Production for Arts the Port will be starting this week. The Port Transit Shed is transformed from a rustic warehouse to a truly unique gallery space with temporary walls, lights, paint – and of course fabulous artwork. It opens directly to the Guemes Channel and is perhaps the only gallery space, anywhere, from which you can watch the changing of the tides through cracks in massive floor beams and smell the ocean feet away.
Arts at the Port opens on Saturday, August 1st from 6 – 9 pm. This is a free community celebration that offers an opportunity to meet the artists and see the work for the first time. There will be no-host wine, light appetizers and flute music by Paul Nyenhuis.
Arts at the Port includes 44 contemporary artists and a Youth Art Exhibition curated by the Museum of Northwest Art. Please join our Opening – or come see the show August 3 – 9.
Juror Stefano Catalani, Curator for the Bellevue Art Museum, selected a group of 41 artists relating to the theme “Zeitgeist” (the spirit of our times) for this years Juried Exhibition. He considered over 140 applicants and 800 individual entries.
The selected body of work includes artists from the region and as far away as Florida, Georgia and Utah. It is a diverse show with painting, photography, ceramics, fibers, sculpture and glass – as well as video and installation work.
We were honored to have a juror with Stefano’s background and expertise and think the exhibition will excite and challenge our audience. For a listing of artists, please visit our Juried Exhibition.
The theme for Arts at the Port this year is “Zeitgeist”, which means the spirit of our times. In the Allen Family Focus Gallery, the Festival Fine Art Committee invited 4 artists whose work is current and forward thinking – Barbara DePirro, Craig Dunstan McGrail, Scott Kolbo and Robin & John Gumaelius.
Barbara DePirro is a mixed media artist who sculpts, paints and creates installation work that is environmental in nature. Using reclaimed materials to create organic forms, her work shows a fascination with both the brilliance and resiliency of nature and its fragility and vulnerability.
The 2nd annual Art in Bloom exhibition has been tucked away for another year. It was a great success, with strong art sales (proceeds support youth arts education). We had visitors from throughout Washington, British Columbia and 11 other states.
Visitors selected Steph Mader from Freeland, Washington as the $500 Patron’s Choice Award Winner. Steph is a glass artist who creates landscape paintings using glass particles which she layers, building depth into her work. Pieces are often fired 8 – 10 times before completed. Congratulations Steph!
Arts at the Port is the fine art jewel in the crown of Festival activities. It includes three exhibitions – a Juried Show, Youth Art and the Allen Family Focus Gallery of invited artists.
This year’s Juried Art theme is “Zeitgeist” which means the Spirit of the Time. Stefano Catalani, the Curator of Art, Craft and Design at the Bellevue Art Museum is our juror. Highly regarded in the field of contemporary art and craft, Stefano has conceived and organized exhibitions, juried numerous awards and lectured and written nationally.
The deadline for juried applications is April 9th through Café. Festival fine art awards total $11,500. Here is a link to guidelines and the online application.