Congratulations to artist Laura Yager from Boise, Idaho who was selected as our April Fine Art Exhibition Patron’s Choice winner. This $500 award was chosen by votes from visitors to the show. Laura’s work is collage incorporating bright colors and patterns in animal themed work. The April show had hundreds of visitors from throughout Washington, the US and numerous foreign countries.
The Spring Fest Fine Art Show at the Depot is installed and ready for the Opening on Friday, April 14 from 6 – 9pm. Come see work from 33 regional artists that includes painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, jewelry and mixed media work. This is an impressive group show with artists from multi-counties, who have been awarded and showcased throughout the region, nationally and internationally. The Opening is a free event that includes nibbles and no-host wine. Please join us in this kick-off of Spring Fest events.
The application for our Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition is now available on CaFE. We will show bodies of work from regional artists, at the historic Depot Art Center in Anacortes April 14 – 23. We are gearing this show toward emerging collectors, and looking for work that is fresh and financially accessible to new collectors. This might include smaller work, limited edition prints (like block prints) in editions of 50 or less, or collections of work. We will accept both 2D and 3D work. Please apply on CaFE by January 17.
Art in Bloom is part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors during the month of April. In addition to the fine art show, our events include a 5k Color Run and new Spring Fest on April 22 & 23.
We are thrilled to announce the participation of three very talented artists in our Allen Family Focus Gallery at the 2017 Arts at the Port Fine Art Show in August. They include Kandis Susol and Susan Singleton from Orcas Island and Hannah Alex Glasser from Edmonds. Kandis works in paper and wax, Susan is a mixed media fiber artist, and Hannah creates clay vessels and forms. The three collaborated in 2014 in a exhibition called Tears for the World. We can’t wait to see what they create for the unique Port space.
The Opening of this years Arts at the Port is Saturday, July 30th, at 6pm at the Port Transit Shed (north end of Commercial Avenue on the waterfront). This free community celebration includes no-host wine, nibbles, music and an opportunity to meet the artists. Please join us!
45 artists selected by our Juror Barbara Shaiman make up the Juried Exhibition. It includes nearly 100 pieces of both 2D & 3D work by regional and national artists. The Allen Family Focus Gallery, relating to the theme “Levity” includes larger bodies of work from Anne Schreivogl and Sue Roberts from Anacortes, and Graham Schodda from Bellingham. Rounding out Arts at the Port is a K-12 Youth Art Show. It includes individual artwork from Anacortes students and work created through the Museum of Northwest Art MoNA Link education classes.
Fine art awards will be announced at the Opening event. Awards total over $10,000 and include Best of Show, two Excellence Awards, a T-Bailey Corporate Award and Peoples Choice (presented at the end of the Festival) – plus two Memorial Awards. The Festival also purchases work from the exhibition for it’s Anacortes Collects Program, which places artwork in public locations. This year’s Purchase Award will go to the Anacortes School District, to be placed at the Anacortes Middle School.
Juror Barbara Shaiman (Ex-Curator/Director of SAM Gallery) selected 45 artists to participate in this years Fine Art Juried Exhibition at the Port. She considered a record number of 264 artist submissions. Selected artists come from throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Utah, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota. The work includes painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, glass, wood, mixed media and video. Our 2016 Allen Family Focus Gallery will highlight the theme “Levity” through the 2D and 3D work of invited artists Graham Schodda, Anne Schreivogl and Sue Roberts.
The August Arts at the Port juried fine art application is now available through CaFE. Juror Barbara Shaiman (see previous blog posting) will select 30 – 40 artists to show bodies of work (3-5 pieces each) for this exhibition. The deadline for applications is April 12th – awards total over $10,000. This premiere event had visitors from over 90 Washington cities, 33 states and 16 countries in 2015. This year there is no theme for this juried show.
Don’t forget that the deadline for our April Fine Art Show is January 19th. It is a smaller show but included as a special event of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, that draws tens of thousands of visitors during the month of April.
We are pleased to announce Barbara Shaiman as our 2016 Arts at the Port juror. After 24 years as Director and Curator of the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Gallery, Barbara left 2 years ago to focus on personal curatorial projects, art consulting and returning to her first love, ceramics. Among other projects, she currently is Curator of Revolving Exhibitions at the Alexis Hotel. Barbara also devotes time to jurying community art exhibits, participating in public art panels, advising local arts organizations and helping clients with collection management.
The Arts at the Port Fine Art application will be available through CaFE the beginning of January.
Next year’s Allen Family Focus Gallery will feature artists relating to the theme “Levity”. We are excited that one of those invited will be Graham Schodda, who has twice won our People’s Choice Award in the last few years. Graham is a Bellingham artist who transforms pre-used bits and pieces into detailed, light-hearted artwork.
Congratulations to Randy Morris who won the Peoples Choice Award from the Arts at the Port fine art show. This $1,000 award is sponsored by Peoples Bank and chosen by votes from visitors at the show. Randy is a mixed media artist from Pensacola, Florida with roots in Anacortes. His digital piece incorporates native images in a circular design. In all, the Festival presented over $11,000 in fine art awards. There were more visitors than ever this year at this year’s show, representing people from 21 states and 6 countries.