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Harbor Happenings: Watch art happen during Saturday Art Walk

Posted on June 27th, 2023 By:

The monthly Gig Harbor Art Walk is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 1, in downtown Gig Harbor.

Participating galleries include Ebbtide, Waters Edge, Gallery Row, dArt Frog, Woodstock Gallery, Gretchen Glese Artworks and Frills. Several will host live art demonstrations from 1 to 3 p.m.:

  • Steve Hammond will demonstrate how he creates his scratchboard drawings at Ebbtide Gallery.
  • Christine Hella Coat will demonstrate her unique painting style at Gallery Row.
  • Melisa Malvin will demonstrate her acrylic painting painting techniques at Waters Edge Gallery.
  • Lisa Eul will demonstrate her encaustic painting at Frills, now located by the Harbor History Museum.
  • Stained glass artist Marty Bobrowski and painter Janice Tayler will work at the Public Overlook, across the stature from Gallery Row, during Art Walk.
  • Gig Harbor Jazz will perform at dArtFrog Gallery, behind Ebb. Tide, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tales at the BoatShop

The Gig Harbor BoatShop hosts maritime stories and activities for kids ages 8 and younger at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 29. BoatShop staffer Trevor Nordeen is this month’s “Tales at the BoatShop” presenter. He’ll read several books about adventures on the high seas and show how to make a tinfoil boat. It’s all free and no reservations are needed, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The BoatShop is at 3805 Harborview Drive.


  • Bahuru and Baduku — two  marimba bands comprising 15 middle and high school students from the Tri Cities area — will perform at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Uptown Pavilion, 4701 Point Fosdick Dr. Bahuru is a mashup of Zimbabwean words meaning “big marimba,” while Baduku is a mashup for “small marimba.” The performance is presented by United By Music North America. Get a taste of them here:
  • Mark Hurwitz and Steve Biscarett perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Olalla Winery. Biscarett and Hurwitz have been nominated twice for the Washington Blues Society’s Best Band award. Reserve tickets here.


  • Flashback Cinema movies this week at Galaxy Theatres in Uptown are “Dirty Dancing” at noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28; and “Jaws” at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Flashback movies cost just $5.
  • SummerFest movies at Galaxy this week are “Puss in Boots,” at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29; and “Puss in Boots — the Last Wish” at 10 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. SummerFest movies cost just $2. Kids Packs at the concession stands are just $3.50 with each ticket purchase.


  • The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance offers walking tours of the downtown waterfront on Wednesday and Saturday. Wednesday’s “Skiffs to Spirits” tour starts at 5:30 p.m. at Harbor History Museum and ends at Heritage Distilling. Saturday’s “Wonders of the Waterfront” tour starts at 10 a.m. at Donkey Creek Park and ends at the Maritime Pier. Tours are free and cover a distance of approximately 1.5 miles. There’s no transportation provided at the end.
  • The Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmer’s Market takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays with fresh-from-the-farm flowers and produce, food, music and special activities for kids at Skansie Brothers Park, 3211 Harborview Drive.   

Civic engagement

The Gig Harbor City Council meets for a study session at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Discussion items include a review of proposed above-ground fuel storage tanks for the city’s vehicle fleet; a status update on the commercial fishing homeport; Murphy’s Landing marine dredging and a report on funding options for several construction projects. The meeting will take place in the community room at the Civic Center and via Zoom.