Months ago San Juan Island artist Susan Williams submitted three photos of her work to the jury of the Arts at The Port Exhibition in Anacortes. The jury reviewed more than 200 applications and selected 54 artists including Williams for the Arts at the Port juried art show. Artists are from Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
All three of Williams' art works were accepted into the show and two won prizes. While attending the opening of the Anacortes Arts Festival Gala, Williams discovered that she had won the first-ever Bill Mitchell Award. It is named after Mitchell who painted all of the murals found in the town of Anacortes.
Williams had yet another pleasant surprise after the festival ended, she won the People's Choice Award.
Yates the Traveling Peddler. Photos by Keith Busha
Williams also discovered that she won the Public Arts Purchase Award. The piece called Yates was purchased by the Anacortes School District and will be on display in the schools as a way to help inspire young people to tell stories through their art. Having once been an Art teacher this award was particularly meaningful to her. The school system hopes to have her come and talk with the students about her work.
The show opened Saturday, July 27 at the Port Transit Shed in Anacortes. The exhibition, which includes more than 100 pieces of both 2D and 3D work, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29-August 1 and August 2, 3 and 4 during the Anacortes Arts Festival 2019.
Susan Williams at the Opening Gala.
Williams said she's heard that up to 10,000 people attend this festival each year. She is very grateful for all of the attention that her work has been given and is now busy in her studio creating more 3 D stories.
If you attend, be sure to vote for your favorite juried artist for the $1,000 Peoples Choice Award. Total Festival fine art awards are $11,000. A free docent tour takes place at 12 noon Thursday, August 1.