By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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Harbor Art, at 110 E. Railroad Ave. in the former Labrie Glass shop, opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday during the Second Weekend gallery stroll.
The place is a showcase of glass, ceramics, metalwork, lighting, purses, scarves, jewelry, fractal and traditional photography and mixed-media creations, all created by members of the Harbor Art collective. These members include Cindy Elstrom, Bob Stokes, Valerie Thomas, Jennifer Bright, Ellie Polk, Richard Kohler, Eric Neurath, Sunny Benham, Sky Heatherton, Pamela Dicks, Ann Elizabeth Fisher and Laurie Dokken.
Harbor Art is also home to two work spaces, Stokes’ RBS Sculpture Studio and Elstrom’s ceramics studio. After Saturday’s opening, the curious are invited to see the new gallery and studios during regular hours from
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Nearby, the Landing Art Gallery will likewise hold a Saturday art party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in its space inside The Landing mall at 115 E. Railroad Ave.
Howly Slim will sing and play guitar, Smuggler’s Landing will serve snacks and this month, watercolor portraitist Janet Beers is the painter in the spotlight.
After attending a workshop with George Zien, another local artist, Beers realized watercolor is her medium.
She’s displaying the results, some of which are portraits of family members, family pets and friends.
“But most,” Beers said, “are of strangers, caught while enjoying life and love.”
A few blocks away at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., the Paint a Chair party will be going on from
5 p.m. till 8 p.m. Saturday.
In this participatory event, individuals and teams will pay $20 for the supplies to turn a chair into a work of art. Already signed up are Stokes and Elstrom, Gay Whitman, Sarah Tucker and her daughters Celeste and Zoe Tucker, Cathy Haight, Dani LaBlond, Alex Anderson, Getta Rogers, Lauren Jeffries-Johnson, Jacob Lewis and Jennifer Bright.
There are still chairs up for grabs, however, and would-be painters can reserve theirs by phoning 360-775-4154 or emailing email@example.com. The finished chairs will continue to live at Studio Bob.
Adjacent to Studio Bob, meanwhile, the Art Up Front Gallery beckons with a show of creations — from sculpture to altered photos — by a variety of local artists. Art Up Front, also at 118½ E. Front St., will have an opening reception from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m.; regular gallery hours are
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Other Second Weekend attractions include live music at Elliott’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., on Saturday afternoon. From 2 p.m. till 5 p.m., Roma Peters, aka Hawaii Amor, will sing and play her ukulele; there’s no admission charge at the shop.