Roger Purdue signs Fine Art Prints and accepts award from the Penn Cove Water Festival Association May 2005

See more about Roger's life, with beautiful photos of his work, in Whidbey Life Magazine.

2014 Festival Sponsors:
Watch this space for new sponsors

The Penn Cove Water Festival would like to thank everyone who are making the 2014 festival a success. We are honored to have so many sponsors, donors and volunteers. We would especially like to thank the following in-kind donors and supporters:

Anchorage Inn
Bay Printing
Benye & John Weber
Betty Gewald
Blue Fox Prints
Central Whidbey Lions
Collin Curtis & Jonathan Everidge
Dave Bieniek & Ervin Knezek
Cheryl Bradkin
Chuck Kelso
Collin Curtis & Jonathan Everidge
Compass Rose Bed & Breakfast
Coupeville Boys & Girls Club
Coupeville Elementary Leadership Club
Coupeville High National Honor Society
Coupeville Leos Club
Coupeville Lions Club
Coupeville Inn
Dennis Hill
Doe Stahr
Fine Line Painting
Front Street Realty
Georgia Gardner
Good Company Pet Care
Harbor Gift Store
Harold Anderson & Terry Bible
Hertlein Grant Writing
Honey Bear
ICHS Carved Trophies-Dick Weber
ICHS - Rick Castellano
Jackie Feusier & Joe Walck
Janice Pikard & Anne Harvey
Joan & Molly PcPhearson
John & Marjorie Bachert
Julie Dougherty-Winger & Erick Winger
Karen & Claude Merrill
Knead and Feed
Beth Kuchynka
Lyla Snover
Michael Ferri & Jim Sherman
Mike Brown
Molly Hughes
Nahma Investments
Oak Harbor Lions Club
Onee Hedeen
Orca Network
Pat & Sue Waters
Pat Cozine
Penn Cove Anesthesia
Penn Cove Veterinary Clinic
Ralph Young
Red Apple
Robert Young
Jim Sherman & Michael Ferri
Roger &Darlene Sherman
Sarah & Roger Purdue
Sound Publishing
Susan Berta & Howard Garrett
Teresa & Tom Ellis
Tim Jones, Penn cove Mussels
Toby's Tavern
US Foods
Vern & Martha Olsen
Vicky & Ricardo Reyes
Whidbey Examiner
Whidbey Weekley

Without These Volunteers The Festival Would Not Continue!


Vicky Reyes - President & Publicity
Karen Fletcher - Treasurer
Julie Dougherty Winger - Registered Agent/Secretary & Educational Exhibitors
Teresa Ellis - Operations
Anne Colligan - Communications
Lou Labombard - Native Advisor
Michael Ferri - Fundraising & Hospitality
Benye Weber - Public Awareness
Jackie Feusier - Graphics & Printing


Arts & Crafts Vendors - Sue Waters & Karen Merrill
Bread Ceremony - Ramona Laster & Ginny Vracin
Canoe Race Coordinator - Susan Berta
Educational Program - Vern Olsen
Entertainment - Wylie Vracin
Graphics & Print Materials - Jackie Feusier
Hospitality - Michael Ferri and Jim Sherman
Information Booth & Merchandise - Joyce & Keith Fruik
Native Spirit Art Show - Gerry Roberts
Publicity - Cheryl & John Waide
Race Safety Coordiator - Gary Piazzon
Radio Communications - John Acton
Salmon Tacos - Tom Ellis & Rob Johnson
Signage - Paul Bigelow
Town Dinner - Molly Hughes
Volunteer Coordinators - Ricardo Reyes
Youth Activities - Vicky Reyes
Web Administrator - Howard Garrett


Coupeville High School National Honor Society Members (NHS) and Coupeville Leo's Club (LEO):
Brett Arnold - NHS
Lyndsi Applegarth - NHS
McKenzie Bailey - NHS
McKayla Bailey - NHS
Heni Barnes - NHS
Sarah Bishop - NHS
Konrad Borden - NHS & LEOS
CameronBoyd - NHS
Josiah Campbell - NHS
Garrett Compton - LEOS
Dominic Ellis - NHS & LEOS
Marisa Etzell - LEOS
Amanda Fabrizi - NHS
Christine Fields - NHS
Amanda Foley - NHS
Alie Gauslow - NHS
Jacki Ginnings - NHS
Kayla Gran - NHS
Ben Haight - NHS
Jack Hanneman - NHS & LEOS
Brandon Kelley - NHS
Jason KnollKenzie Kooch - LEOS
Micky Levine - NHS
Katie Lovell - NHS
Taryn Ludwig - NHS
Geoff McClarin - NHS
Jacob McCormick - NHS
Bree Messner - NHS
Mattea Lynn Miller - NHS
Julia Myers - NHSi
Briess Potter - NHS
Maureen Rice - NHS
McKenzie Rice - LEOS
Grey Rische - NHS & LEOS
CarlieRosenkranz - LEOS
Erin Rosenkranz - NHS
Danny Savalza - NHS
Madeline Strasburg - NHS
Connor Thompson - NHS & LEOS
Wynter Thorne - NHS
Valen Lee Trujillo - LEOS
Andy Walker - NHS & LEOS
Colleen Fox - NHS Counselor
Sigi Johnson & Bruce McNair - LEOS Club Mentors
Boys & Girls Club - Face Painters
Addie Peabody
Austin Johnson
Brittani Reeves
Jen Marzocca
Jillian Taylor
Logan Weiler
Zach Ginnings
Brian Sharich
Jamie Sharich, B&G Club Director
Robin Wilson, Team Coordinator


