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!

Festival Gift Certificates

Want to get that special someone a special gift?  Have a friend, who is really hard to buy for?  Or, a spouse, who loves shopping at the Anacortes Arts Festival?

We’ve got you covered!  Gift Certificates are available now. They can be used at any of our booth artisan booths or at our Information Booth, where you can buy one of the cool shirts for this year!

You can stop by the Festival Office (505 O Avenue), Tuesday – Thursday or call us (360-293-6211) to purchase your certificates before the Festival.


2020 Festival Dates

As crazy as it sounds to some people, we’ve had a number of inquiries about next year’s dates.  The calendar falls a little odd for us, with August 1 being on a Saturday.

So, we just wanted to share a “Save the Date” with everyone for next year and make sure that you get to make your hotel reservations really early!

The Anacortes Arts Festival will be July 31 – August 2, 2020.



5th Annual Color Run

Spring is a great time to celebrate blooming tulips, the hope of sunshine and getting outdoors.  The 5th Annual Do the Bloom Color Run is the perfect way to celebrate spring!  Join us for a 5K run, walk, stroll, jog or crawl on Saturday, April 13.  We start at the Depot Arts Center and stay along the water at Cap Sante Marina for a beautiful run, combined with the fun of getting colorful!  Our volunteer color throwers will turn you into a living work of art.  Bring the whole family and all of your friends to celebrate spring at the Do the Bloom Color Run.  Register on now!

Guns to art project

The Festival is participating in the Regeneration Project – a community guns-to-art project.   The project accepted donated weapons in the fall, and a group of talented artists are transforming them or using them for inspiration for artwork that honors victims of violence and first responders.  Participating artists include Tracy Powell, Lanny Bergner, Natalie Niblack, Kathleen Faulkner, Ann Reid, Peregrine O’Gormley and John Bowey. Their collaborative installation will be displayed at this year’s Arts at the Port during the Festival.   The public can still participate by donating to the project (either guns or money) – information is available on the Regeneration website.