Festivities to celebrate the opening of the River Story Exhibit, and the accompanying Art in the Library show, will take place on June 1 at the Port Angeles Main Library. The artist’s reception will begin at 6:30pm, followed at 7pm by exhibit opening events and a celebratory presentation by the Lower Elwha Drum and Dance Group. The exhibit will be officially opened when the drummers and singers break the symbolic paper dam, and following a river of paper salmon, lead participants through the exhibit. Refreshments will be served. Limited library services will be available during this special after hours event.
River Story, a multi-faceted visual exhibit, accompanied by an extensive schedule of programs and events, will be presented June 1- September 8, at the Port Angeles Main Library of the North Olympic Library System. River Story celebrates a beautiful river of ageless wonder, and tells the Elwha River’s inspiring tale of renewal, restoration, and transformation.
For additional information about the River Story exhibit, a complete program schedule, and links to additional resources, please visit www.nols.org.
The art work of Anna Wiancko Chasman, Harry von Stark, Peter Malarkey, Ray Hammar, Jake Seniuk, and Jennifer Bright will be on display June 1 through July 30. This Art in the Library show is thematically linked to the River Story exhibit, featuring paintings, photographs, and sculpture inspired by the Elwha River and by the dam removal and restoration projects. Banners originally created for the dam breaking ceremony in September 2011, by numerous other artists, are also on display as a part of the River Story exhibit.
River Story is a multi-partner venture, and would not have been possible without the support and active involvement of Olympic National Park, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, NatureBridge, Peninsula College, Arts Northwest, and Port Book and News, together with the individual members of the River Story Planning Committee: Anna Wiancko Chasman, Brenda Francis, Karen Hanan, Margaret Jakubcin, Barb Maynes, Kate Reavey, Jake Seniuk, Kathy Steichen, Heather Stephens, Harry von Stark, and Betsy Wharton. Funding for River Story has been generously provided by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.
For additional information about River Story events, visit www.nols.org and click on the River Story link, or contact Margaret Jakubcin at AssistantDirector@nols.org or 360-417-8505. The Port Angeles Main Library is located at 2210 South Peabody, Port Angeles.