Showcasing Student Art


Next week, we were supposed to be putting together a Community Youth Art Show and hosting a fundraiser to support art in schools.  We are still working to find a way to do both of those things!  We will keep everyone updated about a possible new date for the Chance McKinney night and ways we are working to showcase student art at the August Festival.

For now, during the school closure, we would LOVE to see what art the students have been working on.  It would be great if pieces represent what’s happening in their worlds or their life on Fidalgo Island.  However, THIS IS NOT REQUIRED.  We just really want to see what everyone is up to!

If you are struggling to find projects for them, we’ve been posting a number of youth art ideas each week and there are lots of online sources to help you!

When they have an art piece they are proud of, we would love to see it!  Take a picture of them with their art piece and share on Facebook or Instagram with hashtags:  #showusyourartanacortes & #anacortesartsfestival.  Or, you can email it to us at


Fundraising for Kids’ Art with Chance!

Shine up your cowboy boots and join us for this year’s spring fundraising event…”Our Backyard” – a night of country music and dancing.

Country musician Chance McKinney will headline the evening after a fun happy hour featuring drink specials and line dancing instruction.  There will also be food trucks, raffles and swag for purchase.  The proceeds from this event will benefit art programs for Anacortes students.

Come enjoy a fun night for friends and help us keep creativity alive in our classrooms!

Tickets are $45 each and are available online here or by stopping by our office.



Buffett Beach Bash On Sale!

We had so much fun last year, dancing the winter funk out, that we are doing it for two nights this year!

Join us for a night of Jimmy Buffett music, margaritas, and lots and lots of fun!  Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band will lead us in a night of great music and good times.  All while raising money for art programs for Anacortes students.  It’s a night that you certainly don’t want to miss!!

More information, including the link to buy tickets.

2019 Buffett Beach Bash

Save the date for TWO NIGHTS of Buffett Beach Bash in 2019:  April 19 & 20!
This year’s event was so popular and we were able to fund the Anacortes School District’s Cultural Education Program….so let’s double the fun next year!

Watch for tickets to go on sale late-2018.

Color Run Registration Open!

Join us for Anacortes’ very own color run – Do the Bloom! This is the fourth year of this 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk, Stroll or Crawl! The course is along the beautiful Cap Sante Marina and our volunteer color throwers will work to make you a moving piece of art at each of their color stations.

This is a great opportunity to be active and smile ALL THE WAY! This event is filled with joy and frivolity and is appropriate for runners (and walkers) of all ability levels. It is a fun run and though we award the top finishers, it is not a timed race.

Do the Bloom is produced by the Anacortes Arts Festival and the proceeds benefit Public Art Programs on Fidalgo Island.

Registration is open now on

Change of course for 2018 April events

We are changing course for our 2018 April events. Replacing a Fine Art Show and Spring Fest, activities will include our 4th annual Color Run (5k) and a Jimmy Buffett concert event featuring Garratt Wilkin & the Parrotheads out of Northern California. Both these events will take place on Saturday, April 14. Proceeds from these events will continue to support the Cultural Arts Program for the Anacortes School District and public art projects. Stay tuned for more details.

April events expand to include Spring Fest

Moving into its 4th year, Spring Fest expands the Festival’s reach into the off-season. 2017 dates are April 14-22. Originally started as an opportunity to bring an art focus to Anacortes during the busy Tulip Festival season, Spring Fest has evolved into a series of fun, family friendly events. Included in the lineup are a Fine Art Exhibition geared toward emerging collectors, an Evening Event to benefit arts education for school children, Do the Bloom Color Run (supporting public art) and NEW Spring Fest with booth artisans, entertainment, food and more. Stay tuned…

Graham Schodda chosen as Patrons Choice

Sculptor Graham Schodda was selected as the Patron’s Choice during the Art in Bloom Exhibition. This is not the first time that the audience has given Graham their nod of approval.    He has been selected twice as the Peoples Choice winner during the August Festival. This year Art in Bloom had visitors from throughout Washington,  as well as 12 other states – and several foreign visitors. If you enjoyed Graham’s work be sure to see more of his sculptures (made entirely from recycled pieces) during the Festival Fine Art Show at the Port!

Fine Art Show continues through April 23

It’s been a great run so far for the Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition, which opened last Friday evening.  So far we’ve had visitors from 59 Washington cities and 11 states.  The show will be open every day through April 23, from 11 – 4.   The setting is the historical Depot Art Center at 611 R Ave in Anacortes. With 30 artists, it has a lot of different styles and points of view.   Come select your favorite artist. The artist with the most votes at the end of the exhibition will receive a $500 Patron’s Choice Award sponsored by the Allen Family. Through art proceeds from this show (and other Art in Bloom events) we are funding the Cultural Arts Program in the Anacortes School District.