At an impromptu luncheon at the Port Ludlow Inn some 20 years ago, Phyliss Hansen, Jeanette Best, and Janice Gruber, along with several other local artists, discussed ways to share their artwork with the community.
It’s no surprise that artists are drawn to Port Ludlow. After all, the community offers a picturesque bay and marina, two delightful community gathering places, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, many scenic hiking trails, and a variety of activities that many community volunteers work hard to provide.
With growing interest and participation, the Port Ludlow Art League formalized their organization in 2002. At the time, there were just 12 members. Today, the Port Ludlow Art League has grown to close to 100 members with both artists and art-appreciators alike.
In 2003, American Marine Bank offered their Suite B space to the Port Ludlow Art League as an art gallery for members to exhibit and sell their artwork. The Columbia Bank, now the Sound Community Bank, followed suit by continuing to offer space to support Port Ludlow’s artistic community.
The Port Ludlow Art League’s Art Gallery is a cooperative entity, supported and staffed by its members. Periodically, members change their exhibits, including paintings, photographs, collages, ceramics, jewelry, woodworks, textiles, stained glass, baskets, cards, and books. The Art Gallery is located at the corner of Oak Bay Road and Osprey Ridge Drive in Port Ludlow. Currently, the Art Gallery is open every Thursday and Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m.
In addition to the Art Gallery, the Port Ludlow Art League works with local businesses who graciously offer locations where local artists can exhibit and sell their artwork, including Sound Community Bank, Coldwell Banker Best Realty, Active Life Physical Therapy, the Port Ludlow Inn, the Beach Club, the Bay Club, the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Center, and the Port Ludlow Post Office. During the worst of the pandemic, when many of the business locations were closed, Port Ludlow Art League members kept creative by posting photos of their artwork in monthly online art shows at portludlowart.org that continue to this day.
To encourage and inspire their members, the Port Ludlow Art League meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Beach Club or Bay Club, providing guest speakers, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops. For information on the Port Ludlow Art League’s monthly program meetings, please visit portludlowart.org.
For those interested in abstract art, the Port Ludlow Art League hosts an Abstract Art Critique Group that meets once a month at the Bay Club. Due to the pandemic, weekly meetings are currently via Zoom. The Abstract Art Critique Group provides a friendly, constructive, and caring group of peers that encourage and enrich each participant’s artwork.
The Port Ludlow Art League also hosts a monthly “try a new technique” hands-on session for participants to see if they would like to add another medium to their repertoire. During the worst of the pandemic, artists kept current with the latest art techniques by accessing the Resources webpage at portludlowart.org.
In addition to the many enriching opportunities provided by the Port Ludlow Art League, they are also very proud to offer college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Jefferson County School District. To build the 2021 scholarship fund, Port Ludlow Art League members created original art on 6” x 6” plaques, raffled two abstract paintings, and held an art supply sale.
The Port Ludlow Art League recently sponsored an Art Fair during the Labor Day weekend at the Port Ludlow Inn and plans to hold a Holiday Faire at the Beach Club on Saturday, November 27. Hopefully, the Port Ludlow Art League will be able to revive the very popular Art Fest in the Spring, where participants spend the day attending art classes, sharing their artwork, and enjoying refreshments.
Whether you’re an artist at any stage of your artistic development or simply an art lover, take advantage of this extraordinary organization to inspire you, connect with other artists, and flourish as a creative individual. Be sure to check the Port Ludlow Art League’s website at portludlowart.org for information on monthly speakers, workshops, events, exhibits, and membership applications.