Our 32nd Art Festival will take place July 16 & 17 in the heart of historic Gig Harbor. Every summer, fine artists and crafters from throughout the Northwest and around the country are selected to show and sell their work in approximately 120 booths. Festivities also include live music, food, a literary corner for authors and illustrators and an art exhibit by PAL members.
To apply for our 2016 Summer Art Festival ~
The application process begins Jan. 4, 2016. Deadline to apply is Feb. 26, 2016.
We prefer that all artists apply via ZAPPLICATION at zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=4622.
Application information is also available here for those who prefer to apply by email or postal mail -- Gig Harbor 2016 Art Festival Application. (Note that there is an additional charge for applying by email or postal mail.)
Food Vendor applications will be announced in the spring.
Call to High School Artists -- We're looking for an illustration for our 2016 festival promotional materials. Students at PHS, GHHS, South Kitsap, Henderson Bay and home-schooled students are invited to submit a simple, four-color conceptual drawing to be used on our posters, t-shirts, rack cards and newspaper ads. Details are available from your school's art teacher. 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 also graced the cover of the City of Gig Harbor's 2015-16 official budget.
Many thanks to Key Bank for their continued support and for hosting our annual Members' Summer Art Show in their downtown 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!