The First Annual Arts Alive! in photos

Posted in Community, Festivals, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
Sept. 17, 2014

The first annual “Arts Alive!” event was held in Langley on Saturday, Sept. 13 and the streets were filled with artists demonstrating as visitors and islanders watched and participated. David Welton captured the action with his camera and his group of roving photographers. Over 50 artists participated in demonstrating and setting up experiential opportunities for the public to participate in the arts in a day of art-making.

David Richmond and daughter

Tom Lindsay entertained people with his giant soap bubble sculpture during Arts Alive! Here he’s creating a long bubble on the beach at the Langley Harbor in a special sunrise demonstration on Saturday. David Richmond and his daughter look on.

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Visitors got to make some bubbles on their own at the bubble station at Seawall Park.

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It was difficult to say if making bubbles, watching bubbles, or chasing and bursting bubbles was the favored activity at Seawall Park.


Color magic by Tom Lindsay.

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Photographer Skip Smith prepares Fred Lundahl for a photo using a tin-type camera.

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Allison shows examples of photos using the tin-type camera.

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Skip’s camera waits for the next visitor outside the Brackenwood Gallery.

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Leonard Good demonstrated how to make cyanotype solar prints, here he shows an example of one.

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Cary Jurriaans and Bjorn Lundeen  of Whidbey Island Fine Art Studios paint at Useless Bay Coffee Company.

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Painting and subject.

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Bjorn Lundeen smiles at the progress.

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Children were welcomed to join Melissa Koch and Lauren Atkinson in creating a giant butterfly mural on the wall at US Bank on Second Street. Individual butterflies were made by children (and some adults) from muslin and paint and then mounted as part of a bigger butterfly as artists Melissa Koch and Anne Belov look on.

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Local artist Anne Belov smiles from behind the butterfly wall created outside US Bank.

Lloyd Whannell

Sculptor Lloyd Whannell demonstrates how to make chips fly.

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County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson gives it a try.

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Sculptor Frank Rose works on a portrait in clay of Langley City Councilperson Robin Black.

Organizers Colin Campbell and Rene Neff facilitated and launched “Arts Alive” to showcase the incredible variety and quality of island artists. The event was sponsored by the City Of Langley, Chamber of Commerce and Langley Main Street Association.

All photos by David Welton


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