Applications are now closed for our 2017 Art Festival. Our jurors will announce their selections soon.
Currently, we're looking for one more food truck to participate in this year's event. Contact Lucy Rau at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
The festival will take place July 15 & 16 on Judson Street in the historic downtown waterfront neighborhood. We anticipate that we will have room for 120-130 booths.
As always, we'll also have a Literary Corner for authors and book illustrators, live music and an exhibit of artwork by PAL members at the nearby Paradise Theatre.
Lindsey Shaw from Gig Harbor High School created the illustration that was used on our 2016 promotional materials. She calls her painting "Harbor Leisure." The painting was also used as the cover of the City of Gig Harbor's 2017-18 budget. Maria O'Sullivan from South Kitsap High School won second place and Hannah Tryhuc, also from SKHS, took third place.
Art students from two local high schools have submitted their ideas for our 2017 festival poster. We'll make our selection of this year's artwork at our March 28 meeting.
Timberland Bank was the primary sponsor of our 2016 Art Festival. We're deeply grateful for their support! Thanks also to The Lodge at Mallard's Landing for providing refreshments for the Members Show reception and to the City of Gig Harbor for permitting us to use Judson Street and for 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!