Art Dash Fun Run Registration Open

In its 16th year, the Art Dash has established itself in the northwest running scene. It will take place the weekend before the Arts Festival, Saturday July 31st. This year’s race has shifted to a 5k and 10k fun run with music, obstacles, art and beautiful waterfront scenery. The chip timing is managed by NW Endurance Events. Costumes are encouraged! Come for the RUN and stay for the FUN! The Art Dash is a partnership between the Festival and City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation, with proceeds funding public art projects.

Start: City of Anacortes Building

Finish: Port Dock at Transit Shed (final confirmation still pending, please watch for start and finish location updates)

Class Size: 100 /400

Fee: $25

Ages: All

Dates: Saturday, July 31

Time: 10 AM – staggered starts

Register for the Art Dash Fun Run here.

Register for Festival’s Online Art Auction

Bidding for the Festival’s Online Art Auction opens on March 8th!  Don’t miss a minute of the bidding action by making sure you are registered before then.

Click here for details on the three ticket prices, a preview of the auction items (they are still coming in, so check back often!) and the link to register to bid.

Bidding is live through March 20th, when we will close the auction with a celebration of art through a virtual event. We hope that you can join us and even if you are not able to, you can still bid on your favorite pieces all the way through the auction closing that night.

If you would like to see the items in person, before you bid, they will be on display at 804 Commercial Avenue, March 5 – 20, 11a.m. – 5p.m. daily.

Follow the links to see all of the amazing art that is available for auction!  Your bids support the Festival, our programs and artists in our community.

Festival Accepting Student Art Submissions

Calling all Anacortes Students!
The Festival would like to feature your artwork on notecards at our Online Art Auction next month. Do you have a favorite piece of art that you’ve recently created? Are you willing to share it with us to make notecards?
Submit your work to us for consideration at
Deadline for submissions is February 28th.
We can’t wait to see your creations!!

Your Donation Keeps the Festival Flourishing

For the first time in 60 years, the Anacortes Arts Festival was cancelled and we are holding our breath about the future.   We need your help to ensure that we can continue our important mission of funding art programs for children, supporting Northwest artists, and bringing people together to celebrate the arts; while playing an important part in the economic health of the community.

By making a donation, in any amount, you can help make sure that the Festival is here for years to come, supporting our local economy and our community’s creative culture.

Your donations are tax deductible and can be made by texting the word: Anacortes to: 56512 or by clicking on this link.

All donations of $500 or more will receive a special gift from artist Steve Klein.

Please share with your friends, on your social media and anyone else, who you know loves the Festival and can’t wait for it to return.

Chalk Art at Home Event

From now until August 30, join us for a virtual community art project.  Grab some sidewalk chalk and create a piece of art in your own neighborhood.  Everyone is out walking, let’s give them something to smile about on their walk, run or bike adventure!

Show off your art by sharing on our Facebook page or emailing to

We will share the pictures and our esteemed panel of judges will select ten entries to receive some ice cream!  Thanks to Lopez Island Creamery for sponsoring this virtual event!

If you don’t have access to chalk, you can stop by our office anytime for a no contact pick-up (505 O Avenue). The chalk is just inside our front gate.

Now, get out there and start chalking! 😊


Art Dash Goes Virtual!

Join us in our new Art to Art Virtual Run, August 1 – 7.  Since we can’t be together this year for the Art Dash, we proudly present the Art to Art Dash – Virtual Run.  You can run or walk one of our suggested routes that highlight some of our amazing public art pieces, or choose your own route. Run or walk at your convenience, any time August 1 – 7.

Registration includes a t-shirt, running bib and event sticker.  You need to register by July 17 to have your t-shirt in time for the run.  Registrations after that will pick t-shirts up in mid-August.

Proceeds from this collaborative City of Anacortes and Arts Festival project go to fund public art programs in our community.

Register on


Support the Festival Artists!

We’ve asked some of our booth artists to share a little more about themselves and how you can find their work online….

Jennifer Bowman

Jennifer Bowman has been participating in the AAF for 17 years; originally starting out in watercolor. She is also one of the few artists to have two posters for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. She created the 2004 poster image in watercolor. For 2020, Jennifer changed mediums to acrylics. As a teacher and artist, Jennifer believes everyone is artistic in some way; whether it is the presentation of a fine meal or the construction of a beautiful home. She notes, “Each of us is an artist, my talent just happens to involve paint.” Most of her work can be described as exciting to experience.

Her works appears in 185 galleries; private, public, and corporate collections, nationally and internationally; and in various publications: Washington’s Heirloom Birth Certificate, North-light Art books, and Europe’s largest art circulation Pratique des Arts. Visit to find out more.

She is also this month’s featured artist at the Scott Milo Gallery.

During the past month she has been creating videos to share her painting technique.

This is a 15 minute video recently finished about her.

April Ottey

From seedpods to sea urchin, from bark to blossoms, April creates jewelry that allows you to connect with and keep nature close at all times.  She casts directly from organic materials, into silver and gold, capturing their delicate and fleeting forms and textures.  She uses beach stones and ethically sourced gems and metals.

Since moving to Port Townsend in November, April has been enjoying walking the beaches and collecting.  Her new series incorporates beach stones and cast seaweed.

I also have some videos of my process if you would like to use those, you can see them on my website under my about page or at this link.

My website is:

Instagram: @aprilottey

Georganna Dean

I have always had a fascination for how our minds & emotions work and how we are influenced by our social environment.  So, in my mid thirties with 2 teenage children, I went back to school to study psychology.   After a pretty driven work load, I decided to take a “fun” class and ended up in a black & white photography class.

