Water Street Gallery

photo of Port Townsend artist Luke Tornatzky and professor Wes Cecil
The Artist and the Philosopher

A new gallery has opened downtown Port Townsend, the Water Street Gallery. The gallery features the paintings of Luke Tornatzky. Currently one can get a quick $20 charcoal sketch done. The subject of this sketch is Wes Cecil a Humanities professor at Peninsula College.

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Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival Sail Away Photo

Photo of sailboat in the 2012 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival Sail Asay
On the Bay in the sail away

The last feature of the Wooden Boat Festival is the sail away, which starts at 3:00 pm on the last day. Sunday offered a fresh breeze and great sailing weather. It was a great time to be on the water.

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Bar Tender

Photo of dingy in Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
Best boat in show!

They say that if you have to explain a joke it didn’t work. In this case I just have to. Anyway, a tender is a small boat built to service a larger boat or ship. In this case the tiny boat filled with mini kegs makes the perfect bar tender.¬†Sorry about that.

This tiny lapstrake wooden boat floats in Point Hudson Marina during Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Festival.

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Photo of Musician at Port Townsend Farmer’s Market

Photo of African Harp, the Kora
Not your everyday instrument

This is a Kora, a type of harp of West African origin. The musician played it during the Port Townsend Saturday Farmer’s Market. It sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, but I kept coming back for more.

This is the 20th year for the Market. That’s hard to believe. K was on the original steering committee that started the market.

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Port Townsend in Worldwide Photowalk

Photo of a photographer participating in the 2011 Worldwide Photowalk
Scoping out the shot

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk happened on Sunday October 1st this year in Port Townsend. I decided to photograph other photographers for the day and ignore the Kinetic Skulpture Race, which I’ve shot several times before.

Here’s a Flickr slideshow of more photos from that day.

Classic Old Boat at Port Townsend’s Wooden Boat Show

photo of vintage Chriscraft speed boat.
Vintage speedboat photo.

This beautifully restored and maintained speedboat sat near the north end of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival display area in Port Hudson. That’s a 1958 Mercury outboard, that apparently still pushes the boat fast. I imagine that the boat’s owner had to stay around to wipe drool off the beautiful old boat. It’s a good thing I got the photo early in the morning. By 11 the boat had drawn a crowd. Now that’s a classic!

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Sequim Lavender Festival Bike

photo of sequim lavender festival bicycle
The official bicycle of the Sequim Lavender Festival

About 15 years ago some people moved into the Sequim, Wa area and started growing lavender. For growing purposes the North Olympic Peninsula has some similarities to Provence, so it was a good idea. The growers started an annual lavender festival, showing their farms and selling products made from lavender.

The festival grew and now the weekend of the Sequim Lavender Festival brings the worst traffic of the year to highway 101 along the North Olympic Peninsula. We braved the trip anyway. As you can see, the weather was less than ideal. We ended up leaving Friday afternoon in the rain. It was wet on and off until Sunday lunch time. I went to shoot photos of the lavender fields, which didn’t happen. Not only was the light heavy and flat, much of the blooms hadn’t reached full color yet, as the summer has been so cold.

This bicycle was placed by the entrance to the Lavender Festival merchant booths in downtown Sequim. There was another group of food and vendor booths at Carrie Blake Park. That belonged to the Sequim Lavender Faire, which is apparently a separate event that happens the same weekend. There are a lot of politics involved, which I don’t understand. We had a good time anyway.