Posted on July 25, 2017
The town of Ilwaco is many things – a renowned fishing destination, an entrance to Cape Disappointment State Park and the site of the annual autumn Slow Drags at the Port, to name a few. It’s also home to a vibrant creative community that includes painters, illustrators, fiber artists, woodworkers and more. The Aug. 4 Ilwaco Art Walk offers the perfect opportunity to meet these talented folks and peruse their passions.
New Art Walk
New this summer, the Ilwaco Art Walk is held 5-7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month between June and September. Just two remain – Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 – so be sure to mark your calendar.
The Ilwaco Art Walk features seven artists and 16 businesses in all between the port and downtown, about a half-mile walk depending on your route.
Participating artists and artisans include Art Port Gallery, Bill Atwood/A. Eskelin Studio, Don Nisbett Art Gallery, Jacob’s Hammer Custom Metal, Marie Powell Gallery, Purly Shell Fiber Arts and Schroeder Woodworking. Additional participating businesses include Antique Gallery, Olde Towne Trading Post Café, OleBob’s Seafood Market & Café, Queen La De Da’s, Riverszen yoga, Roots Juice Java & Salad Bar, Salt Hotel & Pub, Serious Pizza and Time Enough Books.
Spend a little time in Ilwaco and you’ll see why it’s attracted artists, crafters and creative minds over the decades. The small town sits at the confluence of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean and acts as a gateway to what’s known in nautical circles as the “Graveyard of the Pacific”. It’s a fishing village with an economy historically tied to the bounty of the sea – it’s seen good times and tough times and everything in between. The ocean giveth and the ocean taketh away, often spectacularly, and the delicate balance between the two has stoked artistic spirits since the beginning of time. The ocean is well represented among Ilwaco artists, whether in the fun and light art of Don Nisbett or the abstract modernism of Marie Powell.
As you can see from the roster of participating business, the Ilwaco Art Walk offers a lot more than artwork. You can grab a bite to eat at Salt Pub or pickup fresh seafood for home at OleBob’s; you can see what’s on the shelves at Time Enough Books or sip something warm at Roots Juice Java & Salad Bar and Olde Towne Trading Post.
And then there’s salmon. Salmon season kicked off last month and the Port of Ilwaco has been hopping. Home to numerous fishing charters, the port is the place to be if you want to land a salmon this summer! Explore our member charters here. After capturing your quota, you can have the fish filleted, canned or vacuum sealed at Sportsmen’s Cannery so you can enjoy it as soon as you like or set it aside for some time special.
Deep Canyon Challenge fishing tournament – July 28-29
Long Beach Rodeo – July 29-30
Jake the Alligator Man’s Birthday – Aug. 4-5
Willapa Harbor Festival – Aug. 5-6
Surf ‘n Saddle Jr. Rodeo – Aug. 5-6
Waikiki Beach Concert – Aug. 12
Jazz & Oysters – Aug. 19
Washington State International Kite Festival – Aug. 21-27
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