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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.

Kendall Lujan: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Kendall Lujan: Presented by Sou’wester

The striking talents of rising Portland talent Kendall Lujan will be impossible to miss in the coming year. Her indie-operatic voice stratifies songs through octave runs, making moody, melodic folk rock. Early 2023 we’ll have her first EP. To rise out of Portland’s flush music scene is no easy feat, Lujan has been making herself heard by singing harmonies in AC Sapphire’s backing band The Shoulderpads and now with a new duo with AC called “Caliko”.

In her latest project Lujan steps out in front of the band. Many folks introduction to Lujan will be “Another”, a song of lingering desire that floats Lujan’s vocal range over a small symphony of archtop guitar and strings. Her strengthy voice –which ranges from mountain holler to bird-like warble, seems to hang in the air. She sings a song about retracing steps to the point where love was lost, and resolves to regain that trail in another life.

Lujan opens the moody “Dot My I’s” solo, fingerpicking guitar, giving us a chance to hear her commanding voice. Layered vocals and gentle driven drums join Lujan in a pocket groove. Enjoy her lyricism as she asks “how can these memories be so sweet, and other times only sting?”Lujan comes to Portland from the upper-left-most corner of rural Washington. She’s had bands before but the time of the pandemic created an opportunity for Lujan to do things differently. She moved to Portland, and saw the isolation of relocation and lockdown as a chance to really dig into her own songs. The trained piano player picked up a guitar. 

Lujan’s song’s concentrate on growing up, and figuring it out, and she  turns experience into a story to make the point. The natural singer and songwriter put together a band with Micah Hummel (drums) Sam Arnold (bass) and recorded at the Map Room in Portland with Dominik Schmidt producing.

Lujan is peaking on “Forget Me Knots” , a crossover capable song incorporating elements of country, indie, folk, and pop. Crooning clearly over vibrato, reverb, pedal steel asking, romantically, “how long will it take for you to be sitting next to me?” with a release date of February 10th.

Lujan’s first self titled, EP Kendall Lujan is out march 2023. 

~ Sean Jewell

American Standard Time Records

Matt Mitchell: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Matt Mitchell Music Company is an original Americana/Folk/Rock project hailing from the Pacific Northwest. Matt‘s songs are deeply heartfelt, original and engaging. The lyrics are the heart and soul of the tunes; informing the arrangements to create compelling and relatable narratives. Stylistically the songs are reminiscent of “The Band”, leaning heavily on harmony, soulful grooves and psychedelic lead guitar. MMMC performs in a variety of formats; solo acoustic, acoustic duo or trio and a rockin’ full band. 

Nerikomi Clay Workshop with Ally Bruser (FULL) @ Ilwaco Artworks
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Nerikomi Clay Workshop with Ally Bruser (FULL) @ Ilwaco Artworks

This class is currently full.

Learn the basics of handbuilding with clay and experiment using “nerikomi” techniques – the process of pressing or folding multiple colors of clay to achieve unique surface designs. This class is beginner friendly and includes all the tools you need, clay, glaze, and firing of one or two finished pieces.

Ally Bruser is a former elementary school art teacher, artist, and mother living in southwest Washington, on the unceded territory of the Chinook Nation. Most of her ceramics are handbuilt using nerikomi techniques — the process of pressing and folding multiple colors of clay together then rolling them into slabs. When not making pottery, Ally is working towards making the arts and arts learning experiences more accessible as the Program Manager for Sou’wester Arts. Visit or follow @albepottery on instagram to learn more about Ally and her pottery process.



Music: Forest Veil @ The Sou'wester
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Forest Veil is the solo work of Portland, Oregon multi-instrumentalist/producer Monica Metzler. Following the echoes of her elusive muse, Forest Veil makes mystical psych-folk that maps the emotional terrain of humanity and its place in the cosmos. Melding a voice that sounds like smokey quartz with psychedelic guitar riffs and enigmatic lyricism, Forest Veil’s sound evokes a haunting nostalgia for other worlds. Though she primarily writes on her own, Forest Veil records and performs with others. An avid guitarist for over 20 years, Forest Veil’s music showcases virtuosic guitar shredding and dynamic musicality.  Forest Veil’s music has been placed in Coach ads, movies, and TV shows such as Blacklist.