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Gig Harbor Celebrates Summer with Art Festival – July 19 & 20

(Gig Harbor) Gig Harbor’s 30th annual Summer Art Festival will bring 122 arts and craftspeople to the historic downtown waterfront district on July 19 & 20. Food vendors, live music and a variety of art-making activities for kids will add to the festivities. The festival takes place on Judson Street, which will be closed for the entire weekend. Admission is free.

“We’re really pleased with the quality and variety of work we have in this year’s festival,” said Festival Chair Hilaire Radowick. “Our screening committee did an excellent job in making their selections.”

Artists include painters, potters, jewelry designers, fabric artists, woodworkers, photographers and many others.

Arcadia Montessori School will provide free art-making activities for children. Plein air painters will be on hand to capture scenes of the festival in drawings and paintings and live musicians will perform throughout the weekend.

Concurrent with the festival, an exhibition of work by PAL artists will be held at the Key Bank on Judson Street. Visitors to the show can vote for their favorite painting to win the People’s Choice award.

Artwork by PAL board members will also be on display in the near-by 7Seas Brewing Company and several local authors will be on hand at Timberland Bank to sign copies of their recent books.

Free shuttle service will run every 15 minutes from the medical center parking lot on Kimball Drive (across from the Pierce Transit park-and-ride) to the festival site. Festival-goers can also ride on the Pierce Transit trolley to the historic waterfront. There is a nominal cost to ride the trolley.

Booth fees from the Art Festival support scholarships for PAL members and high school seniors who want to pursue art studies. The festival is presented by Peninsula Art League, with support from Key Bank.

For information, visit peninsulaartleague.com.

WHAT 30th Annual Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival

WHEN July 19 –10am-6pm; July 20– 10am-5pm

WHERE Judson Street in Gig Harbor’s historic waterfront district

INFO peninsulaartleague.com

Admission is free. The festival is presented by Peninsula Art League. Proceeds support art scholarships and artistic events throughout the year.

Photo caption: teapot by James Brooke is one of many artworks available at the Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival July 19 & 20.

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