Plenty of blue on the Irrigation Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk flows into the Sequim Irrigation Festival for its opening weekend on May 2.

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R&T Crystals ‘n’ Beads celebrates five years on art walk night with door prizes and catered food.

R&T Crystals ‘n’ Beads celebrates five years on art walk night with door prizes and catered food.

The First Friday Art Walk flows into the Sequim Irrigation Festival for its opening weekend on May 2.

From 5-8 p.m., participants can travel venue to venue to meet local artists and see their work.

Organizer Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond encourages people to wear aqua, the monthly theme, representing the community’s resources and “where water is wealth.”

Along with aqua, people are encouraged to dress up in whimsical outfits in honor of “Crazy Callen Weekend.”

This month, businesses and artists celebrate anniversaries, milestones and the Sequim area through their work. Sequim Arts hosts its 38th show in Bell Creek Plaza and the Museum & Arts Center showcases the “Shirley Foss in Retrospect” exhibit to benefit three agencies.

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim is a free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim on the First Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. To create inclusion between venues, artists, and audience, each month has a theme, with June being white and July purple.

For more information, visit for a printable map and more in-depth listings of events. Contact Brock-Richmond at 460-3023 or or look online at

First Friday events:

• New venues: Hart’s Fine Books, 161 W. Washington St.; Fieldnotes, 123 E Washington St.; and Pacific Pantry, 229 S. Sequim Ave. between Bell and Maple.

Pacific Pantry, 229 S. Sequim Ave., water-themed fine art photography of Angelina Reese, an award-winning Sequim photographic artist.

R&T Crystals ‘n’ Beads, 158 E. Bell St., celebrates its five-year anniversary from 4-7 p.m. with finger food and cake from Sequim Fresh Catering and door prize drawings.

Sequim’s Sunshine Café, 145 W. Washington St., hosts Tim Quinn’s cartoons and serves blueberry ice cream shake samples.

Colors of Sequim, 139 W. Washington St., features local group Rainshadow Artists — Jette M. Monahan, Suzi Morris, Brenda Boggs Newman, Betsy Robins, and Sandy Wolf — with music by Victor Reventlow, a Boys & Girls Club art exhibit and a book-signing by Buc Keene.

Doodlebugs, 138 W. Washington St., hosts its Creative Café Art Bar and a happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for aqua-inspired projects.

LARC Gallery, 425 E. Washington St., features many local artists and a special exhibit “Seeking the Authentic Self – A journey toward self-awareness” by Shannon Goose, which includes black and white photographs with corresponding hand made masks. She’ll offer classes at later dates.

Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., celebrates the festival with the new exhibit, “Mountains to Sea Imagination Gone Wild,” by featured artist Iris Edey, known for her floral paintings, and Steve Wry, a veteran ceramic artist.

Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., stays open until 9 p.m. with painter Robert Amaral on display, wine tasting and late evening entertainment.

Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., hosts Sallie and Randy Radock, who show their carving art.

Sequim Arts’ Juried Art Show continues

• Sequim Arts hosts its 38th annual Juried Art Show in Bell Creek Plaza, 990 E. Washington, Suite E104 during the art walk and through May 11. Prizes total more than $1,500 for artists.

Museum’s show

• The Museum & Arts Center of Sequim-Dungeness, 175 W. Cedar St., opens during First Friday from 5-8 p.m. with the “Shirley Foss in Retrospect.”

Foss was a long time member of Sequim Arts, the Sequim Senior Center and one of the founders of the Blue Whole Gallery before her death. Her estate gave the Shipley Center and the Blue Whole Gallery each about 20 paintings to sell to raise money for the two groups. Her art will be for sale at the MAC. Proceeds help both agencies and the MAC.

The museum opens 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Call 683-8110 for more information.

Other venues open before/during/after the art walk

• Gallery on the Walls, 128 E. Washington St., showcases Sally Cays and Patricia Taynton inside the Sequim Vision Center.

• That Takes the Cake, 171 W. Washington St., always inspires sweetness with artistic cupcakes.

• Rainshadow Roasting Company, 157 W. Cedar St., features gourmet and exotic coffee.

• Strait Financial Advice, 193 W. Cedar St., sees Scott Erickson’s photographs of the Southwest, Alaska, North Olympic Peninsula, and more.

• Gallery at the Fifth, 500 W. Hendrickson St., Mt. Angeles Artist shows a combination of art work from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

• Bank of America, 114 S. Sequim Ave., hosts Pam Dick’s digital fractal artwork during regular business hours.


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