Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk in July 5 theme is purple, the color of Sequim’s famous lavender blooms and representing potential, camaraderie, thoughtfulness, cultivated dignity, spiritual significance and extravagance.
Find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in tints and shades of purple as they enjoy a festive night on the town with friends and fellow Sequimmers preparing for Sequim Lavender Weekend later in the month. Come out and celebrate what makes Sequim so special!
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 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.
Note: Several regular Sequim Art Walk venues will be closed because of the July 4 holiday.
Civic center bonanza
A lot of activity happening at Sequim’s civic center! City Arts Advisory Commission hosts the opening exhibit and artist reception for “The Beach” at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. The jury reviewed a record 110 pieces of artwork from 50 artists before selecting 40 pieces to be included in the exhibit.
Artists represented are: Lora Armstrong, Lynne Armstrong, Gary Bullock, Jane Burkey, Jeannine Chappell, Patrick D. Clark, Gdane Curposney, Melissa Doyel, Christopher Enges, Marilynn Evans, Cindy Fullwiler, John Gussman, Paulette Hill, Rick Hill, David Johannessohn, Mark Kennedy, Rita Kepner, Katherine Loveland, Melissa Mann, Natalie Martin, Stacey Martin-Lopez, Linda Martz, Gail McLain, Sharman Owings, Sallie Radock, Claudia Serafin, Linda Stadtmiller, Morgan Stephenson, Ryoko Toyama, Patty Waite, Donna Wilson-Sommer and Sandy Wolf.
Inside the Sequim council chambers, experience the Art Talk on the Art Walk that will include demonstrations from local presenters talking about driftwood creations, visual and virtual storytelling and using videography and drone photography. Presenters include:
• 5:30 p.m. – Tammy Hall, “Creating Animals from Driftwood: A Lesson in Anatomy”
• 6:15 p.m. – Renne Emiko Brock: “Message in a Bottle – Visual and Virtual Storytelling in Art”
• 7 p.m. – Christopher Enges: “The Living Beach: Using Videography & Drone Photography to Capture its Essence”
In the Lobby, 5-8 p.m., meet and greet the artists , including Hall, Emiko Brock, Enges and Volodymyr (Vlad) Husarovskyi, whose distinctive art is created from roots, burls and uniquely-shaped driftwood.
Also at the Sequim Civic Center, enjoy a preview of the creative end tables from Sequim artists for Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County’s “Recycle into Art” Art Auction fundraiser and vote for your community People’s Choice winner!
Other special events
A new venue on the Art Walk is Design2Scan3D, 207 W. Spruce St. The venue, which features 3-D printing, 3-D scanning and ceramics classes, will be showcasing a member of the Dungeness Bonsai Society and making a miniature stoneware mold.
Meet Tristen Beck and Luke Shifflett, new owners of Sunshine Café at 145 W. Washington St. Enjoy some finger food and watch an artist use one of Tim Quinn’s designs to paint a mural on the wall inside the restaurant.
Sequim Acrobatics performs for Art Walk-goers starting at 5:30 p.m. at Olympic Theatre Arts Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave. Dedicated to the art of acrobatics, Sequim Acrobatics members will be performing stunts, gymnastics skills, acro yoga and acrobatic routines. The snack and beverage bar will be open.
Visit Purple Haze Lavender’s downtown store at 127 W. Washington St. for a book signing with Bonnie Louise Gillis, author of “The Lavender of Sequim: America’s Provence.”
Tracy Wealth Management, 149 W. Washington St., hosts local photographer Phil Tauran. Fascinated by the pictorialist movement of the
early 20th century and also impressionism, he invites you to discover an unusual photograph.
In honor of the Sequim Lavender Weekend, Pondicherri, at 119 E. Washington St., is featuring floral paper artist My Woolly Mammoth, as well as henna artist Ellie Curtis.
Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St. is showcasing all things that inspire us in Sequim with creative works from local artists.
Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., features art from Jeannine Chappell and Clallam Bay Corrections Center inmates. Chappell, known for her work with animal images (particularly the owl), showcases both digital paintings and mixed media paintings in the window. During the opening reception from 5-8 p.m., she will discuss her art. From 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, she will present a free art talk at the gallery. Initiated by Blue Whole member by Ken Dvorak and Welfare for Animals Guild, individuals at Clallam Bay’s corrections center are pleased to help WAG by making and donating their artwork.
Rainshadow Café, at 157 W. Cedar St., hosts live music with Hot Llamas — a group that describes themselves as “rural funk” from the Pacific Northwest.
Alder Wood Bistro, 139 W. Alder St,. showcases recent photography of Sequim author-photographer Robert Steelquist. The exhibition, “Square Birds,” features intimate portraits of wild birds that draws the viewer’s gaze to the birds’ eye.
Check out local artists and craftspeople at the Sequim Farmers Market showcase at Centennial Place on the corner of 100 East Washington Street and Sequim Avenue.
Painter-teacher Shirley Rudolf has arranged for members of North Olympic Watercolorists to display their artwork at 1st Security Bank, 114 S. Sequim Ave., and members of Rudolf’s Art Group to display their artwork at Harbor Audiology & Hearing Center, 538 N. Fifth Ave.
Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St., will feature framed prints and notecards by Keith Ross of Keith’s Frame of Mind during the Art Walk. Come by to chat and see the beautiful eaglet portraits.
Evil Roy’s Elixirs Distillery, 209 S. Sequim Ave., hosts painter Tami Wall and Zorina Wolf with Village Heartbeat Drummers.
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.