ARCH Digest 11.29.22

Call for Art: 2023 Arts Walk Cover Artist

Deadline tomorrow: Applications are due November 30, 2022 by 11:45pm.

Each year, two artists are selected (one for each Arts Walk event) to have their artwork featured on the Arts Walk poster and in event related publications. These artists are commissioned by the City to create a new, original work of art for either the spring or fall Arts Walk event.
Selected artists each receive $750 to create a new work, and have been featured in multiple ways. Additional details including eligibility at the link below.
  • Apply Now
  • Deadline tomorrow: Applications are due November 30, 2022 by 11:45pm.

City seeks to fill vacancies on Advisory Boards,
Commissions and Committees

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at 5pm

The City of Olympia is looking for community members interested in serving on City advisory committees. Advisory committees provide a structured way for residents to share opinions and perspectives, study issues, develop recommendations, and provide advice from the community perspective to the Olympia City Council.
The advisory committee application period is now open and runs until Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at 5 p.m.  Membership terms generally run for three years, with appointments beginning on April 1 and ending March 31. 
  • Arts Commission – There are two (2) vacancies open for the Arts Commission. 
  • Applications and details on the application process are available on the City’s website at
  • Apply now

Watch & Learn

Olympia Family Theater invites you to attend Nyx & the Long Night

An original winter solstice myth, co-created w/String & Shadow Puppet Theater 

Join us for Nyx & the Long Night - a world premiere play running December 9 - January 8 at Olympia Family Theater. This unique story is a co-production with String & Shadow Puppet Theater - a troupe of multi-disciplinary performance artists based in Olympia, Washington. They create giant puppet shows that feature pop-up sets, masks, large-scale puppetry and various circus arts - set to live, original music. Find out more at their website:

Once upon a time there were two sisters: Sol, a child of Day, and Luna, a child of Night. Every day they played a game of catch in the sky, tossing the sun and the moon between them. Everything changed the day they dropped the sun. Now, the world has been dark for a very long time – an endless winter solstice. Perhaps a young woman named Nyx will be the answer. Part girl, part tree, and raised under the light of the stars, her magic and courage might just save the world.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

  • December 9 - January 8 | Advance ticket reservation is recommended due to limited seating! Tickets can be purchased online or by phone with Visa, MasterCard or American Express, and are available 24 hours a day from our website:
  • As part of our ACCESS FOR ALL initiative, all tickets for Nyx & the Long Night are available on a sliding pay-what-you-can scale of $5-$35. A limited number of day-of, walk-up tickets are offered free-of-cost - although you are still welcome to purchase if you are able with cash, card, or check.
  • Learn more

Cameraless Animation 16mm film workshop
@ Lamplighters downtown - preregistration recommended
All supplies provided & no experience necessary. Join us for a hands-on adventure in 16mm filmmaking, and watch results right away!

A CONVERSATION with Travis Johnson 
Travis Johnson will be doing an art talk about the current show "Dirt Road Ancestors" and the journey of making art in Olympia. 
"Dirt Road Ancestors" is on view at Bar Francis until December 9th.
This current ensemble of work is a visual constellation of fragmented memories situated into a visual tapestry that calcifize the ancestral story growing up in the Mojave desert.  First Christian Church of Olympia presents, "Fridays at the First"
Your favorite, free holiday concert series is back, better than ever! 

Admission to each concert is free. The musicians gratefully accept contributions. The church library opens at 11:30 am for light refreshments. Concerts begins at noon and lasts about an hour. For more information, 360-491-8508

This Friday's concert, December 2, is performed by Runaway Train, the premier Northwest bluegrass band. They have been host band for Bluegrass from the Forest in Shelton, WA since 2005 and perform traditional and contemporary music throughout the Pacific Northwest. Band members are Greg Linder - guitar and vocals; Kent Powell - bass and vocals; John White - mandolin and vocals; and Doug Wenzen - banjo. With tight vocal harmonies and danceable instrumentals, this band will delight audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

