Master crafts at Arts Festival

Published July 12, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

The 57th Anacortes Arts Festival, August 3-5, is one of the largest and oldest arts festivals in the Northwest. Working Studios finds master craftsmen demonstrating traditional, contemporary and folkart forms. Highlighted this year is body painting, traditional clay techniques, blacksmithing, basketry, mural painting, marbling, stone and native sculpture, wood working and plein air artists. (This photo is from 2011, when local iron artist Paul Thorne demonstrated his work at the Arts Festival.)

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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