More than 125 Artists from 13 states partcipated in this year's festival -- potters, painters, fiber artists, jewelry designers, photographers, sculptors and more. The weather was spectacular, artists made many sales and throngs of festival goers enjoyed the weekend of art and music.
The illustration for our 2015 festival poster, shown here, was created by Raven Shipley, a senior at Gig Harbor High School. The illustration was used on all our festival promotional materials and will also grace the cover of the City of Gig Harbor's 2015-16 official budget.
Many thanks to Key Bank for their continued support and hosting our annual Members' Summer Art Show in their branch. Thanks also to The Lodge at Mallard's Landing for providing refreshments for the awards reception and to the City of Gig Harbor 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!