Port Townsend artist chosen for Sequim Lavender Festival poster

PORT TOWNSEND — An artist whose primitive-style paintings celebrate rural and small-town life has been chosen to produce the 2005 Sequim Lavender Festival poster

“I’m really super honored,” Cindy Mangutz said. “I love Sequim, and the farms are charming.

“I couldn’t be happier.”

Mangutz lives on 10 acres on Four Corners Road west of Port Townsend, but is known nationally for her limited-edition prints, including the series of a farm scene, “Four Seasons.”

She also did the 2001 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival poster, which depicts the Point Hudson Marina in the folk-art style associated with New England and Grandma Moses.

The Lavender Festival poster will advertise the 9th annual event, sponsored by the Sequim Lavender Growers Association, which takes place next July 15-17.

The festival has grown into the North Olympic Peninsula’s largest event in terms of visitors — up to 30,000 during the three days.

That farm feeling

“They want to retain a farm feeling, to show the connection between farm and market,” Mangutz said.

“Besides the rows of lavender, they want the farm and rural element to come through on this one.”

Mangutz has produced more 150 limited-edition prints, many of them capturing the simplicity of bygone eras.

They include the Old Dungeness Schoolhouse, Port Angeles circa 1893, Old Port Townsend and the bandstand at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park.

Her most recent work, “Haunted Manresa,” sold locally, but most of her work finds buyers in other parts of the country.

“My Noah’s Ark sold at Gallery 9 and went to Albuquerque, New Mexico,” Mangutz said.

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