PT Artscape News:

Upcoming events and fundraisers 

May 1-31 - Artwave in store fronts in Port Townsend (planning/coordinating paid for by PT Artscape)

May 23 – Paint ‘n Sip fund raiser

June 3-7 - Blue Heron Tales, Texts & Theater, 6th grade from Blue Heron at Centrum (partially paid for by PT Artscape)

December 14 and December 21 – Kiwanis Choo Choo rides

Past News

3,000 pieces of art at Grant Street Elementary event April 22, 2016
Grant Street school hosts Art Walk April 22

Jefferson County Leader, April 20,2016
By Robin Dudley of the Leader Apr 20, 2016

Grant Street Elementary School transforms into a gigantic art gallery on Friday, April 22, and the community is invited to roam the halls and admire more than 3,000 pieces of artwork. The Grant Street PTA Art Walk takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 22, with a welcoming reception beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Art is hung throughout the school's hallways and gymnasium, suspended from ceilings and displayed on tables. Music is provided by local students, and refreshments are available.

This is a long-running event at Grant Street and has been growing each year, said art teacher Wanda Leclerc.

"People have been excited about it and wanted to make it better," contributing sparkly lights, refreshments and music. "It just keeps growing. It's a beautiful event."

Teachers, staff and parent volunteers put in hours framing art pieces (using inexpensive paper frames) and setting up the school to look like a gallery. About 80 percent of the school's 350 students usually come with family, said principal Lisa Condron.

"Every hallway is packed. The gym is packed," said Leclerc.

This year's art projects reflect the Maritime Discovery Schools (MDS) initiative, the Port Townsend School District's emphasis on place-based education.

Leclerc plans her art lessons in collaboration with other teachers, so the art complements what students are studying. Third-grade OPEPO students are studying Native Americans; Leclerc had them weave baskets, using a needle and thread and weaving grasses, and learning about Northwest native art as well as practical skills.

"Some don't even know how to tie a knot" at the beginning of the project, she said.

Kindergartners created still life paintings of a bowl of fruit, making sketches, "learning how to apply the paint and how to make it look organized," Leclerc said.

Kids studying wild bluebirds made watercolors of the birds in art class; in other classes, they practiced math and learned practical skills while making birdhouses and helping raise funds for Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.

Younger kids studying local animals made dioramas, even sculpting animals to place in the dioramas, which represent the animals' food and habitat.

Place-based education also connects learning to the community by bringing community members into the school. Local artist Margie McDonald came to Grant Street for three days and led students in a project creating jellyfish out of repurposed plastic bottles. They also learned about the effects of plastic trash in the ocean. "The kids loved it," Leclerc said.

Painter Don Tiller, another local artist, talked to the kids about landscape painting. Leclerc showed them some slides of Tiller's paintings, delightful colorful landscapes, as examples.

Art is integral to a balanced education, said Leclerc. She is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English, and incorporates some Spanish words into her lessons.

"To have a balanced education, they have to have art," she said.

Some of her students wrote about art class. "Art makes me feel like a light has lit up in my heart," wrote one student.

"Art makes me feel so free and so open with my ideas, because I can just do what my instincts say and I can choose to like it or not!" wrote another.

Leclerc teaches about techniques and mediums – pencil, watercolor, pastel – and includes concepts of foreground, middle ground and background. "It's a big concept for a little kid," she said, and the results are great. "They are unbelievable. They are so beautiful," she said.

Another recent project was gyotaku, a Japanese printmaking technique with which a fish is painted and pressed onto rice paper. For that project, Leclerc used some of her budget to purchase realistic rubber flounder, salmon and starfish. The practice of gyotaku began with fishermen who wanted to prove the size of fish they caught, Leclerc added.

Another fun project is carving tin. The metal comes in a large roll, and Leclerc and her husband cut out pieces for the kids. Placed over cardboard, the tin is thin enough to carve using a dull pencil to press designs, which are then colored with markers. Many of the folk-art ornaments decorated the Christmas tree downtown; that project was in collaboration with the Port Townsend Main Street Program, which organizes the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

"To have a balanced art curriculum takes a lot of preparation behind the scenes," Leclerc said. Supplies have to be purchased months ahead of time to ensure they're ready. "Everyone has to have enough of everything, so they don't get in each other's way. There has to be a plan for cleaning up."

