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Gig Harbor, WA, July 5, 2013 -- The Harbor History Museum’s newest exhibit opens on July 20, 2013 and showcases the talents of maritime artists throughout the Pacific Northwest. This is the third year that the Harbor History Museum has hosted the exhibit, which has been well received by museum visitors and other artists. The exhibit runs through August 25, 2013.

The juried exhibit will feature more than 80 works of art selected by award-winning Seattle artist Kathy Collins. Maritime art covers a wide variety of themes, but primarily includes the subjects of the sea itself, the coast, seaside, ships, sailing craft, beaches, wildlife, people, or anything related to the sea. The exhibit will feature works created in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen & ink, charcoal, photography, fiber, jewelry, pottery, and sculpture.

The museum has developed several public programs inviting people to share in the maritime theme, including the following activities and workshops:

July 19: Rapid-Process Watercolor Painting workshop taught by Seattle artist Kathy Collins; 10 am to 4 pm. $90 for Harbor History Museum members, $95 for non-members. Register at or call 253-858-6722 ext. 5.

August 3: free, “Rug Boat Building” for Kids from 11 am to 2 pm, while supplies last.

August 17: free, Plein Air Paint Out open to all artists from 9 am to 3 pm.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society, dba Harbor History Museum, was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. Our mission is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history.

The museum is open Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm, except major holidays. Admission varies. Visit for information on exhibits, hours, prices, and directions.