April 13th, 2022

Self-guided tour, Mitchell murals


The Anacortes Museum announced this week a new self-guided, smartphone tour of the Bill Mitchell Mural Project. Anyone with a smartphone is invited to log onto: billmitchellmuralproject.org and begin exploring the Anacortes history spotlighted by the late Bill Mitchell.

“Mitchell was a muralist, cartoonist, artist, local historian, pirate and overall scallywag – who was born on April 14, 1949 and lived most of his years in Anacortes,” said a museum statement.

Join museum educator Adam Farnsworth on Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. for a demonstration of the tour. Meet at the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and Commercial Ave. The demonstration will last about a half-hour, with a short walk, but participants are welcome to continue exploring on their own. The demonstration tour will be repeated at the same location on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m.

“Our hope is that people will use the website to add depth and meaning to their experience of downtown Anacortes,” said Adam Farnsworth, Education and Media Curator at the Anacortes Museum. Recordings of Mitchell telling about the murals is part of the tour, adding to the context and background.

Tour development was supported by the Anacortes Museum Foundation and its generous donors, as well as funds provided through the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

(Photo by Steve Berentson, Bill Mitchell working in his Anacortes studio)

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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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