Marina Shipova hosts a book-signing event or her “Olympic Peninsula” publication from 1-3 o.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St., on Nov. 27. Submitted art

Flurry of Art Beat events, activites set for Saturday

Celebrate creativity and collaboration by supporting local artists and arts organizations with artistic demonstrations, performances and artist sales with Art Beat Small Business Saturday Sales and Events, set for 11 a.m.3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.

Throughout the day Artists of the Olympic Peninsula Art Association will be promoting their upcoming members’ art around town. Partners include Blue Whole Gallery, First Friday Art Walk Sequim, North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, Olympic Arts Theatre, Olympic Peninsula Art Association, Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission and Sequim Museum & Arts.

Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to support neighborhood enterprises with unique shopping experiences that contribute to our local economy; look for the hashtag #ShopSmall and signage of participating businesses.

The Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will have artist demonstrating pottery on a portable wheel and a couple of artists working on easels outdoors from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sea glass artist/author Mary Beth Beuke, artist Lynn Baritelle and artist/professor/author Renne Emiko Brock will be selling their unique jewelry and fiber art from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave. Both Beuke (“The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass: Finding, Collecting, Identifying, and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones”) and Brock (“action-packed superheroes – your guide to revealing and utilizing your superpowers”) will have their books available.

Also at Sequim Museum & Arts on Nov. 27 is the last day of the “Bumblebunching – Warped, Twisted, & Imperfect” fiber arts exhibition — the annual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, an interactive fiber arts event connecting to the community with activities like a museum exhibition, workshops, educational demonstrations of fiber processes, hands-on projects with children and adults.

Olympic Theatre Arts Center’s Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave., hosts Tale Spinners, a comfortable, safe storytelling event kicking off at 1:30 p.m. This session’s storytelling theme is “Gratefulness.”

Members of the Olympic Peninsula Art Association will be around town sharing details about the organization and their upcoming OPAA Winter Members’ Art Show & Sale Fundraiser that opens Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Sequim Museum & Arts.

The City of Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission hosts artist Marina Shipova, Artist Fellow for the Sequim Understory Project, will have a book signing event at the Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St., from 1-3 p.m. (see story, B-2).

From 1-3 p.m., enjoy a live music jam with the Arts Commission that will bring musical instruments to set up at the Civic Center Plaza overhang with information table with upcoming art exhibits and 2022 Sunshine Festival Save the Date information.

The evening will culminate in a tree-lighting ceremony where you can enter the “number of lights” contest where you might win a gift certificate to spend at a local business that night! Immediately after, there will be a lighted tractor parade organized by the Sequim Museum & Arts.

For more about the Sequim pARTners Art Beat event, visit sequimartwalk.com/events.

About Sequim pARTners

The Sequim pARTners meet every month to share plans and experiences to build connections, collaborative opportunities, and camaraderie between cooperative Arts nonprofits, educational groups, and creative businesses to support and further all of their collective goals and quality of life for our local community together.

For a meeting invitation, contact Renne Emiko Brock at renneemiko@gmail.com.

Art Beat Small Business Saturday Sales and Events

11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Artist demonstrations (pottery, painting), Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W Washington St.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Fiber Arts Festival exhibition, Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave.

1-3 p.m. — Artist/author Marina Shipova book signing, exhibition with music jam, Sequim Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St.

1:3 p.m. — “Gratefulness” Tale Spinners storytelling, Olympic Theater Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Lynne Baritelle's weaving creations will be on display at Sequim Museum & Arts during the Art Beat Small Business Saturday event. Submitted photo

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