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And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,
just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction
that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Welcome to summer!

Summer solstice is just around the corner on June 20, and that means the kickoff to a long summer full of art events and happenings. The most exciting on the list (at least for us) is our third annual Art Walk. Read on for more information about this and other events on the Key Peninsula and beyond.

2017 Art Walk
Our third annual Art Walk, organized by the Artists’ Blend group, is coming up this August. Please mark your calendars for August 2, 5-8pm. The event is free and open to the public so tell your friends! This all comes together thanks to the hard work of volunteers. We still need help, so if you are interested in volunteering, please contact us for more information.

In Memoriam: Reni Moriarity
Our dear friend and artist Reni Moriarity passed away last month. A talented potter and sumi artist she will be greatly missed by the Key Peninsula arts community and beyond. In her honor, Blend Wine Shop is showcasing a collection of her amazing work during the month of June.

TWAA Scholarship Awarded to High School Students
Over $322,000 was given to graduating seniors recently as part of the Peninsula High School Scholarship program. We were happy to award two young budding artists with TWAA scholarships, Lilli Harrison and Daniel Wallwork. They both plan on attending the Digipen Institute of Technology. Funds for scholarship awards come from donations to TWAA.

Art Classes for Seniors Coming to Key Peninsula
Thanks to a grant from the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and Your Community Spark Award, this summer we will be working with The Mustard Seed Project to offer art classes for seniors at the organization’s new facility. Contact The Mustard Seed Project for more information about the classes and schedule.

Homeschool Art
In May, we were happy to host a variety of art classes for homeschoolers. Christie Case worked with the students to create a painting of Mount Rainier and Anna Bradshaw showed them the art of the zentangle, using the method to create photo frames.

Colors of Autumn Fundraiser
We are starting to plan for our Colors of Autumn fundraiser, to be hosted September 30, 2017, 6-9pm. This benefit event will help to fund our Artists in School program. We can’t make this happen without your help, and we would love to have anyone interested in supporting the arts take part, so if you are interested in volunteering please email us at Volunteers are needed for Auction and Silent Auction Procurement, Decorations, Program planning and video/power-point production, set-up and more!

New Board Officers
Pat Thompson, Interim president
Adria Hanson, Vice President
Molly Swensen, Treasurer
Patty Finnigan, Secretary

Interested in joining our Board or on a special committee? We would love to have you. Come to our board meetings, held the second Thursday of each month at 7pm at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. The Board recently established new committees to meet quarterly and provide more opportunities for members to become involved in activities that will help build a stronger and more responsive organization. Please consider joining one of the following committees: Programs (classes, events, new ideas); Membership, Communication/Marketing, Fundraising and Finance. Also in order to become more responsive to our members and community, the Board has purchased a new database to provide more accurate and up-to-date information and communication. Data entry will become an ongoing need. Contact us at

TWAA Art Walk
The Key Peninsula’s third annual art walk! There will be live music and food available from Taylor Shellfish and the food truck Gnosh. If you are an artist interested in showing, please contact
August 2, 5-8pm
Words and Music
Words and Music series by Watermark Writers organizes house concerts that take place in an intimate, waterfront setting that allows you to meet and talk with your favorite poets, authors and singer/songwriters. The next house concert will be held on June 17 and feature Leroy Bell and John Davis. Call 253-778-6559 for reservations or information.

August Herron Island Creative Retreat
TWAA artist and member Joseph Pentheroudakis is hosting a monotype and collage workshop with acclaimed artist April Richardson. Experiment with monotype, a spontaneous and painterly method of printmaking combined with painting and collage to create mixed media artwork. Students will learn additive, subtractive, and drawing transfer techniques. Working with small plates, water‐soluble inks, and a portable etching press, artists will explore the materials and tools to produce a series of monotypes. Beginning and experienced artists enjoy this spontaneous medium. Class is limited to 10 students, $100 tuition per person, includes all supplies.
For more information please contact
August 12 + 13, 2017; Saturday, noon-5 pm, Sunday, 10am-3pm

Bellevue Art Museum
Artful Evening Gala Auction
Join the Bellevue Art Museum for an evening of art and celebration. The museum is honoring artist Cappy Thompson, related to two of our own Key Peninsula residents; sister of Sara Thompson and daughter of Virginia Thompson. All proceeds benefit the Bellevue Art Museum. Tickets here.
July 15, 2017

Gig Harbor
First Saturday Art Walk along Gig Harbor Waterfront

Peninsula Art League Summer Art Festival
July 15 + 16, 2017

Seattle Art Museum
Summer at SAM
The Seattle Art Museum has a selection of summer activities, including free music, art making, yoga and other fun events, hosted on Thursdays and Saturdays in the Olympic Sculpture Park. Details here.

Proctor Arts Fest

Check out the community street fair at North 26th and Proctor, a celebratory art event free and open to the public.
August 5, 2017, 10am-5pm

Summer Art Camp at Tacoma Art Museum
The Tacoma Art Museum has a variety of camps available for children. Check out their website for more information.

Promoting the West: Abby Williams Hill and the Railroads
Abby Williams Hill was the first woman artist hired by the railroad companies. Her work is a historic celebration of our region.
Tacoma Art Museum
June 3 – October 15, 2017

Pacific North Fest (Free Third Thursday)
Head to the Tacoma Art Museum on every third Thursday this summer when the museum is free and lots of events are planned. More info here.

Vashon Island
Vashon Center for the Arts 2017 Garden Tour
Explore gardens as well as garden artwork on the beautiful Vashon Island.
June 24 + 25, 2017, 10am-5pm

Even more events
There are many more art events around the region this summer. Check out Art Guide NW for a full listing.

Support Two Waters Arts Alliance
Our work is largely made possible by members and donations, and we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do without your participation. Remember that all donations are 100% tax deductible. You can easily donate on our website, and if you would like to make a donation by check, you can send them to Two Waters Arts Alliance, PO Box 868, Vaughn, WA 98394

We’re Looking for New Members!
Know someone in the community who is interested in supporting the arts but isn’t a Two Waters Arts Alliance member yet? Pass this email along. Better yet, give away a membership this year to someone who wants to be involved in supporting the arts. All membership information can be found on the website.

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