Artists will spend Aug. 21 and 22 demonstrating their technique and selling their creations during an art festival in Everett.
For the past 25 years the Fresh Paint Festival for Artists at Work has been a summertime mainstay at the Port of Everett highlighting the creative process artists use to produce their work.
“It’s a beautiful festival that will be featuring more than 85 artists at the Port of Everett,” said Abby Powell, marketing and communications manager at the Schack Art Center in Everett that organizes the festival each year. Fresh Paint takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 22 at the Port of Everett Marina.
After being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 2021 version will be more compact and slightly moved. The festival will be near the base of the recently completed Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, on W. Marine View Dr., along the boardwalk and over to the Pacific Rim Plaza. In addition to artists selling their jewelry, painting, glass, ceramics and more, festivalgoers can also watch artists work during the festival. Powell said all the booths this year will be facing the water.
Two musical groups, The Porters and Alex Johnston, are slated to perform and four food trucks will be on hand during the festival.
People can park downtown and ride a free shuttle that goes from the Schack Art Center on Hoyt Avenue to the Pacific Rim Plaza at the Port of Everett. Powell said that after disembarking from the shuttle, riders can enjoy an art stroll featuring work produce by justice-involved youth.
Due to the pandemic, the juried festival is pared down from previous years. Powell said there are around 30 fewer artists, and the two musical acts and the glass blowing demonstrations at Fresh Paint have been moved to the Schack Art Center. Festivalgoers can take the shuttle back to the Schack Art Center to watch the glass blowers. People can sign up to make a glass float with one of Schack’s professional glassblowing teachers.
She said artists will have credit card readers available for people wishing to make a purchase and people are encouraged to bring face masks and wear them whenever they encounter large crowds.
The annual Float Find, which normally takes place on Jetty Island during the weekend of Fresh Paint, will be different in 2021. Throughout the month of August, volunteers from the Schack Art Center will go to an Everett-area park on Saturday and hide 200 orange Frisbees. People finding a Frisbee (no digging) can bring it to the Schack Art Center and redeem it for a hand-blown glass float.
Youth can enjoy a variety of hands-on exposure to the arts at an activity booth. Some of those activities are based on an educational program the Schack has used to help bring art to children.
Over the past 18 months, the Schack Art Center’s educational programs have blossomed, Powell said. The Center instituted the Schack Sparks program, where 250 bags full of art supplies and lessons were provided to elementary school children along with links to video lessons. The Schack Art Center provided an additional 250 bags to several elementary schools, which helps remove barriers children.
“It’s gotten huge support,” Powell said.
She added organizers are excited to hold the festival to celebrate its 25th year. Fresh Paint is a great family friendly event where people can enjoy a nice summer visit to the marina, listen to music and see art.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend,” Powell said. “It’s almost like visiting a museum.”
For more information about Fresh Paint, go to www.schack.org/events/fresh-paint.