Take a look at the “new and Improved” Anacortes Arts Commission website .
Commission member Karla Locke has added new features to give the site “more flexibility” and to make it easier to update. There are also now several places on the website where local artists can sign up to receive “calls for artists” in order to participate in exhibitions and events.
The calendar for art exhibits at the Depot Arts and Community Center and a description of the current exhibit in Gallery 98221 at City Hall are listed. Information about arts organizations in Anacortes will be featured in “The Art Blog.” Art groups may send descriptions of their group and/or events to Locke to be included.
Information about the Arts Commission, its members and its mission statement appear on the site, with contact information and a meeting schedule.
Strong support for new local
Artist’s Studio Tour October 22-23
Response to the 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour planned for October 22-23 has been “out of this world,” according to Anacortes Arts Commission (AAC) member and event chair Lisa Rhoades. More than 30 artists have agreed to participate in the new event this fall.
Artists in the 98221 Zip Code are “so excited, so supportive of this event,” Rhoades added. It will add a major new event to the local arts calendar and provide another way for artists and art enthusiasts to interact in studios and galleries across the area.
The tour will emphasize opportunities for artists to demonstrate how they create their art and to show works in progress as well as finished artwork. A wide variety of workshops/studios will be open during the two-day event, but for those artists who cannot accommodate visitors, the Depot Art and Community Center will be open. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work both days.
“The Depot is at capacity - and we will be adding other sites,” Rhoades said. “Our local artists are really ready for an event like this — close to home — easy to reach — with familiar artists in all mediums participating,” said Rhoades.
Everything from metal work, painting, sculpture and carving to fiber art, jewelry and photography will be featured. Participating studios on the self-guided tour will be well-signed and maps/directions will be widely available. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The First Annual 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour will complement Gallery 98221, an on-going art exhibit at City Hall, coordinated for local artists by the Anacortes Arts Commission.
For more details, go to anacortesartscommission.com, the AAC website. Rhoades may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new studio tour to showcase artists who live and work in the 98221 Zip Code is planned by the Anacortes Arts Commission (AAC) this fall for the weekend of October 22 and 23.
Anacortes and Guemes Island artists working in all mediums — painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramists and jewelry-makers as well as artists who work in metals, glass, fabric, wood or stone — are invited to participate by opening their studios to visitors or displaying their work at the Depot Art and Community Center at 622 R Street during the free, two-day tour.
“The natural beauty of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands attracts so many talented, creative people who produce outstanding art here. This new event will increase a wareness of local art and artists and will add a new, fall event for art-lovers in this area and beyond,” said Anacortes Arts Commission member Lisa Rhoades who is chairing the studio tour committee, assisted by Terry MacDonald who is also an AAC member.
“We believe that meeting artists, watching them work and, especially, visiting their studios really helps create support for our local artists and our local arts community,” Rhoades added.
By focusing on 98221 artists, the drive between studios on Fidalgo Island, or the 8-minute ferry ride and drive to Guemes locations, will be shorter and easier to find than other studio tours in the region. The self-guided route will be appealing as an autumn outing and will be well-signed for easy access. Maps and the ferry schedule will be provided.
For artists who are not set up for studio tours, exhibit space will be available at the Depot on both days. “This will add variety and will make the tour even more inclusive,” Rhoades said. Artists will be present to talk about their art at the Depot exhibit.
Hours for the studio tours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Some artists may share studio space to show their work.
Guidelines for interested artists are available at the Anacortes Arts Commission website or by contacting Rhoades or MacDonald at email@example.com. Information is also available from Mary Snyder at Anacortes City Hall, 293-1918. The deadline for applications will be Friday, July 15 at 4 p.m. Snyder can also process requests to be added to future Calls For Art issued by the AAC.
The First Annual 98221 Studio Tour will complement Gallery 98221, the bi-annual art exhibit coordinated by the AAC for local artists. Artwork is exhibited at the City Hall in the main hallway and in the council chambers. The current exhibit will remain hanging until December.
Skagit Artists Together is a dynamic, region-wide organization of artists whose mission includes connecting public schools, hospitals, merchants and other community organizations with opportunities to enjoy the visual arts. It represents more than sixty local artists in the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, glass work, jewelry and pottery.
