Galleries are the backbone of the fine art world, helping artists produce and show their work, and providing the public a venue to experience and purchase art. Each gallery has a unique group of artists that it represents; often rotating exhibitions on a monthly basis. Skagit Valley has an array of high-quality galleries that provide a good starting point for finding the perfect piece of art for your home. With current conditions, many galleries now offer online exhibitions in addition to restricted open hours. Here are some of our favorites. Visit their websites for information
Scott Milo Gallery – Anacortes – scottmilo.com
Perry and Carlson – Mount Vernon – perryandcarlson.com
Smith and Vallee – Edison – smithandvalleegallery.com
i.e. – Edison – ieedison.com
River Gallery – Conway – rivergallerywa.com
Blackfish Gallery – LaConner – bisonsblackfishgallery.com
Forum Gallery – LaConner – 721forumarts.com
Cassera Gallery – LaConner – casseraartspremiers.com
Trinky Busiu Gallery – Sedro Woolley – trinkybusiu.com
Don’t forget the The Museum of Northwest Art (MONA) in LaConner. It is currently closed to exhibitions, but has virtual offerings and an outstanding gift shop.
Our world has been turned upside down, and we are responding by extending our fine art deadline to Tuesday, April 14. Our juror Carie Collver (Gallery Director and Chief Curator from the Schack) is recovering from Covid19. She assures us that she will be up to the task of jurying. We have also heard from a number of artists who are feeling challenged by the personal, family and business repercussions of our current restrictions. We hope that an extension will make a difference. It will also change our notification to artists to May 12. We are still optimistically planning for the Festival, July 31 – August 1 when we can celebrate the importance of art.
Carie Collver, Chief Curator for the Schack Art Center, will be selecting artwork for our 2020 Juried Fine Art Exhibition. As the Gallery Director at the Schack, Collver has curated and juried over 200 shows. Our Juried Exhibition is part of Arts at the Port, showcasing regional fine artists in a unique waterfront gallery. It opens Saturday, July 25 and runs through Festival weekend. From this show, the Festival presents up to $11,000 in awards. There is no theme this year.
Guidelines and Application Link
We are pleased to announce $12,400 in Fine Art Awards for 2019. Top honors went to Leslie Stoner from Oak Harbor who won both Best of Show and the Eve Deisher Creative Excellence Award. Lanny Bergner, Anacortes and Lori Nelson-Clonts, Maple Falls received Excellence Awards selected by the Juror Joanna Sikes. Hart James, Olympia, received the Festival Award and Susan Williams, Friday Harbor, received the Bill Mitchell Memorial Award. Finally, Suze Woolf from Seattle received the T Bailey Corporate Award. A new Art is Schools Purchase Award sponsored by Keith Sorenson will place a sculpture by Susan Williams in Whitney Elementary. Our Anacortes Collects partner this year is the Anacortes Police Department…who will be choosing a piece to hang in the lobby of the police station. Finally, the Peoples Choice Award is announced at the end of the Festival and chosen by the voting public.
Three talented artists will be featured in our Arts at the Port Allen Family Focus Gallery; relating to the theme “Pattern & Structure”. Guemes Island painter Cathy Schoenberg will include both florals paintings and new patterned drawings. Seattle artist Jill Clark creates basketry using sausage casings, lace and thread. Portland artist Charissa Brock uses bamboo and glass in large and small scale sculptural work. Arts at the Port opens on Saturday, July 27. Also included is our Juried Exhibition featuring 55 regional fine artists and a youth art installation coordinated by Voices of the Children. A special feature will be the Regeneration Project – a collaborative installation honoring the victims mass shootings.
Joanna Sikes, new Director at the Museum of Northwest Art, is our 2019 Arts at the Port Fine Art Juror. Joanna comes with a rich involvement in the Pacific Northwest art community. She worked closely with Dale Chihuly as Studio Manager, marketing/client relations and Director of Special Projects. In 2012 the Museum of Glass in Tacoma hired her as the Director of External Affairs. The Festival Juried Exhibition accepts both 2D and 3D work, and there is no theme for this year. Awards total $11,000. See our guidelines for more information.
Congratulations to our below Arts At the Port Award winners. Thank you to Juror Michael Monroe, and all of the participating artists. We had around 10,000 visitors during the run of the show!
Rebecca Fletcher, Sedro Woolley – Best of Show ($3,000) and Peoples Choice ($1,000)
Natalie Niblack, Mt Vernon – $1,000 Excellence Award
Donal Murphy, Seattle – $1,000 Excellence Award
Tara McDermott, Seattle – $1,000 Wallie Funk Memorial Award
Lin McJunkin & John Webster, Conway – $1,000 Festival Award
Peregrine O’Gormley, LaConner – $500 T Bailey Award
Alli Schuh, Anacortes – $500 Michael Stark Emerging Artist Award
Donna Watson, Camano Island – Anacortes Collects, Anacortes Middle School collection – Purchased by Festival
Fine Art Awards
Please join our community celebration of fine art with the Opening of Arts at the Port on Saturday, July 28 from 6 – 9pm. This show is the crown jewel of the Festival and features the work of over 75 regional artists in three separate exhibitions – the Juried Exhibition, the Allen Family Focus Gallery and the Emerging Artist Show. The evening includes nibbles, no-host wine bar and music. Our juror, Michael Monroe from Seattle, will be on hand to help present up to $12,500 in awards. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and mingle in this amazing waterfront gallery – and its FREE!
Juror Michael Monroe had his work cut out for him as he juried this year’s Arts at the Port Juried Show. With 220 applicants, and nearly 1100 pieces submitted, he ended up with an exhibition that includes 70 regional artists and 117 pieces of work. This show is diverse, with a strong representation of both 2D and 3D work including painting, fiber, wood, sculpture and glass and mixed media work. Michael will return to select the Award winners on Saturday, July 28, prior to Opening of the Show that evening.
We are honored to showcase four of Skagit Valley’s finest artists in our Arts at the Port Allen Family Focus Gallery – Robert McCauley, Shelley Muzylowski Allen, Rik Allen and Lanny Berger. With the theme of “Animalia”, they will use their mediums of paint, glass and mixed media to explore the beauty and vulnerability of the animal world and it’s tension with mankind. Painter McCauley has been the subject of two major museum exhibitions this year; currently showing at the Museum of Northwest Art. Glass artist Rik Allen, whose work has been notably focused with space adventure and science fiction, is teaming up with Lanny Bergner, who has been creating biomorphic and geometric constructions and installations out of metal mesh. Shelley Muzylowski infuses sculpted glass with color, texture and pattern to create animal forms from mythology and legend. All four artists have international recognition and have been widely honored and collected.