SEQUIM — The Counter Dance will be celebrated on Friday as one of many special events at Sequim’s first Friday Art Walk.
The Upper Room Hall at 138 W. Washington St. will host an evening of counter dancing open to all ages with a beginner class at 7 p.m. and dancing beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Caller Susan Michaels has been calling squares, contras and family dances for more than 30 years, “building community, facilitating joy and just plain having fun,” organizers said.
Internationally renowned Scottish fiddler and fiddler Brandon Vance will provide the music.
Vance has performed and taught internationally. He is the recipient of Scotland’s Royal National Mòd “Sutherland Cup” in 2017 in Scottish Fiddle, as well as being the youngest to win the US National Open Scottish Fiddling Championship in 1999 and 2001.
Dancing is among the arts and music activities offered for the First Friday of September Art Walk, a free, self-guided tour of local art venues in Sequim from 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Each month of the art walk, sponsored and produced by Renne Emiko Brock since 2006, has a color theme.
This Friday’s theme is blue, which is “inspiring and imaginative like a night sky full of shooting stars or a cloudless day full of possibilities while being dependable, strong and strong-willed,” said Brock, who encourages attendees. to the Art Walk to dress in shades of blue or representations of noble and loyal aspirations.
Other special events are:
• Sequim Civic Center152 W. Cedar St. — The Sequim Arts Advisory Commission will host the First Friday Open Music Jam from 5-7 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to bring an acoustic instrument or come along to sing at an informal gathering of people who enjoy making music.
In the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery Inside the Civic Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can view the “Pacific Northwest Wonder” juried exhibition.
• Habitat for Humanity from Clallam County’s Sequim Habitat store213 E. Washington St. — Live music will be played from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Pacific Mist — Books, cards and gifts121 W. Washington St. — Author David Young, a 92-year-old Sequim resident and retired college history professor, will detail his book “Looking Through History’s Window, Illustrations for Teachers of the Bible and History Buffs” .
Sue Young will showcase her vintage fabric note cards and notebooks and original designs.
• Sequim tea and spices139 W. Washington St. – Shop features artwork including glass, pottery, artwork and photography by local artists, as well as tea blends, teapots, mugs and culinary gifts .
• Forage Gifts and Northwest Treasures121 W. Washington St. — The shop offers works by local artists and gifts.
• Cellars Rose des vents143 W. Washington St. — The Lost Trio will play blues, rock and country at 6 p.m. as the store offers wine and goodies.
• Soup in the aisle138 W. Washington St. — The venue features a rotation of local artists, live music, and sweets.
• Rain Shadow Cafe157 W. Cedar St., — Live Music by Dawn & Steve 6-8 p.m.
• Whole blue gallery129 W. Washington St. — The “Time of Harvest and Owls Book” exhibit features gourd artist Debbie Cain and painter Jeannine Chappell with her new book “Owls: The Paintings of Jeannine Chappell.”
She created these paintings over an eight-year period while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her models for the paintings were primarily owls living in wildlife rescue centers that are not able to survive in the wild.
Cain depicts the harvest season in the Sequim region, from a symbolic elk to a lamp with a touch of autumn.
To participate as a location or artist on the official First Friday Art Walk Sequim map, listing and website, contact Brock at 360-460-3023 or r[email protected].
For more information, check out SequimArtWalk.com or the Art Walk Facebook page.