Off-season community involvement

During the off season, our staff and board are busy participating in community events.  We put on our Project Runway hats and made an ensemble out of non-convention materials (office supplies) for the Anacortes Senior Center Fundraiser in October (at left).  We decorated the feature tree for the Anacortes Schools Foundation’s Celebrate the Season event on Dec 1 & 2 … and we decorated and hosted a campsite at the Winter Wonderland family light display at Washington Park on December 8 & 9.

Vote for your Favorite Sculpture

The Anacortes Arts Commission with the financial support of Windermere Real Estate has established a loaned sculpture exhibit in and around the Madrona Grove at the Depot.  The exhibit is called the Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition by Windermere Real Estate.  The sculptures are on display at the Depot Arts and Community Center, 611 R Avenue through December of 2017.  At the end of the exhibit one of the sculptures will be purchased through a donation from the Anacortes Arts Festival.  There are a number of factors that will go in to that purchase decision but one piece of that decision will be which sculpture is deemed most popular by the public.  The way we are determining the most popular will be through an online survey.  Please go to our survey to cast your vote.


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Art Dash

After positive feedback last year, the Art Dash has now officially moved to Festival weekend – Saturday, August 5. In its 12th year, this USTAF certified half marathon, 10k, 5k follows the beautiful Tommy Thompson Trail along the Anacortes waterfront and ends at the Port warehouse at the north end of the Festival.   Timing this year will be done by NW Endurance Events (look for chip timing in 2018).   The cost is $50 for the half marathon, $35 for the 10k and $25 for the 5k – $5 for under 12 and over 70.  At the end of the race, runners can enjoy music on our Port stage, beverages in the Waterfront Pub, food nearby –  with the whole Festival lineup waiting.  Come for the run, stay for the fun!

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Arty Party features music, art, fun

There are still a few tickets left for our annual Arty Party on Saturday, April 15th.  The evening centers around lively Dueling Pianos,  Dueling Painters (Jennifer Bowman & Terry MacDonald),  food truck offerings, beverages and fun!   A special highlight is our Mini-Masterpiece sale of over 100 pieces created by local artists to benefit youth arts education. These 5×7 and 3×4 canvases will be sold anonymously for $50 and $25. Choose the image you love and walk away with an original work by some of Anacortes’ most well-known artists. The best thing about the evening is that we are raising funds to support the Cultural Arts Program for the Anacortes School District. Tickets are $100 each and also include a Golden Ticket for one of the two paintings created during the evening.

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What’s an Arty Party?

Join us at the Depot on Saturday, April 15 for NOT an auction!  Arty Party is a fun night of celebrating art for our kids.  We are raising money for the School District’s Cultural Education Program by throwing a party.  Your experience includes dueling piano entertainment, food truck tasty bites, craft cocktails, beer & wine, small art canvases for sale, live painting and much more.

Tickets are limited, so gather your friends and make your plans now!

More information and tickets available here.

Color Run Registration Open!

Did you make New Year’s resolutions to be healthy and have more fun!? We have your answer – the 3rd Annual Do the Bloom Color Run!

Join us on Saturday, April 22 at the Depot Arts Center for a 5K Run, Walk or Stroll! There is also a One Mile Fun Run for the younger kids and their co-runners. This is a non-competitive fun run that will leave you looking like a piece of art! It’s been great fun for families and friends to come out and play together.

This year, after the run, stick around for our new Spring Fest. Two days of booth artists, food, entertainment, a youth area and beer garden. A great way to celebrate your colorful accomplishment!

More details and registration are available through Do the Bloom Color Run Registration.


South Commercial Artists selected

The jury was completed and the artists to participate in the South Commercial Art Project were selected.   Splash Mural artists include Jennifer Bowman, Kathleen Faulkner, Jessica Lynch, Ann Chadwick Reid, Cathy Schoenberg, Carla Seaton and Craig Weakley.   These fun & graphic digital murals will start going up before the end of the year.

Whale Tail sculpture artists selected include Fred Abelman, Stephanie Banaszak, Jennifer Bowman, Carla Seaton, Cathy Schoenberg and Tricia Sharp.   Fiberglass whale tail forms should be delivered early 2017, and sculptures painted and installed by next Spring.

Call for Public Art Project

We are excited to partner with the City of Anacortes in facilitating an exciting public art project to enhance the south end of Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. The project will include two distinct components – six Whale Tail painted fiberglass sculptures, and six SPLASH murals transferring 2D art images into digital murals. The project is open to artists from Anacortes, Guemes Island and Skagit County. There is a $500 stipend per piece, and project will be completed by early 2017. For more information or to request a prospectus, please email Rita James, Festival Creative Manager.

Busker Fest Anacortes on Sunday!

Join us at the first annual Busker Fest Anacortes this Sunday, August 28 from 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.  Street performers will be performing throughout Downtown Anacortes, in partnership with the City of Anacortes and Open Streets Anacortes.  Ten of them will be competing in a People’s Choice competition – make sure to vote with your smartphone while you are at the event! Music, dance, juggling and so much more!

Ride your bike, your scooter, your rollerblades…or just walk!  Commercial Avenue will be closed and there will be lots of activities in addition to the great performers!


Office closed for recharging

After a super-busy few months of planning and running the Festival, our office will be closed for the last two weeks of August. Staff will scatter for a few weeks of much-deserved rest and relaxation.   We will return on September 6 – ready to jump into planning the 2017 events.