This Sunday, the public is welcome to join in a celebration half a decade in the making. The Harbor Art Guild is hosting a gala to honor the anniversary of both the guild and Six River Gallery, which is run by the guild, in Hoquiam.
The Harbor Art Guild is a Grays Harbor organization dedicated to curating and appreciating local artists and their work. Lee Staley, a member of the Harbor Art Guild and curator for the gala, said the event celebrates five years of guild members working in the community.
“This event is actually dedicated to Allan Koidahl, a founding member of the Guild, who passed earlier this year,” Staley said.
The gallery sometimes displays work by local artists who aren’t members of the guild, but for the celebration of the guild’s five-year anniversary, all the work will come from members of the Harbor Art Guild.
The art for the event posters and invitations feature a number 5 decorated by doodles from each participating artist.
The gala is family-friendly and open to the public, Staley said.
Attendees will have a barbecue meal provided by the guild. A cornered off area features a chalk garden for kids to draw and play in. Staley is also planning for a silent auction, featuring gift baskets, free dinners and art donated by local merchants. There will also be a blind bottle auction, where recycled bottles are decorated to hide what’s really inside from those bidding.
“It could be anything from a nice bottle of wine to a bottle full of buttons,” Staley said. “It’s fun because you have to decide whether either of those things are worth bidding $10 on. The bottles are all well decorated.”
The Salmonberry Ukulele Club, including several Harbor Art Guild members, is performing. This group, which often meets at the gallery, is composed of any type of portable instrument, including, but not limited to, ukuleles.
About the Gallery
The Harbor Art Guild opened the Six Rivers Gallery in October 2008.
“The Harbor Art Guild was formed in August 2008 as an organization to bring art to the community, get artists together and promote art activities for young people,” said MaryLou Gregory, publicity specialist for the Harbor Art Guild, in an email. Although the gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., classes, events and solo exhibits occur in the off-hours.
Individual artists can rent the space and a grant program is available to help pay for private shows.
Artists whose work is being shown include: Frank Allen, Fred Calica, Nancy Eichenberger, Kathleen F. Graddy, Mary Lou Gregory, Robin Harlow, Ken Hunt, Gary Douglas Lennon, Donna Miller, Robin Moore, R.P. Myers, Ed Schroll, Barb Shillinger and Lee Staley, who is also curating the event.
Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Six Rivers Gallery,
210 Sixth St., Hoquiam (next to Levee Lumber)