We were founded thirteen years ago and our past presidents have included Lin McJunkin, Barbara Silverman Summers and Mary Quintrall. The president in 2016 is Melissa Ballenger.
SAT members offer their art works to the public in many of the galleries in Skagit County and the region, and many distinguished members have won awards locally and internationally. Twice a year members offer their work directly to the public: at “Art Bash” during the Tulip Festival and the county-wide, juried Studio Tour, which in 2016 will take place the weekend of July 16 and 17.
Membership is open to all serious artists, who may initially attend meetings as a guest. These frequently include lectures and practical demonstrations on artistic techniques, how to sell your work and how to find inspiration.
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The Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble and Ruze Dalmatinke perform music and dance of Croatia.
The performers in Vela Luka, founded in 1975, represent four generations of Croatian Americans
who have introduced their culture’s extraordinary choreography, music, and instruments to people all over the world.
Forming a cross-cultural link between the Puget Sound region and Croatia, Vela Luka strives to
preserve Croatian folkways and culture for generations to come.
The Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, founded in 1975, perform music and dance of Croatia and the United States. Anacortes, home of the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, is located on Fidalgo Island in the Northwest corner of Washington State. One-quarter of the residents of this unique community are descended from immigrants from another fishing village: Vela Luka, on the Island of Korčula, Croatia. The performers in Vela Luka represent four generations of Croatian Americans who have introduced their culture’s extraordinary choreography, music, and instruments to people all over the world. Forming a cross-cultural link between the Puget Sound region and Croatia, the company strives to preserve Croatian folkways and culture for generations to come.
The Ruže Dalmatinke Orchestra, a Seattle-based, professional ensemble, specializes in the music of Croatia and Bosnia. The group was founded by two sisters, Binki Franulović Spahi and Alma Franulović Plancich, who immigrated with their family to the United States after World War II from their native town of Vela Luka on the island of Korčula, Dalmatia in Croatia. BONACA, “calm seas”, formed in 2009, performs music of Croatia, the Balkans and beyond, are expert musicians who are soloists in their own right. The ensemble of talented musicians in BONACA play for Vela Luka and Ruže Dalmatinke.
Vela Luka and Ruže Dalmatinke have been featured in two national TV documentaries – Hrvati! (PBS, 1981) and Children of Ellis Island (ABC, 1986)-numerous local radio and television programs, as well as books and audio recordings. In 1986, they represented the State of Washington at the Rededication of the Statue of Liberty in New York and at EXPO ’86 in Vancouver, B.C. RD, in 1986, travelled to Mazatlan, Mexico, performing in numerous concerts. In 1988 and 1990, both groups toured Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina and in 2000, VL and RD traveled to the homeland once again performing throughout Croatia. They were featured performers at the Washington State Centennial Celebration in 1989; Voices West, Salt Lake City, 1991, 1993, and 1994, and the opening celebration of the Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall in 1998. In 1996, the ensemble received the Governor’s Heritage Award from the Washington State Art’s Commission. Between 1996 and 2000, the ensembles performed in Idaho, Sacramento, San Francisco, and in 1999 were the featured performers at the Redlands Bowl, Redlands, California. The ensembles were featured in the King County Arts Commission Touring Arts Roster for 2002-2003 and 2009-2010. Fall 2002, VL participated in Green Meadows Productions’ Festival of Cultureswest coast tour – 48 performances, 7 cities, across 3 states. The 2003 calendar included the opening of McCaw Hall, local theatre and festival performances and a February concert in San Francisco, CA. In 2004, amongst numerous local performances, VL performed at Paramount Theatre, Seattle, as part of the “DANCE this…” and the ensembles together performed for the opening of the McIntyre Hall, Mt. Vernon, WA. The 2005 calendar featured a tour to Oregon and inclusion in the Kirkland Performance Center Season. In 2008 VL performed the 10th Anniversary of DANCE this… at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle. Annual performances continued 2005-2012: Blessing of the Fleet, Gig Harbor; NW Folklife Festival; Ethnic Heritage Council’s Cultural Crossroads, EHC’s Winter Worldfest and CroatiaFest. VL & RD instructors and members, over the years, have taught at local schools as part of curriculum and as special event speakers/instructors. July 2012 Ruže Dalmatinke was honored with an invitation to perform at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage, where introductions were made by United States Representative from Washington State, Congressman Jim McDermott, and a welcome by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America Joško Paro.
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