Leclerc teaches six or seven classes each day, and the classroom is shared with the music teacher, so everything has to be completely cleaned up by the end of each 45-minute class period. "Kids have to know where the brushes are, the water," she said. "Everybody has to cooperate, every single person."

Enjoy the artwork at Friday evening's art walk at Grant Street. "That night is when [the school] looks like a museum," Leclerc said. "It's magical. I feel so proud of the kids."

Escape into Art and support the art in the schools program in May, 2016!

Art Wave --A Wave of Children’s Creativity ~ UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN

Historic Districts’ merchants are showcasing student artwork for “Art Wave”—a colorful month-long exhibit of student art in the stores in May. The artwork is being created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12. The annual art exhibit is on display at businesses in Uptown and Downtown. The cost is $10 to participate, and over 400 pieces of art are installed as part of this promotion.

Once again this year, merchants are invited to have a PT Artscape Donation Jar in their stores; all proceeds from the jars will go directly to art education programs in the Port Townsend School District. Daily Bird Pottery will also contribute again this year—sales of “Daily Birds” will benefit the Arts in the Schools Program. The Port Townsend Food Co-op is letting PT Artscape have a jar in its “Beans for Bags” Program in May and June. Receive a bean when you bring your own shopping bag, and vote for PT Artscape by putting your bean in the PT Artscape Jar. For every bean collected, the Food Co-op will donate 5 cents to PT Artscape, and every penny counts! Email for more details on Art Wave.

The Art Wave exhibit celebrates children’s creative expression through art and is a collaboration with participating Port Townsend businesses. The funds raised will help support diverse offerings by PT Artscape including the Teaching Artists Programs in Blue Heron Middle School, and Port Townsend High School, and professional development for teaching artists and classroom teachers. PT Artscape also supports Centrum’s Tales, Texts and Theater Program for the sixth grade, as well as special projects and materials.


May 2013

“Art Wave” Student Art in the Stores in Uptown/Downtown Port Townsend in May Don’t miss “Art Wave”—a colorful exhibit of student art in the stores in May. The artwork was created in the Port Townsend School District in grades K-12. The popular annual art exhibit is on display at businesses in Uptown and Downtown. Volunteers have installed over 400 pieces of art in 38 businesses as part of this promotion.














Get Inspired! See Art Wave at 38 Participating Businesses

UPTOWN Daily Bird Pottery Phoenix Rising
Aldrich’s Grocery diGee Inks Pippa’s Real Tea
Uptown Nutrition Earthenworks Gallery Quimper Mercantile
The 1012 Coffee House Elevated Ice Cream and Candy Co. Seams to Last
The Printery FrameWorks Sideshow Variety
Potpourri NW Interiors/Uptown Fabrics Gallery 9 Summer House Design
Salon DeLucca Getables The Clothes Horse
  Jefferson Museum of Art and History The Co-Lab
DOWNTOWN Mad Hatter & Company Port Townsend Jefferson Co. Leader
About Time Maestrale The Upstage
April Fool & Penny Too Maricee Fashions Velocity Coffee - at NW Maritime Center
Bickie’s Cotton Casuals Middletown Pinbar Wandering Angus
City of Port Townsend Olympic Art and Office Wooden Boat Chandlery - at NW Maritime Center
Conservatory Coastal Home Perfect Dreams Cupcakes  

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Red Raven Gallery

Many thanks to Laurie McClave of the Red Raven Gallery for helping "Make Arts Happen" in the Port Townsend School District. Laurie generously hosted a high school art show during Art Wave, mentoring an aspiring Art student to curate the show. She solicited many pieces of artwork from talented local artists and held a raffle online and through her gallery for our organization which ensures students have access to creative experiences through public education. Laurie and friends -passionate about arts education, donated $150. Laurie also carried our notecards and placements for the month of June. Many thanks to Laurie and we really appreciate all of your support to the young artists in our community!


