My hometown was flooded with folks looking for all manner of goods and crafts at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival this past weekend. Photographer David Welton captured the colorful crowd, who took in what seemed like an infinite number of booths and enjoyed food, art, entertainment, demonstrations and the beautiful weather, while surrounded by spectacular views of beautiful Penn Cove. Life is good on Whidbey Island.
(All photos are by David Welton except where otherwise noted.)
Visitors came out in droves to the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival all through the weekend to shop in the sunshine on Front, Alexander and Coveland streets in Coupeville.
Glass artists and WLM members Jan Swalwell and Rob Adamson of Island Art Glass were doing a swift trade during the festival. Here they take a moment to clown around with a blue glass fish.
Shane Manahan of Over the Line Art draws a portrait of Curtis and Sally, for a customer from Texas.
Anacortes painter Jennifer Bowman enjoys the subject of dahlias.
Photographer Randall J Hodges of Everett sits surrounded by his colorful landscapes.
Oregon troubadours,The Winterlings, Amanda Birdsall and Wolff Bowden, entertain the crowd at the food court during the festival.
There was more soap being sold at this festival than at any other event to which I’ve ever been.
Kimberley Christensen of North Whidbey Farm is the crafter of this honey and lemon-laden bar.
Mutiny Bay Gourmet, Danette Herren, stands with Mike Booth behind her island berry jams.
The Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival is hosted by the Coupeville Festival Association.
Tom Lindsay blowing bubbles at sunset (Photo by David Welton)
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