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For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Smith, 253-858-6722 ext. 4,

Gig Harbor, WA, August 20, 2013 — The Harbor History Museum and the Peninsula Art League invite the public to the opening of the 11th Annual Open Juried Art Show, 6:00 to 8:00 pm on August 30 at the museum’s downtown Gig Harbor location. The show features 150 works by 90 artists from across the United States. Many of these artists will be available at the reception to discuss their work. The show will run through October 5.

The show represents the second component of the 2013 Museum Art Series and follows the Maritime Art Exhibit which is currently on display at the museum through August 25. The third in the series will be a photography exhibit entitled “1987: A Day in the Life of Gig Harbor,” running from October 12, 2013 to January 4, 2014.

This is the first year the museum has hosted the Peninsula Art League show, previously held at the Gig Harbor Civic Center. PAL was founded nearly three decades ago and is best known for its summer art festival. Proceeds benefit the Gig Harbor community and out-of-town visitors through contributions to other art shows, exhibitions, and educational programs.

“Supporting the local art community is an important responsibility for our organization,” says Ted Smith, Executive Director of the Harbor History Museum. “We are thrilled to host this great event.”

Joe Garcia will be attending the reception as this year’s juror. Mr. Garcia is an established landscape and wildlife artist living and painting near the small mountain town of Julian, California. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, The Artist Magazine, Wildlife Art and Watercolor Magic. He will present a three-day watercolor workshop at the museum on August 26, 27, and 28.

The Harbor History Museum, a nonprofit organization, opened in 1973 and moved to its current waterfront location in Gig Harbor in 2009. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and share the history of Gig Harbor. The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, except major holidays. Call 253-858-6722 or visit for more information about the show, workshop, or museum.