‘Gallery 98221’ offers new venue for
local artists to market their art
The 98221 Zip Code is shared by many artists who make their home on Fidalgo and Guemes Islands. Now they have an exclusive place to exhibit their two-dimensional art on the walls of the Anacortes City Hall.
Established by the Anacortes Arts Commission in 2015, Gallery 98221 is in its’ third showing of local art — entitled “Anacortes: A City for All Seasons.” Like previous shows, the art in this exhibit has been in place for nearly six months and will come down In late May to make way for a new set of paintings called “Art Across the Waters,” an exhibit returning from the art exchange in SIdney, British Columbia, one of Anacortes’ sister cities, May 26-28. The new show begins June 3.
Approximately 30 artists have participated in each Gallery 98221 exhibit, always opening on the evening of the downtown Anacortes Art Walk held on the first Friday of June and December. While downtown to visit other art venues — art lovers are invited to stop by City Hall for closer look at art by artists they may know. They’ll see the artwork of their friends and neighbors — all for sale at good prices. A small commission on sales will go directly to the public art fund for future projects of the Anacortes Arts Commission.
The art is juried by a changing committee of local residents who enjoy art. A wide variety of styles and subject matter has been chosen by past jurors who volunteer their time for this brief jury duty. Some of the art comes from well-known artists but the majority comes from new artists or less-exhibited artists which gives each show a unique freshness. Sign up for “calls for artists” is posted on the new Anacortes Arts Commission website (or Facebook site) or by calling City Hall at 293-1918, the Parks and Recreation Department. Mary Snyder has further information.
Changes and improvements will be made over time — better signage, better lighting and more hours of access — are on the list. But Gallery 98221 has been enthusiastically received by the public and its appeal to both artists and residents has grown with each exhibit.
The art lines the walls of the main hall leading to the City Council Chambers and more art is hung on the walls inside the chamber. Look for the sandwich sign in front of the main doors to Anacortes City Hall on June 3 (and again on December 2) - then enjoy seeing the very local art exhibit on display.
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