‘3 Sails’ greets guests from the west

Published March 27, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

It was a public art project “years in the making.” But with the flash of gold scissors in the Tuesday afternoon sun, “Three Sails” was officially dedicated. On hand was Sultan sculptor Kevin Pettelle, who said he leaves a bit of himself behind when he wheels back home. Presiding over the evcnt was Jack Darnton, acclaimed as the volunteer coordinator who persevered to see the project through. The sculpture stands at the top of the hill coming from the state ferry terminal. Participant organizations in the project included the City of Anacortes, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee, the Anacortes Arts Festival and the state Department of Transportation. Pettelle (Soul in Bronze Studio) is pictured here with his sculpture (black jacket).

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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