Artwalk meets Arts Fest

Published July 19, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

The First Friday Artwalk is Friday, August 2 from 6 pm – 9 pm, in conjunction with opening night of the Anacortes Arts Festival.

1220 10th Street, Anacortes Public Library (NEW) The Anacortes Library is kicking off a new aspect of the library’s art collection now offering a self-guided tour that will feature the more than 40 pieces of art in the library through the use of the brochure or the downloadable QR code linking to online information about the artwork. We will have a docent led tour on Friday, August 2 so come see some of our highlights which include works by Alden Mason, Max Benjamin, Lanny Bergner, Philip McCracken, and Dederick Ward and others.

620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers will be opening a new show “Contrast” featuring Richard Nash and Denise Ford- illustrating the different styles of sculpture and graphic work between the two artists. We will also have a beautiful selection of peridot! 

604 Commercial Ave., The Good Stuff Arts We love this new Show of “Miniatures – Small is Good!”  –  as a “take it with you” collection of more than 25 local NW artists painting “small” at their best.  The juried show required all new, original paintings of 8 x 10” image size or less.  The artists selected chose to paint local NW San Juan Island scenes, Skagit Valley scenes & animals, and Anacortes landmarks and trails – from the whimsical to the awesome. The featured artist for August is Cynthia Richardson, Acrylic Painting.  Cynthia’s paintings create scenes that invite you into the picture.  Light and color express the special qualities of her images.

602 Commercial Ave., Red Salon Aveda continues its show with Crystal Taylor, a mixed media fiber artist that has been active in the arts community for most of her life. Crystal has returned to string once again to form a new connection with it. Macramé, the ancient form of knot tying is her new passion and focus. These pieces are the beginning of a series of interactions with macramé knots and string. She sees string as a metaphor for the human experience; it is a linear story that can be woven, tangled, knotted, bound together or organized into complex patterns.

520 Commercial Ave., Pelican Bay Bookstore & Coffee Shop is featuring Sue Roberts with her wall pieces from her new clay series, “In Her Hands,” using hands as a way to express a variety of past and present social issues. We will have our customary Rosemary Sea Salt Rolls for sample as well.

420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery welcomes back Marie Powell from Ilwaco. Powell has mounted her hand pulled, brightly colored monoprints on canvas! Also showing acrylics by Brooke Borcherding, photo encaustics by Kathy Hastings, celebration paddles by Les Eelkema, oils by both Jane Wallis and Lynn Zimmerman. Also featuring a great selection of glass and jewelry for the summer.

419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa proudly presents paintings by Dedrian Clark and Suzanne Powers.  Both Clark and Powers share their appreciation for nature through their paintings. Clark is showing pastels and Powers is showing her oils demonstrating love for nature and wildlife.

100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes Arts Festival (NEW) Art at the Port is the Anacortes Arts Festival’s Fine Art Exhibition, comprised of a Juried Exhibition, the Allen Family Focus Gallery (Invitational) and several special installations. Extending over the Guemes Channel, the show is housed in the rustic, unique waterfront Port Transit Shed.  Art at the Port is open until 8 p.m. for the First Friday Gallery Walk. 

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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