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Calling All Artists!

January 23, 2011

35th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Art Competition Now Underway!

The theme of the annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is heritage wooden boats. The ambiance is that of an old-fashioned, down-home waterfront festival where everything is fun, almost everything is free and nothing much is fancy. It’s as authentically grassroots American as you can get and has been for the past 34 years.

“The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is one of the best family entertainment values in the Seattle area for the 4th of July weekend,” said Eldon Tam, Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival coordinator.  “The Festival is one of the few hands-on maritime festivals where visitors can learn to rivet a plank to a frame, try out a classic skiff on the water or tour a classic Northwest wooden vessel.”

The Heritage Wooden Boats theme is merely a guideline; artists may interpret as they wish. For inspiration or to see past Festival posters, please visit Artists may choose any media, from photography to oil to collage.

The winning artwork will be transformed into posters, postcards, t-shirts and advertising and branding materials. Therefore, the art should be both visually appealing as well as attention-grabbing, since posters will be used for marketing purposes and also will be sold during and after the Festival.

Anyone is welcome to submit an entry. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of CWB staff and volunteers selected by CWB’s Communications Coordinator. The winning artwork will be tranformed into marketing materials by CWB’s graphic designer.

What to Enter:

1. Submit one to three sketch(es) or finished work(s).

2. Submit three other examples of your work. You may submit a link to an online portfolio or website in lieu of three examples.

3. Submit an artist bio and an artist statement about the work and your inspiration. Include your contact information.

How to Enter:

  • Digital images can be sent electronically to
  • CDs or physical copies of artwork can be mailed or delivered to The Center for Wooden Boats, attn: Erin Schiedler, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle WA 98109. CWB is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Please contact Erin Schiedler at or call 206-382-2628 x24 if you have any questions.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Entries will be accepted through Friday, February 18th! The winning artist must submit their original, completed art to CWB by March 11th, 2011.

Winning artist will receive credit on the poster, on, and on any marketing materials which feature the winning artist’s work. Winner will also receive 25 copies of the poster, two T-shirts, and one (1) complimentary CWB Facility Rental on a mutually agreeable date. Please Note: winning artwork and all rights to use the art become the property of The Center for Wooden Boats and the artist must agree to sign 25 copies of the poster, which also become property of The Center for Wooden Boats.


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