There is an artist in Anacortes who paints figures on wood and mounts them on the walls of downtown buildings.  Many small towns do this; it’s a whimsical archive of the town’s history.  The Anacortes artist copies many of the murals from local photographs, and cites them next to the picture. 

I expected horseless carriages, World War I soldiers, green-grocers and the like.  I was not expecting canoe-paddling drag queens.

I think, really, it’s the hands.  Those white-gloved hands so exuberantly extended.  I never did get a good photo of the face on the left, which means I have a reason to come back.


Some towns have an art-walk.  Anacortes has a quilt-walk.

On casual count, Old Town has six antique malls.

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