Full schedule:
  • Dec. 2 RUNAWAY TRAIN takes us on a bluegrass journey with
  • danceable instrumentals and tight vocal harmonies.
  • Dec. 9 SWANTOWNE plays laid back soft rock, oldies-but-goodies, and heart-warming originals.
  • Dec. 16 ANJALI SILVA and FRIENDS promise lively seasonal songs and Christmas classics with a Brazilian beat.
  • Dec. 23 MUD BAY LITTLE BIG BAND fills the room with “big band” sound plus bold and sassy vocals.
  • Dec. 30 NANCY BYERS enchants with powerful vocals underscored by the dynamic accompaniment of DAVID LEE JOYNER.
  • Jan. 6 SCOTT COSSU AND HOLLY REEVES close the series with original piano/cello duets to bring in a Peaceful New Year for all.
Celebrate the Holidays at the Artists' Gallery
Holiday reception Friday, December 9, 5-7pm. Featured guest artist: Brian Buntain, Jeweler, with live music by Vince Brown. At the Capital Mall Promenade, 2505 4th Ave W. OlyFilm Collective | 10th Anniversary Retrospective Celebration
OlyFilm, an award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit, celebrates ten years of supporting local independent filmmakers with a retrospective of its past work. Q&A to follow with the filmmakers. OlyFilm’s mission is to support independent filmmaking and to promote women and BIPOC filmmakers in the South Sound. OlyFilm has produced the Intertribal Youth Film Project and opportunities for local Girl Scout troops to learn about the film industry, and has won many awards in Lakewood, Tacoma and Seattle film competitions. OlyFilm is proud to be a pillar in our local arts community. See
  • Monday, December 12, 2022
  • Discussion to Follow Screening
  • $10 GA & OFS / $15 at the door day of show
  • Tickets available online and at the box office
  • Learn more

Emerald City Music: The Telegraph Quartet

We end our Fall season on a high note with our Quartet in Spotlight series, featuring the award-winning Telegraph Quartet, December 9 & 10.Experience this intimate and acoustically stunning church setting. Olympia: A True Story to benefit the Olympia Arts + Heritage Alliance
Olympia: A True Story, just released by Tom Dyer & The True Olympians is a 40-song, 3 CD box set and 80-page book with over 100 Olympia musicians. Tom calls it his loving ode to Olympia. It tells the story of our local area going back 2 million years. It is packed full of historical facts - Informative, instructional and musical all at the same time. Recorded over four years through the pandemic, it is a heady brew of eclecticism writ large.
  • Friday, December 9, 8:00pm,Tom & The True Olympians will be playing a record release show at the Olympia Ballroom - 116 Legion Way SW (doors 7:00pm). Advance tickets can be purchased here:
  • The album may also be purchased from these excellent vendors in Olympia (or directly from Archibald Sisters, Browsers Books, Cascadia Grill, Childhood’s End Gallery, K-Records, Lantern Records, Music 6000, New Traditions Fair Trade, Orca Books Cooperative, Rainy Day Records, Rhythms Coffee, The Evergreen State College Bookstore, The Legislative Gift Center in the Capitol Building and The Wine Loft
  • Learn more

Craft Markets in December

  • Olympia Lamplighters Bazaar of Lights, December 3 and 17, 11am-6pm, 211 4th Ave E, Handmade crafts, jewelry, artworks and unique items perfect for yourself or gifts this holiday season,
  • LGM Studio Project is hosting a Contemporary Arts + Crafts Market for 3 weeks in December. Stop and Shop for amazing gifts from a large array of handcrafted art by 20 Local Artists. Lots of dates and times throughout the month - check HERE.
  • Duck the Malls, Saturday, December 10, 11am-5pm, at the Historic Capitol Theater,
  • Bad Girl Makeover, A market for people of all genders who feel cute. December 17th 12-6pm. Armory, 515 Eastside St SE. Handmade, Vintage, Tarot.

Newsletter Roundup


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