Do the Bloom Color Run!

This Saturday, April 23 is the Do the Bloom Color Run.  We have more than 470 runners, walkers, joggers and strollers signed up for this fun run.  In fact, there has been such a huge rush on registrations this week that we do not have any spots open in the run.  Sorry!  Hope those of you who missed signing up can join us next year!

2016 Color RunThe course starts and ends at the Depot Arts Center, 611 R Avenue.  The Kids 1 Mile Fun Run will have a turnaround at the half mile mark, where there is a color station and the volunteers will get them headed back to the Depot.  The 5K keeps going past our new running sculpture before a turnaround brings you back to Thrive Community Fitness and then along Cap Sante Marina for the rest of the run.  Here’s a fairly rudimentary map is available if you’d like to peek.

Remember this is a FUN RUN!  We will start in waves every few minutes so that the first color station is ready for you.  If it isn’t raining, we will have a clock out for you to see your time.  However, it is not a timed race.  We have unique prizes for the top three finishers in basic categories of Women, Men, Girls and Boys.  We do our best to track those accurately at the finish line, again this is a FUN RUN!  We are proud of those who finish fastest, however, we are also really proud of those who finish most colorful!

Tip to participants – slow down in the color station, use one of our water sources (squirt bottle, hose nozzle, mister, rain) to get your shirt a little wet – the color makes better patterns when the shirt is a little wet.

Packets can be picked up at our office on Friday from 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (505 O Avenue) or on event day from 8:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. (611 R Avenue).  If you come early, there are a couple of restaurants just a few blocks away for coffee or a light meal.

The run will start at 10:00a.m. in waves of 100 runners or so.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors….Thrive Community Fitness, The Allen Family, Barrett Community Giving, the City of Anacortes and the Port of Anacortes.

And, thanks to the record number of you who are participating.  We are going to have a great time, make sure to bring your cameras for post-race photos!

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Art of Shopping this Weekend!

Art of Shopping

 

Bring your GIRLFRIENDS and enjoy a mimosa, glass of bubbly, wine, or beer … savor a tasty bite from a food truck … enjoy some live music (performed by a WOMAN). There will also be hourly raffles of fun GIRLY stuff!  And setting the tone is our Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition (artwork is, of course, also for sale).

Local WOMEN retail merchants will be dressing mannequins in fun, funky, creative & classic design – showcasing what’s available for WOMEN  in our Anacortes community.

One more thing … for $10 you can start an hour early (10 am) for some early-GIRL shopping, a FREE mimosa and FREE raffle ticket!

Proceeds from this and all Art in Bloom events support the Festival’s commitment to funding the Cultural Arts Program for children in the Anacortes School District. 

The NEW Art of Shopping

Sunday, April 17th 

11 – 4 pm 

Depot Art Center ~ 611 R Ave ~ Anacortes

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Evening of Color Tickets Available

Evening of Color

An Evening of Color is an auction event with an artistic twist. The atmosphere is lively & intimate, the cocktails are crafty, the food is tasty and the items up for bid mostly have a creative flare to them. The proceeds benefit art programs in the Anacortes School District. Very limited tickets are available for this event on April 16, at 6pm at the Depot Arts Center.

The tickets are $50 each and include one drink and tasty bites from our local food trucks. There is a live & silent auction, the bar will sell wine, beer and craft cocktails – and the frosting on the cake will be auctioned desserts from the community. The evening will culminate with music and dancing.

Guests that evening also enjoy a 10% discount on any art purchased that night from the Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition that is showing at the Depot in April.

An Evening of Color is a part of the Anacortes Arts Festival’s Art in Bloom events in April. Join us for the Fine Art Show (April 16 – April 23), The Art of Shopping (April 17) and the Do the Bloom Color Run (April 23). All at the Depot Arts Center.

A special thank you to our Art in Bloom sponsors – The Allen Family, Barrett Financial, Dickerson Distributors, Tim Moffitt (A’ Town Bistro),  and the City of Anacortes.

