Award Winning Artist Brings Beautiful Images to La Conner Marina

A simple wooden post at the La Conner Marina office building is getting a beautiful facelift thanks to local artist Kathleen Faulkner.

Faulkner, who will be recognized with the 2019 Luminary Artist Award from the Museum of Northwest Art at an event in Seattle later this month, is bringing color and beauty to an otherwise non-descript wooden beam.  The artwork entitled “Kelp Beds” depicts iconic images of the Salish Sea and surrounding waters, and highlights our diverse marine ecosystem.  The artwork is approximately two-thirds of the way done, and is expected to be complete by the end of September.

When finished, the artwork will serve as a colorful welcome to all of the boaters, campers, marina tenants and visitors who stop by the building.

The idea came about when Port of Skagit staff were brainstorming how to make the Marina office building a bit brighter and fun, while also connecting with the thriving artist community in Skagit County.  Port staff approached Faulkner about bringing her vision and talents to the Marina, and the planning commenced.

Faulkner has many of her art pieces on public display, including in the City of Anacortes, Island Hospital and Western Washington University, to name a few.   Born and raised in Seattle, Faulkner now makes her home and studio in Anacortes where she can pursue her passion of storytelling through her art.

The timing is perfect, as this art installation comes as the La Conner Marina approaches its 50th Anniversary next year.  Planning for this milestone celebration is currently underway to honor the work and impact of the La Conner Marina over the past five decades.