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In collaboration with Quilted Strait and The Artful Ewe, Port Gamble is destined to become a fiber artist’s paradise with the third annual Fiber and Fabric festival set for April 26-27. This popular festival attracts visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest and will include prizes and quilt and fiber arts displays at the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion and the historic St. Paul’s Church.

Visitors to the festival can participate in classes and demonstrations while visiting numerous vendors at the famed Walker-Ames House of Port Gamble. read more »


After a year of waiting, the Gig Harbor Arts Center Alliance expects to receive its official 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service this spring — and with that, it can start fundraising for a feasibility study. Organizers have been working on the idea of a regional arts center for a couple of years, but need the feasibility study to determine operating costs, revenue potential and economic impact of the proposed campus. The study would also help determine whether the proposed center is the right size and fit for the community.

“There have been a lot of arts centers that closed doors because their model wasn’t set up to accommodate bad economic times,” said alliance president Anne Knapp, a Gig Harbor artist and former president of Peninsula Art League. “We want to make sure the center would be sustainable and more regional (in reach.)” read more »


Kitsap County and the nonprofit West Sound Performing Arts Center have signed a letter of intent for construction and operation of the arts center on the site currently home to Silverdale Community Center.

Exact plans for the arts center are still in the works, and organizers have already obtained nonprofit status. The letter of intent, which is nonbinding, specifies that should WSPAC obtain funds to build, the county will lease the land at nominal cost. The agreement is similar to what the county had in place with the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties for the Silverdale YMCA.

Should fundraising for construction of the arts center be successful, the county will pay to demolish the existing Silverdale Community Center, which includes C-STOCK community theater, and will relocate the nearby sheriff’s substation. In return, WSPAC agrees to dedicate space in the site’s master plan for Kitsap Regional Library’s planned new Silverdale branch, should KRL select that location as the final choice. read more »


Liberty Bay Gallery & Gifts will mark its second anniversary by welcoming visitors to the newly expanded gallery during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Poulsbo on Feb. 8.

The Art Walk runs from 3-8 p.m., and the gallery (www.libertybaygallery.com) is located in downtown Poulsbo at 18830 Front St.


Building upon its statewide juried art show, the Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton is organizing a winter arts festival that will feature art movies, theatre arts, music and the 2014 CVG Show. This competitive art exhibition is in its seventh year. The primary impetus for the expansion of the opening events for the 2014 CVG Show to more than three days is to make the popular Awards Ceremony and Juror’s Lecture accessible to the general public and attractive to both local and out-of-town art lovers and collectors. Collective Visions will hold the Artist’s and Sponsor’s Reception, the Awards Ceremony and the Juror’s Lecture in the Admiral Theatre on Jan. 25. While tickets to the reception are $15 each, the Awards Ceremony and Juror’s Lecture are free to the public. read more »


The Bainbridge Island Studio Tour will be held Dec. 6-8, displaying and selling the work of 63 artists at nine locations around the island.

The self-guided tour is a twice-annual art show, and the December event is held indoors at local artists’ studios and community halls. The tour is free and will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days.

A brochure with a map showing all the tour stops is available for downloading from the website bistudiotour.com. Copies of the brochure also are available at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, local galleries and shops, and regional tourism and visitor centers. For more information, call 206-842-0504. read more »


Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in Kitsap County kick off Nov. 18 with a presentation called Is Your Business Location a Star? The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and Washington Filmworks present an information session about what film, commercial and video producers seek for location sites, props and location assistance services.

The event, which will include appetizers and beverages, will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo. Property owners, video and film industry companies, owners of unique and unusual props, as well as those interested in the film industry are invited to attend.

Washington Filmworks is the legislatively commissioned organization that manages the state’s film and production incentive programs. Their focus is to create economic development opportunities throughout the state for local and national filmmakers. They do this by working with filmmakers and local communities and offer comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives that generate revenue and create jobs. read more »


Sculptor Mardie Rees stands with Shawnigan Lake School alumni Stuart Milbrad of Bremerton, left, Francois Elmaleh and John Burr in front of the sculpture Rees created of the school's founder, C.W. Lonsdale. (Photo courtesy Shawnigan Lake School)Internationally acclaimed sculptor Mardie Rees of Gig Harbor attended the recent unveiling her 8-foot tall bronze sculpture of C.W. Lonsdale, founder of the Shawnigan Lake School in British Columbia.

The commissioned sculpture of Lonsdale and his German shepherd was unveiled on the campus Oct. 26 in front of a gathering of students, alumni and family members.

Crafting the sculpture was a four-year undertaking for Rees, who used live male models with Lonsdale’s physique, photographs of him, a suit from the 1930s, and a German shepherd with period-specific anatomy. read more »


Artists from across Washington state are invited to submit entries to Collective Visions Gallery’s 2014 CVG Show, a statewide competitive art exhibition that attracts top artists and offers prizes totaling nearly $10,000 in cash and purchase awards.

The exhibition juror is Jamie Walker, a Seattle-based ceramic artist and sculptor whose work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in U.S. museums and appeared in publications such as Sculpture, New Art Examiner, and Ceramics Monthly. Walker is an art professor and associate director at the University of Washington’s School of Art.

Artists working in 2-D media, 3-D media and photographic and digital art may obtain an exhibition prospectus by visiting the websites www.collectivevisions.com or www.onlinejuriedshows.comread more »

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