About Northwind

About Northwind Arts Center

Northwind Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the arts in our region by sponsoring educational programs, lectures, readings, and workshops, and by providing juried and invitational venues for displaying the work of regional artists, both visual and literary.


Northwind Arts Center operates as two art galleries, with space available for art activities rental when the galleries are closed.

  • The Exhibit Gallery is used for scheduled monthly exhibits. Most of the art in each exhibit is for sale and prices are clearly posted next to each artwork.
  • The Artists Showcase is used for showcasing the work of local artists. The Artists Showcase is currently closed during our renovation process in our new building. Information will be supplied when it is available.

Northwind Arts Center is open and staffed by volunteers Noon – 5 pm Thursday – Monday. The Center is also open during Port Townsend Art Walk evening on the first Saturday of the month, and for special events. Art talks, demonstrations, and artist workshops are often scheduled in conjunction with shows.


Our mission is to cultivate, promote, and encourage the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation for the greater community.  We sponsor arts activities for young and old.

Art Port Townsend

Art Port Townsend is an annual event that is presented by the Northwind Arts Center and the Port Townsend Arts Commission. The schedule of events includes visual arts, literary events, workshops, lectures, and an artist studio tour. Art Port Townsend is normally scheduled for the month of August. The information for 2014 is posted on the Art Port Townsend 2014 website – and the link to the 2013 site is found at: Art Port Townsend 2013. Also check the Exhibit Gallery Schedule page for more information.

Juried Regional Art Exhibit

This is an exhibit by artists from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska. The juror will select pieces to include in the show from artist’s submissions.

Artist Studio Tour

The tour offers an opportunity to visit local artists, observe demonstrations, and discuss the creative process throughout an intensive weekend of art.

Lectures and Performances

During this festival month there will be activities including music, poetry, lectures, workshops, and theater.