Sally Zawistowski Design
May 28th, 2006

Public art

Beautiful red rhododendron blossoms serve as a backdrop to Guemes artist Philip McCracken’s sculpture outside the Anacortes Post Office on Commercial Avenue. According to the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner McCracken, a third generation member of a Skagit Valley family, was born in Bellingham in 1928. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1953 and that summer sailed for England to study as an apprentice under famed sculptor Henry Moore. They formed a lasting friendship. Moore served as best man at McCracken’s wedding in England the following year. In 1955, McCracken and his wife moved to Guemes Island, where they have lived ever since.

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About Photographer 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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