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Local artists participate in Fresh Paint


August 9, 2017 | View PDF

Photo courtesy of Monica Bretherton

One of Arlington artist Monica Bretherton's paintings. Bretherton is one of the local artists who will be at Everett's Fresh Paint festival.

More than 100 artists, including several local Marysville and Arlington artists, will be at the Fresh Paint festival at the Port of Everett on Aug. 19 and 20.

Artists paint, craft or sculpt at the festival so that attendees can watch live demonstrations of art being made.

The festival is held both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the port marina at 1700 West Marine View Drive and is hosted by the Schack Art Center in Everett.

"This is a really wonderful festival of local artists," said Juliette Lagman, special events coordinator at the center. "People get to see artists craft their work live in person."

Arlington painter Ann Davenport will be participating in her fourth Fresh Paint and said the public enjoys the setting.

"A spectator gets to walk along the waterfront, catch the beauty of the boats in the marina and the Cascades, while watching artists of all types creating their specialty," she said.

There are interactive art pieces that people will be able to participate in as well, said Lagman, like the reCONNECT quilt, made of squares of participant's hands that represent how they are connected to their community.

Davenport said she really enjoys interacting with people at the event.

"I paint in chalk pastels.  I sometimes let them try it if they want.  It is extremely messy, but very fun," she said. "The public loves to watch and comment on all the artists they watch. It brings out personal aspects."

Arlington painter Monica Bretherton said this year will be her first time at the Fresh Paint festival but she enjoys events like these where artists can interact with the community.

"I have done a series of festivals this summer, and I have found the best way to enjoy them is to be doing something to engage the public," she said.

"And that is the idea of this festival, not just to come and see the artists, but see them actually work and create," said Bretherton.

Bretherton said that festivals like Fresh Paint allow the public to see a variety of artists.

Photo courtesy of Monica Bretherton

An interactive art piece by Arlington artist Monica Bretherton that she brought to the Shoreline Arts Festival. Bretherton is one of the local artists who will be at Everett's Fresh Paint festival.

"It's a chance to see an incredible spectrum of art," she said. "With more than a hundred artists, you get far more than you would at a gallery or a museum."

Festivals like this also help artists stay connected with their communities, said Bretherton.

"One of the things about being an artist in the country is that it is important to be part of a community," she said.

"This is a chance for us to be connected to the broader art community as well," she said.

Lagman recommends that people take Everett Transit to the event if possible.

"There is very limited parking at the marina," she said. Everett Transit will have additional rides to the Port of Everett area during the two days of the festival.

Lagman said there should be a bus every half hour.

There is also a package hold at the event for those who don't want to carry purchased artwork onto the bus, she said.

More information about the festival can be found at


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