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!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


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