Well, that was an “ah ha” moment and a turning point that changed the course of my life dramatically.  I was immediately in love and thought “I’m really good at this”!  Thus was the start of a beautiful 35 year relationship with really “seeing” the world around us.

My website:

Phone # 831-737-8451

MA Graphics

Hi, We are “the girls” from MA Graphics. At present we are hanging out in Seattle, catching up on movies, gardening and painting the laundry room. Normally you would see us at many outdoor festivals, leading up to the best, the most awesome, the biggest, Anacortes Arts Festival. However this Shelter in Place, has us in our place!  We are hoping you all are safe. If you want, we’d love to do something more art related.  Visit us at, so we can show you what we really do for a living. We hand silk screen our Art on women’s garments. We would love to send you some!


Elizabeth Person

Elizabeth Person is an illustrator based in Everett, Washington. Using pen and watercolor, she sketches from life and creates “illustrative infographics” featuring Northwest themes and geography.

Her artwork can be found in shops around the Puget Sound, at northwest art festivals and in her children’s book debut To Live on an Island. She has served as a commissioner for the City of Everett’s Cultural Arts Department since 2011. Her love for maps originates from her tendency to get lost.

I grew up flying to the San Juan Islands in my Dad’s 1959 Piper Comanche 4-seat airplane.Seeing the world through an aerial perspective also inspired my passion for maps.

Instagram: @elizabeth_person

Facebook /elizabethpersonart


Meet the Festival Artists

The Festival is proud to support some of our amazing booth artists during this crazy time. We look forward to sharing a little more about them & their art and how you can see more of their work online. Today, meet Lisa Dean-Erlander, Stephanie Burgess, Sue Coccia and Patrick Tutt:

Lisa Dean-Erlander

I have designed handcrafted jewelry for 18 years!  I was raised by an artist and have always enjoyed creating art, but it became a necessity for me after having three children in two and a half years (one singleton plus identical twins).  Parenting is joyful, exhausting, messy, exciting, and never ending.  Creating jewelry gave me a little space of peace within the chaos and a place where projects could be started, perfected and ended—unlike my other full time job!  I started selling my jewelry after my twins were born to pay for one day a week of childcare.  As my children grew, so did my business, and now 18 years later I have three over 6 foot tall sons and a booming handcrafted jewelry business!  I love to create with natural stones, sterling and fine silver, silver clay, all kinds of tools (I am such a tool-junkie) and my handy acetylene torch.  I continue to take classes, try new things, seek out inspiration in nature and keep my long term clients delighted with new pieces of my wearable art.

Stephanie Burgess

My name is Stephanie Burgess from Painted Peace.  I’m the gal that invented the Art Pole!  You can find my stuff all over the country, but for you locals I have a fantastic studio, gallery and boutique full of Painted Peace ware and just up the street in Bellingham WA.  Come visit me in person or shop on my online store.  I love my dogs, making art, the garden, pizza and hamburgers and my daughter.  Not necessarily in that order 🙂
Online store
Visit Bellingham Studio by appointment

Patrick Tutt

I’m Pat Tutt, aka: The Gourmet Potter, and have been selling my pots at the Anacortes Art Festival for 35 years! I’m the guy with the Dip Chiller/Warmer, Bacon Cooker, Omelette Cooker, Garlic Grater and “Party in a Box”.

Since all of our spring art shows have been cancelled, I am offering our same show special on our website that you have seen me do at the festival. Buy any combination of our $30 items and get four for $100!!! With FREE SHIPPING!!!   Hoping to see everyone in Anacortes this summer!

Sue Coccia

My animal spirit art is pen and ink with acrylics, with a message that we are all connected.





Art Dash sign ups

It’s not too early to sign up for our 15th annual Art Dash on Saturday, August 1st during Festival weekend. This half marathon, 10k, 5k is a flat course that follows the beautiful Anacortes waterfront trail; ending at the Port dock at the north end of the Festival. It is USATF certified and chip timed by Northwest Endurance Events.  The Art Dash is a partnership with the City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation with proceeds funding public art projects.  Come for the run, stay for the fun.

More Info & sign ups. 

Three Stages Jam Packed for Three Days!

The three stages at the Anacortes Arts Festival are packed with non-stop talent.

We are proud to be partnering with the Manieri Endowment again to bring you a group of amazing jazz musicians.  The ever-popular Nearly Dan is back on Friday night and there are a number of exciting new-to-the-Festival jazz musicians throughout the weekend.  Pearl Django and Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints are back on Saturday afternoon.  And, a band with a name that is so intriguing, that you can’t miss them on Sunday – Herding Cat Octet!

The Main Stage is packed with great music to enjoy from the Hideout Beer Garden.  Friday night features John Van Deusen and Friends and a Tom Petty Tribute Group, Petty Differences.  Saturday is all day rockin’ and country fun with Geoffrey Castle, Chris Eger Band, Knut Bell & the Blue Collars and Award-Winning Country Musician Chance McKinney.  On Sunday, Bellingham favorite Kuinka will close out the Festival with their joyful, fun pop.

Enjoying music on the dock, along Guemes Channel is one of the rare treats that the Festival offers.  Local favorite Mama Dirty Skirt is back on Friday evening, during the Friday Night Art Walk.  We’ve brought another fan favorite, Commander Mojo & the Horns of Discontent back on Saturday to rock the dock.  And, Sunday morning, start your day with Ebb, Slack & Flood.

Find the full schedule for each stage here and plan to spend time at each stage dancing, tapping your toes or clapping your hands!