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Sou’wester ARTS WEEK 2023
Mar 12 @ 3:00 pm – Mar 19 @ 11:00 am

4th Annual ARTS WEEK!

During Arts Week The Sou’wester hosts 30-35 artists and art collectives for a week of residency work culminating in a weekend (Friday and Saturday) of music, studio tours, performances and installations.

Over the past 9 years we have held an event around this time of year to highlight the creative process and the experiential nature of the Sou’wester Residency Program. Each year this event brings amazing artists to this neck of the woods and shines creative light into the darkest heart of winter.

The focus of Arts Week 2023 is SHIFTING CYCLES:

“Our reliance on a known occurrence has been disrupted. This shift is replacing existing patterns and problems. Collective action and individual insight paving our path forward.”

On the weekend, Friday and Saturday March 17th and 18th, 2023 the public will be invited, free and open to all, to tour the grounds and surrounding areas for a weekend full of installations, music, performances and open studios.


(The Sou’wester has regular residencies offered year-round in addition to residency events such as the annual ARTS WEEK. Applications for the Sou’wester Standard Residency are separate from ARTS WEEK and accepted on a rolling basis.)

Thank you to our Arts Week 2023 Sponsors!











Arts Week Free Public Event @ Sou'wester Lodge
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us at our new gallery – Ilwaco Art Works – for our Friday night ARTS WEEK performances and installations.

Saturday,  come to Sou’wester for a full day of performances, installations & studio tours from 12-10pm.

Arts Week information & updates are found here. 

Activist Printmaking with Karim Shuquem @ Sou'wester Lodge
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Workshop includes relief printmaking demo (linocut), time for sketching and discussion during interactive presentation that situates us on the timeline of activist printmaking from Martin Luther 16th Century to Mexico 20th century to the present. Building upon a 30 year history as stage performer and rock singer, Karim Shuquem creates installations, sculptures, and prints that have relationship with staging, temporality, and process. Shuquem has recently completed the Otis College MFA program and works as an art teacher. Register
Henry Chadwick: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Henry Chadwick: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

Henry Chadwick is a Portland, OR-based singer-songwriter, musician & recording producer/engineer from Santa Cruz, CA. Chadwick’s music dances between genres – landing somewhere between rock, indie, psychedelia, and shimmery, sunshine-tinged power-pop. After spending years drumming in roots rock band, The Coffis Brothers, Chadwick struck out on his own in 2016. Since then, he’s gone on to tour, release multiple albums & EPs, & garner attention from audiences as well as prominent blogs and outlets such as Rolling Stone, Time, Huffington Post, Indie Shuffle and more. Chadwick recorded his debut LP, Marlin Fisher, in 2018 with legendary record producer, Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Kurt Vile, Beck etc.). The album has met with a nice response from critics and listeners alike. Chadwick’s sophomore LP, We All Start Again was released on October 29th 2021, & is his most ambitious, mature and evolved sounding record to date. 

Block Printing on Fabric with Ashley Quick (FULL) @ Sou'wester Lodge
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Block Printing on Fabric with Ashley Quick (FULL) @ Sou'wester Lodge

Participants will learn the basics of block printing on fabric including designing, carving, and printing. You will troubleshoot common problems in relief printmaking, learn about brands and tools, and leave with finished prints on fabric. Please bring your own fabric item which can include yardage, tshirts, scarves, or anything else that is relatively smooth. Avoid fabrics such as burlap.

Ashley Quick is a visual artist based in the mountain west. Her graphic and often illustrative work represents personal experience and place-based reflections on nature in mediums such as printmaking, illustration, and more recently mural. She shows regularly in Wyoming and Colorado, and has been featured in shows across the country. 

Palm Sunday + Jonny G: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Palm Sunday is a genre bending Portland based band spearheaded by songwriter Merle Law. They started this project in Atlanta GA in 2018 where they recorded the lofi debut EP “Wishful Thinking” later released in New Orleans LA. They are currently cooking up their first full length album recorded entirely to tape in Portland, OR. The counter jazz rhythms overlap with timeless ethereal songwriting. The effect of being elevated by something familiar. The melancholy, unconventional rhythm and tropical elements carry one another. 

Jonny G and the Music Factory is a Hard Rock and Roll (some times soft) music group from
the PNW.

Keren: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Soulful-pop songstress Keren Ilan born in Vietnam and currently living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel. Keren has been exploring her musicality since her teen age, when she first picked up a guitar.
she began writing her first songs, influenced by  indie & soul scene, mostly outside of Israel.  
She listened to bands such as Radiohead and Modest Mouse amongst others, slowly developing her musical taste and honing her own style.
Keren began writing because of an inability to express herself, it became a new way to communicate her thoughts, feelings and ideas, much like a personal diary. In 2015 she moved to Florence, Italy, to explore something new and began to play and write non-stop.  Keren Released her first EP, ‘This Morning, Yesterday 19th August 2019.
Since the release of her EP Keren’s songs were played in the famous radio show in London ‘Get In Her Ears’ and a lot of writers all over wrote about her music.
The same year she toured from north to south of Italy. These days Keren is working on her new upcoming album and touring around Israel.
Exhibit: “What Else is Here?” @ Sou'wester Lodge
Apr 14 @ 11:11 am – 1:11 pm

Sou’Wester Arts is delighted to welcome artists Lindsay Costello & Erika Callihan whose exhibition What Else is Here? will be featured in our Gallery Trailer & Red Bus Microcinema April 14 – July 6. We hope you will join the artists for an opening reception with coffee and galettes on Friday, April 14 from 11:11 a.m. – 1:11 p.m.

What Else is Here? will be the culminating body of site-responsive work created by artist-friends Lindsay Costello and Erika Callihan during a week-long residency at the Sou’Wester. They’re thinking about rest, play, trust, the writing of Annie Dillard, and nature as a resource in healing C-PTSD. The exhibition will include a textile piece, soundscapes, paintings, and process drawings, plus a separate activation of the Red Bus Microcinema with Lindsay‘s diaristic 8mm nature films. Visitors will be invited to engage with the exhibition and the surrounding landscape through various creative and somatic prompts. 

For more information please visit the exhibition’s pages on our Red Bus and Art Trailer Gallery websites. And please, feel free to write back with any questions. 
Craetorus: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Apr 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Starting as a solo musician from late 2017 to 2021, Darla Rae (front person of Craetorus) has been making moves to push for inclusivity and diversity in the music scene since. Their lyrics are described as contemplative, with tinges of catchiness, but enough to leave you with catharsis and a yearning for self reflection. Musically sounding in the likes of jazz, r&b, psychedelia, prog rock and avant garde indie, they’ve somehow made a conglomeration of it all to make Craetorus’ sound distinct of others. Releasing their first single, “Ivy” in April of 2019, they’ve been on the path to musical discovery since with the recent support in May of 2022 from Jon Garber, Lychen Gipaya, Ryan Anthony Brooks, Nico Mitchell and Danilo Martinez. Catch them soon with an EP release in 2023 titled, “Odes”.

Eelgrass: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Eelgrass is a marine flowering plant that helps store carbon, reduce erosion and provide shelter and spawning areas for a host of marine wildlife in bays and estuaries across the globe, including right here in Willapa Bay. Eelgrass is also the name of a longtime musical collaboration between Lara Pacheco, Dan Swenson, Bobby Hayden and Todd Summers. They play folky-tonk-pop with psychedelic vibes and call Portland, Oregon home.