FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Check out a variety of art on display during a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at several galleries and other venues in downtown Anacortes. Featured artworks include paintings and prints, pastels, sculptures, fiber arts, glass, ceramics, wood, photography, jewelry and more. 360-293-6938.
WATERCOLORS AND ACRYLICS: A show featuring acrylic paintings and watercolors by Eric Wiegardt will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and continue through Oct. 30 at Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. In addition to his watercolors, the gallery is showing Wiegardt’s colorful impressionistic acrylics for the first time. Also showing are oils by Ramona Hammerly and Sandy Byers and pastels by Janice Wall, as well as a selection of jewelry, glasswork, sculptures and custom tables by other gallery artists. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 360-293-6938 or www.scott milo.com.
STEAMROLLER LINOLEUM PRINTS: A show of steamroller linoleum prints will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and continue through Oct. 31 at Anne Martin McCool Gallery, 711 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Made during the Anacortes Arts Festival this past summer, these large prints include artwork by Brad Bradford, Dona Reed and Nicolette Harrington. The show will also feature paintings by Anne Martin McCool and work by other gallery artists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. 360-293-3577 or www.mccoolart.com.
LA CONNER QUILT FESTIVAL: Enjoy quilts, workshops, demonstrations, vendors, a silent auction and more at the La Conner Quilt Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5-7, at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St., Maple Hall, 108 Commercial, and the La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 S. Second St. The juried quilt show features dozens of quilts and fiber art created by American and international artists. A $10 donation includes entrance to all venues and is good all three days.
“Ribbons, Roses & Women’s Rights: Baltimore’s Albums” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St., La Conner. Elly Sienkiewicz will speak about “Baltimore-style” quilts and how they relate to the social revolution of 1840s America. $35, includes hors d’oeuvres and light beverages. To register: 360-466-4288 or www.laconner quilts.com.
For a complete schedule of workshops and fees, visit www.laconnerquilts.com.
HARVEST FESTIVAL ART SHOW: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 5-7 and 12-14, at Tulip Valley Winery, 16163 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. Sixteen local artists will offer painting, photography, fiber art, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, glass and more. 206-713-8531 or 360-708-3170.
“LITTLE BEAUTIES”: The show of small artworks will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and continue through Nov. 1 at Raven Rocks Gallery, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. The exhibition will feature hand-turned wooden vases from Bob and Lorena Higbee, unique driftwood feathers by Roger White, inspiration stones in tiny yarn nests by Mary Jo Oxrieder, hand-cut stone pendants and beads by Frank Ruggerio and framed “Ravens in Love” prints by Windwalker Taibi. For information, including gallery hours and directions, call 360-222-0102 or visit www.ravenrocksgallery.com.
SUMI PAINTINGS & HANDBLOWN GLASS: A show of sumi paintings by Angie Dixon and handblown glass by Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and continue through Oct. 31 at Rob Schouten Gallery, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Dixon combines traditional Asian brush and ink painting with materials used in nontraditional ways. Adamson and Swalwell explore sculptural directions in contemporary art glass, including blown, pate de verre, cast and deeply carved forms. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends (closed Tuesdays). 360-222-3070 or www.robschoutengallery.com.
FALL ART SHOW: Check out artwork in a variety of media at the Whidbey Allied Artists Fall Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, at the Coupeville Recreation Center, 901 NW Alexander St., Coupeville. Choose from painting, glass art, jewelry and more. For more information, contact Margaret at 360-969-2111 or Helen at 360-675-4201.
“MASTERS”: A show of artwork from Northwest School masters and others will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct 6, and continue through Oct. 28 at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. The show will feature artists from the so-called Northwest School, as well as contemporary artists who continue their tradition in Skagit Valley: Guy Anderson, Joel Brock, Kenneth Callahan, William Cumming, Morris Graves, Pehr Hallsten, Paul Horiuchi, Clayton James, Helmi Juvonen, Ed Kamuda, John-Franklin Koenig, Alden Mason, Philip McCracken, Jay Steensma and George Tsutakawa. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 360-766-6230 or www.smithandvallee.com.
