Arts Festival announces awards

Published July 30, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

The Anacortes Arts Festival announced awards and public art purchases of almost $13,000 at the Opening for the Arts at the Port Fine Art Exhibition last Saturday night. The evening was attended by Juror Michael Monroe from Seattle (pictured), most of the participating artists and an estimated 400 guests. Taking top honors was Rebecca Fletcher of Sedro-Woolley (pictured), who received the $3,000 Best of Show Award, selected by Monroe. Also receiving awards were Natalie Niblack, Mt Vernon – $1,000 Excellence Award selected by the Juror; Donal Murphy, Seattle – $1,000 Excellence Award selected by the Juror; Tara McDermott, Seattle – $1,000 Wallie Funk Memorial Award selected by the Festival; Lin McJunkin & John Webster, Conway – $1,000 Festival Award; Peregrine O’Gormley, LaConner – $500 T Bailey Award selected by Ruby Tanaka; Alli Schuh, Anacortes – $500 Michael Stark Emerging Artist Award selected by the Festival; Donna Watson, Camano Island – Anacortes Collects Purchase piece for the Anacortes Middle School. (Photo courtesy of Anacortes 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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