BY KATY SHANER
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
April 1, 2015
It is the first weekend of the month and that means “Gallery Watch”!
Art abounds on Whidbey when galleries and studios stay open late to welcome visitors and islanders to their new monthly shows.
Meet the artists at the Opening Receptions.
“Gallery Watch” is a collaborative arts guide between the Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine and will be produced the first weekend of the month only.
Got an event you’d like to see on “Gallery Watch”? Make sure to put it on the Whidbey Life Magazine Calendar https://www.whidbeylifemagazine.org/submit-your-event/.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3
ARTWORKS GALLERY features Artist Gaylen Whiteman during April. A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be served. Guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will provide live music. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception.
Whiteman has been drawing and painting since childhood. Since retiring from corporate life in 2007, she has been enjoying her art full time and is the current President of the Artists of South Whidbey. Artworks Gallery is located on Greenbank Farm. http://www.artworkswhidbey.com (360) 222-3010 Gallery Hours Weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
ROB SCHOUTEN GALLERY presents “The Department of Whimzy” with the art of David Ossman and Stephen Roxborough. 5 to 8 p.m. Collages, dioramas and photographs of David Ossman and Stephen Roxborough.
In recognition of April Poetry Month, Ossman, Roxborough and literary cohort John Burgess, poets all, will also hold a free poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Everyone is welcome to come hear these masters of the spoken word read selected poems, while enjoying an evening of whimsical fantasy. Fine art, good food, lively conversation and the exquisite natural beauty of this special place. April gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Tuesdays by appointment only. Rob Schouten Gallery 765 Wonn Road, #C-103 Greenbank (360) 222-3070 http://www.robschoutengallery.com.
RAVEN ROCKS GALLERY presents: Sheep & Shards: Hand Woven Tapestry & Stained Glass Mosaics April 1 through April 30. Opening Reception 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, April 3. Weaving and mosaics are two ancient art forms, both constantly evolving, yet always maintaining elements of its origins. April at Raven Rocks Gallery brings contemporary interpretations of these forms, each piece expressing an emotion or experience of the artist. Windwalker Taibi is featuring his latest tapestries, “nonconformity” and “Soul’s Peace,” with accompanying statements explaining his motivation for creating the work. Sandy and Carl Bryant have quickly become two of the most acclaimed stained glass mosaic artists of the Pacific Northwest. Raven Rocks Gallery, Greenbank Farm 765 Wonn Road C-101, (360) 222-0102 www.ravenrocksgallery.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 4
“FIRST SATURDAY ARTWALK”
BRACKENWOOD GALLERY “Visions of Tibet” Artist Mingyang Li. Since 2005 Mingyang has taken pictures of different manifestations of Buddhist life and practices in Eastern Tibet. Color images of the high grasslands, vast expanses of sky and green rolling mountains capture the astounding beauty of eastern Tibet. Mingyang’s black and white photos of smiling children and indigenous people surviving on the edge of this challenging environment remind us that there are still places that remain somewhat untouched by modern forces. Artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. during Langley’s “First Saturday Artwalk. The exhibit will be up until April 26. 302 First Street Langley. (360) 221-2978, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brackenwoodgallery.com, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.
THE POPPYBANK GALLERY presents CONVERGENCE: Images from a Series by Harry von Stark. Show runs through May 1. The Whidbey Island Photographer’s series uses images with colours extracted from them for a total graphic design that is not totally photographically intrinsic, stretching both the image and the viewer’s imagination. 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 107-B First St. Langley, (360) 221-4878 email@example.com, http://www.poppybankgallery.com.
MUSEO presents the annual GARDEN SHOW. Artists, inspired by gardens and Springtime, will exhibit new works. The show begins with an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 4. During the reception Spoiled Dog Winery will be pouring their boutique wines. “Extraordinary Wines from the Heart of Puget Sound” The exhibit will continue through April 26. 215 First Street, Langley, (360) 221-7737 www.museo.cc
STUDIO 106 The artists at Studio 106 are in full swing and have new works to show you. Barb Barry is continuing with her ever-popular Whidbey Animal Series. Faye Castle’s captivating works depict the light, the fog, the atmosphere. Phyllis Ray enjoys painting the bricks and mortar of Langley scenes, both exterior and interior. Come see where art is made. 106 McLeod Alley (between Whidbey Island Bank & Star Store), (206) 679-7843 www.phyllisray.blogspot.com/.