QUILTED ART: Two new quilt shows will open Thursday, Oct. 11, and continue through Dec. 20 at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 Second St., La Conner. An artists’ reception will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
“Material Men: Innovation & The Art Of Quiltmaking”: The exhibit showcases the work of 16 male quilters and the many innovations in design, technique and materials these men have brought to the traditionally “women’s work” of quilting.
“Best of the Festival”: Check out the quilts that were juried and judged to be the best at the 2012 Quilt Festival. In addition to the Best of Show, the exhibit includes the top entries in the traditional and nontraditional pieced quilts, wearable arts, eco-green and embellished categories.
Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. $7, $5 students and military, free for members and children ages 11 and younger. 360-466-4288 or www.laconnerquilts.com.
THE ART OF LESLIE GABRIËLSE: In conjunction with the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum’s exhibit of “Material Men: Innovation & The Art Of Quiltmaking,” Dutch master fiber artist Leslie Gabriëlse will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the La Conner Country Inn, 107 S. Second St, La Conner. $15, $10 museum members. For information or to register, call 360-466-4288 or visit www.laconner quilts.com.
WINE & GLASS TALK: Enjoy wine tasting and a discussion with glass artist Paul Marioni from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St., La Conner. One of the founding members of the American Studio Glass Movement, Marioni’s witty commentary shows in his work. $15, $10 members. 360-466-4446 or www.museumofnwart.org.
ARTS FESTIVAL: Immaculate Conception Regional School will present its Autumn Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. Joseph Center, 215 N. 15th St., Mount Vernon. Vendors will offer a variety of arts, crafts and other items. Free admission. 360-428-3912 or www.icrsweb.org.
NEW EXHIBIT IN ANACORTES: “Young Man in a Hurry: The Life of Isaac Stevens and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War” is now showing at the Anacortes Museum’s Carnegie Gallery, 1305 Eighth St., Anacortes. As Washington Territory’s first Territorial Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs, Stevens pushed through treaties with Indian tribes that set off the region’s Indian Wars and still create controversy today. Designed for the lobby of the office of the Secretary of State, the exhibit covers Stevens’ actions as governor and their impacts, his subsequent appointment as Territorial delegate to Congress, his service as a general in the Civil War and other Washington connections to that conflict. The exhibit also includes information on Stevens’ local impact and the city’s own Civil War veterans. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Wednesday) and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 360-293-1915 or museum.cityofanacortes.org.
LA CONNER QUILT WALK: Check out a variety of handcrafted quilts from the Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter on display through Oct. 14 in shops around La Conner. The Quilt Walk is presented in conjunction with the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum’s annual Quilt Festival, set for Oct. 5-7 at Maple Hall, the La Conner Civic Garden Club and the museum. 360-466-4288 or www.laconnerquilts.com.
“LIVING ON BEAUTY”: The show of new paintings by Maggie Wilder and assemblage temples by Jules Remedios Faye will continue through Oct. 21, at Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial, La Conner. The show’s title comes from a remark made to Wilder 15 years ago when she pleaded with a property owner to preserve some large cedar trees. The owner replied, “well, you know Maggie, we cannot live on beauty.” Maggie and Jules contend that we are, indeed, largely living on beauty. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment. 360-708-4787 or www.gallerycygnus.com.
LECTURES AND TALKS
FREE MOVIE SERIES: The Skagit Valley Food Co-op will screen a series of movies that touch on the ethical and political consequences of our shopping choices at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays during October in Co-op room 309, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Each film explores a deeper layer of the production/consumption chain. A short roundtable discussion will follow each screening. Free, popcorn provided. 360-336-9777 or www.skagitfoodcoop.com.
n Oct. 9: “Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town” focuses on consumption in the U.S. Mount Vernon Downtown Association members will lead a “Buy Local” discussion.
