BY PATRICIA DUFF
Sept. 4, 2013
All hands on deck!
Whidbey Island’s first annual “Coupeville celebrates the Art of the Boat” will hoist its sails throughout Coupeville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
The Art of the Boat celebrates the fusion of art and science that comes together in the building of a boat. The celebration will showcase the various talents of the artists, writers, musicians and boat builders, who find inspiration in the beauty of watercraft, while also embracing the spirit and history of Whidbey Island, a place naturally dependent on boats.
Claire Acord, whose sailboat painting adorns the Art of the Boat poster, is the event’s lead organizer.
“We’re hoping to build enthusiasm for all things nautical in this first festival, and to bring boat and art lovers to Washington’s oldest working waterfront community of Coupeville,” Acord said.
Whidbey boat builders and owners will display a number of small watercraft throughout Coupeville for the day, including sailboats, rowboats, kayaks and canoes, although the emphasis is on handcrafted boats. Live music, poetry readings and art exhibits will all be centered on the singular subject of boats, and even children’s activities will maintain a nautical theme at this free event.
A blog with more information about the festival is here.
“Coupeville celebrates the Art of the Boat” is an independent, not-for-profit undertaking, currently operating under the auspices of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce.
(Pictured at top, “Kayak Love 2” by Joe Walck, who also built the kayaks./Photo by Joe Walck)