By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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Every second Friday of the month at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., a local band and at least one local artist team up for a multimedia experience that starts off downtown Port Angeles’ Second Weekend art festivities.
This time around the band is SuperTrees, the rock ’n’ roll outfit known for its renditions of “Werewolves of London,” “Under My Thumb,” “The Harder They Come” and other classics. The artists are photographer John Gussman, who will project images of the Elwha River dam removals from the documentary film he’s creating, and Jeffrey “Phantom Jeffie” Leach, who’ll share a kaleidoscope of pictures titled “Random Phun Photos.”
The 2FAR party gets started at 8 p.m. with a $3 cover charge, and more information can be found on the Second Friday Art Rock page on Facebook.
As Second Weekend unfolds, a number of free art shows will open and musicians will play in downtown venues, all in the name of love. With Valentine’s Day lurking, here’s a cross-section of the events scheduled for Saturday.
■ Roma Peters, aka Hawaii Amor, will sing and play love songs at Elliott’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St. There’s no charge to listen to the singer and her ukulele from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
■ “Bliss: The Art of Love” is the show celebrating romance and passion at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.
More than 40 works, ranging from Anna Wiancko Chasman’s voluptuous vase to Cathy Haight’s altar to bliss, are filling the first-floor Landing Art Gallery for this annual exhibition. Juror Michael Paul Miller will bestow awards in time for the opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Art lovers are invited to enjoy that party with music by Howly Slim and Andrew Courney and treats from Smuggler’s Landing. “Bliss” will stay on display at The Landing through February.
■ Artist and author Geri Lindsey will appear at Oven Spoonful, 110 E. First St., for a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lindsey’s “morning aria” paintings and photography adorn the cafe in February; art lovers are invited to meet the Sequim resident and enjoy snacks and beverages.
■ “Hammer & Polk: The Pleasure of the Real, the Pleasure of the Abstract” is the new show at Studio Bob, 1181/2 E. Front St.
While performance artist Sarah Tucker lights up the Allé Stage, artists Stan Hammer and Ellie Polk will array their drawings and paintings at a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited to the party and to the ongoing Hammer & Polk show, which also will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Then, for the rest of February, the exhibition will open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m Saturdays. Admission is free.
■ A showcase of art — from altered photos to lustrous ceramics — by Bob Stokes, Cindy Elstrom, David Haight, Jennifer Bright, Ellie Polk, Eric Neurath, Richard Kohler, Jean Sigmar, and Gay Whitman awaits at the Art Up Front Gallery, beside Studio Bob upstairs at
1181/2 E. Front St.
The hours for Art Up Front’s Saturday reception and for the remainder of February are the same as Studio Bob’s, above.