I read Nancy Walbeck’s Artcetera article in the May 8, 1996 American with considerable interest. She comments that Anacortes seems especially geared to support “children’s pursuit of the arts.” In many ways, I think she’s right, but I think the conundrum is bigger than that. It’s not just the arts for children. I have wondered for years why Anacortes as a community should be such a supportive center for the arts.
Six Anacortes businesses and restaurants were Skagit Publishing People’s Choice Winners for 2012. You can see all the results from the county-wide competition in a special section in this week’s Anacortes American.
It seemed appropriate numbers-wise for 90 family members and friends to convene Saturday, Nov. 24 at Anacortes Methodist Church to celebrate the 90th-year birthdays of longtime resident Walter Vonnegut and his wife Jean. Now residents of Chandler’s Square, the two were regaled for nearly two hours with a luncheon, birthday cake, music and testimonials from family and friends who represented generations stretching back to when Walter lived and initially taught school on Guemes Island and that of Jean who grew up in the Bakersfield, Calif., area.
Guemes Island artist Leo Osborne was featured in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest magazine on Sunday in a nice spread that talks a lot about Osborne and partner Jane Lane’s house and property near the ferry dock.
Good news: Samish made the cut as a name for one of the two new Olympic Class state ferries under construction.
Who knew artists such as Anacortes’ Lanny Bergner could redefine a teapot in so many intriguing ways? His mesh teapot is one of many great pieces in a show at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Mass., that opens Sept. 29.