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The Arts

Amy Burnett will be offering a design seminar on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Amy Burnett Gallery in Bremerton. She will delve into the world of arranging, the psychology of seeing, exploring textbook definitions, hands-on compositional exercises and critiquing several paintings.

The cost is $25 and space is limited. Call (360) 373-3187 for more information.


Soroptimist invites schools to participate in its “Live Your Dream” art contest by encouraging students to draw a fictional woman from literature who inspires them.

The contest is open to both boys and girls, ages 4-18. If their artwork is chosen as a finalist, the students will have the opportunity for it to be viewed by thousands of people on the Soroptimist campaign website at LiveYourDreamCampaign.org. Winners will also receive $100, as will their schools. The contest will be held in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, which take place in March. read more »


The Collective Visions Gallery (CVG) announces that the pool of prize-money for the CVG Show has increased by $2,000 over the initial August announcement of this year’s show. As in past years, it is expected that 250 or more top artists from every quarter of our state will compete for the prizes. Washington state sculptor Dennis Peacock, juror for the 2011 show will have his work cut out for him in choosing the accepted artists and prizewinners. read more »


Upper Cervical Health Centers of America is hosting their annual Angel Tree event. We have teamed up with local schools to locate deserving children in need, who would otherwise not have much, if anything under the tree from Santa. Stop by their office and select an ornament off their Angel Tree with a gift idea for each child. Return your wrapped gift to Upper Cervical Health Centers of America by December 8th. The “Angel Tree” party will be held on Friday afternoon, December 10th. Each child will be presented with gifts. read more »


Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest presents Art in the Woods Studio Tour November 12-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This self-guided tour of 19 studios throughout North Kitsap features 50 artists. Works represented are photography, jewelry, fiber art, pottery and ceramics, sculpture, fine woodworking and furniture, sculpture, basket weaving, all styles of painting, glassworks and even neon! Many studios have demonstrations, treats and live music. Visit www.cafnw.org for a map and more information.


On Saturday December 4 the South Kitsap community will usher in the Holiday season at the 12th Annual Festival of Chimes & Lights. The event coordinated by the City of Port Orchard and a group of community volunteers, begins in the early afternoon and lasts until approximately 8 p.m. read more »


The Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra will play their season premier, Finnish and Unfinished, on Sunday, November 21 at 4 p.m. in the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Center.

The youth orchestra will play “Finlandia” and the “Unfinished Symphony” plus other works in this concert highlighting the Peninsula’s young musical talent.


Wine and art…what could be better? A place in Gig Harbor where you can experience this combination is Morso. Known for its wide selection of wines and food, Morso now adds art to the menu as it presents the latest works of Christa Miraldi, showing Nov. 12 - Dec. 11, with an opening reception to meet the artist on Friday, Nov. 12, from 6-8 p.m. read more »

November event at Kiana Lodge to showcase musicians, artists, authors.

For the past few months, some of Kitsap Peninsula’s popular concerts with national musicians have been hosted not at a fancy venue with hundreds of spectators, but at a house on Vaughn Bay on the Key Peninsula. The concerts, advertised largely through word of mouth, e-mail and social media, have brought in such popular musicians as David Wilcox and Danny O’Keefe. Local authors read from their works, usually poetry, as a sort of an “opening act,” and a local artist sketches the performers.

These house concerts — a growing trend in arts circles — are the brainchild of Jerry Libstaff, founder of nonprofit organization Watermark Writers. The purpose of the organization is to support the local literary arts. read more »

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