Arts at the Port is back on

We are so excited to give the artists selected for the 2020 Arts at the Port exhibitions the opportunity to finally show their work.  This years Juried Show will include 90 artists selected by our Juror Carie Collver (Schack Art Center).  In the Allen Family Focus Gallery, “Adornment” will showcase fiber/clothing artist Anita Luvera Mayer and jewelry/mixed media artist Heidi Klepper, both from Anacortes.  Finally, “Fanciful Footwear” will round out the show, featuring adorned footwear creations by regional artists.  With Covid restrictions, our Opening might look different, but the quality and variety of the work will shine.   Stay tuned for more details.

Preview auction artwork

We are excited about the quality of work for our upcoming online auction March 8 – 20.   Since artwork looks so much better in person, we’ve arranged to have a live display of the work in Anacortes starting on Friday, March 5 through March 20,  at 804 Commercial Avenue (the old Tides location).   The display will be open from 11 – 5 daily.  It won’t be a gallery-hung show, but it will allow you to see the work in all its glory.  There are over 125 pieces from some of our region’s most well known artists.

Please support the Festival and the artists by joining the auction fun starting on March 8.  Visit our Auction Page  to view the online catalog, register for the auction or for more information.

Fine Art in March auction

We have had a tremendous response from artists for our online auction March 8 – 20.  With over 100 pieces, look for work from Rebecca Fletcher, Lanny Bergner and Rik Allen, Kathleen Faulkner, Leo Osborne, Ann Reid, Cynthia Richardson, Cathy Schoenberg, Sue Roberts, Kris Ekstrand, Peter Belknap, Todd Horton, Kathy Glowen, Tracy Powell and many others.  There will be paintings, photography, glass, sculpture, baskets, jewelry, ceramics and mixed media pieces.   We are currently working on setting the auction up and will post a link on our website February 16.

For more information visit our Website 

Galleries showcase fine art

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 –
Perry and Carlson – Mount Vernon –
Smith and Vallee – Edison –
i.e. – Edison –
River Gallery – Conway –
Blackfish Gallery – LaConner –
Forum Gallery – LaConner –
Cassera Gallery – LaConner –
Trinky Busiu Gallery – Sedro Woolley –

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.

Fine Art deadline Extended to 4/14

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.


Juried Art Application Open

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

Fine Art Award winners

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.

Pattern & Structure in Focus Gallery

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.

Fine Art Juror Joanna Sikes

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.

Fine Art Award Winners

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