Artwork by Donika Huls for the City of Sequim’s 2022 Sunshine Festival.

Artwork by Donika Huls for the City of Sequim’s 2022 Sunshine Festival.

City of Sequim picks artwork for 2022 Sunshine Festival

The 2022 Sequim Sunshine Festival Committee recently selected artist Donika Huls from a pool of applicants last August to create a piece of artwork to be used as the central image on the 2022 festival marketing materials.

“I wanted my art to convey what it means to live in Sequim, while also symbolizing the light and hope that the Sunshine Festival embodies,” Huls said.

“Having an elk be one of the main parts of the image with the sun between the antlers is what really makes this art specific to Sequim’s sunshine, along with the mountain range and rolling hills in the background. The spelling of Sequim in the stars is actually a call out to the drone show from the 2020 festival, when drones spelled out the name of the town.

“Overall, I really wanted the art to have the joyous feeling of a sun rising on a new day, and the hope that that brings.”

The first Sequim Sunshine Festival was held in March of 2020 to “help shake the winter blues and celebrate the approaching spring and summer seasons,” organizers said.

Highlights of the festival included the Sun Fun Color Run, Interactive Light Experience and Illuminated Drone Show.

A modified version of the festival was held in 2021 because of COVID-19 restrictions. However, a full festival is being planned for March 4-5, 2022, in compliance with COVID restrictions.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available; learn more at

For more information about the festival, visit or contact Barbara Hanna, City of Sequim Communications and Marketing Director, at 360-681-3422 or, or contact Marketing Coordinator Patsene Dashiell at 360-681-3421 or

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