Fine Art Opening July 28

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!

Juried Show Selected

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.

Skagit Artists and “Animalia”

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.

Prestigious juror selected for 2018

We are honored to announce Michael Monroe as our 2018 Arts at the Port Fine Art Juror.  Monroe has been involved with the contemporary American studio craft movement for over 50 years.   In addition to his current status as Director Emeritus of the Bellevue Art Museum, Monroe served as Executive Director of the American Craft Council, a 30,000 member national organization. For twenty-one years he was associated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, serving as Curator and Curator-in-Charge.

In 1993, Monroe was invited by President and Mrs Clinton to curate a collection of contemporary American craft for the White House to commemorate The Year of American Craft.   He also worked on several related assignments for Presidents Carter and Bush.

The Fine Art application is currently available through CaFE.   It is open to Northwest regional artists working in both 2D & 3D – the deadline is April 3.  The Festival awards up to $11,500 in awards and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

$13,000 in Fine Art Awards

We are very happy to support artists through the presentation of fine art awards to participants of our Arts at the Port Juried Exhibition.  This year we presented 10 awards totaling over $13,000.   Included was the purchase of two pieces from the juried show for the new Anacortes High School through our Anacortes Collects Award Program.   Our juror Pablo Schurgurensky selected Hiroko Seki from Issaquah as the Best of Show recipient.  Seki’s work features sumi and soy painting on paper.  The Peoples Choice winner, selected by show attendees, was Justin Gibbens from Thorp.   For a complete listing, see our Fine Art Awards page.

August Arts at the Port show selected

Juror, Pablo Schurgurensky selected a group of 39 regional artists for this year’s Arts at the Port Juried Exhibition.   The theme “Resonanace” is reflected in work that includes painting, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramic, fiber and mixed media work. Schugurensky is the Founder of META ARTE, a Seattle based Art Consultancy, and was Curator of Collections for Vulcan, Inc and Microsoft – as well as currently serving as Board President for Artist Trust.

Also included in Arts at the Port is the Allen Family Focus Gallery featuring the work of Kandis Susol, Susan Singleton and Hannah Alex Glasser.   These invited artists from Orcas Island and Edmonds are interpreting “Resonance” with an installation showcasing paper, fiber, ceramic and mixed media work.

Rounding out Arts at the Port is a new Emerging Artist display of work from four talented high school and college age students.

Arts at the Port Opens on Saturday, July 29th from 6 – 9pm. The free evening includes wine, light appetizers, music and the presentation of up to $12,500 in Awards.

Art at the Port Artists & Details

April Patron’s Choice Award

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.

April Fine Art Opening Friday, April 14

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.

Participating Artists

Spring Fest lineup

April Fine Art Application available

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.

Focus Gallery Artists Invited

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.