The Working Studios is one of the most active areas of the Festival with a range of artists demonstrating the creative process. Come see prominent artist Alfred Currier painting the twelfth and final mural in the Tommy Thompson Mural Project, featuring the colorful Skagit landscape. A special feature this year will be graffiti, being painted by artists Leo Salazar and Eric Gonzalez. Local chalk artist Betsy Diamond will bring cartoon characters to life on the street…the talent goes on and on. Between 2nd Street and the Port dock, Working Studios is a great area to see and interact with master craftsmen doing what they love to do.
Our 2019 Poster artist is Barton DeGraaf from Bend, Oregon. Barton has been a life-long artist and Festival participant for 10 years. His whimsical, happy work includes frogs, horses, dogs, birds – as they lounge or play on vehicles, martini glasses and other fun objects. The poster image “All Ya Need is Dogs” plays with colors and images that invoke summer times past, travel and fun. If you want to see more of Barton’s work, look for him at the Festival or visit his website.
What a tremendous turn out of incredibly talented artists for our 2018 Festival! Our selection committee had their hands full, selecting this year’s award winners from the more than 250 booth artisans.
Our ‘Best of the Fest’ award winner was Jennifer Bowman from Anacortes, and the ‘Best Creativity/Booth’ award went to Shelly Fredenberg of Eugene, Oregon. The Community Partnership Award is selected by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, and they chose Sawai & George McLaughlin from Zephyrhills, Florida.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
Our community has asked us for gift certificates to use with booth artisans at the Festival – we have decided to give you what you want!
Gift certificates are now available in $20 denominations and are the same as cash with our artists on the street. These certificates can also be used for merchandise in our information booth. Gift Certificates available for purchase in our office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-4pm.
For additional questions, please contact Jennifer at the AAF office (360)293-6211, 505 ‘O’ Avenue.
Booth artisans have been invited, the fine art show is selected, the music schedule is filling up and staff is working hard at finalizing details in all of the Festival areas. It promises to be an exciting year with new artists and talent. Now is a good time to start planning ahead for three great days – August 3 through 5.
We are in the process of updating the 2018 applications and they will be available on our website the first week of January. 2018 Festival dates are August 3 – 5. Application deadlines include
Booth Artisans, March 6
Arts at the Port Juried Fine Art, April 3
Food Vendors, April 26
Entertainment, March 29
The Festival office will be closed from December 15 through January 2nd. We wish you all happy holidays and creative success in the new year!
Sand Sculpting by Bert Adams of Sand in the City will be featured in our Working Studios at the north end of Commercial. Adams is a national level sand sculpting artist who has organized more competitions than anyone in the world. This is sand castles on steroids and we can’t wait to see what he’ll create! Also in Working Studios is ongoing demonstrations in chain saw carving, blacksmithing, wood turning and more. The popular PIANO-Cortes project will continue with a new crop of painted pianos, and you can add your thoughts to an art portal intallation at the beginning of the area.
It’s that time of year again! All applications for the August Anacortes Arts Festival are now available through our website. Booth Artisans, Fine Artists, Entertainers and Food Vendors will find more information by following the links below. These pages offer additional details and give direction on applying to the Festival.
After a successful Festival season, we are now full steam ahead. The staff recently attended a national ZAPP conference in Houston, where we got to share ideas with other industry leaders. During the fall and winter we update applications, finalize a poster design, review events and think creatively ahead. At our annual Board retreat in November, we will welcome two new board members – Steve Klein & Mary Staley. If you are interested in participating in next year’s Festival, look for applications and information on our website in January.
In a playful, new public art project, the Festival and the City of Anacortes are teaming up to present Pianocortes.
In the Working Studios area at the Festival, artists will paint donated pianos and festival goers can watch these unique pieces of art come to life. Three teams of artists have all conceptualized colorful and fun designs. At the end of the Festival, the pianos will be moved to Commercial Ave, tuned – and left in their locations for the month of August, through Labor Day weekend. During this time, the public will be encouraged to stop to play the pianos.
The pianos will be a part of Buskerfest on August 28, where Commercial Avenue will be filled with street performers. The fate of the pianos is left to be determined! WE are considering a silent auction for them, storing them for next summer, or donating them to be permanent public art in Anacortes.
Thank you to our Pianocortes artists: Gustavo Vargas, Jeannie Yovetich Burham (her piano is complete already and is the one pictured in this post), and the team of Beth Smith, Anniece Kiersky, Molly Johnson & Wyndham Jackson.
Make sure to stop by the Working Studios area between 1st and 2nd, on Commercial Avenue, during Festival weekend. Pianocortes is just one of almost a dozen exciting, interactive live art studios.