Arts at the Port
Arts at the Port is a waterfront venue showcasing contemporary fine art exhibitions. It is located at the far north end of the Festival, in the historic waterfront Port Transit Shed Event Center.
Arts at the Port will kick-off at the free Opening Event on Saturday, August 1st at 6:00 pm. Come be among the first to view this year's exhibition and enjoy wine and snacks. The exhibition will also be open August 3-6 from 9-5 and during Festival hours August 7-9.
The annual fine art competition includes work from regional artists and includes both two and three dimensional work.
The Allen Family Focus Gallery showcases the work of regional artists. Included in this invitational exhibition last year were Peregrine O'Gormley (sculpture), Kris Ekstrand Molesworth (painting and printmaking), Patricia Resseguie (fiber), Aaron Haba (mixed media, installation) and Brian O'Neill (ceramics).
Rounding out the Arts at the Port Exhibitions is the ever-popular Youth Art Exhibition, organized and presented by Anacortes Community and Youth Arts.
Arts at the Port presents up to $11,500 in awards. See the 2014 Award winners.
Festival Arts Patron recognition
In 2014 we were pleased to show an exhibition of black & white photographs by Wallie Funk for the first Festival fine art show in 1962. Wallie is a retired newspaper publisher, photographer and patron of the arts.
In addition, we featured a Tribute Wall of work to honor three Skagit Artists who have recently passed - Phyllis Ennes, Don De Llamas and Joel Brock.
Finally, the Festival added a new Arts at the Port Advocate Award. This award will recognize the contribution of individuals who have significantly impacted the Festival and arts in our community - Don De Llamas, Nancy Vogel, and Rebecca Hyland.
Come see artists in action in the Working Studios area north of the food court on Saturday & Sunday. Artists demonstrating traditional and contemporary art forms will engage and educate.