June 2012

Local Port Townsend businesses support Art Wave and Art Wave cards! Please support the following businesses, as they have our student art (k-12th grade) on display and are carrying our set of (13) cards with envelopes, as an additional fundraising effort for the arts in education programming!

Max Grover Gallery – Elevated Ice Cream - Maestrale – Perfect Dreams Cupcakes – Maricee – Earthenworks –
Green Eyeshade – Olympic Art & Office - Conservatory Coastal Home – Summer House – Personalize It –
Mad Hatter – About Time – Whistle Stop Toys – Seams to Last/Sweet PT – PT Pearl – Ms. Beehaven


February 2012


Left to right: Haylie Windle, Freya Piatt, Sam Spaltenstein, Margie McDonald (in green), Tamara Manning (foreground) and Kathleen Burgett work on elements for the art archway.

Kathleen Burgett's Port Townsend High School art students help weave elements for an archway to be installed on the sidewalk during the Taylor Street downtown construction project which starts February 20th. Fifty-nine students worked on the archway at the Mount Baker Block Building February 9th. The art project is being coordinated by local artist Margie McDonald under the auspices of PT Artscape and Main Street. She and Kathleen Burgett worked with the students using inspirations from nature, yarn and construction elements to create the framework for the arch. Susan Doyle of PT Artscape, Jim Guthrie of the Port Townsend High School theater department, Julian Arthur and Scott Nollette have advised on the project.

The archway is part of the "Light at The End of the Tunnel" campaign which was created with the input of merchants. The campaign, which also includes a loyalty card program, coupon books, signage, and special events, is being implemented by the Port Townsend Main Street Program and the City of Port Townsend. The moveable archway will welcome pedestrians to Taylor Street and is designed to invite customers to visit businesses which will be open during construction. It will be erected on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 21. Find out more here.


June 2011


"Special thanks to  the PT Food Cooperative for their recent donation of paper bags to the Blue Heron's 4th , 5th and Opepo students. We transformed the paper bags into Art Portfolios to safely carry their beautiful artwork from the school year. Student's received a lesson of transforming and reusing everyday products to reduce our paper waste.  

May 2011

Thanks to all the student artists, musicians, volunteers, community members, parents, sponsors, donors, and PT Main Street Program for all of their support to the Art Affair. We raised over $2600 for the Arts in Education Programming for 2011-2012.


March 2011

Art Wave and the Fifth Annual Art Affair 2011

Presented by Port Townsend Main Street Program,
PT Artscape, local fine artists, students, parents, arts education supporters and volunteers.
Gallery Walk Night -May 7th-5:30-8pm
Mt Baker Building, 213 Taylor Street, First Floor, Port Townsend

art AffairThe Art Affair is a sale of donated artwork by our community of artists and arts supporters. PT Artscape's mission to provide creative experiences to our Port Townsend School District students, K-12th grade. PT Artscape is a community consortium that has garnered support for the past 10 years from our schools, community, businesses, arts organizations and parents. Local businesses have donated refreshments, and student art will be on display. Admission is by small-suggested donation.

All proceeds benefits our Arts in Education program, which is also, funded by The Washington State Arts Commission, Port Townsend School District, Centrum, Port Townsend Arts Commission, many Port Townsend businesses and community members. We are a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) under Port Townsend Main Street Program. Some of these offerings include teaching artists in Grant Street, Blue Heron School, and Port Townsend High School. We coordinate professional development in the Washington State Essential Learning requirements in the Arts for classroom teachers and teaching artists. We support Tales, Text and Theater sixth grade Arts Immersion program at Centrum. We fund art materials for special programs, such as the Blue Heron Maritime Program, in partnership with NW Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation.

This celebration of community spirit begins the month long student artwork display in uptown and downtown businesses. In its tenth year, Art Wave is a showcase of the student creativity and collaboration of teaching artists, classroom teachers, parents, and school administration. Business owners generously donate space in their stores to display the student work. Art Wave gained attention on the state level and won an award in "Excellence in Promotion" at the Washington State Downtown Revitalization Institute in May 2008.

