2019 Grapeview Water & Art Festival  

  Photo Slideshow and Recap  

 

The fantastic success of the 26th annual Grapeview Water and Art Festival is reflected in the following event statistics, comments from event chairs and photos that are shown above.

  -- Website Hits: 16,800 hits and 970 responses indicating interest in attending.

  -- Estimate Attendance: 1,000+ people

Our heartfelt thanks to our awesome, hardworking, art vendor committee volunteers, who assisted the artists in every way possible.  Also, a big shout-out to the Security Crew, who were extremely helpful in expediting unloading & loading of artist booths. 

Finally, a big Thank You to Kelly & Cindy Granger of Fair Harbor Marina, for hosting our festival.  The beautiful setting helps make it a wonderful community fundraiser & popular summer event.

 

 

 

 Comments from GCA President:   BARRY KIRKEENG  On behalf of the GCA, thank you to all the GCA members who volunteered at the Grapeview Water and Art Festival.  The flowers on the tables were a big hit, which many guests were able to take home at the end of the festival.  What a treat for them!  It’s the many small details that help to make the GCA Water and Art Festival such a popular and fondly remembered event.  In addition to the flowers on the tables, our guests were treated to clean tables, and were pleasantly surprised when members asked if they could take their empty plates to the trash for them.

Thank you to the Granger's for continuing to let GCA use the Fair Harbor Marina for this very popular community event.  We look forward to continuing to partner with Fair Harbor Marina in hosting this event for years to come.

The Kids really had a blast!  From face painting, crafts, boat building, to fishing, and going to the Fair Harbor Marina Store for ice cream.  What treasured memories were created that day! 

A special thanks to the firefighters from Fire District #3 and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department for their services and helping keep everyone safe.  Also, thanks to the Port of Grapeview for the golf and restroom areas.  Thanks also to all the local business that donate, discount items, and support the Grapeview Water and Art Festival. 

So, thank you again to one and all, that put in the effort to set-up, take-down, bake the cobblers, serve all the delicious food, direct parking, sell tickets, host the vendors, haul the trash, provide safety and security for our guests, sell cookbooks, T-shirts, posters, floating golf activity and took care of all the details that made the day special for our community.  All this was done with friendliness and graciousness and should make us all proud…. and really tired for a few days.

 

 Comments from Art Festival Chairs:   JULIE & MIKE CREIGHTON  The Festival Art Show was very successful!  With 55 artists represented in 48 booths, including 8 new artists, a wide variety of high-quality arts & crafts were exhibited.  We continue to have a high percentage of repeat artists & many of them say that ours is their favorite festival due to friendly volunteers, assistance in booth set up & take down, reasonable registration fee & high turnout of fair goers.  The ATM at the Fair Harbor Marina store was much appreciated.

 

Comments from the Art Vendor's tell the story .......

“This festival is tops!  Lots of people having a wonderful time in a great setting.  Friendly volunteers who are such a joy & their help is much appreciated.  Good music too!  I have customers who are saying “See you next year.”

“Please convey our thanks to your Art & Water Festival coordinators and volunteers. The festival is always so well organized and a real pleasure for us vendors, and the public too!”

“In 14+ years, I have never felt as valued and appreciated for being a vendor.  Now, I understand why the artists I know look forward to participating every year.  The Grapeview Water & Art Festival has jumped to the top of my list! ”

“It was like a big block party on the water. I look forward to attending again next year.”

 FINAL UPDATE & HIGHLIGHTS:  

On Saturday, July 27th the Grapeview Community Association will hold its 26th Annual Water and Art Festival on the beautiful grounds of Fair Harbor Marina on Case Inlet, thanks to the gracious hospitality of the new owners of the Marina: Kelly and Cindy Granger.  Fair Harbor Marina is located on the Grapeview Loop Road off Highway SR3. 

FESTIVITIES BEGIN AT 10:00 AM:  Children will have a lot of free activities to choose from, including boat building and decorating, face painting, assorted fun crafts and the always popular Kids Fishing Derby!  Registration for the Derby is from 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM with fishing from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.  Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 PM.  Children must provide their own fishing gear and bait and LIFE JACKETS ARE MANDATORY for all participants.  Then there is GOLF, where both children and adults will have fun attempting to make a hole-in-one on a floating golf green.

