2016 Dates – August 5 – 7

Now that the 2015 Anacortes Arts Festival is two whole weeks behind us, it’s time to start focusing our attention to next year.  Wanting to make sure that it is on your calendar, please note August 5 – 7 as the dates for the 2016 Festival!

See you there!

Don’t miss Tidecraft

Today is your last day to see these amazing sculptures that have been created from marine debris.  Four artists have installed their work at the Port Warehouse dock and they are a showstopper this year!

Come to the Festival today to enjoy the shopping, food, fine art, music and Tidecraft creations!  And, even better news, the exhibit is right next to the Port Pub, which is serving bloody mary’s this morning and will have amazing music on stage all day.

Don’t miss the last day of the Festival!

Working Studios features Steamroller Block Printing, Blacksmithing, 3D Chalk art & more…

Working Studios

One of the more active areas of the Festival is the Working Studios Area north of the Food Court and family dining area. This area gives the public a chance to see the process of art-making and opportunity to interact with working artists. There are a number of exciting highlights this year.

A group of twenty-two Skagit Valley artists, led by Natalie Niblack, are creating block prints relating to the theme “Earth Matters.” The artwork is carved into linoleum plates, which are then inked and printed onto fabric with the help of a steamroller. You can see the printing process from start to finish – and even have the chance to try your hand at creating a block of your own with the help of artist Kathleen Faulkner (sorry, but your art will not be printed with the steamroller).

Other Working Studio highlights include 3D chalk painting with Ron Pattern. Ron is a Ferndale artist who translates his vision to concrete and asphalt using special chalk. Making it 3-dimensional takes it to another level! Look for Marius Hibbard demonstrating the art of marbling (think of antiquated Italian papers), local blacksmith Paul Thorne who loves to teach and newcomer Dan Olsen who will doing portrait painting. Mix in Plein Air Painters, and the whole area is alive with active creativity!

Last but not least, Luuk Honey (yes that’s his real name) will be doing the Festival mural for the Tommy Thompson Trail Mural Project. Luuk is artist, musician and coffee shop owner – young and enthusiastic.

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Wine Tastings at the Reunion Wine Bar

In a partnership with Dickerson Distributors and Precept Wines, the Festival is excited to announce a fabulous family of wines for our Reunion Wine Bar.  Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy glasses of:

Brown Chardonnay

Waterbrook Res Cabernet

Primarius Pinot Noir

Canoe Ridge Chardonnay

Canoe Ridge Ex Red

We will also be selling tasting tickets at 5 for $10.  And, our beautiful Festival wine glasses are for sale for just $5.  It’s a great opportunity to sample wonderful wines and enjoy first class jazz music during your visit to the Anacortes Arts Festival this year.

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Massy Ferguson- American Rock Band

For the first time in the Anacortes Arts Festival, Massy Ferguson, a true American Rock Band, will be performing at this year’s Festival on Sunday August 9th from 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m. on the Port Stage! Massy Ferguson, although named after a farm-equipment company, have been described to cover genres from Americana, roots, folk, twang rock, alternative country, and just good rock ‘n’ roll.

After starting the band in 2006 as a duo playing at the Mukilteo Farmers Market, this small town band has grown from playing around the Seattle area to performing around the world sharing the stage with artists such as Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum.

To hear them before you see them, visit www.massyfergusonband.com

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Creme Tangerine Debut at Festival

Creme Tangerine

The Festival is excited that the Beatles tribute band, Crème Tangerine, will be performing at this year’s Festival on Friday, August 7th from 6:00pm-8:00pm on the Port Stage during our Locals Night. For over a decade, Crème Tangerine has created a dynamic live Beatles music experience filled with energy, tone, humor and the spontaneity known only from the Beatles.

Each summer this five-man band is featured in multiple summer series in the Pacific North West, as well as nonprofit galas, weddings, festivals and theaters. Crème Tangerine produces and performs the annual “Seattle Beatles Rooftop Day” concert event in Pikes Place Market alongside many big names, including the former president of the Beatles Apple Records, Ken Mansfield.

To get a sneak peak of their music and the band, visit www.cremetangerine.com

New to the Festival – Wooden Wristwatches

New to the Festival this year are Mistura Wristwatches by Juan Barreneche from Dallas, TX in Booth #320W.  They are hand crafted from wood and other renewable resources.  Our jury agreed that we had never seen a watch both so beautiful and artfully created.

The designs stem from the alliance of art with nature.  The ideas for them are drawn from the inspiration of the exotic natural beauty in Columbia and parts of Mexico.  They are sure to be a guest favorite this year at the August Festival.

These watches are just one of the more than 80 new art and craft creations that you will see this year.  Make sure to give yourself enough time at the Festival to enjoy all of the new and returning vendors.

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Chance McKinney Performing in August

The Festival is excited to announce that Chance McKinney will be playing this year’s Festival on Friday, August 7 from 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.  Chance’s “Industrialized Country” is a blend of Country Music, 90’s Rock and 60’s Motown, with a little Heavy Metal influence.

Chance and his unique country-blended sound is a favorite among Northwest audiences.  He won the hearts of our community when he joined a Oso Fundraiser at the Tulalip Casino after the mudslide disaster.  He helped them raise $16,000 that night in an event that came together in under two short weeks.

Chance has toured with Dwight Yokum, Creedence Clearwater, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Lynard Skinner. This year, you can see him live at the Anacortes Arts Festival on Main Stage.

To hear Chance’s music and read more about him, visit www.chancemckinney.com.

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Jazz Music with the Manieri Foundation

The Manieri Foundation has teamed up with the Anacortes Arts Festival this year to bring a high-energy, amazingly talented line-up to the Jazz Stage this year.

Friday night, August 7, is a night not to be missed with a Street Dance featuring Cambalache Band from 6:00 – 8:30p.m.  Cambalache Band is the hottest Cuban Salsa Band in our region.  They are an 11 piece ensemble that is the toast of the Seattle Cuban community.  The Jazz Stage, Wine Garden and dancing will move to a new location at 10th and Commercial this year.

The Manieri Foundation has also arranged for Blues Union, Bass & Face, Jonny & The Moondogs, Pearl Django, Savage Jazz, Cheryl Hodge, Bill Anchell, Trish Hatley and Fidalgo Swing Trio to perform throughout the weekend.

Stay tuned for more music announcements and final stage schedules soon!