Sights and sounds

"downtown Winslow will transform Sunday into a lattice of artwork, poetry and musical performances.The Arts Walk, which includes exhibits from 24 regional artists, begins at noon Aug. 6 and runs until 4:30 p.m., featuring a variety of visual and performing art pieces.The event, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, combines more than 60 art exhibits, including a collection from students and recent graduates from the Northwest College of Art.The media represented at the walk range from classic art like oils, watercolor, pastel, photography and acrylics, to modern concepts such as metal art, 3-D paper sculpture, collage, mixed media and clothing design. The Walk guides visitors through sidewalk booths, galleries and displays at local businesses in the downtown area. In conjunction with the art exhibits, musical performances will be held at the Winslow Mall, featuring the a cappella group Heartsong, folksinger Emily Groff and presentations by student musicians. The Pavilion will also host local jazz compatriots Ruby Darby and a handful of poetry performances. In addition to these acts, there will be a Bainbridge Island Chamber Music concert at the playhouse, and fiddler Ken Stern will melodically wander down Winslow Way. I try to make it a focused venue, with some sort of theme aspect that the public can hold onto and remember, says director Dinah Satterwhite. An artist as well as coordinator, Satterwhite is new to the Arts Walk this quarter. She came from a similar program in Poulsbo, and has spent the past few years showing her work at the Verksted Gallery. Satterwhite founded the Poulsbo Art Walk, and has since resigned from the position in order to explore more creative outlets on the island. When she finishes her term in Little Norway, she hopes to work with a steering committee on Bainbridge to put more focus into the quarterly event, and contribute her own creative touches.Part of Satterwhite's job is to choose which galleries will be featured on the walk. The selection is made on the basis of art quality, and the proximity of the gallery from the downtown area. If a gallery wants to participate in the walk, but does not know which artist to contact, Satterwhite works as a link between galleries and local artists.One of the things we pride ourselves on (at the Arts Walk) is being able to provide a handful of expert artists who will be on hand to answer questions and conduct demonstrations of their work, Satterwhite says.In concurrence with the Arts Walk, the park district will host the annual outdoor music festival at Waterfront Park from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday. The entertainment features acoustic artists Tingstad and Rumbel, swamp pop musicians Filé Gumbo, the Tsimshian Haayuuk tribal dancers, Joe Miller and the Burly Roughnecks band, and folk singer T.R. Ritchie, who will also emcee of the event.Food vendors will offer a variety of ethnic cuisine around the park, and the Teen Center will host an arts and crafts booth for children ages 4-10.The Arts Walk and the music festival are both free. Funding for the event comes in part from the Arts and Humanities Council, and corporate sponsorship.Maps and listings of exhibit sites will be available at downtown stores. For general information about upcoming events, call the Cultural Arts Hotline at 842-0100. "

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