Arts Walk planner for April 23

Relaxing Humor: Five-minute break

A case could be made that massage is an art form. Amy Murry, a massage therapist working at Home Body, Eco-Luxe Living, 416 Washington St. S.E., is offering free five-minute chair massages from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. And while you’re waiting for that treat, you can check out the witty acrylic paintings of Seattle’s Megan Marie Myers. The salon will have a drawing for free massages and facial treatments. Call 360-943-5810 or go to

Music: Keep on Truckin'

If the name is any indication, the members of Dented Trucks have a sense of humor. The band, which plays upbeat Chicago and Texas electric blues, released its debut album, “Blue Sun,” in February. Diane, Ricky and Jenine Wessels – will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in front of Schoenfeld Furniture, 404 Capitol Way S. Go to

A jazz icon

Olympia pianist Joe Baque has worked with luminaries such as Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne. He’ll perform everything from Joplin and Gershwin to tangos and rumbas with bassist Steve Luceno and percussionist Michael Olson from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Cicada, 700 Fourth Ave. E. Call 360-753-5700.

Crafts: X marks the spot

Craft X NW, a crafts fair that’s planned as a monthly event, is ready for its debut on Arts Walk weekend. The fair, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday on Washington Street, will showcase works by dozens of local artists and crafts people plus music by 7 on 7 and food by the German Club of Olympia. Among items for sale, according to event organizer Mathias Eichler: “custom skateboards, screen-printed shirts, soap, jewelry, baby stuff, felt and knitted craft.” Go to www.every

Poetry: Performance art

“This Is a Poem,” a show by Jason Taellious and Richard Thietje, mixes poetry and performance art. Asked for details, the duo sent an answer in poem form. (Sample: “Our piece?/It’s as original as/Muzak on an iPad.”) They have performed on Radio8Ball and at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library. The 20-minute performance piece will happen at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday at Matter Gallery, 113 Fifth Ave. S.W. Call 360-628-0466 or go to

Paintings: On a roll

Skie Bender of Olympia has rolled from singing and songwriting to playing bass to painting to writing poetry and novellas. The new paintings she’s showing at Arts Walk are inspired by another set of free-wheeling women, the Oly Rollers roller-derby team. Check out Bender’s work at King of Olympia, 206 Fourth Ave. W. The exhibit’s opening reception starts at 5 p.m. Friday. Call 360-491-8368. For more on Bender’s work, call 360-705-2620 or go to

Wax work

Olympia artist Debra Van Tuinen, known for her work in the ancient technique of wax encaustic, will show works in her studio at 111 Market St. N.E. Suite 107. Next up for Van Tuinen: teaching a workshop in Italy, a move to a new studio (at 1801 West Bay Drive N.W., Suite 104A) in June, and a group show at the Broadway Gallery in New York City in September. Call 360-352-4117 or go to

Something completely different: Games people play

Local folks who play Amtgard, a live-action role-playing game, will demonstrate their skills as part of Arts Walk. The Amtgard event, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in Sylvester Park, includes a chance to enjoy costumes, armor and art participants have created, as well as live music and a demonstration of “boffering,” the game’s combat, said Ryan Johns, the champion of the game’s Lacey chapter, known as Greenwood Keep. For more on the game, go to or or e-mail Johns at

Dance: Kick up your heels

On Friday, an Old-Time Music and Dance Extravaganza at the Loft on Cherry – 525 Cherry St. in Olympia – includes a clogging workshop by Charmaine Slaven of Seattle at 5:30 p.m., a family square dance at 7 p.m., a “full tilt” square dance at 8:30 and music by Olympia’s Grizzle Grazzle Tune Snugglers and Portland’s The New Five Cents. Admission is $5-$10 for the dances (free for ages 18 and younger) and an additional $10 suggested for the workshop.

Wearable art: Renaissance woman

Pamela Norris of Tumwater works as a legislative liaison for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe. And she teaches the tarot. But Norris also works with hot metal, combining hand-wrought silver with semi-precious stones and organic materials. Her creations are on display at Compass Rose, 416 Capitol Way S., where she’ll also be making charm necklaces from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Call 360-236-0788. For more on Norris’s work, go to

Teaching team

Artists Libby Kennedy and Laurie Barnoski met while both teaching at Tumwater High School. Kennedy taught art, Barnoski English. Both women are retired now and making art. They often show their work together, as they will at Arts Walk. Kennedy’s hand-painted silk purses and Barnoski’s pictures will share space at Angelo Mendi, 116 Legion Way S.E. “I’m an old-fashioned photographer with a digital camera,” Barnoski said. “I like to take pictures spontaneously and leave the image untouched.” Call 360-352-7247.