The Anacortes Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to serve the community
By cultivating, promoting and sponsoring a variety of art forms.
The Anacortes Arts Foundation has had a long history with several changes of course along the way. Many of its projects have spun off into still existent organizations of their own.
The origins of the Anacortes Arts Foundation were in 1961. The organization began as the Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival. The Festival quickly grew into one of the state's leading local arts organizations, serving thousands of people. A permanent art collection, gathered via purchase awards selected from juried shows, was hailed as one of the best small collections in the State of Washington. The collection was the beginning of the Festival’s Anacortes Art Gallery in 1969. The original Gallery was in the basement of the Anacortes Museum. Later the Gallery and the Festival office were located on Commercial Avenue.
The success of the Festival’s occasional performing arts events attested to community interest. Support of such events led to the formation of the Pop'N'Arts performing arts series in 1974, which, with the Anacortes School Districts' Cultural Education Program, received a Governor's 1975 Arts Award for innovative joint programming.
By 1980 the growing diversity of local arts programs and activities had resulted in the establishment of the Anacortes Arts and Crafts Foundation, as an outgrowth of the Festival, to oversee the expanding scope of art activities in Anacortes. The Pop ‘N’ Arts Series, the Cultural Education Program, the Anacortes Arts Gallery, and the Arts and Craft Festival were all committees under the Foundation auspices. (The very successful Anacortes Arts Festival, as it exists today, was a “spin-off” from this Foundation. The permanent art collection resides at the Arts Festival office.) The aim of the Foundation was to serve as a coordinating organization for all local non-profit arts groups. In addition, the Foundation disbursed the proceeds raised annually by the Anacortes Patrons of the Arts (APTOA) and served as a local arts clearing house.
In 1981 the Foundation, with the cooperation of Burlington Northern Railroad and the City of Anacortes, acquired the Great Northern Railroad Depot, built in 1911 and located at 611 “R” Avenue in Anacortes. In 1988 the name “Depot Arts Center” was adopted, which identified the Foundation’s location. The Depot Arts Center’s principal emphasis became the development and renovation of the Depot for use as a community cultural center and a central office for arts groups in the community. An Art Gallery featuring local artists was permanently located at the Center. Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, Fidalgo Youth Symphony, Anacortes Farmers Market, and Schola Antiquae Vocis (Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony choir) all came under the Center’s legal “umbrella.” In the succeeding years numerous groups used the Center for their activities and needs. These included Celebration Lutheran Church, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, the Camera Club, the life drawing group, the tai kwan do classes, the annual Nutcracker Gift Show, the annual hedgehog event, and many private celebrations such as wedding parties. Various events were held, which included the yearly Garden Art Fair, writers’ workshops, poetry readings, and concerts.
Eventually, restoring and maintaining the Depot and promoting arts organizations became untenable. In January, 2012, custodianship of the building was returned to the City of Anacortes. The organization is now legally recognized as the Anacortes Arts Foundation.
Foundation Affiliates are the Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, the Croatian Cultural Center, and Fidalgo Culture.
Without a permanent location for its activities, the focus of the Foundation is evolving. Its current emphasis is on the best in solo and small ensemble classical music. Like a phoenix springing forth from the pyre, the Anacortes Arts Foundation is again alive and well.
Maria Petrish, president
Marius Hibbard, first vice-president
Laurie Gill, second vice-president
Maria Anderson, secretary
Denny Oreb, treasurer
Volunteer at the Museum of Northwest Art!
The MoNA Link Program is offering a free training for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tour leader for our pre-K through elementary school groups! MoNA Link has been serving school districts throughout the Skagit Valley since 2003, bringing students into the museum for hands-on art lessons, student-centered discussion and literacy activities. We offer a unique opportunity for students to engage with stimulating works of art while building critical thinking, language and literacy skills. Our volunteer guides are given special training in the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a method for encouraging student-led interpretation of selected works of art. Students who participate in MoNA Link develop comfort in the museum setting and confidence in their ability to make sense of what they see, skills that they can build on into adulthood! If you have a background or interest in youth education and the arts, please consider becoming a volunteer tour leader. To learn more, contact Aimee at 360-466-4446, ext 113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MoNA is also looking for art instructors to teach our Family Art Day workshops and regular art classes. http://www.monamuseum.org/employment
Museum of Northwest ArtThe Museum opened on October 3, 1981, originally called The Valley Museum of Northwest Art. The vision of photographer Art Hupy, the Museum lived, for its first 14 years, on the second floor of the historic Gaches Mansion in La Conner. In 1982, the Museum board began to look for a larger space. Plans for relocation and expansion simmered over the next decade while support for the Museum grew. During this time the Museum mounted many exhibits, featuring artists including Mark Tobey, Clayton James, Philip McCracken, Mary Randlett, William Ivey, George Tsutakawa, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Paul Havas, and others.
In 1991, the Museum board and a legion of volunteers began a major fundraising drive to acquire a new home. About that time, a commercial building in downtown La Conner, with 12,000 square feet, came on the market. After two years of negotiation, the deal closed and renovations began. Given a fresh face inside and out by the Henry Klein Partnership, architects, the renovated building on South First Street gave new life to its founders' visions.
For June's First Friday artwalk, the Anacortes Arts Commission presents the Fidalgo Island Quilters, Art Quilt Guild. Show is up for June 3rd, 6-9 pm and June 4th, 9-2 at the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center.
From June to November 2016 in the 98221 Gallery, enjoy the Art Across the Water exhibit featuring thirty-one 98221 artists. This exhibit was first featured in Sidney, B.C., the sister city of Anacortes, May26-28, upon its return to Anacortes it was hung in the 98221 Gallery, located in Anacortes City Hall.
Opening reception of the show—June 3rd for the Summer First Friday Artwalk.
Featured in this show:
Anne Elkins Sandy Linden Pat Stephens John F. Parks Lawrence E. Heiner (Lonny) Jill Mix Kit Leonard Mike Leonard Jan E. Gellatly Leslie Dorn Suzan Solver Joyce Sabljak-Burns Don Paradine Tony Locke Karla Locke Ruth Dorsey Kathleen Faulkner Terry MacDonald Lanny Bergner Jacques Moitoret Jane Alynn Dan Codd Anne Martin McCool Linda Henley Hap Bailey-Hudec Cynthia Richardson Peggy Woods Tria Schwartz Marius Hibbard Brian Strickland Dederick Ward
A collaboration between Rik Allen and Lanny Bergner created masterpieces of art. This video talks about that collaboration and how working together they learned so much about art, themselves, and each other. Thank you to the Smith & Vallee Gallery.
Arts in Anacortes
Featuring arts for all in Anacortes.