263/Sequim-Sunshine-Festival.

Play the “Hunt the Sun” Game is at various venues on the Art Walk! Find the sunshine throughout Sequim by taking a photo or selfie with the items that represent the sun and posting it to social media with the hashtag #sequimsunshinefestival. Participants can redeem their photos for “glow-bling” for the Saturday evening events. Glow-bling can be redeemed at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., from noon-4 p.m. and at Carrie Community Blake Park from 5-6:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

At Centennial Plaza on the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, 3-D chalk artist Naomi Haverland will be creating on Friday, March 6 from 4-8 p.m. and again Saturday, March 7 from 1-4 p.m. Haverland has been painting for as long as she can remember and has been doing chalk since 2011. She specializes in humorous and hyper-realistic portraits. She has won many awards and recognition for her chalk art, including seven awards at the Denver Chalk Art Festival in her home state of Colorado. See Naomi in action as she creates a piece of art designed just for the Sequim Sunshine Festival.

At the Garden Clubhouse at Pioneer Memorial Park, come for the interactive light experience by Ross A. Brown. The exhibition opens at 6 p.m. Join us for this custom built interactive environment that blends art and science encouraging visitor to look at light as an artistic design element and the physical properties of light. Brown, City Arts Advisory Commission Chairman, said he hopes this installation will instruct and also create wonder at the power of light to inform our lives. “Living here in the ’Blue Hole/Rain Shadow’ have you ever wondered what is ’light’? Most of us accept that it is and get on with our lives. This exhibit is intended to invite the viewer to experience light as a form of artistic expression as well as talk about ’what is light.’ As the viewer, you will be able to interact with and manipulate the light to see and feel the extraordinary power of these electromagnetic waves we call light.”

Sunshine Café, 135 W. Washington St., hosts a Pour Sip Paint event at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the new Sequim Sunshine Festival with a Pour Sip Paint session and create this special painting. A $40 fee covers the cost of instruction from a local artist, 10-inch by 20-inch canvas, painting supplies and one beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverage. A full food and beverage menu is available for purchase.

The City Arts Advisory Commission invites you to the “Illuminations” exhibit at the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery from 5-8 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. Artists represented include: Suzanne Anaya, Anna Blanchard, James Bowie, David Brownell, Kelcie Byrd, Diane Clementi, Sharon DelaBarre, Ines Epperson, Caryl Fallert-Gentry, Sally Franz, Rich Madeo, Melissa Mann, Mary Marsh, Bob Martinson, Evan Miller, Derek Moose, Vicki Naumann, Suzan Noyes-Mangold, Priscilla Patterson, Sally Raddock, Michael Reece, Melinda Reed, Morgan Stephenson, Ryoko Toyama, Anna Waldron, Nancy Wilcox, Sandy Wolf and Igor Zusev.

Also at the Sequim Civic Center at 5 p.m. is “How Light Works,” an Art Talk on the Art Walk with Ross A. Brown, and at 7 p.m. is a free screening of “Look to the Sky” — an inspirational documentary film by director Brett Culp telling uplifting stories of young people who have demonstrated the iconic spirit of Superman by becoming real-life superheroes.

Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop, 120 W. Washington St. will be sharing Cedarbrook and friends vintage collections. Some of the displays include Miss Alaska 1937 footwear, ladies clothing, hair brush sets and more. Come see this vintage museum, a participating venue in the Sunshine Festival’s “Hunt the Sun.”

Design2Scan3D is bringing “Sol” to Sequim for Art Walk. Celebrate the “Hunt the Sun” game by finding the studio at 207 W. Spruce St., then find the “Sol the Sun Dish” hidden among the ceramics in the studio. Take a selfie of you and “Sol” to win it or other glow-bling prizes.

Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave., hosts “The Camera in My Mind: Works” a solo exhibition by Susan McDougall. A new resident of Sequim — by training a mathematician and programmer and now retired from a career with Boeing — McDougall has balanced and sustained her scientific side with a love of the natural world, while her artistic side has found expression through art and photography. An avid outdoorswoman, special subjects of interest to her are birds, trees and western landscapes. Her photographs inspire many of her paintings and drawings.

Susan works with Sennelier soft pastels, enjoying the purity of their colors and taking a keen interest in techniques of their application to best represent natural forms and textures. Recently, she has been working with felt-tip pen, distilling the complex forms of living trees and birds to present the essence of her subjects.

McDougall shares, “The tension between the images I hold in my mind and the nature of pastel, the medium in which I enjoy working, forces me to think hard about how I can render just the right amount of detail to create images that are neither realistic nor abstract, but rather are ‘emblematic,’ showing the real center of the living creature or the scene before me.”

She adds, “But sometimes I just like coloring.”

The Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., presents the exhibition “Inner landscape” featuring artists Ken Dvorak and Katherine Loveland. Two award-winning photographers present nature’s blessing in a distinguished manner. Through their art, the viewer will be guided into their inner landscape. Dvorak’s March window at the gallery is a walk through the waters of Montana and Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. On the rivers of Montana Ken learned “meditation of the cast, a ritual of “10&2”, mending the line, and “reading” the river. Scouting the river and the creeks of the Olympic Peninsula he found inspiration in the waterfalls, the river, and creek beds and the months of the amazing river that empty into the Pacific. Katherine shares, “Art Is the Essence of Awareness,” John Galloway, Celtic poet. For both the artist and the viewer, art enables us to intertwine increased knowledge of our inner landscape with what we can know and see. My photography depicts abstract views of nature rather than realistic ones so that there is greater opportunity to know all of one’s self.

The Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave., presents “Game On!” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. which is a free, kid-themed performance revolving around Shakespeare and games that were popular during his time or mentioned in his plays. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Olympic Theatre Young Thespians, ages 8-13, will recite lines from Shakespeare’s plays while demonstrating swordplay, leapfrog, stool ball and archery. They will demonstrate moves of chess, cribbage, dice, as well as showing examples of the games All Hid, All Hid, Bo Peep and Muss. After reciting lines and demonstrating all of the games, the children will invite the audience to play. First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.

Rainshadow Café, 157 W. Cedar St., hosts the music of Bread and Gravy during the Art Walk.

For more

To participate as a venue or artist on the Official First Friday Art Walk Sequim map, listing and website, contact Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or renne@uniqueasyou.com. Artists of any media are encouraged to get information to her 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 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.

Join the Art Walk Facebook page at facebook.com/sequimartwalk.

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