To have heart, you need art! Enjoy an evening filled with love, lots of live music, red apparel, passionate pursues, warm hearts, the virtues of fine wine and sweet treats during February’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim on Feb. 7.
This month’s art walk embraces red as the theme color that represents heartfelt forte, vehement affection, driven leadership, active endeavors and intense jubilation. It is also National Wear Red Day to increase awareness of heart health.
You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to decorate and dress in all shades of red from blush to burgundy for the evening out on the town.
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 a own map, find special events and links, and find out how to be part of art.
Initiated in 2006, the Art Walk is an encouraging and educational arts event sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock with a mission to create approachable, accessible art and cultural venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.
Prior to the art walk, Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop has a ribbon cutting Grand Opening (with refreshments) at 4:30 p.m. at their new location at 120 W. Washington St. Visit with featured artist Ted Lund, whose turned wood creations are made from salvaged maple, madrone and fruitwood trees from the Sequim area. Proceeds from the sale of these items go the local Kiwanis Club, for projects benefiting children.
Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., welcomes Just in Tyme to the OTA stage. In 2005, Sandi Lockwood found her living in Sequim without a keyboard orchestra, so she re-designed herself and skills to create a live band, Just in Tyme. “At OTA we will be featuring songs from our latest CD which include popular hits from early Rock & Roll, R & B, Pop, and Latin Favorites,” band member Rich Crowell said. “Rich vocal harmonies and dazzling arrangements abound.” First Friday at OTA is always free to the public, where the snack and beverage bar will be open.
The Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., hosts the NOW (North Olympic Watercolorists) and live blues music by The Shaky Barbers.
Music begins at 6:30 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to come early to see new art on display and meet featured NOW artists at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and limited library services will be available during this free after-hours event. The new Art in the Library exhibit features NOW paintings through June 1. Featured artists include D.R. Anderson, Beverly Beighle, Rita Heywood, Janet Flatley, Shirley Rudolf, Roger Huntley, Judy Larimore, John Wilkinson and Lyn Conlan. The Shaky Barbers will share their unique, original music for the lap steel guitar inspired by Hawaiian ragtime, Klezmer and pre-WWII blues.
The Blue Whole Gallery at 129 W Washington St. presents the exhibition “Climate Change.” From a little seabird caught between the needs of man and a changing ocean, to plastics, weather patterns, continuous melting at the earth’s end to a tree of hope, the gallery’s artists tell stories of the effects of a changing climate. This show is curated by Joyce Volmut and Jeannine Chappell.
Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave., will share its collection of historic pictures during the month of February in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Gallery. In addition, wood artist Bob Stipe will bring one of his kayaks to display. Stipe, who was born in the old Sequim General Hospital, is retired from the Army and worked with wood for decades. He purchased patterns for the boats, milled some of his own wood, including maple from a tree that grew near the log cabin where he was raised, and completed two kayaks. After helping a friend complete another, Bob and daughter Staci are working on her kayak when she visits from Louisiana.
Design2Scan3D at the Spruce Building, 207 W. Spruce St., will continue with their “Platter Matter” series and offer a few curious folks a chance to glaze a platter at the studio. No prior experience is necessary. Platters have been fired once and are ready for one’s artistic touch (must sign a waiver to participate). Completed platters will be displayed and may be purchased during the March Art Walk.
The City Arts Advisory Commission invites the community to the opening of the “Illuminations” exhibit and artists’ reception at the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery from 5-8 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. Artists represented are: 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.
Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., hosts visual artist and designer Makayla DeScala. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she gains inspiration from the diverse and rugged landscape around her, drawing parallels between events in nature, like storms and seasons, with the human experience. Her newest collection of paintings will be featured at Wind Rose Cellars through February and is a focused work on environmental cloudscapes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.