Arlington painter Ann Davenport will make her fourth appearance at the Fresh Paint Festival for Artists at Work that takes place Aug. 21 and 22. She will be demonstrating how she creates her paintings while selling her paintings to festivalgoers.
She is one of the north Snohomish County-based artists who successfully applied to participate in the annual art festival that is returning after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“I like the feeling of the marina and all the people it attracts,” Davenport said. “Different artists are painting and that draws more people.”
Davenport has been painting for around 45 years. She uses oils, pastels, pen and ink, and watercolors to paint local landscapes. “I like details and fine art rather than abstract,” Davenport said.
She will be joining more than 80 of her fellow artists participating in the two-day festival that takes place Aug. 21 and 22 at the Port of Everett Marina. 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of the festival. The festival takes place near the recently completed Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge om W. Marine View Dr. and goes along the boardwalk and over to the Pacific Rim Plaza.
Fresh Paint will also have musical performances and food trucks. The popular glass blowing demonstrations have been moved to the Schack Art Center located on Hoyt Avenue in downtown Everett to spread out the crowds and help keep everybody safe, said Abby Powell, marketing and communications manager for the Schack Art Center. A free shuttle will go from Fresh Paint to the Schack Art Center during the festival weekend.
Tulalip resident Steve Cox will make his first appearance at Fresh Paint, which will be the second time he participated in an art show. He took part in Sorticulture that took place last June in downtown Everett.
He makes grid-based wall hangings that use recycled materials, glass, grout, steel and LED lights. Cox said he has been producing his art for about 15 years before getting involved in art shows. He applied and was accepted to Fresh Paint.
He said he applied because he is “just getting more interest out there and get more exposure.” He hopes to continue producing his wall hangings.
Powell said the 2021 version of Fresh Paint is pared down from previous festivals. There are around 30 fewer vendors and will feature two musical acts.
For more information about the Fresh Pain Festival for Artists at Work, go to www.schack.org/events/fresh-paint.