PT Artscape program manager is Susan Doyle. The 2011 Art Wave coordinator is Helen Gunn. Our Art Affair Event Coordinator is Kate Driehaus, Please visit our websites for more information about our organizations and ways you may get involved in our community.

January 2011

Port Townsend Arts Commission supports Blue Heron fourth grade students

ptacA Visit to the view Picasso at the SAM!   PTAC funded a field trip to the Seattle Art Museum on January 5, 2011. PTSD 4th grade students enjoyed an afternoon viewing of the extraordinary Picasso exhibit, which incorporated artwork of his entire career. Students studied Picasso's life and work in art class and with their classroom teachers.

Teaching Artists Margie McDonald (Sculptor) and Jesse J. Watson (painter,illustrator) accompanied the students to help guide instruction and  student reflection  of Picasso's work.

An student exhibit of the work inspired by Picasso will be on view during the month of May in the community during ArtWave. Location to be announced!

Many thanks to PTAC for their support of our Arts in Education program!



October 2010

Wanda and Susan
Wanda LeClerc and Susan Doyle

Wanda LeClerc, Teaching Artist, Grant Street, Martha Worthley, Educational Programs Director, Centrum and Susan Doyle, Program Manager, PT Artscape attended Washington State Arts Commission annual convening in October 2010. They spent the day engaged in peer learning with other Arts in Education consortiums across Washington State. They discussed the latest research in Arts education, Arts advocacy and shared ways engage their communities and businesses to support arts programming in our public schools.

Washington State Arts Commission Annual Convening


Congratulations to PT Artscape

Under the nonprofit umbrella of Port Townsend Main Street Program, in partnership with Port Townsend School District, Washington State Arts Commission,Centrum, Northwest Maritime Center, WBF, Port Townsend Educational Foundation, Seattle Arts and Lectures, Port Townsend Library, Port Townsend Arts Commission, The Leader, and Arts in Education community consortiums across Washington State.  

PT Artscape has been awarded $21,750 for the 2010-2011 school year to provide Arts Instruction and Arts opportunities through collaboration of the Port Townsend School District, teachers, parents, businesses and community organizations.

Some of our offerings this year will be:  harmonica


Professional Development Day for Teaching Artists - May 28th- Blue Heron Art Room

Our teaching artists spent the day refining lesson plans to post on our curriculum map to share with others through our website. We reviewed Visual Arts teaching and assessment, our successes in 09-10 and opportunities for growth for the 10-11 school year, CBPA's, Washington State Standards in the Arts and Arts education news.  

In attendance:  

Meredith Essex, Wanda LeClerc and Margie McDonald take part in the Professional Developement Day

The Chair Affair event

Several hundred arts education supporters visited PT Artscape and PT Main Street's fourth annual fundraiser for Arts in Education Program, Port Townsend School District. Half of the chairs were sold and please look for the unsold ones, as they appear in Port Townsend Main Street Program’s ARTWAVE participants stores. They will be for sale for the month of May and 100% of the proceeds support arts programming in the school district.

GreetersIt was a wonderful evening and on display were the talents of local artists and the artwork of Port Townsend school district students. The Chair Affair artists include: Susan Hazard, Shawne Mulloy, Margie McDonald, Marion Bartl and Bev Price, Linda Jarvis, Mary Kay Shold, Rebekah McGuire, Jack Doyle, Susan Doyle, Carol Heath Stabile, Kate Dwyer, Crispin B. Hollinshead, Lee Katzenbach, Madison Braden, Jeffrey Hartman, Molly McNamara , Meaghan Whitehorn, Mena Quilici, Kimberly Augustine, Annalise Rubida, David Lesser, Jeff Jensen, Hana McAdam, Candy Raab, Seth Rolland, Ice Students under the direction of Counsel Langley, Laurie McClave, Mari Mullen, Jim Moore, J.M. Schleckser, Emily Krouse, Meredith Essex, Anna Moore, Essential Skills Students;PTSD, Diane Porter-Brown, Jenny Allen, Maryna Suzanne, Jesse J. Watson. main street