ABE1 Gracia - Navy
Adam Lorio - Samish Nation
AE1 Sawyer - Navy
Al Williams
Angela Contreras
Anne Colligan
April James - Samish Nation
Austin Pierce - Navy
Barbara Vaughn
Benye Weber
Bill Cromley
Bill Haselbauer
Bonnie Abney - NET
Bonnie Fornsby - Samish Nation
Bonnie Gretz
Bonnie Roos
Bradley Huey - Navy
Brian Sharich
Bruce McNair
Cathy Berge - Pinkerton
Carol Parbs
Chipper Cromley
Christine Sears
Chuck Kelso
Clara Beier
Dale Sherman
Dave Barville
Dave Fish
Dave Grason
Dave Saunders
Dave Vaughn
David Dacorro - Navy
Deanna Rogers
Debbie Wysomierski
Dewey Moon
Don Michael
Don Richardson
Doug Bishop
Doug Kroon
Eric Brooks
Eric Winger
Erin Licata - Samish Nation
ET1 James Rarick - Navy
Fred Bronson
Gary Piazzon
Gary Parker
Gerald Roberts
Gordon Sears
Ginny Vracin
Holly Grason
Jack Hamilton
Jamie Scharich
Janet Oliver
John Weber
Julie Dougherty-Winger
Irene Gustfson
Jack Hamilton
Jackie Feusier
James Rarick - Navy
Janet Oliver
Jim Colligan
ABH2 Warren - Navy
AC3 Heyd - Navy
Jim Freeman
Jim Hillaire
Jim Phay
Jim Sherman
Joe Walck
John Acton
Jon Vermillion
Joy McClain
Joyce Fruik
Judy Cline
Karen Merrill
Kathy Pigott
Keeter James - Samish Nation
Keith Fruik
Kimberly Porter
Kyle Waterman
Leslie Eastwood - Samish Nation
Lilly Knoek
LS1 Haney - Navy
Lou LaBombard
MA1 Gracia - Navy
Maddie Rose
Margaret Elphick
Mark Hoffmann
Marsha Phay
Maureen Rice
Mel Rogers
Michael Ferri
Michelle Snyder
Mike Brown
Mike Champion
Mike Monson
Mitch Incarnato
Monica Haselbauer
Noel Hanson
Norma Roberts
Orson Christensen
Pat Cozine
Pat Hamilton
Pat Waters
Paul Bigelow
Penny Barville
Phyllis Drummond
Ramona Laster
Ralph Young
Ricardo Reyes
Rich Gibson
Rick Castellano
Robin Wilson
Rob Johnson
Rod Barnes
Ron Boyer
Rosie Cayou James - Samish Nation
Sandra Serna - Navy
Sandra Wright - Samish Nation
Sarah Buck - Navy
Shellie Johnson
Stephanie Hilkey
Sue Waters
Julius Tate - Navy
Teresa Ellis
Tom Jones
Tom Ellis
Tom Smith
Vickie Chambers
Vicky Reyes
Virginia Brown
West Brown
Wylie Vracin

Penn Cove Water Festival

Coupeville, WA

The Mission of the Penn Cove Water Festival Association is to continue an annual revival of the historic Coupeville Water Festival by bringing families together to enjoy Native American canoe racing, entertainment, crafts and culture, and by giving them a chance to learn about, appreciate, and protect the environment in which we all live.

The Penn Cove Water Festival features annual tribal canoe races, Native arts and crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, dance performances, artist demonstrations, authentic Native foods, children's activities, and exhibits and displays. Come visit this year or get involved today!

T-Shirts from this year’s Penn Cove Water Festival (as well as some from past years) are available year round in Harbor Gift N' Kayak Rental on the Coupeville Wharf. The Festival posters and Roger Purdue’s Fine Art Prints and Portfolios are available year round at the Island County Museum, at the corner of Alexander and Front Streets in Coupeville.

