Steve Berentson, Author at Anacortes Magazine - Art, Music, and Community

Steve Berentson

About Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries. More at

Bruce W. Heinemann – The Art of the Landscape

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 by Steve Berentson

Many photographers suffer a sense of separation from their subjects as they work, wrestling with the feeling that in committing to the camera they have disassociated themselves from true connection with the people or the scene they are recording. Not … Continue reading

Dedication of The Leaking Vase

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2018 by Steve Berentson

Sculptor Andries Breedt, an engineering consultant who lives in LaConner, was inspired by a deadly threat to the Pacific Northwest sea star population to create a stunning piece titled “The Leaking Vase.” That sculpture, appropriately positioned at the “N” Avenue … Continue reading

D Avenue Nursery blooms under new ownership

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by Steve Berentson

It was more than a rush of seasonal energy that inspired the recent facelift at D Avenue Nursery, Fidalgo Island’s oldest retail garden center. Continue reading

Marius Hibbard Visits Croatia

Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 by Steve Berentson

Marius Hibbard hosts a benefit show of photographs from the Island of Brac in Croatia. A remarkable collection of more than 500 photographs stands as evidence of Anacortes resident Marius Hibbard’s recent trip to the historic Island of Brac in … Continue reading

Anacortes Sketchers at Seafarers Memorial Park

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Steve Berentson

Seated curbside at Seafarers’ Memorial Park Monday were members of Anacortes Sketchers (ASk), a group of local artists who sketch in a variety of medias. These ladies worked under the protection of brimmed hats as boat traffic moved in and … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Wallie!

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by Steve Berentson

Happy birthday to Anacortes native Wallie Funk, marking his 91st today! Wallie is pictured here with Anacortes Magazine publisher Chris Terrell, who last week presented the retired newspaperman with a framed photo of an incredible image Wallie captured while the … Continue reading

Tommy’s Dream Train Finds Its Way Home

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Steve Berentson

It may not be quite what city founder Amos Bowman had in mind, but the recent return of Tommy Thompson’s steam powered train is destined to draw countless admirers to this island community. Continue reading

Wallie Funk – Celebrating Seven Decades of Creative Inspiration

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Steve Berentson

Although live performance photographs were prohibited, photojournalist Wallie Funk managed to take more than 20 shots of The Beatles before security intervened. Continue reading

The Past, Present & Future of Anacortes Today

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 by Steve Berentson

The year was 2003, and the Internet was not yet a universally shared passion, but at the prompting of How It Works founder Chris Terrell photographer Steve Berentson launched a photo journal titled Berentson acknowledges with a smile that … Continue reading

Jacob Navarro… Anacortes, Born and Bred

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 by Steve Berentson

His birth certificate reads Fort Bragg, California, but in terms of his identity as a musician, Jacob Navarro is “Anacortes, born and bred.” Navarro, the Fidalgo Island half of the Spoonshine Duo, was three years old when his family moved … Continue reading

Maiden Changes the Way Tracy Powell Sees the World

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 by Steve Berentson

An accomplished stone carver, as evidenced by the impressive collection of works in his Snee-Oosh Road gallery and at public places including the Tommy Thompson Trail and Anacortes United Methodist Church. Continue reading