HUB CITY STORIES: “The Scandalous History of Burlington, Part II”: Longtime Burlington residents Don Mapes and Jim Neff will return to the Burlington Public Library for an evening of storytelling from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Duane Stowe will join them this time around, and community radio station KSVR will record the story. Free. 360-755-0760 or burlington.lib.wa.us.
CANDIDATES’ FORUM: Fidalgo Democrats will host an all-Democrat candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Federal, state and local Democratic candidates will speak briefly, followed by a moderated question and answer period. Coffee and refreshments will be available. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the food bank. For information, contact Corinne Salcedo at 360-293-7114.
GOVERNMENT FORUM: The Washington Coalition for Open Government will hold a free forum on open government issues from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Multipurpose Room of the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center at Skagit Valley College, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Skagit Valley College President Thomas Keegan will serve as moderator for panelists Assistant Attorney General Tim Ford, investigative reporter Scott North, State Archivist Jerry Handfield and Coalition President Toby Nixon. For information: washingtoncog.org, email@example.com or 360-385-6975.
ARE YOU READY TO VOTE?: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. The League of Women Voters will discuss how the initiative process works in Washington state and what it takes to become an informed voter. Free. 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or library.cityofanacortes.org.
“OUR COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO HUNGER”: With featured speaker Graham Kerr: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Kerr, author of “Growing at the Speed of Life” and internationally known culinary personality, will share his enthusiasm for growing your own garden using the concept of “Eat, Grow, Gather and Share.” Bring a donation of canned food for distribution to local food banks. Cash donations gladly accepted. 360-336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre.org.
JAZZ AT THE CENTER: The Western Washington University Faculty Jazz Collective will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. $20. Cash bar available. 360-387-0222 or www.camanocenter.org.
NW WASHINGTON HORSE EXPO: Horse lovers can enjoy a wide array of activities from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5-7, at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St., Lynden. Advance tickets: $10 adults, $8 ages 8 to 15 and 62 and older. At the gate: $12 adults, $10 youths and seniors. Three-day pass: $30 adults, $24 youths and seniors. For information, call 360-354-4111 or visit www.nwwafair.com.
RENDEZVOUS IN BARCELONA: The Anacortes Rotary Club’s fifth annual Taste of Wine event will get under way at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Anacortes Airport, 4000 Airport Road. Enjoy an evening of fine wine, food and Spanish-themed entertainment, including live and silent auctions. The live auction includes a seven-night stay for two at a four-star hotel in Barcelona, with escorted winery tours. Proceeds will support local community needs including scholarships for Anacortes High School students, Ace of Hearts Rotary Park, Anacortes Boys & Girls Club and the Anacortes Public Library Foundation. $75 per person. For reservations or information, call 360-333-2448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR & BAZAAR: Vasa Lodge will present its Fall Arts & Crafts Fair and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1805 Cleveland St., Mount Vernon. Choose from a variety of Scandinavian crafts and gift items and enjoy pea soup, Swedish rye bread and Scandinavian goodies in the Kaffe Stugan (coffee house). Free admission. 360-336-3056.
FALL FILM SERIES: 7 p.m. Fridays, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Movie man Nick Alphin, Academy Award nominee and career Hollywood sound man, will introduce and share insights about each selection. Free. 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or library.cityofanacortes.org.
n Oct. 5: “Get Low”: Robert Duvall stars as a fabled hermit in Depression-era Tennessee who hosts a funeral for himself while he’s still alive. Also starring Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.
BARN BASH: The HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center’s Big Barn Bash and Silent Auction will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Greenbank Farm, 765 E. Wonn Road, Greenbank. Live music by Above See Level. Tickets: $30, $50 couple, $150 per table of six, includes dinner and a drink. 360-221-7656 or email@example.com.