JFFA selects Sequim artist for poster

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.

This year’s Juan de Fuca Festival poster comes from the colorful mind of Sequim artist Anna Yates.

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 jffa.org; 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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