Our 32nd Art Festival took place July 16 & 17 in the heart of historic Gig Harbor. 120 fine artists and crafters participated and a dozen authors and illustrators were represented in the Literary Corner. There was also a well-attended art exhibit by PAL members. Go to the 'Events & Shows' Page to see the art show winners.
Our 2017 Art Festival will take place July 15 & 16 on Judson Street in the historic downtown waterfront neighborhood. Application information will be posted in January, 2017.
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 2017-18 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.
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 other educational programs.
Our high school scholarship winners for 2016 were Cassandra Skanes and Annabelle Yedinak from Peninsula High School and Tova Beck, Claire Gostin, Elyse Miyake and Zachary Thomson from Gig Harbor High School. No students from South Kitsap High School or Henderson Bay High School applied this year. A primary requirement of our scholarships is that recipients must continue their art studies beyond high school. Congratulations and best wishes to these talented young artists!