More than 120 artists and craftspeople participated in our 2014 Art Festival. The weather was wild and windy, but visitors had a great time shopping and meeting the artists, and most artists reported good sales.
Our 2015 festival will take place July 19 & 20. Information will be available in January.
Every spring we invite art students in Gig Harbor and South Kitsap high schools to submit their ideas for our festival poster. In 2014, students from SKHS submitted more than a dozen ideas and PAL members selected the illustration shown above, which was created by Erin Hutchinson, a junior at South Kitsap.
Elizabeth Wolfser, also from SKHS, took second place. Third place went to SKHS senior Rachael Bauman. SKHS Graphic Design instructor Cathy Duttry also was honored as their teacher. Congratulations to all our winners for their fine work.
Many thanks to Key Bank for continued support of our organization and the Summer Art Festival, and for allowing us to present our Members' Summer Art Exhibition at their Judson Street branch. Thanks, also to the City of Gig Harbor for their ongoing support.
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, exhibitions and educational programs.
Our high school scholarship winners for 2014 were Rachael Brunson and Olivia Fillingham from Peninsula High School; Heather Ohlson and Amie Sabin from Gig Harbor High School and Elizabeth Wolfsen 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!