Silk painter among artists in spotlight at Rendezvous
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Port Angeles painter Karen Sistek, here working on “Monica,” is among the artists to display her work at the Rendezvous of the Arts this Saturday at Lost Mountain Lodge.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

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SEQUIM — Karen Sistek of Port Angeles is infatuated with silk: luscious swaths on which she paints giant flowers. These blooms take shape from a bee's point of view, their petals opening wide from her hand.

Sistek, the Port Angeles painter known internationally for her silk art technique, receives requests, lots of them, from nonprofits holding art shows. She has to pick and choose.

The Port Angeles Symphony, Sistek says, is a favorite. So when its crew called to ask if she'd take part in the first Rendezvous of the Arts, her answer was a delighted yes.

'Monica' lily

Sistek, who lately has been working on a huge white lily named “Monica,” will be among the artists adorning the indoor and outdoor spaces at Lost Mountain Lodge, the setting for this Saturday's gathering of 22 painters, sculptors and musicians.

The Rendezvous of the Arts is a kind of art walkabout at a place the public doesn't usually get to see, said LaNice Korus, the Port Angeles Symphony board member who thought up the idea.

With Sistek in the mix, “it's going to be exceptional,” Korus said.

Other participants include porcelain artist Greg Felando, ceramist Steve Nylander, silversmith Ed Crumley, painter Lynne Armstrong and Roberta Cooper, “who does things with gourds,” Korus said, “that I can't imagine.”

Kristen and Otto Smith, members of the symphony orchestra, will bring a few friends to play their “Homemade Music,” while Lilburn Layer, also a symphony player, will bring his clarinet quartet.

Two seatings

While they play, art and music lovers can stroll around the lodge, cabins and gardens.

The Rendezvous of the Arts will have two seatings: at noon and at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25, including gourmet hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit the Port Angeles Symphony; a portion of art sales will go to the organization.

For tickets, phone the symphony office at 360-457-5579 or Lost Mountain Lodge, 303 Sunny View Lane, at 360-683-5524. Information about the orchestra and its activities can be found at

The Rendezvous of the Arts has a predecessor: the symphony's bed-and-breakfast tour in 2011.

This time, there's less driving around but still plenty of art and beauty, said symphony Executive Director Mark Wendeborn.

Lost Mountain Lodge has “guest cottages, a main house, ponds . . . you can walk through the sprawling grounds with art and music as you go,” he said.

'One of those things'

Wendeborn saluted Korus for dreaming up something different, with the B-and-B tour and now the Rendezvous.

“It's one of those things,” Korus said, “that hasn't quite been done. I don't know what I'm going to do next for a new idea.”


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

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