ON THE ART-SIDE OF THE FESTIVAL:  This year we will feature about 50 talented artists from around the Northwest, displaying their creativity and crafts.  Water and oil paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, wood, fabric arts and photography are just a few of the artistic media that will be displayed and available for purchase.

THE 26th ANNIVERSARY WATER & ART FESTIVAL POSTER:  A commissioned work by artist Mary McInnis (see info below), will also be on sale along with the 2019 festival T-shirts, designed by Mary Larson.  Photos of both poster and T-shirt are shown below.

When a break is needed, visitors can relax under Fair Harbor’s covered pavilion and enjoy listening to live music by “Saddletramp”, while sampling the festival's wonderful food.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled-cheese sandwiches, corn on the cob, steamed clams and shrimp cocktails will be available....... and, back this year is the ever-popular homemade apple, peach, and berry cobblers, complete with mounds of whipped cream.

Proceeds from the festival are funneled back into the community through scholarships and charitable donations.

 UPDATE   "2019 GRAPEVIEW WATER & ART FESTIVAL" COMMEMORATIVE POSTER

We are pleased to announce that this year’s poster art is rendered by Mary McInnis of Port Orchard, WA (see photo right). 

Unframed ($25) and framed ($65) posters will be available for sale at the GCA’s "Oldies but Goodies" social on June 14th, the "GCA BBQ" on July 12th and of course at the GCA “Water & Art Festival” on July 27th at Fair Harbor Marina.

All proceeds after expenses go to suport the work of the GCA. Buy early, buy often and thank you for your continued support of the Grapeview Water & Art Festival.

 

 ABOUT THE ARTIST :  MARY J MCINNIS       

I believe that my art speaks to the soul of the common man. I see beauty and I want to record and share it" - Mary J McInnis

Mary had an early interest in art and explored various creative outlets including stagecraft, music and choral work, film and photography as well as drawing and painting.  Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Washington in 1987 and has studied oils and pastels with many other painters. 

Her works have been exhibited in galleries from Bainbridge Island WA and Cannon Beach OR to Carmel-by-the Sea CA as well as many others.  In addition to creating the 2019 Grapeview Water & Art Festival poster, Mary’s artwork was chosen for the Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour poster in September.

She lives in Port Orchard, WA with her husband of 37 years.  Mary will be selling her artwork at this year’s festival on July 27, 2019.

  2019 GRAPEVIEW WATER & ART FESTIVAL POSTER  

 

  2019 GRAPEVIEW WATER & ART FESTIVAL T-SHIRT  

 

 

 SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY JULY 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Always the Last Saturday of July and hosted by the Grapeview Community Association, this festival boasts a large art show celebrating artists from around the Pacific Northwest - featuring pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodworking, fabric arts and photography. There is also wonderful food, golfing contests, lots of free activities for children, and live music!  

Beginning at 10:00 AM, children can participate in a number of free activities and our volunteers will again assist youngsters in building creative wooden boats.  Over the winter, more than 300 wooden boat bases were prepared for the children to decorate.  Finally, test your golf skills.  Children and adults can attempt to make a hole-in-one on the festival's floating golf green or test their skills in the putting contest – plenty of fun for the entire family!

Join your friends and neighbors at The Grapeview Water & Art festival, held at the Fair Harbor Marina, located on the Grapeview Loop Road off Highway 3 just outside of Allyn.  See you there!

Giving Back to Our Community
Proceeds from the Grapeview Water & Art Festival go back into the community through scholarships and support for the Food for Kids Backpack program, Grapeview School, North Mason High School Grad Night, Faith in Action, Senior Services for South Sound, Habitat for Humanity, the HUB Center for Seniors, North Mason Giving Tree, the volunteer firefighters of Mason County Fire District No. 3 and other community events and services.

Looking for a Few Good Volunteers! 
Like all GCA events, the Water & Art Festival depends on volunteers each year to ensure the success of the event.  Volunteering at the Festival is a fun, social, and rewarding way to support one of the GCA's more important fundraisers.  We welcome you to join us!

GCA Water and Art Festival volunteer coordinator, Val Paulson, reports that more volunteers are needed. Until activity coordinators report, it is not known exactly how many or in what areas. In general; areas needing volunteers are set-up, take-down, children's activities, food booths and security.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Val Paulson at 360 275-6764 or Click here to Email Val

Recap of the 2018 Water & Art Festival!
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