A watercolor painting by Annette Clem is among the pieces on display at River House Bakery and Cafe.

A watercolor painting by Annette Clem is among the pieces on display at River House Bakery and Cafe.

Sequim's First Friday Art Walk encourages pink theme

Galleries, other businesses host exhibits, music

SEQUIM — Sequim’s pink-themed First Friday Art Walk will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

The free, self-guided tour of local art venues will feature the annual BirdFest BirdQuest matching game this month.

You will find works of art and folks supporting the option to dress in all spring shades of pink from strong burgundy to soft blush for the evening out on the town. You may even see some pink flamingos, too.

• The BirdFest-BirdQuest runs throughout April and is sponsored by Sequim-Dungeness Chamber of Commerce Merchants’ Group.

Find and match the ceramic bird sculptures created by Sequim High School ceramics students to the business where they are hidden.

Game cards are available at and can be returned to any of the participating merchants or the Sequim-Dungeness Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 1192 E. Washington St.

• Phil Tauran’s “Moments of Life” collection is on display in the Judith McInnes Tozzer Art Gallery at Sequim Museum & Arts, 544 N. Sequim Ave.

Tauran is a French photographer based in Sequim since 2011. His exhibit is a retrospective of his work as an artist in search of creativity and light during the past 10 years.

The black-and-white exhibit showcases Tauran’s fascination with landscapes, trees in particular, and street photography.

“Everything I photograph, I do it in the moment, and these moments are precious to me, because sometimes they are impossible to reproduce,” Tauran said. “You only have one chance. As a photographer, you must be ready: your mind, your soul and of course your eyes must work in harmony. This is the secret, and it is also valid for all artistic creations.”

• The works of Patricia Warner and Cat Stanfield are featured at the A. Milligan Art Studio and Gallery, 520 N. Sequim Ave.

Warner, an engineer by trade and an artist by heart, is originally from Massachusetts but has made her home in Sequim. She paints in an expressionist manner and her approach involves layering, scraping and using various found tools as well as her fingers to manipulate her surfaces and materials.

“I’m influenced by the connections in nature; the way colors, shapes and textures connect and how these all combine to make a connection with my viewer,” Warner said.

Her works are based on real and imagined landscapes and have an organic, familiar feel.

Cat Stanfield has been an artist since childhood and studied fine arts and interior design at the Design Institute of San Diego.

The modern aesthetic apparent in her current work is partly due to the influences of her modeling career in the world of high fashion and design in such places as Paris and New York City.

“I have a deep appreciation for the awe-inspiring beauty, vastness and energy of the ocean,” Warner said. “Its power seems infinite and eternal.”

Warner’s SeaRenity collection is a series of mixed media pieces in an abstract expressionism style influenced by living close to the water in San Diego and now in the Pacific Northwest.

Anne Milligan’s latest work is on display the Pastel Studio. Her style is described as impressionistic-realism and both contrasts with and complements the abstracts in the main gallery.

• Mary Franchini and Jennifer Rose are featured this month at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St.

Painter Franchini’s exhibit this month highlights color and light.

“My pieces can be called many things, but fun, abstract or tempering chaos may describe what I do,” Francini said.

She works in her studio daily, creating with acrylics and mixed media.

Rose’s bead work is full of color and sparkle.

“I love incorporating themes from nature into my work,” Rose said.

Much of her inspiration comes from nature, and many of her works include bird shapes and feathers.

• The photography of Mahina Hawley can be viewed at Pacific Pantry, 229 S. Sequim Ave. until 7 p.m.

“I got my degree in studio art, with an emphasis in oil painting, which gives me a unique and artistic perspective on photography,” Hawley said. “I love to play with light and details, and my mind is constantly open to trying new and creative things.”

• Dawn and Steve will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rainshadow Cafe, 157 W. Cedar St. Dancing and singing along are encouraged.

• The North Olympic Watercolorist exhibit is at the River House Bakery and Cafe, 120 W. Bell St. Works from local artists Terri Adams, Gayle Brauner, Annette Clem, Connie Drysdale, James Gift, Shannon Goose, Marilyn Hiestand and Sue Rescigna are on display.

• Wild Goddess Brews-n-Bites, 145 E. Washington St., Suite D, has small bites, salads, dips and boards.

• Pat Reichner will exhibit his woodworking and bird sculptures at Forage Gifts and Northwest Treasures, 121 W. Washington St.

• Carol Pearson of Lizzie Betz Jewelry! will her work at Pacific Mist Books, 122 W. Washington St. Pearson creates handcrafted jewelry from semi-precious stones.

Pacific Mist Books offers a mix of new and vintage books, cards and gifts including local authors and artists.

• Mixed Company will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St. They perform a fusion of folk, jazz, Irish, bluegrass and genres from around the world.

• La Petite Maison Blanche, 213 E. Washington St., features curated gifts and festive treats.

• The OG will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Habitat Boutique Store, 213 E. Washington St.

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

• Over the Fence, 118 E. Washington St., is hosting one of its local makers.

• Cedarbrook Lavender Gift Shop, 120 W. Washington St., has farm-fresh lavender creations, treats and inspired vintage décor items.

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

The First Friday Art Walk Sequim is an encouraging and educational arts event sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock.

Its mission is to create approachable and accessible art and cultural venues that encourages the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity.

To create inclusion between venues, artists and audience, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Art Walk’s monthly color themes as a fun community activity in any creative form they wish to express it.

To participate as a venue or artist on the official First Friday Art Walk Sequim map, listing and website, call Renne Emiko Brock at 360-460-3023 or email renneemiko@gmail.com.

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