See wildlife artist and many others at Fresh Paint festival

The iconic gull graces Kat Houseman’s poster art for the annual event on the Everett waterfront.

Kat Houseman, a Bellingham wildlife artist who created the poster for this year’s Fresh Paint festival, featured the iconic gull in her design.

Kat Houseman, a Bellingham wildlife artist who created the poster for this year’s Fresh Paint festival, featured the iconic gull in her design.

This year’s Fresh Paint poster offers a different take on the annual event.

Bellingham artist Kat Houseman’s artistic niche is painting wildlife. This year, she was asked to create the art for the event’s poster.

“They said they really hadn’t had a wildlife artist do the poster before,” Houseman said.

So she incorporated some of the things she saw at the Everett waterfront, “a little of the background of what you’d see from the Everett Marina,” she said.

You can see that view, her poster and more of her art this weekend at Fresh Paint, Everett’s annual art festival, at the Port of Everett South Marina and Marina Village.

She’s one of 105 artists who will be demonstrating their art in some way. The event also includes live music — from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday — and a glass blowing mobile “hot shop” demonstration by the Schack Art Center on Hoyt Avenue.

If you plan to go, you can avoid a $2 parking fee at the marina by taking the bus from downtown Everett.

The bird Houseman chose to include in her poster painting is a gull, “an iconic bird.”

The painting had to be long in length to allow space for the lettering that is included on the poster.

Houseman, 36, is a 2003 graduate of Montana State University. Her work has been shown in galleries in that state, as well as in Bellingham and the Smith & Vallee gallery in Edison.

She previously has shown her work at Fresh Paint and will have a booth there again this year.

“It’s a fun festival,” she said. “I’m excited to be back. Everett is kind of lucky to have such amazing art facilities, making art accessible to the community.”

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If you go

Fresh Paint, Everett’s annual arts festival, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 at the Port of Everett Marina, 1700 W. Marine View Drive, Everett. The event is free. More at

On getting there: A free shuttle to Fresh Paint will run between the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, and the festival at the Port of Everett South Marina. Find parking at Everpark Garage one block north of the Schack.

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