Historical Museum signs Mortenson for exhibit


March 20, 2024

Adam Sowards

Andy Mortenson (left) stands with his father, Bob, inside the Mortenson Signs office. Bob Mortenson's decades of advertising work will be on display at the Skagit County Historical Museum in "Signs, Signs, Everywhere -- Signs: The Art of Bob Mortenson." The exhibit opens March 29.

Inside Mortenson Signs on the corner of Avon Allen Road and Bennett Road is an explosion of colorful signs and art. This hints at the body of work Bob Mortenson has made since he opened the shop in 1981.

Iconic signs throughout Skagit Valley bear Mortenson's mark: RoozenGaarde, Calico Cupboard, Nasty Jacks and even the La Conner Weekly News.

Now, the impact of his art is receiving special attention. The Skagit County Historical Museum's next exhibit is "Signs, Signs, Everywhere – Signs: The Art of Bob Mortenson." It will be on display from March 29 to Sept. 29.

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