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Art in the Library

Art in the Library is a program sponsored by the North Olympic Library System, which provides display space for works created by Clallam County artists. Art in the Library exhibits rotate on a regular two or three month schedule. Currently Art in the Library exhibit space is available in the Port Angeles Main Library and the Sequim Branch Library.

The Art in the Library program would not be possible without financial support from the Port Angeles Friends of the Library and the Friends of Sequim Library; the commitment and generous donation of his time by volunteer Art in the Library Exhibit Coordinators; and the creativity and community involvement of local artists.

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Art in the Library at Sequim Branch Library

Pasture Buddies

On Friday, September 5, the Sequim Branch of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) will take part in Sequim’s First Friday Art Walk with a special after-hours reception featuring the work of painter and photographer Pat Taynton. The artist’s work will be on display, light refreshments will be served, and live music will be performed from 6pm until 7:30pm.
Limited library services will also be available during the reception. Skip Morris

The Art in the Library reception will also feature live tunes from the Skip Morris Duo, a guitar, string bass, and vocal act that covers a wide range—almost anything that can be squeezed into the category of "jazz" is fair game. Guitarist Skip Morris plays and sings—his voice is often compared to Mel Torme’s—and is the author of the “Player to Player” column for Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. Accompanying Skip is exceptional string bassist Ted Enderly, who has performed with a long list of pop and jazz musicians.

Sequim September—November Artist: Pat Taynton

More Madrona

Taynton’s art, on view inside the library throughout September, October and November, shows her love of the natural world. “I feel we have gotten very disconnected from nature and our environment,” she says. “The central purpose of my artwork, be it drawing, painting, or photography, is to entice people to take a closer look.”

A graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Pa., Taynton is a realist whose primary, but not exclusive, subjects are wildlife and equines depicted in watercolor and tempura. She creates lifelike animals and attempts to enhance them with an extra dimension of spirit. Taynton has exhibited in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, and has done commissioned work for The Franklin Mint, Defenders of Wildlife, The International Council for Bird Preservation, and the World Wildlife Fund. Her art has been used by the National Wildlife Federation in their stamp series, and her animal portraits are in many private collections.

Art in the Library is a collaborative library/community art project featuring rotating exhibits by local artists. The program has been made possible by generous contributions from the Friends of Sequim Library, and also by the efforts of volunteer art coordinator Randy Radock. Pat Taynton’s art will remain on display at the Sequim Branch Library through the end of November.

Art in the Library: Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is calling all local artists, hobbyists and craftspersons to submit original wilderness-inspired art
to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Selected entries will be displayed inside the Port Angeles Main Library from
October 10, 2014, through January 7, 2015.


Submission details:

All entries must be received no later than September 15, 2014.

To submit your entry, send an email to with the following information included:

  • 1. Your full name and contact information.
  • 2. A thorough description of the work(s) you’d like to exhibit.
        You may submit up to 6 images for consideration.
  • 3. A picture/image/sketch of the work(s) or representative samples.
        Please embed images directly into the body of your email.

You will be sent an acknowledgement once your submission is received. Accepted works will be delivered to the Port Angeles Main Library between October 6 and 8, and installed October 9.


Exhibit space:

The Port Angeles Main Library has designated several areas inside the library for displaying both two and three-dimensional works, including gallery wall space, secure display cases, beams and floor/counter space. Artists with work that requires special display accommodations are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals early.


Exhibit requirements:

All submissions must be original works created by the artist. Works intended for wall display must have a wire on the back for hanging purposes. The library reserves the right to decline works deemed not suitable for display. Additionally, all artists must complete and sign the Art in the Library Conditions and Release agreement.


Exhibit theme:

Congress passed the Wilderness Act fifty years ago this September, creating a national system of areas “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” NOLS challenges artists of all ages, abilities, and perspectives to submit an original work that contemplates, celebrates, or reimagines this historic piece of legislation and the vast expanses of nature it protects. For inspiration or to learn more, read the Wilderness Act.

Art in the Library at the Port Angeles Main Library

The current Art in the Library show at the Port Angeles Main Library features the work of local artists Charlie Comstock, Kathy Greer, Pamela Hastings, Trevor Helgeson, Ean Henninger, Trey Hensley, Pat Herkel and the late Ken Patterson. The exhibit will be on display inside the Library from July 10 through October 8.

Pamela Hastings
Trey Hensley
Ken Patterson Pat Herkel

How do I display my work in Art in the Library?

Find out more.

Read the Art in the Library Conditions and Release Agreement.

Links to other community art resources:

Port Angeles Arts Council
Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance