Art on the town
“I think that, in the life of a community, you have to include art, and if you put it outside it won’t be confined to just a gallery, where kids especially will have a chance to see it. There’s an interactive aspect—some people love it and some people don’t but that’s a larger discussion that is in and of itself of great value,” says Ann Jon, SculpturesNow, Lenox MA.
Our mission is to bring an ongoing and ever-changing art exhibit to Downtown Port Angeles. ART on the town, started in 1998, is a year-long outdoor art gallery showing in the heart of Downtown Port Angeles. Since inception, 39 artworks valued in excess of $325,000 have been purchased or commissioned through the exposure provided by ART on the town.
The outdoor venue showcases the artists’ work in an inviting, family-oriented, pedestrian-friendly environment. Display sites include the waterfront, Downtown sidewalks, and pocket park areas. ART on the town promotes the multi-faceted artworks with regularly scheduled guided tours and other events. Self-guided walking tours are also promoted with easy-to-use sculpture tour guides and maps.
The diversity of the public viewing the works annually, creates a valuable market for the promotion and sale of the featured artwork.
Recent articles about the gallery have appeared in Port Angeles Main Street™, Northwest Travel and AAA regional travel magazines. Port Angeles, Washington, is on a Scenic Coastal Byway that is the gateway to both Olympic National Park and Victoria, British Columbia. The Olympic Peninsula receives over 4.5 million visitors annually. Downtown Port Angeles is in the center of that activity as a retail center on the Peninsula as well as home to two international ferry terminals to Canada.
This outdoor gallery setting provides the perfect venue for cultural enrichment and arts education for residents of Port Angeles and its visitors. The show provides an opportunity to showcase both local and regional artists with international exposure and recognition, as well as promoting economic development through tourism. The inclusion of Avenue of the People in 2008 has created national media attention for Port Angeles and the program. We anticipate an expansion of this media coverage in the future with heightened awareness and interest in this gallery.
For artists interested in participating in our ART on the town project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be delighted to provide you with the necessary information for your consideration.
Brochures for a self-guided walking tour are available at the Port Angeles Downtown Association office at 208 No. Laurel and at downtown merchants.
ART on the town is sponsored by the Port Angeles Downtown Association and the City of Port Angeles with the cooperation and the support of the community, local galleries and contributing artists.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF ART ON THE TOWN
When making a donation please make checks payable to PORT ANGELES DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION and indicate that it is for ART ON THE TOWN mail to:
Port Angeles Downtown Association
P.O. Box 582
Port Angeles, WA 98362
PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM.