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Festivals & Festivities

Pretty much year round there is bound to be some sort of annual celebration or festival from the Olympic Peninsula area to the Kitsap Peninsula area.  And this list doesn’t even include the heavy hitters in Pierce, King and surrounding counties like the Washington State Fair or Bumbershoot!  So here is a month by month list of the different festivities happening in our “neck of the woods” January through December.  Be sure to check websites for dates, admission fees, etc.  If you see one we’ve missed, be sure to let us know and we’ll add it on the list!

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Arts in the Area

Whether you’re a casual observer, enthusiast, collector or ready to learn a new craft, our part of the state has numerous options to choose from.  Learn to paint here in Union with resident artist Robert Kamin.  Shoot down to Allyn and take some classes on chainsaw carving at George Kenny’s School of Chainsaw Carving.  Have an affinity for glass blowing? Head over to Shelton to Franz Art Glass & Supply.  If you’d like to check out, maybe even purchase some local art take a short trip down the road to Candy’s Wall of Fame.

Ready for a more urban art scene, Olympia is only about 40 minutes from Union and has a thriving arts culture.  We’ve compiled a list of some galleries and shops to check out in our state capitol.

 

Olympia Framemakers has also compiled a list of local individual artists & their websites worth checking out.  Some highlights include:  Shelley Carr does fantastic pieces out of copper, Chris Maynard makes incredibly detailed pieces out of feathers (a must see!), Lisa Kattenbraker creates unique contemporary art batik, Mark Kirkpatrick paints amazing watercolors of local beauty, Nikki McClure constructs incredibly detailed and beautiful paper cuts, Christine Malek among other things sews adorable plush and Jude Fritts carves stunning sculptures out of wood.  Just in our area there is so much incredible talent and variety of art, regardless of your taste, it would be impossible not to find something to love.