Stroll the byways and park areas of Anacortes, where the island city’s breathtaking natural assets serve as a backdrop for marvelous sculpture works by regional artists.
From renowned Guemes Island artist Phil McCracken’s osprey sculpture at the top of Mt. Erie to Leo Osborne’s soaring raptor on the beach near the Guemes Ferry Terminal, public sculptures abound. Complementing this pair of artworks are sculptures and Native American story pole on Tommy Thompson Trail, which follows the northeast shoreline of Fidalgo Island.
Travel the city’s main street in search of sculptures displayed as part of the Anacortes Arts Commission’s “Arts on the Avenue” program. Don’t miss Seattle artist Gerard Tsutakawa’s “Annie Curtis” sculpture at Cap Sante Marina, a public jewel just two blocks from historic downtown Anacortes.
Pass into a vibrant community theater where many dedicated thespians mark their years of experience in decades.
At Anacortes Community Theatre (the “other” ACT), the visitor might encounter a lively class for children, or a raucous rehearsal for a pending play. The ambitious slate of upcoming productions includes Fatal Attraction (June 2017), The Cemetery Club (July/Aug 2017), Young Frankenstein (Sept/Oct 2017), Anne of Green Gables (Nov/Dec 2017). Theatre Manager Tim Brown, who boasted an impressive list of production credits before graduating from Anacortes High School in 1999, is eager to lead a team of volunteers whose talents range from orchestra to staging, from drama to musical.
Follow the sweet strains of music to pubs and restaurants where your dining experience includes live entertainment by inspired musicians who call Anacortes home.
Anacortes has a well-established reputation for live entertainment, with venues ranging from casino to restaurants and pubs. Local talent includes up-and-coming Indie bands such as The Lonely Forest and BellaMaine.
Vocalist Trish Hatley has an established following among jazz aficionados, as has blues singer Mia Vermillion. Also popular among locals is the folk rock duo called Spoonshine, featuring Jacob Navarro and William Cook. Splitting his roles as rock musician and restaurateur is Rick Star, who often spends the evening on stage after a day’s shift as proprietor at the Rockfish Grill and H2O Tavern.
Visit Anacortes, where celebration of the arts is a way of life.
New for 2017: Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition by Windermere
Administered by the City of Anacortes Arts Commission
Exhibition Dates: April 14 – December 31, 2017
The Anacortes Arts Commission is very pleased to announce the first annual outdoor sculpture exhibition to be held on the grounds of the Anacortes Depot Art Center and the park-like setting of the madrona grove behind the Depot Arts Center located at 611 R Avenue in downtown Anacortes, WA.
This nine-month exhibition features twelve sculptures selected though an open juried competition.
Little Dove by Tracy Powell (LaConner, Washington)
4-Up by Jan Hoy (Coupeville, Washington)
Walking Triad Fountain by Leo Osborne (Anacortes, Washington)
Giraffes by Joe Treat (Bow, Washington)
Ziggy by Mindi Katzman (Seattle, Washington)
Silent Watcher VI by Lloyd Whannell (Freeland, Washington)
The Visionary by Roger Small (Burlington, Washington)
The Servant by Roger Small (Burlington, Washington)
Continental Drift Number 2 by Steve Lloyd (Anacortes, Washington)
Tango in Cortes 1 by Richard Nash (Oak Harbor, Washington)
Glow by Dale Reiger (Greenbank, Washington)
Birdwatchers by Polly Purvis (Seattle, Washington)
The Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition is made possible in part by grants by Windermere Real Estate and the Anacortes Arts Festival. Click here to learn more and view a map featuring all twelve of the sculptures.