Coming attractions

The local papers recently announced that two new stores are scheduled to open next year: a Michael’s crafts and Ulta, a retailer of all things beauty and cosmetics. Above is the empty space they’re supposed to occupy. On the left is our local Ross store. On the right is Home Depot. And, as you can see, not much is going on yet, though in the foreground the parking area is paved, striped, and ready to go.

Lobby art

On a grey day this striking glass art brightens a corner in the Sequim Civic Center lobby. The piece was commissioned by friends and family in memory of Bobbi Burkett, wife of Sequim’s former City Manager Steve Burkett. The work was designed and constructed by artist Bob Rigg of Seattle Glassblowing Studio.

Sequim’s sister city

There’s a small display at the Sequim Civic Center that celebrates Sequim’s sister city relationship with Shiso City, Japan. The relationship, supporting a variety of exchanges to promote “mutual and everlasting friendship,” was initiated in 1993.

This doll is one of a number of Japanese cultural items on display. There is also a Friendship Garden at Carrie Blake Park that honors our association with Shiso City.

Fused, fired, and stained

Sequim’s new Civic Center has exhibit space on its ground floor where local artistry is showcased. The latest art in rotation is various forms of glassworks. The fused piece above, “Under the Sea,” is by Marilyn Brock.

“Running Horses,” above, is by Cindy Fager. It features both glass and rock.

This stained glass piece is called “Butterfly Lady” and was created by Millie Harrell.

The butterflies on this piece stand out from the glass, giving it more dimension than typical stained glass.

There are about two dozen pieces in the exhibit which is on view through March 31. It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area.