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Harbor Happenings: Go inside the artists’ studios this week

Posted on September 12th, 2023 By:

Nearly three dozen local artists will be on hand in their studios to show and sell their work during this weekend’s Open Studio Tour.

Artists will answer questions about what inspires them and talk about their creative processes. Many will also demonstrate how they create their artwork.

Bill Wachtler, one of the artists at the 2023 Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour.

Featured media include paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and stained glass.

The free, self-guided tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 15 through 17) in 22 studios in South Kitsap, Gig Harbor and Fox Island. Click here for a tour map. (Note that Studio 15 will not be open and Maureen Reilly won’t be participating in Studio 22.)

Kathy Thurston, one of the artists at the 2023 Open Studio Tour.

At the library

Legal experts from Tacomaprobono will be at the Gig Harbor library to give in-person advice about landlord-tenant issues and family law from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. This free program takes place every month. Check the Pierce County Library System website for dates and times of future meetings.

During the school year, the library’s chess club meets at 5:45 p.m. Thursdays. Each get-together includes 20 minutes of instruction and 40 minutes of play. All youngsters ages 5-12 are welcome.

The library also hosts weekly story times for children of all ages. Toddler story time takes place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Family story time takes place Thursdays at 11 a.m. and baby story time takes place every Friday morning at 10:15. Each session also includes art activities, songs and age-appropriate games.

The Gig Harbor Library is at 4424 Point Fosdick Drive.

At the movies

The Flashback Cinema film at the Galaxy Theatres on Wednesday, Sept. 13, is the original “Terminator” movie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Movie times are noon and 6 p.m. Tickets for Flashback movies are just $5.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, and Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Flashback movie is “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,” the first chapter in director Peter Jackson’s landmark trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels. Showtimes are 1 and 6 p.m., and include additional footage not seen in the original theatre version.


The Tim Cox Band plays covers of tunes from the Eagles to Johnny Cash at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the loft at Olalla Winery. Tickets cost $15. On Sept. 22, the featured performer is Josh Brulotte. Click here for reservations.

Civic engagement

The city of Gig Harbor’s planning department hosts a discussion the city’s community housing policy from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Swift Water Elementary, 10811 Harbor Hill Drive. Discussion topics will include the recently completed Housing Needs Assessment, Middle Housing Report and legislative mandates for affordable/attainable housing allocations.

The Gig Harbor City Council will discuss tiered water rates during a study session meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Also on the agenda is a review of options for rehabilitating sanitary sewer lift station 1a, an outdated facility at Crescent Creek Park. The study session will be held in the community rooms at the civic center on Grandview Street. It can also be viewed online through Zoom.