We thank all of our sponsors, patrons, volunteers, and artists for their generosity. Special thanks to Port Townsend Main Street staff, Bruce Cowan and Joy Qualey, Pane D'Amore, Courtyard Cafe', Lehani's, Perfect Ending Cupcakes, Wild Sage Teas, Wine Seller, On Common Grounds, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Silverwater Cafe, The Farmer's Market, The Food Co-Op, Mt. Baker Block Bldg. Corp. ,Joel Burns, Dot Byrnes, The Printery, and Lisa Doray, Event Coordinator.

Washington State Arts Commission

Lisa Jaret, program manager, Arts in Education programs, WSAC Una McAlinden, Executive Director, ArtsED Washington   Presented the latest research findings on Arts Education in Wa State (AERI).

They facilitated a  community conversation with Centrum, PT Artscape, PTSD school board members and administration , Film festival administration, Jefferson County Library,Teaching artists, business leaders, city council, PTAC, Arts Ed volunteers, parents, Arts Ed advocates, on what steps we need to take as a community to support and sustain the Arts in our schools.  

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Please come and support the Arts in Education Program- PTSD

Many reinvented chairs by local professional artists will be on sale for our 4th annual fundraiser. More Information will follow. Artist invite letters will go in the mail mid February. Chairs should be done by April 15th. Any questions, please contact our event coordinator, Lisa Doray at 379-2895 or email.

Program Manager, Susan Doyle

Program Manager, Susan Doyle spent a day in professional development, Jan. 20, hosted by ArtsED Washington, Una McAlinden ( and presented by grantwriter Keri Healey. Susan spent the day refining grant writing skills with principals, teachers, and curriculum and instruction leaders from Washington State to seek out additonal funds for arts education programs. ArtEd Washington is advancing arts education through leadership, partnership, and communication.

Washington State Arts Commission - Arts in Education

Washington State Arts Commission's Arts in Education program manager, Lisa Jaret and ArtsED Washington's Una McAlinden will be facilitating a conversation with the Arts Education leaders and stakeholders of Port Townsend on February 17, from 6-8:30 pm at the Ft Worden Commons. WSAC, PT Artscape, Centrum, and Port Townsend Arts Commission are sponsoring this event. Lisa Jaret will talk about the newly released WSAC publication- Arts Education Research Initiative-(AERI) K-12 Arts Education: Every Student, Every School, Every Year. This document shares quantitative and qualitative data about arts education in WA State K-12 schools. This is available for review on WSAC's web site- For questions regarding event, please contact Martha Worthley at Centrum (email Martha).

Harmonica Pocket visits Grant Street Preschool

for music, creative movement, and story telling. These classes are funded by Port Townsend Arts Commission.

harmonica pocket

Arts Education Advocacy

Ann ReneWSAC


Susan Doyle, Wanda LeClerc, and Martha Worthley visit WA State Arts Educators Conference at UW, Tacoma to hear the latest news and resources in WA State Arts education, research, and Arts advocacy.



Washington State Arts Commission Arts Education Program Managers Convening at Centrum, August 21, 2009 Left to right: Chris Brewer, Allied Arts Education of Whatcom County, Kayti Bouljon, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bonnie Showers, Bainbridge Island Arts Education Community Consortium Program, Bruce Hall, Seattle International Children’s Festival, International Arts Consortium, Martha Worthley, Centrum, Susan Doyle PT Artscape, Arts in Education Program, Port Townsend School District. Not pictured: Carrie Van Buren, Vashon Artists in the Schools, Scott Koh, Seattle Repertory Theater, Sibyl Barnum, Arts Impact Puget Sound ESD, Kate Jones, Methow Arts Alliance, and Joan Rabinowitz, Jack Straw Arts and Technology Consortium.





Washington State Arts Commission senior Arts education consortiums gathered at Centrum for a day of professional development hosted by Susan Doyle of PT Artscape and Martha Worthley of Centrum. Our day included the latest in Arts Education advocacy, knowledge sharing, and our outreach efforts to younger consortiums around the state. We engaged in extensive planning to share our program strengths at our annual WSAC convening in Seattle this fall.


