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JFFA selects Sequim artist for poster

This year’s Juan de Fuca Festival poster comes from the colorful mind of Sequim artist Anna Yates.  - Photo by Joan Worley
This year’s Juan de Fuca Festival poster comes from the colorful mind of Sequim artist Anna Yates.
— image credit: Photo by Joan Worley

Sequim artist Anna Yates created the poster for the 21st annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, which runs Thursday-Monday, May 22-26, in Port Angeles.

Yates is not a professional artist but had created posters before, including one for a local “Jungible” music festival and artwork for the Five Acre School.

Apparently people liked her work: JFFA director Dan MacGuire called to ask if she would like to submit art for the 2014 festival.

In deciding on a design, Yates was guided by two ideas. She wanted to include the names of all the acts — local as well as international — because she had enjoyed the work of so many local musicians.

“Also,” she said, “I love the ephemera of the 1840s and 1850s, and I wanted to play on that.”

Her poster, therefore, includes 19th century handbill flourishes — banners and swags, rosettes and crests — and the text looks like hand lettering.

And the colors? “My daughter told me it was looking like Dr. Seuss, and I said, ‘Great!’”

Early birds save

The Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts brings an international array of musical acts to inside stages, with a kaleidoscopic street fair with more music, juggling, magic, art workshops, food, crafts and fun outside.

Early ticket purchases offer substantial savings: An All-Festival Pass (five days) sells for $55 (children 12 and under free) through Wednesday, May 21, at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., Sequim (683-1396); at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., Port Angeles (452-6367); online at; or by phone 800-838-3006.

Regularly priced all-festival tickets are $70 after May 21, and daily tickets are $20 for Thursday, Friday and Monday; $25 for Saturday-Sunday.

The passes must be exchanged for festival wristbands, available at the festival ticket booth on Friday (starting at noon) and Saturday (starting at 10:30 a.m.)


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