FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Opening of Elwha River Interpretive Center
General Public Invited May 1 – Noon to 2 PM
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east, the Olympic Peninsula – Washington’s premier destination for eco-conscious travelers and outdoor enthusiasts announce the re-opening of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center gallery on May 1. The Center has been closed in April for renovation.
Originally the private residence of Esther and Charles Webster, was designed in 1951 by Paul Hayden Clark as both a residence and an artist’s studio. It is a classic plate-glass-and-timbered classic of modern Northwest architecture. Now serving as the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center at 12-3 E Lauridsen Blvd, the Center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday weekly. http://www.pafac.org/. Admission is free.
The PAFAC hosts two major events annually – Art Outside where visitors can explore the outdoor site independently using park trails. Visitors will discover artworks hanging in trees, burrowing in the ground or camouflaged by the natural beauty of the foliage. The first sculptures were installed in Webster’s Woods in 2000. Each year finds new pieces presented through Art Outside. http://www.pafac.org/art-outside-artists.html
Paint the Peninsula is a juried Plein Air Competition held annually in August to benefit the Fine Arts Center. 2016 marks the fourth year of the competition and will be held August 21-28. Plein air artists will find a variety of subjects from sweeping vistas and soaring mountains to vintage working farms, forests and expansive ocean views. The event includes workshops for artists and a show open to the public. http://www.paintthepeninsula.org/
The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is located in Webster’s Woods, a five-acre woodland area where over 100 sculptures and other works of art live amongst the abundant foliage. The Center hosts gallery shows and community arts events throughout the year.
For information about planning a trip to the Olympic Peninsula to participate in special events hosted around the year, please visit www.olympicpeninsula.org
About the Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula in Washington is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east. It is famed for being home to Olympic National Park, over 600 miles of hiking trails and 73 miles of pristine, Pacific Coast ocean wilderness beaches. The Olympic Peninsula boasts a wide array of activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike, attracting visitors from near and far.