Anacortes Arts Festival is Happening August 3rd – 5thBy
One of my favorite weekends of the year is coming up as we celebrate the works of nearly 90 Northwest Artists creating some of the most unique pieces I’ve ever seen! This festival is really one of a kind and a must see for anyone interested is seeing some of the most creative artisans and best music around! I’m also very proud since John L. Scott is one of the sponsors of this event.
A LITTLE HISTORY
The Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival got its start in 1962 as the brain-child of Dr. Jack Papritz and a group of dedicated community arts patrons. The idea came from Dr. Papritz’s European travels, specifically the Parisienne Montmartre – a French open-air cafe.
With the support of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, and $300 in seed money, the first festival in July of 1962 was billed as “the longest art display in the world.” In the 50 years since that simple beginning, the Festival has grown into one of the largest and most respected Festivals in the northwest.
THE EARLY FESTIVAL
In it’s early years, the main emphasis of the Festival was fine art in a festive atmosphere. There were judged pieces in both amateur and professional divisions, a youth art exhibit, and a venue for artists of all levels to display their work. Throughout its history, this commitment to art has remained constant and today is realized in the Art at the Port exhibition that showcases cutting edge northwest art through Invitational and Juried shows.
I hope to see you all this weekend for this wonderful event. If you need any information on where to park or accommodations, please feel free to give me a call at 360-333-9975 or send me a message.