For a look at the meaning and purpose of the Penn Cove Water Festival, please see HonorWorks Presents: Penn Cove Water Festival

Photos courtesy of the Island County Historical Society

The 2014 Festival is dedicated in Memory of

Roger Purdue 1938 - 2014

All pictures of Roger on this web site are used by permission of his Famiy.

Roger peeking over his newly installed Salmon Wheel, May 1996.

Roger Purdue wearing the blanket and cedar hat presented to him by the Penn Cove Water Festival Association and the Samish Tribe, with his daughter Gracie, February 2013.

We are deeply saddened to have to share the news that Coupeville artist Roger Purdue has passed away. Roger created the beautiful artwork for the Penn Cove Water Festival every year for two decades, and carved and painted the famous "Salmon Wheel" on the Coupeville Waterfront (now at the Island County Museum), and designed and oversaw the carving of the beautiful "Whale Wheel" that replaced it.

Roger is of Tsimshian heritage, and growing up on Orcas Island he developed a deep love for nature, salmon and whales. He was a teacher in Oak Harbor, and after retiring from teaching concentrated on his celebrated Northwest Native artwork and carvings, and was as prolific as he was talented. His generosity to the Penn Cove Water Festival and to the community will never be forgotten, and his beautiful, creative depictions of nature will live on forever.

There are no words to express the emptiness in our hearts on this day.

Appropriately, as I write this, a pod of Resident orcas is swimming up Admiralty Inlet, they have been traveling around the shores of Whidbey Island and Puget Sound for the past few days. We hope Roger's spirit is swimming along with them, free of the physical pain he has endured these past years. Our hearts and thoughts are with Roger's family - Sara, Wilbur and Gracie. Thank you for sharing Roger with us all these years - we know how much he loved you all.

We love you Roger ~

Susan Berta

Safe journey, Roger. We will miss you.


Support the Penn Cove Water Festival!
A 501 c 3 non-profit organization
Send your contribution to
Penn Cove Water Festival
PO Box 393
Coupeville WA 98239

For lodging and visitor information, please email Island County Tourism at

or visit:

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce


Photo by Nathan Whalen / The Whidbey Examiner

Coupeville artist Roger Purdue shares a story with Coupeville resident Gary Piazzon during Sunday’s gathering to celebrate the local artist.

Purdue honored for festival images

By Nathan Whalen, Examiner Staff Writer

A longtime Coupeville artist and educator was honored for his work helping the Penn Cove Water Festival this week.
Roger Purdue, a woodworker who has for decades designed the logo for the annual festival, was honored for the artwork he has contributed over the years.
Dozens of people, along with several representatives from the Samish Indian Nation, attended an event Sunday to unveil the latest logo for the Water Festival that takes place May 18 in Coupeville.
During the unveiling, Purdue received several gifts from the Samish Indian Nation, which is based in Anacortes.
He received a cedar hat decorated with an eagle feather and a button blanket, both of which were made by members of the Samish Nation.
“I’m at a loss for words. Thank you, thank you,” Purdue said while Rosie Cayou, Samish Indian Nation cultural development coordinator, wrapped the blanket around Purdue and placed the hat on his head.
The blanket was made by Diana and Pat Dunn, also members of the Samish Tribal Nation.
Purdue has donated new designs for the Penn Cove Water Festival for more than 20 years.
Each logo, which will eventually be placed on posters and T-shirts promoting the festival, keeps within the Native American tradition highlighted by the festiveal each year.
Canoe racers from Native American tribes across the Puget Sound region and First Nations peoples in Canada descend upon Coupeville to compete in a day-long series of races in Penn Cove.
The Water Festival also features Native American dancers, singers, storytellers and foods.
Cayou sang two traditional songs during the image release event. She also touched upon the similarities between Purdue’s family history and herown. They both have roots on Orcas Island.
Purdue also ensured his legacy of Native American inspired images will continue to be featured in upcoming festivals.
He donated 15 years worth of images.
Susan Berta, longtime volunteer who helps organize the canoe races and head of the Orca Network, shared how Purdue started designing the images, the first of which was based on water drop and a canoe, and how they became more elaborate over the years.
"I'm so happy to have come to know you. Your generosity has been amazing," Berta said during the meeting.
The day also provided a chance for interested people to sign up to volunteer for the May 18 festival.
Organizers always need help to organize such an event that is held in two parts of Coupeville and takes leaders about 12 months to organize.


For information about the festival, to volunteer or to donate, visit the Penn Cove Water Festival page on Facebook or go to