WEEKEND: Port Townsend Gallery Walk offers variations on themes Saturday

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT TOWNSEND — An underground Red Raven, a forest of trees in art, the Bazaar Girls: They’re all part of the Gallery Walk in Port Townsend this Saturday, July 6.

Here’s a cross-section of the venues open, with free admission, during the monthly event from 5:30 p.m. till about 8 p.m.

■ The Red Raven Gallery has moved into the below-decks space that used to house The Undertown, 211 Taylor St. A grand reopening party with featured artists Nita Collins, Lynette May, Amber Gardner, Bonnie Dutch, Shannon Feltus and Connie La Flam — displaying doll sculpture and jewelry of all stripes — will take place during Saturday’s Gallery Walk. Details: RedRavengallery.blogspot.com.

■ The Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop, 126 Quincy St., presents Lisa Leporati of Handwork Studios, maker of wearable art, felt play-mats and other creations. A reception with refreshments happens Saturday evening.

■ The Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., beckons with “Variations,” a show starring ceramist Diane Gale and multimedia artist Julie Abowitt. Gale’s “Winter Trees” ceramics, among other creations, and Abowitt’s mixed-media paintings are on display; snacks will be laid out too during Saturday’s opening party.

■ “Trees in Art” brings together drawings, paintings and engravings by Jacqui Beck, Donna Leavitt, Cheryl A. Richey and Elizabeth Reed Smith, Northwest artists who share a deep affinity for trees. Their works await at the Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St., just off Sims Way, now through July 28. The opening reception for this show is Saturday evening; then a free art talk is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Northwind. To find out more, visit Treesinart.wordpress.com.

■ Gallery 9, 1012 Water St., presents wildly differing artists this month: jewelry maker Nancy Rody and oil painter Sandra Offutt. Rody’s glass pendants, made using a process called cold-working, are on display alongside Offutt’s visions of animals living near Port Townsend and on the Greek island of Amorgos. In addition, Rody’s whimsical piece titled “Flying Steam Punk Toaster” is part of the July show. See gallery-9.com or phone 360-379-8881 for more information about this artists’ cooperative gallery.

■ The Simon Mace Gallery, 236 Taylor St., is showing the dreamlike paintings of Jeff Weekley and Anna Magruder. While Magruder’s passion is painting faces in oil, Weekley’s works are based, as he says, “on the randomness of dreams.” His award-winning “Girl with Books on Boat” is part of this July show. For details phone 360-385-4433 or see www.SimonMaceGallery.com.

■ William’s Gallery, 914 Water St., serves up merlot wine-filled chocolates — dark chocolates made especially for William’s — along with the July show of ceramic art by Brenda and Alan Newman.

■ The Jefferson Museum of Art & History, 540 Water St. inside the old City Hall, welcomes visitors free this Saturday, and invites everyone to see the “Scapes” and “Hope in Hard Times” exhibitions before they end. The “Scapes” show offers seascapes, landscapes and cityscape paintings ranging from 1867 to 1992, while “Hope in Hard Times” is a display of large photographs of Washington state during the Great Depression. Both shows will be open with free admission during Saturday evening’s Gallery Walk. To learn more, see www.JCHSmuseum.org or phone 360-385-1003.

Last modified: July 04. 2013 7:02PM
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