Our 32nd Art Festival takes place July 16 & 17 in the heart of historic Gig Harbor. 130 fine artists and crafters will show and sell their work. We'll also have live music, food vendors, a literary corner for authors and illustrators, children's activities and an art exhibit by PAL members.
Food Vendor applications will be announced in the spring.
Lindsey Shaw from Gig Harbor High School created the illustration that will be used on all our Art Festival promotional materials this year. She calls her painting "Harbor Leisure." It will appear on posters, rack cards and newspaper ads and will also be used on the cover of the City of Gig Harbor's 2016-17 official budget. Maria O'Sullivan from South Kitsap High School won second place and Hannah Tryhuc, also from SKHS, took third place. More than 30 students entered this year's competition. Congratulations to the winners and three cheers for all the aspiring artists who submitted their artwork.
We welcome Timberland Bank as the new primary sponsor of our Art Festival. We're deeply grateful for their support! Thanks also to The Lodge at Mallard's Landing for again providing refreshments for the awards reception at our Members Show art exhibit that will take place during the Festival, and to the City of Gig Harbor for permitting us to use Judson Street and promoting the festival.
In 2012 & 2013 the Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival was voted Best Festival in the Region by readers of South Sound Magazine.
Proceeds from the Art Festival provide art scholarships for local students and PAL members. Proceeds are also shared with the Gig Harbor community and out-of-town visitors through our art shows, workshops and programs.
Our high school scholarship winners for 2015 were Melissa Ozman, Camille Walther, Kaitlyn Sanders and Nikala Bond from Peninsula High School; Heather Kaitlin Dawson and Natalie Benner from Gig Harbor High School and Claudia Rocha from South Kitsap. A primary requirement of our scholarships is that recipients must continue their art studies beyond high school. Congratulations to these aspiring artists!