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28th Annual Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival brings 135 artists to the city’s historic downtown waterfront

(GIG HARBOR) The 28th Annual Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival will take place July 21 & 22 in the harbor’s historic downtown waterfront district. More than 130 artists and craftspeople from throughout the Northwest will sell their work during the weekend-long event which was recently voted “Best Festival” in the region by readers of South Sound Magazine.

“When you consider all the festivals that take place in our area every summer – like the Maritime Fest here in Gig Harbor, the Taste of Tacoma and 4th of July celebrations and others – we feel very proud to have been voted the best,” said PAL President Kathy Thurston, who co-chairs the festival.

The festival will feature painters, glass artists, metal workers, wood turners, potters, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists and more. “We have several familiar artists returning to the festival again this year,” Thurston said, “and we have also invited some new artists we think will prove to be very popular with the fair-goers.”

There will also be food vendors, musical entertainment and arts activities for children presented by Arcadia Montessori School and Curious by Nature Preschool, according to festival co-chair Myrna Binion. Members of PAL’s plein air painting group will be creating on-the-spot paintings of the festival goings-on. Musical contributors include “Spare Thyme” – a fiddle duet and guitarist Jess Ross, among others.

On Saturday, festival-goers will also enjoy sidewalk art created during “Chalk the Harbor” – a maritime-themed do-it-yourself event presented by the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association. Public participation is welcome. Sign-up and get your chalk at the registration table near the intersection of Harborview and Pioneer Way on the waterfront, just a block from the Art Festival.

Free shuttle service will be provided from the Medical Center on Kimball Drive to the festival site, continuing along the waterfront to the north end of Gig Harbor Bay.

Concurrent with the festival, PAL artists will present an exhibition of their work at the nearby Key Bank branch. “We’re especially grateful to Key Bank for their continued support of our Festival,” Thurston said. “They generously host our art show and reception and they support PAL in other ways, as well.”

The festival is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit art league. Funds provide scholarships for local high art students and also for PAL members who want to attend art-related workshops and classes. Art Festival profits are also returned to the community through PAL-sponsored art shows, workshops and exhibits throughout the year.

All festival events are free.

For information visit peninsulaartleague.com/artFest or phone (253) 265-1712.

WHAT: Peninsula Art League’s 28th Annual Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22 – 10am-5pm

WHERE: Judson Street in Gig Harbor’s historic waterfront district

COST: All festival-related activities are free and open to all ages

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