Whidbey Examiner


Coupeville artist honored for iconic Water Festival images

February 7, 2013 · 11:45 AM

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

The longtime woodworker will also provide a gift of 15 years worth of logos that will be used to promote the popular 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 event will also include unveiling the logo for the 2013 edition of the festival.

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

Purdue’s efforts designing the logo for the annual festival that celebrates Whidbey’s Native American tradition will be honored during an image release party held next month at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.

That party includes the unveiling of the logo for the 2013 festival that takes place May 18. That logo will appear on T-shirts, posters and other artwork that helps promote the annual event.

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 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 about the Penn Cove Water Festival, go to www.penncov




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