First Friday Art Walk goes for gold in December

First Friday Art Walk Sequim’s color theme on Dec. 2 is gold — all that glimmers brightly.

As you enjoy an evening on the town with family, friends and guests who join our welcoming community, find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in shades of gold or glittery interpretations of this festive time of year to celebrate happiness, harmony and hope.

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 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.

Special events

Juan de Fuca Harmony will be singing Christmas songs and carols around downtown.Formerly the Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus, this ensemble recently became a mixed group and changed the chorus’s name to be welcoming to both women and men. The chorus has been gathering and singing across the Olympic Peninsula since 1983. The group is always looking for men and women who like to sing. The group is open to anyone who has an interest in learning to sing a cappella 4-part harmony regardless of age or prior singing experience. Juan de Fuca Harmony rehearses from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Sunland Golf Club ballroom, 109 Hilltop Dr. For more info, visit

Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St. features its “All I Want for Christmas is … ” exhibit. Welcoming the holiday season, members of the gallery will fill the December windows with their wish-list artwork, from realistic to romantic with a touch of humor and joyous spirit. Barbara (Barb) Boerigter, a founding member, is busy curating this end-of-the-year group show, assisted by veteran artists, Janet Piccola and Mary Franchini. In addition, the annual Gift Gallery with a special holiday display is showcased in the main galley for December.

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Check out Renne Emiko Brock’s colorful superhero scarves/capes and gifts at Pacific Mist - Books, Cards & Gifts during Dec. 2’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim.

Submitted photo Check out Renne Emiko Brock’s colorful superhero scarves/capes and gifts at Pacific Mist - Books, Cards & Gifts during Dec. 2’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim.

Pacific Mist — Books, Cards & Gifts, 122 W. Washington St., hosts Sequim artists Renne Emiko Brock, Diane Fatzinger and Jean Wyatt. Emiko Brock of “hue are you?” encourages, educates and empowers people with color. Her book, “action-packed superheroes: your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers,” combines her lifetime of research and artmaking into a creative system to inspire people through color theory, transformative lessons, and confidence to articulate your passion to be your best self. Learn to use color communication, creativity, integrity, and fortitude because your intent and your action is how people appreciate you. Along with her book, she will have colorful superhero scarves/capes and gifts for the superhero in us all. Fatzinger, of Sticks ‘n Stones, will have her original handmade art created using pebbles, driftwood, twigs, ferns, shells and seaglass. She shares, “I like simplicity and I try to carry that over into my art. All my items are original and made with one-of-a-kind pieces hand-picked and hand-placed by me.” Jean Wyatt of J Wyatt Art loves color and has a whimsical/story like style. She likes to create art that makes her smile and happy when looked at. It is meant to be colorful, fun, whimsical, unusual and often a little off beat. In recent years, Wyatt has become immersed in the making of books, journals and boxes — unique gifts for family, friends or a special treat for yourself.

Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave., hosts the Olympic Peninsula Art Association Members’ Art Show in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Art Gallery. The annual Members’ Art Show & Sale runs December and January and demonstrates both the variety of media interests and the diversity in artistic talents of OPAA’s membership. Olympic Peninsula Art Association, OPAA (formerly Sequim Arts) is a nonprofit art organization located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State since 1969. OPAA provides a forum where artists encourage each other and promote the understanding and appreciation of art for the benefit of members and the community by means of meetings, exhibits, demonstrations, newsletter, and various other educational programs.

At 5 p.m., City of Sequim and the City Arts Advisory Commission host a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Reception at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. The holiday tree will be decorated with ornaments created by local fourth-grade students and there will be a reading of some of the messages the students have written about “what brings them joy.”

Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures at 121 W Washington Street features amazing gift giving ideas that share how amazing our neck of the woods is. Forage is full of local artists and creations, including tasty treats.

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View Jean Wyatt’s colorful tiles at Pacific Mist - Books, Cards & Gifts during Dec. 2’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim.

Submitted photo View Jean Wyatt’s colorful tiles at Pacific Mist - Books, Cards & Gifts during Dec. 2’s First Friday Art Walk Sequim.

Check out a new venue to the Sequim Art Walk: Christmas Collections by Sofie’s, at 123 E. Washington St. It is full of holiday décor. Look for our Elk on a Shelf Game here and all over Sequim.

From 6-8 p.m., Rainshadow Café at 157 W. Cedar St. has live music with Dawn & Steve. Come sing your favorite songs with a full menu and drinks to enjoy; some dancing is encouraged, too.

Sequim Spice and Tea, 139 W. Washington St., has unique art including glass, pottery, illustration and photography of local artists. Also find artful, creative tea blends, colorful and fun teapots and cups and cheerful culinary gifts.

Locally created gifts fill Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop at 120 W. Washington St., which has farm-fresh lavender creations, treats and inspired vintage décor items.

At Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., enjoy award-winning, artfully-crafted wines and appetizing tidbits.

Soup in the Alley, 138 W. Washington St., features a rotation of local artists, live music and treats.

For more

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 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.

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