Chair Affair 2009 No Smarts

"It was a terrific turnout and we are gratified by so much support for the arts in education program. We are near our fundraising goal and thank all who attended the event, created a chair or table, or donated to our cause. Our sponsor drive is still in progress and we look forward to meeting our fundraising goal of $6,000." -Susan Doyle, Program Manger, PT Artscape.

The Mt. Baker Block Building was transformed into an enchanted forest like gallery space filled with student artwork and one-of-a-kind chairs and tables created by artists who generously shared their time and talents. "The Chair Affair and Art Wave are made possible by the hard work and passion of over forty community volunteers, participating businesses, parents, students and teachers." According to Sarah Ohman, Event Coordinator.

If you are interested in getting involved in the event or volunteer opportunities contact us here.

Special Thanks to : Washington State Arts Commission, Port Townsend Main Street staff, The Bruce Cowan Trio,Pane d'Amore, Courtyard Cafe, Wild Sage, ON Common Grounds, Mt Townsend Creamery, Chimacum Creek Printing, The Food Co-Op, Will O'Donnell of the PT Farmer's Market, Joel Burns, Mt. Baker Block Building Corp., Bridget Foster, Dot Byrnes, and all of the artists, volunteers, students who donated their time and talent to the Arts in Education program. Susan Doyle, Program Manager, PT Artscape Sarah Ohman, Event Coordinator, Chair Affair Helen Gunn, Coordinator, Art Wave Mari Mullen, Executive Director, Port Townsend Main Street Program


Art Wave ~ Children's Art in the Stores Art Wave 2009

This celebration of children’s artistic spirits begins with the month-long Art Wave student artwork display in uptown and downtown businesses. Now in its eighth year, Art Wave is a showcase of the student creativity and collaboration of teaching artists, classroom teachers, parents, and school administration. Business owners are encouraged to sign up for this promotion with the Main Street office by April 17th, 2009. The cost is $10 to participate. Art Wave and The Chair Affair gained recognition on the state level and won an award in “Excellence in Promotion” at the Washington State Downtown Revitalization Institute in May 2008. The PT Artscape Program coordinator is Susan Doyle. The 2009 Art Wave and Chair Affair coordinators are Sarah Ohman and Helen Gunn.

Art Wave and The Chair Affair are presented by Port Townsend Main Street Program, PT Artscape, participating businesses, local fine artists, students, parents, arts volunteers.

Art Wave earns state promotion honors

Art Wave, which highlights local student art in downtown stores, and the associated Chair Affair auction, which raises money for arts in the schools, has earned honors for the Port Townsend Main Street Program and Port Townsend Artscape.

Recognition for "Outstanding Achievement in Promotion" was awarded at the 22nd annual Downtown Revitalization Training Institute awards banquet on May 14 in Wenatchee. Port Townsend's work was among eight projects honored.

"We're delighted to recognize the exceptional achievements of these diverse groups in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing many of Washington's traditional downtown and neighborhood business districts," said Juli Wilkerson, director of Washington's Department of Community Trade and Economic Development.

This past year, the Art Wave - Children's Art in Stores event showcased more than 500 pieces of children's art in 50 commercial district businesses in Port Townsend. Downtown building owners provided space to organize the exhibits, and dozens of volunteers delivered the art, which created instant and original window displays. Participating businesses paid just $10 each to help pay for marketing materials. The displays were a big hit and brought substantial foot traffic into the district, according to Mari Mullen, executive director of the Port Townsend Main Street Program.

The Chair Affair, a fundraiser for children's art programs, kicked off the Art Wave event for the first time in 2007. Thirty artists creatively painted and adorned 35 donated chairs. The decorated chairs were displayed in businesses during Art Wave and added a fun, new element, explained Mullen. Auctioning the chairs raised more than $6,000.

"This type of promotion creates positive publicity for businesses and showcases art for all ages in a very visible way," said Mullen.