Year-long Kirkland Fish Frolic Along the Lake Announces Second Call to Artists

KSF 2013 by Bob Gassen 13080

Kirkland Fish Frolic along the Lake announces a second Call to Artists for the yearlong celebration of everything Northwest and especially Kirkland.


Spawned at the Kirkland Summerfest 2013, the Kirkland Fish Frolic displayed five commissioned fish sculptures as the start of this fabulous yearlong celebration. Artist Don Rothwell has created twenty more base fish sculptures ready to go to various artists commissioned to embellish them in the artists own style. Once finished, all the works of art will be displayed at community festivals and by select sponsors.


KSF 2013 by Bob Gassen 13081

The final reveal of all sculptures will take place in the summer of 2014 with a full exhibition and gala auction of the sculptures. Proceeds from the auction will be split between the decorating artist and partner nonprofits like the Kirkland Events Foundation.


This project sponsored in part by 4Culture, the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, the City of Kirkland, the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, The Heathman Hotel, and Steve’s Custom Cars.

Fish Frolic


All artists are eligible to submit an application. Applications will be reviewed and approved by a jury comprised of Kirkland community arts volunteers and professionals including members of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, Kirkland Arts Center, and local fine art galleries.

APPLICATION DEADLINE The application deadline is Midnight, Sunday, December 15, 2013 (Pacific Standard Time).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS For consideration applications should include:

  • Work Samples: Up to 5 images (if digital entire package must be less than 10MB. Digital files should be titled with your name and the sample number, i.e. JaneArtist_01, JaneArtist_02, etc.)
  • Listing of the work samples with name of work and year (i.e. JaneArtist_01: Title of Work, 2012, etc.)
  • Artist Information: Please include a brief (150 words or less) paragraph on the artist and the artist’s experience or a formal bio.
  • A brief (one to two sentence) description of how you would embellish the basic fish sculpture. (Please include any plans at this time though we do understand that plans might change and you will not be strictly bound to stated plans)
  • Artist Contact information including name, phone and email.

Submit your application by email to

Completed sculptures are due by or before March 15, 2014.

SELECTION PROCESS After review of the applicants’ samples, qualifications and statements, the selection committee will choose from the qualifying candidates. Applicants selected will be notified by January 15, 2014.


For more information or further questions, contact Kathy Feek, or 206-999-5632


Kirkland Fish Frolic Along the Lake is a yearlong art project commissioning twenty-five artists to embellish base fish sculptures in their own style. These 48-inch long “salmonesque” fiberglass fish sculptures have been created by artist Don Rothwell. Once finished, the works of art may be displayed at community festivals and by select sponsors throughout the year. These fish will take part in several displays and events in Kirkland, WA, during the spring and summer of 2014, before being auctioned in celebration of Kirkland, Kirkland Summerfest 2014, and the local and regional artists taking part in the Kirkland Fish Frolic. Five fish sculptures have already been finished and displayed at Kirkland Summerfest 2013. The remaining completed sculptures are due by or before March 15, 2014. Proceeds from the auction will be split between the decorating artist and partner nonprofits like the Kirkland Events Foundation. See more on the Kirkland Fish Frolic Facebook page


Donald Rothwell, the artist to be commissioned for the fish sculpture base forms, is a retired instructor from the Art Institute of Seattle. His salmon weather vanes, decorated by himself and two other artists, were exhibited in the 2010 annual outdoor sculpture exhibit sponsored by the La Conner Arts Commission. His piece Salmon Survival Suit (mixed media) is now a permanent part of the La Connor Town Collection.


Kirkland Summerfest is Kirkland’s largest festival of music, art, food, and culture, taking place in downtown Kirkland. Renowned for transforming downtown Kirkland and Marina Park into a lively arts destination with amazing art, music, dancing, street performances, family entertainment, and an incredible selection of food, Kirkland Summerfest admission is free.