Tickets are available here on our website or by calling our office at 360-293-6211. We are also still accepting auction item donations if there is something interesting you have in mind!

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Register NOW for 2nd Annual Color Run

Resolutions for the new year:  be active and smile more!!  We’ve got you covered!  Everyone had so much fun at last year’s Do the Bloom Color Run, that we are back for more.  On Saturday, April 23, runners and walkers will be dusted in color as they make their way through a beautiful 5K course along the marina.

The course is flat and there is plenty of color flying to make this a true FUN RUN!

Register now and set a goal for yourself to be ready for the fun in April!  To register and for more event information, go to Active.com.

Art in Bloom > Fine Art ShowArt of ShoppingEvening of ColorColor Run

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Celebrate the Season Tree

Thanks to the Schools Foundation for inviting us to be a part of the Celebrate the Season this year!  Our team just finished decorating this tree in a color blocking fashion and we love it!  Hoping all of the visitors to the events at The Port Warehouse over the next two weeks enjoy it too.

Don’t miss the Schools Foundation’s events starting Saturday, December 5.  There are lots of fun activities for the family this weekend, including Santa photos, gingerbread decorating, crafts and lots of music.  Check out all of the holiday magic on their website.

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Help Us Decorate a Tree!

The Arts Festival is so happy to be a part of the Anacortes Schools Foundation’s Celebrate the Season.  On December 5 and 6, the public is invited to enjoy fun holiday activities, including entertainment, gingerbread houses and Santa visits (see their website for more details).  These events raise money for STEM programs for local students.

We will be decorating a tree to be on display throughout their events….a 12′ tree!  A LOT of ornaments are needed for a tree that big!  If you pull out your Christmas decorations and find that you have extra solid colored balls or ornaments, consider donating them to this display.  Or, if you are out shopping and want to pick up an extra ornament or two, we will gladly accept that donation as well!  Our office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, or you can leave them in the box outside.  Thanks for thinking about the Festival and this fun project that we get to be a part of with the Schools Foundation!

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Accepting Grant Applications until 11/4

Each year, the Anacortes Arts Festival provides Grants to a wide range of arts education and enrichment programs supporting creativity in our community. Grant Applications are now available on our website at Grant Guidelines. Applications for art related projects and organizations are being accepted through November 4th, 2015.

The Arts Festival is looking to fund a well-balanced group of grant requests and projects that involve a diverse group of people and art activities. Nearly $80,000 in funding was committed in 2015 to support the arts in Anacortes.

We hope that anyone with an idea about bringing art experiences to our community will apply for a grant or contact us to discuss their idea.  The Arts Festival strives to create opportunities for new art adventures to take off for Fidalgo Island residents.

Since 1994, the Giving Back program has provided more than $600,000 to art related projects and organizations in our community. For more information about the Anacortes Arts Festival’s Giving Back program, visit …Giving BackGrants.

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Aerial view of the Festival

Video aerial

Check out this aerial video from the drone that Jim Thompson and his video team flew over the Festival yesterday. It was an amazing first day filled with great art, high-energy music and good food. Jim captured it all on video…watch for more from his hard work in the coming weeks. We are so excited to get these overhead shots this year and just couldn’t wait to share them with you!

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Locals Night – Friday 6:00 – 8:00p.m.

We are staying open late on Friday night!  The Festival will be open until 8:00p.m. this year.  We love our locals and want to give you all a chance to shop with perhaps less crowded streets and cooler weather.

In addition to all of the booth artisans being open, we will also have music on the stages, the beer gardens will be open and there will be plenty of food booths to choose from.

Country musician Chance McKinney plays on the Main Stage until 7:00p.m., Creme Tangarine (the popular Beatles Tribute band) plays until 8:00p.m. on the Port Stage and the  Seattle Cuban salsa band Cambalache will keep you dancing on the Jazz Stage.

Watch the Anacortes American this week for a coupon that you can exchange for a gift from us at the Festival Information Booth from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. on Friday.

Festival Activities .. Booth Artisans .. Arts at the Port .. Entertainment .. Food & Beverage .. Youth Activities

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