EDIT presents WORKS IN ENCAUSTIC by David Price Located next to Brackenwood Gallery in Langley 306 First Street, #101 (360) 221-7909 www.editwhidbey.com
WHIDBEY ART GALLERY The Gallery shows works of over 35 local artists. Join us in April for GARDEN DELIGHTS. This exhibit will run through the end of April. www.whidbeyartists.com. Whidbey Art Gallery, 220 Second St., Langley, (360) 221-7675.
UUCWI GALLERY OF ART presents Viva Cuba Libre, a unique collection of photos recently taken in Cuba by Whidbey photographer Nancy Duncan, reflecting textures and flavors of the country that will likely disappear now that U.S sanctions are being lifted. Whidbey fiber artist Molly Petersons ignites an exciting exhibit with her complex, colorful knit & hand-woven scarves & shawls. UUCWI, 20103 State Route 525 (approximately one mile north of Freeland on the west side of the highway) www.uucwi.org/.
BLOOMS TASTE FOR WINES The annual Mother Earth Art Show has opened, with paintings by Sharon Tryon and Anna Davis, photography by Elizabeth Atly, and pottery and shell art by Carol Rhodes. The show runs to April 27. Blooms Winery’s tasting room is at the Bayview Corner Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Rd. Langley. Available for private parties too! Open Thursday noon-5 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 11am to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. and Monday noon to 5 p.m. 360-321-0515 www.bloomswinery.com
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 and
SUNDAY, APRIL 5
WHIDBEY ALLIED ARTISTS ART SHOW & SALE from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 4 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 5 at the Recreational Hall in Coupeville located at Coveland and Alexander Street. Over twenty artists from Clinton to Oak Harbor will show a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional art. We will be displaying art from Whidbey artists from all over the island with a wide variety of mediums and price ranges to fit every budget. We are partnering with Gifts From The Heart, a Central Whidbey Organization that provides food & financial assistance to residents in need. We will have a collection box for nonperishable food donations or monetary contributions. While you are here, check out the opening day of the Coupeville Farmer’s Market! WhidbeyArtists@gmail.com FREE.
PENN COVE GALLERY Featured Artist in April is oil painter Rainy Lindell, a self-taught artist who loves painting landscapes. She finds that oils give her the rich warm dark colors that make a painting glow as well as the vibrant bright colors that add the zing. The flowers in a breeze, the warmth of the sunset or the yellow trees in autumn all move her to capture this moment in time. Penn Cove Gallery offers collectable, giftable and wearable art from 27 local artists. The gallery is located in the heart of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront. OPEN seven days a week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 9 NW Front Street, Coupeville, 360-678-1176, www.penncovegallery.com/.
PENN COVE POTTERY Located in the old “San de Fuca grocery store on Hwy. 20, Penn Cove Pottery is a working studio as well as a gallery. Potter and gallery owner Steve Eelkema creates “finely crafted pottery for everyday use.” In addition to Eelkema’s teapots, wide-mouth jars, and bowls, the gallery features the pottery, glass art and wall art from other Pacific Northwest artists. Lovely new fused glass pieces by glass artist Ebba Krarup on display. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 26184 State Route 20, Coupeville, www.penncovepottery.com/wordPress/, 360-678-6464.
GARRY OAK GALLERY An Artist-owned Gallery. Guest artists: Mary Alice Sterling, Woven Baskets and Larry Mason, Water color to June 30. With a dedicated group of more than 25 established and emerging artists, Garry Oak brings new and original works of art on display to the delight of both locals and visitors. As one of many Whidbey Island art galleries, Garry Oak Gallery provides a unique balance of both high-end fine art as well as a generous supply of easily affordable art work as well. Note cards that feature artists’ work are available. At least one of the member artists is always in the gallery. 830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, (360) 240-0222. Open Daily 10:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. www.garryoakgallery.com/artists.html.
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