On January 1st 2016, Sequim Arts became the Olympic Peninsula Art Association.
The name change reflects the organization’s commitment to serving all visual artists on the Olympic Peninsula. We look forward to learning from and sharing art with an even broader group of like minded folks.
Please join us for our monthly art talks, or an art event!
OPAA Members Show People’s Choice, George Zien’s Watercolor, “The Raven”
Next Meeting December, 1
This is a very important meeting and we all need to be there if possible. It will be held at St. Luke’s ,in Sequim, at the usual time and place.
This also is our Holiday Pot Luck so bring something to share and your own place setting. OPAA will provide the ham.
Clark Mundy will be our presenter for the meeting.
Clark’s primary medium of expression today is copper, being drawn to its ancient associations and malleable qualities. Favorite subjects are the fish and sea life native to Northwest waters, especially the legendary Elwha River Chinook salmon. Self taught, Clark hammers the copper into relief from the reverse side with a technique called “repousse” (French for “pushed back,”) heating and working each piece many times to reach the desired shape. He finishes with a torched and/or traditional oxidized patina, which is usually protected by a tough automotive topcoat for outside placement. Clark is one of a few copper artists who still creates each piece freehand. Much hand-hammered copper available today is produced using a mold, which takes far less time.
You may have seen his work at Northwest art festivals, and his public installations are easily found in and around Port Angeles: The triumphant upstream journey of 21 salmon on the Landing Mall’s spiral staircase, a 10 foot copper fountain in the great hall of the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, and a collaborative mixed-media piece in the Clallam County Courthouse all celebrate the return of the Salmon. My 20’ copper and stainless-steel sculptural sign featuring a Giant Pacific Octopus, Dungeness Crab, and Elwha Chinooks, lives above the entrance to the Feiro Marine Life Center on PA City Pier, while inside stands a floor-to-ceiling story pole and bench called “Kindred Spirits,” a tribute to the two men whose vision brought us the Marine Center.
Find more information on coppersalmon.com or