Art of the sea: Maritime festival opens

What: Maritime Fest Art Show

Where: Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, 705 Dock St., Tacoma

When: Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday (awards at 7 p.m.), then 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Sept. 13

Cost: free

Information: 253-927-3627,

Interview with: Sally Slater, co-organizer

What’s the Maritime Fest Art Show?

A local juried art show run in conjunction with the annual Maritime Festival. It’s been running about seven years now.

What kind of art is it?

All the art has to be ship-related. We take any medium, but we usually get acrylics and watercolors, with some oils, and occasionally sculpture. Last year, we had a weaving and a piece with enamel on metal. It’s all local artists, and we hang around 55 of the 75 submissions we receive.

What’s the most unusual piece of art you’ve ever seen?

There was one thing made all of CDs – we didn’t hang that.

Who is the juror this year?

Amy McBride, metal artist and the City of Tacoma arts administrator.

Are there prizes involved?

Yes. First prize is $500, second is $200, third is $100. There’s a People’s Choice award, which visitors can vote on, with no cash; the Joe Award which is a tug-boat ride, and the Foss Waterway Seaport Award.

Is it too late for artists to submit?

No, today is the deadline. Application forms are online at, and art must be delivered ready to display to the Seaport Museum with the $5 entry fee between 4-7 p.m. today.

Why a maritime-themed art fest here in Tacoma?

We’re surrounded by water, and it’s pretty important in our community. You can’t go a day without seeing it, can you? That’s what makes our community so different.

Rosemary Ponnekanti, The News Tribune