Nikki McClure


The Northwest Maritime Center is excited to welcome artist Nikki McClure to Port Townsend as she launches her newest title, Waiting for High Tide. McClure will present her work in the Maritime Meeting Room on Wednesday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m.

McClure will read her new book and demonstrate her unique cut-paper artwork techniques. McClure’s past titles and art prints will be available for purchase and for signing. Adults and children are welcome to attend and learn more about McClure’s art. This event is free; online RSVP is requested.

Waiting for High Tide captures one family’s vivid experience of the Olympic coast, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. It’s a perfect summer day to spend at the beach with his family. He scours the high tide line for treasures, listens to the swizzling sound of barnacles, and practices walking the plank. But mostly he waits for high tide—then he’ll be able to swim and dive off the log raft his family is building. While he waits, sea birds and other creatures mirror the family’s behaviors: building and hunting, wading and eating. At long last the tide arrives, and human and animal alike savor the water.

McClure is well-known nationally as an artist and author who celebrates nature, children, families, and communities with her gorgeous cut paper creations. McClure’s work is both warm and clean, deceptively simple with distinctively elegant lines. Adults respond to her sophistication and elegance; children love the way she captures small moments in simple shapes with a sense of joy. McClure is the author and illustrator of Collect Raindrops; In; Mama, Is It Summer Yet?; To Market, To Market; Apple; and How to Be a Cat. McClure is also the illustrator of All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant and May the Stars Drip Down by Jeremy Chatelain. McClure lives in Olympia, Washington.

You can view more of McClure’s work at her website,

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Maritime Meeting Room at the Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street, Port Townsend, Washington