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Coupeville artist honored for festival images

February 9, 2013 · Updated 2:18 PM

Roger Purdue will be honored Sunday during an image release party in Coupeville. Purdue gifted 15 future logos for the Penn Cove Water Festival. / File photo

Noted Coupeville woodworker Roger Purdue will be praised Sunday for his work for the Penn Cove Water Festival.

Vicky Reyes, president of the Penn Cove Water Festival Association, said Purdue will be honored for his years of volunteer work designing a new image for the festival each year.

The longtime artist will also provide a gift of 15 years worth of logos that will be used to promote the popular festival that celebrates Native American traditions. The Water Festival takes place May 18.

The image release celebration is 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

That logo will appear on T-shirts, posters and other artwork that helps promote the annual event.

The annual Penn Cove Water Festival takes place in May. The highlight of the festival is the canoe races, where competitors representing tribes from across the Puget Sound and Canada, paddle in a variety of races through Penn Cove from the boat launch at Capt. Coupe Park.

The canoe races features competitions ranging from single-person canoes to larger canoes that can hold up to 11 people.

The festival also hosts entertainment to foster cultural understanding. Native American storytellers, dancers and musicians have performed during the day-long event.

Reyes said the Penn Cove Players will perform a melodrama highlighting Whidbey’s settlers and natives.


Organizers are trying to expand activities for older youth by including a chance to participate in carving a canoe. For more information, go to www.penncovewaterfestival.com.



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