Live music, workshops and more here on our calendar

Workshop: Cyanotype Quilts @ Ilwaco Artworks
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Workshop: Cyanotype Quilts @ Ilwaco Artworks

We Hold the Light: Cyanotype Quilts with Cordy Joan

In this workshop we will use two practices that ask us to interact with natural light to create miniature “secret” quilts. First, participants will be guided in making cyanotypes out of gathered natural materials from the land. (That is, cyanotyping as a method of sun-printing that requires us to relate to the light). These will serve as their mini-quilt tops. Second, participants will be guided through a series of writing prompts to find words that they will cut into quilt batting to create the middle of the quilt. This interacts with light in that when your finished quilt is held up to a light source, your batting-cut words will be revealed like secret messages. Quilt backs will be provided and we will complete our pieces using a simple hand-tie method.

Cordy (they/them) is a white artist and educator living on Ohlone land (Oakland, CA). They wish to find where poems and quilts hold hands and they are interested in what we will leave behind. They think that making communal objects together can be an act of relearning how to be together. For more info visit or @coanofsilence on instagram



The Barbaras: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
May 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Barbaras is a country/doo-wop band, featuring sisters, Weezy and Sallie Ford.  They released a full length record “Oh My God Barbara” in September 2022. They will be playing at The Sou’wester with Jeff Munger (guitar), Jamie Greenan (Pedal steel), and Mark Robertson (bass/ producer). 

Singing in the land Workshop & Experience @ The Sou'wester Lodge
May 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Singing in the land:  earth magic, song, and the body 

Thursday, May 25 5-7 pm
Join bodyworker, musician, and animist priest ell rieke (they/them) in residency at the Sou’wester for a magical, musical exploration of connection with the earth, our ancestors, and the world of spirit.  Part workshop, part participatory sonic experience, we will spend the first part of our time in conversation, talking through questions like:  what is magic and why does it matter?  Where do songs come from?  Is the earth talking to us?  How can sound and rhythm help us navigate this complicated, painful, beautiful world?  
In the second half of our gathering, ell will guide participants in using voice and body to connect with spirit and the earth.  They will teach some songs of the season, from both folk and modern traditions, and then guide a gentle ritual of reverence and celebration for the coming of summer.  You will be invited to sing or hum and move your body, and are also welcome to just sit and experience.  All bodies, voices, and backgrounds are welcome, including kids! 
Please bring something to sit on, and cozy layers in case the evening is cool.  You may want to bring a journal and pen, if you like taking notes, and are also invited to bring a special object (that will return home with you) and/or flowers for the group altar. 
Workshop: Intuitive Multimedia Embroidery @ Ilwaco Artworks
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Workshop: Intuitive Multimedia Embroidery @ Ilwaco Artworks

Intuitive Multimedia Embroidery with Chloe Jacobson

Learn 5 basic embroidery stitches while experimenting with expressive abstract multimedia techniques. We will play with stitching on top of watercolor washes on canvas fabric or fabric of choice.

I grew up in the dry, oaky lands of Southern Oregon and headed north to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest to pursue a major in Visual Arts and Psychology from The Evergreen State College. I chose to pursue the healing power of the art process professionally through getting graduate degree in Transpersonal Art Therapy at Naropa University, and now practice as full time art therapist with the LGBTQIA population in Portland, Oregon. I am a multimedia artist specializing in embroidery, painting, and collage to express sensations, feeling spaces, and to tell stories of empowerment and liberation. I walk the edge of fine art and craft to explore the natural world through my lens as a queer art therapist. I blend media to reframe and re-contextualize, while offering simple messages. I especially seek narratives of natural perseverance, adaptation, justice, and resilience in the face of adversity or human constructs. My background in art therapy informs my process as being a platform for healing self-reflection, through making the latent, blatant. For more information visit



