5th Waterfront Art Festival this weekend
The fifth annual Mukilteo Waterfront Art Festival is this weekend – Saturday, Aug. 3.
The Mukilteo Arts Guild festival features a variety of artists and mediums, such as photography, painting, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, glass, garden art, pottery, wearable art, fiber and jewelry. It is set to run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Park.
The artists are from all over western Washington, and are juried in by a panel of judges. This year’s festival boasts 37 artists and 43 booths in total – some returning, some new.
“We’re probably one of the youngest festivals in the area,” said Christine Awad Schmalz, president of the Mukilteo Arts Guild. “I look forward to it every year, and watching it grow.”
Schmalz, of Mukilteo, will also have an artist booth at festival. She will be selling handpainted silk scarves and home décor on Saturday.
“My favorite part of the festival is seeing the different artists and different mediums,” she said.
Schmalz said she loves getting to know the different artists at the festival – and, of course, all the shopping.
New to the festival this year is Carol Cox, who will be showcasing her jewelry company, Silver Seahorse Designs. Cox is a resident of Camano Island and grew up in Edmonds.
“I’ve always loved the water, and I just need to be near it,” Cox said.
Cox started her company about a year ago, and has attended farmer’s markets and an art festival in Blaine. However, even though her company is “new to the game,” Cox has been involved with jewelry design for a long time.
“I’ve always loved it,” she said. “It’s like making miniature sculptures.”
Cox said she is excited to showcase her jewelry designs at Mukilteo’s art festival.
“It’s such a beautiful venue,” she said.
In addition to the artist booths, there will also be live music, food booths and children’s activities.
The festival is presented annually by the Mukilteo Arts Guild and co-sponsored by the city of Mukilteo.
Proceeds from the festival will go to the art guild’s student scholarship fund, which awards a scholarship to one graduating senior from Mariner, ACES and Kamiak high schools interested in studying art.
“In six years we’ve done a pretty good job of getting artists from all over western Washington,” Schmalz said.
“Everything’s beautiful, handmade, original art at great prices. You can’t beat that.”
Lighthouse Park is at 608 Front Street in Mukilteo.
For more information, go to www.mukilteoarts.org.
Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.