Opening arts event Saturday night

Published July 25, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

“Arts at the Port” in the Port Transit Shed is described as “the crown jewel of the Anacortes Arts Festival.” It consists of three exhibitions with more than 75 regional artists represented. The 6-9 p.m. Saturday opening is the first opportunity to see the work, meet the artists, and enjoy the waterfront gallery. The Juried Exhibition was selected by Michael Monroe, Director Emeritus of the Bellevue Art Museum and former Curator of the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery. The Juried Show highlights a wide range of styles and mediums from Northwest artists. Arts at the Port will also be open July 30 – August 2 (Monday-Thursday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Noon docent tours are available Tuesday and Thursday to learn more about the artists and their work. Arts at the Port Festival hours: Friday, August 4, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (open late for First Friday Gallery walk); Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, August 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Photo of “East Meets Northwest 2010,” art piece on Commercial Avenue. Artist Stephen Rock.)

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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