Gig Harbor’s annual Peninsula Art League-sponsored Summer Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday along Judson Street was deemed a delight by all who visited the gathering of artists, photographers, authors, jewelers, furniture creators, iron works designers, glass works purveyors, clothing stylists, clever T-shirt offerings and a plethora of other attractions.
There were venders from throughout the Pacific Northwest offering a limitless variety of things “you just couldn’t resist buying.”
Timberland Bank lent its entryway to several local authors who signed their literary offerings for purchasers. Inside the bank, local artist Taylor Clinton displayed his mixed media paintings. The bank’s senior vice president, Richard Pifer, welcomed visitors to the display. Of interest, Pifer quietly noted that Timberland Bank contributed $5,000 to ensure the success of the Art Walk event.
Arcadia Woodworks of Shelton offered beautifully hand-crafted wooden stools in the form of “books,” which some clients attempted vainly “to leaf through.” They just didn’t open.
A display of ceramic art at the Madrugada booth was assembled by Ellensburg’s Elizabeth Lee, who spent ten years of her young life in Brazil, where she learned that Madrugada means “The Dawn” in Portuguese.
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 art shows, workshops and other educational programs.
Next up for art lovers: Two Waters Arts Alliance’s second annual Art Walk, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3, which will feature a wide variety of local artists’ creations plus refreshments at seven locations in Key Center at no charge.