Yawa: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
May 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Yawa, also known as Amenta Abioto, is a songwriter and producer from Memphis,TN and currently based in Portland, OR. In her one-woman performance, she builds vocal and instrumental loops from synth, drum machine, and kalimba creating atmospheric textures. Yawa surprises and tantalizes audiences with mind bending ideas while skipping vocally from soul-shaking gospel to smooth jazz. Her music is boldly mystical and soul-fired, and her raw live performances invoke elements of both theatrical and magical surprise. “

Opening Reception: Scott Braucht
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Portraits, Men in Ballgowns, Sound, We Will Be Heard” by Scott Braucht

Sou’Wester Arts is thrilled to welcome filmmaker Scott Braucht whose program Portraits / Men in Ballgowns // Sound / We Will Be Heard will be featured in a special exhibition celebrating Pacific County Pride in our Red Bus Microcinema.

On view at The Sou’Wester’s Red Bus Theatre

May 29 – July 14, 2023.

Opening reception Monday, May 29 6-8p with a special acoustic performance from musician Khaelo Dé.

Portraits is a collection of film interviews shot both on super 8mm and digital formats. It includes a selection from the series Men in Ballgowns, exploring ideas of masculinity and femininity in the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. This work-in-progress highlights men wearing gowns in different environments filmed on super 8mm with audio interviews detailing how growing up LGBTQ2SIA+ reflects in their art. Portraits concludes with the short film Mel & Kate about letting go and moving on. // Sound is a collection of music videos featuring the short documentary We Will Be Heard about rappers that identify as LGBTQIA+.



Curated by Nikki Cormaci

Jeremy Ferrara: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Jeremy Ferrara: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

There is an innate tenderness about Jeremy Ferrara. His good nature is inescapable, and anyone within earshot of his quavering voice and quiet guitar is likely to swoon in sympathetic reaction. He’s a folksinger, and a song-diviner. His music is as fun as it is finely detailed. His new album Everything I Hold is exemplary of this style. Produced by Mike Coykendall, the LP features just Jeremy, his guitar, and voice, on eight songs that fill the listener with wonder, empathy, and joy.

Workshop: Clay Teacup Making (FULL) @ Ilwaco Artworks
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Workshop: Clay Teacup Making (FULL) @ Ilwaco Artworks

Clay Teacup Making Workshop with Midori Hirose

Explore clay and create a one-of-a-kind tea cup with Midori Hirose. All levels and fun clay making tools are welcome!

Midori Hirose is a Japanese American interdisciplinary artist. In Hirose’s work, physical objects and materials are interchangeable with community bonds, recognizing space as a necessary part of the generative process through collaborations, historical narrative, perception (physiological and psychological), and storytelling. 

Hirose’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (now called Oregon Contemporary) for the Portland Biennial. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Lumber Room in Portland, OR; East/West Project, Berlin, Germany; Newberg Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland; and Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden. For more information visit and

This workshop is full. 

Divorce Care: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Divorce Care: Presented by Sou’wester Arts

Seattle independent rock band Divorce Care’s catchy guitar hooks and emotionally wrought lyrics are expertly hand-crafted for fans of pre-myspace-era emo. Bringing effortlessly nostalgic arrangements with a post-modern twinkle in her eye, singer/songwriter Bri Bloemendaal’s quietly powerful delivery simultaneously demands your attention while making you feel at home. Themes of love and loss are immediately apparent when you listen to Divorce Care’s debut album “Ladylike” (Produced by Andy Park), but scratch any deeper than the surface and you’ll observe Bloemendaal artfully wrestling with complexities of morality, feminism, and self-awareness. Underpinned by Seattle music scene veterans Matt Batey, Sean Lane and CJ Stout, Divorce Care’s powerhouse performance belie their new-kids-on-the-scene status, already making waves in the notoriously restless pool of PNW talent. 

Ida Jane: Presented by Sou’wester Arts @ The Sou'wester
Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Ida Jane has an eclectic style. Her music is Influenced largely by folk, alternative rock, and indie musicians such as: Fruition, Lucinda Williams, Mazzy Star, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Niel Young, Kacy & Clayton. Ida provides a mix of pensive, thoughtful songs as well as more upbeat, friendly, folk rock.