Arts at the Port

Arts at the Port photo by Kit Leonard

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Arts at the Port is the crown jewel of the Festival, showcasing regional contemporary fine art exhibitions. It is located at the far north end of the Festival, in the historic waterfront Port Transit Shed Event Center.

Arts at the Port kicks-off at the free Opening Event on Saturday, July 25 at 6:00 pm. Come be among the first to view this year’s exhibition and enjoy wine, music and nibbles. The exhibition will also be open July 27 – 30 from 9-5 and during Festival hours July 31 – August 2.

Art Awards

Arts at the Port presents up to $11,000 in awards. See the 2019 Award winners.

Four Exhibitions

Juried Art

Our annual Juried Exhibition is selected by a prominent arts professional and includes bodies of work from regional artists working in all mediums. Visit the Juried Art page for guidelines and application link.

This years juror Carie Collver is the Gallery Director and Chief Curator of the Schack Art Center in Everett.  Collver has curated well over 200 exhibits including Chuck Close and Dale Chihuly and recently received the Mayor of Everett’s 2020 Legacy of Honor Award for her outstanding work in the arts.

The Allen Family Focus Gallery

The Allen Family Focus Gallery showcases the work of Northwest artists, invited by the Festival Curatorial Team. The 2020 theme is “Adornment”. It will feature fine handmade garments by Anacortes fiber artist Anita Mayer and mixed media jewelry installations by Heidi Klepper. Also included in the gallery will be a footwear exhibition showcasing original work from a group of 20 – 25 invited regional artists.

Youth Art

We are excited to change our youth art focus to our April events, rather than August Arts at the Port. This will enable us to work with artists in the schools during the time that school is in session, and to tie it into our April event that raises funds specifically for cultural and arts education for our students. Stay tuned for details about that. During August, we will continue to focus on creative youth activities and enrichment in our Festival Youth Area.