Mukilteo’s Waterfront to be Featured by Art Festival


In the Waterfront Art Festival to be held this year, the poster would highlight a Mariner High School graduate’s painting. Dimitriy Grisenko, 20 years old, belonging to Mukilteo, is the winner of the first-ever poster contest held for the sixth yearly Mukilteo Arts Guild festival. The painting which won the prize is ‘Puget Sound’.

Dimitriy explained that he obtained his inspiration for painting a ferry enclosed by rolling waves from the waters of Mukilteo’s beach.

This year, 40 Washington artists would be featured in the festival, selling sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, wearable art, pottery, glass and the like.

The co-sponsor of this festival is the city of Mukilteo. It will be held on Friday 29th of August, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center grounds.


The venue of the festival was shifted this year from Lighthouse Park to Rosehill for the convenience of the patrons in shopping and parking.

The President of the guild, Christine Awad Schmalz, says that at Lighthouse Park, there is almost no place for patrons to park, since the lot is being shared with weekend visitors. A lot of business was lost last year owing to this parking problem.

Visitors who go there also have picnic or swim and play volleyball, apart from attending the Waterfront Art Festival. The patrons, during art shopping can also experience a range of live music on the plaza from 1:45 to 7:00 p.m., including jazz, Native American, soft rock, Americana, and country.

The festival renders financial support to the guild’s scholarship fund that provides aid to Mukilteo School District’s graduating seniors pursuing art in college.

This year $600 worth of scholarship was awarded to ACES High School’s Elizaveta Mikhailouna Lepesha, Mariner High School’s Jessica Pal and Kamiak High School’s Christina Cruz. Schmalz said that they intend to increase the amount of the scholarships to $1,000, but the srtist booths are not charged much. The guild is happy about the relocation to Rosehill. The plaza and ground have already been booked for next year’s festival, tentatively scheduled on 18th of July. The waterfront is clearly visible from there.

Grisenko, the winner received a $100 prize as well as a free booth at the festival. Presently he is pursuing fine arts at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. While at Mariner, he also obtained a scholarship in 2012 from the Mukilteo Arts Guild along with a Waterfront Art Festival booth.

Grisenko, who usually paints in oil, mostly concentrates on still life. He loves experimenting with watercolors, painting buildings and landscapes.

An exhibition of his paintings has been held in San Francisco, at Pat’s Cafe in Fisherman’s Wharf. ‘Puget Sound’, his featured work, is an oil painting on linen, and is up for sale.

Schmalz revealed that a contest was held this year since all the painters belonging to the guild had already got the opportunity to get their painting featured on a Waterfront Art Festival poster. She intends to see the scholarship winners win contests and make money.

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