PAFAC to fete longest day of year with Summertide Solstice Art Festival

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center hosts Summertide Solstice Art Festival, a free family-friendly event, from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, to celebrate the longest day of the year and welcome new artwork to Webster’s Woods Sculpture Park.

This event, held at the center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd. in Port Angeles, will include live music, hands-on nature activities, poetry readings, self-guided park tours and poetry walks, and a pop-up bookstore presented by Odyssey Books.

The Summertide festival is free and open to the public with donations appreciated and encouraged. Learn more about this event at pafac.org.

Community members will be asked to wear masks while in the Esther Webster Gallery and in any space where social distance cannot be maintained. Masks are optional while socially distanced outdoors in the park and meadow.

This event marks the opening of a new open-air art exhibition, “The Endurance of Change,” featuring 13 new and re-envisioned artworks in Webster’s Woods Sculpture Park. Eight artists will be installing brand-new work, including Jose Trejo-Mayo, Nathan Shields, Stella Bronson, Kenneth Roepe, Polly Purvis, Aliester Jones and Chris Oliver.

This year’s lineup also features a selection of seven original poems from the Olympic Peninsula Authors group. Participating authors will include Gordon Anderson, Nancy Fowler, John Victor Anderson, Jon Langdon, Eva McGinnis, Dianne L. Knox and Ruth Marcus.

Finally, attendees can enjoy live music from the meadow stage throughout the event. Abakis, aka Aba Kiser, will be playing rootsy orchestral folk pop from 1-2 p.m. and classically trained vocalist and self-taught guitarist Kristen Marlo performs from 2-4 p.m. Jack Dwyer caps the musical offerings, playing from 4-5 p.m.

“Bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to the performances while socially distancing in the meadow, or enjoy the lovely melodies throughout the park as you explore the new artwork or take part in other activities,” suggests gallery/program director Sarah Jane.

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