Frenzied planning as August approaches

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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.

Festival applications available January 2018

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 in Working Studios

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.

Complete Festival Information

Applications Available Now

Booth Artisans

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.

August Festival Booth Artisans

Arts at the Port Fine Art Exhibition

August Festival Food Vendors

Stage Entertainment

2017 dates August 4 – 6

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.

Pianocortes Comes to Life

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.

NW Country Star Aaron Crawford

The Festival is excited to welcome Aaron Crawford to play on the Main Stage Friday night from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. Aaron is a solo artist from the Northwest, who brings a new sound to the music scene, blending country with melodic rock.

Growing up in a musical family, Aaron was at home singing and playing, springing from the foundation of church music. From there, he formed multiple bands, writing 4 independently released albums, and playing throughout the northwest and west coast. Finally branching out as a solo artist, he released his debut album “Modern Day American Dream” in October of 2013. Combining high energy shows, with a genuine love for his audience, Aaron is rapidly building a fan base across the country. You can hear some of Aaron’s music on his website.

Join us for three days of free entertainment on three stages at this year’s Festival!

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!