Join the Holiday Celebration as Langley “Decks the Doors”

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY LORINDA KAY
WLM Guest Contributor
December 10, 2014

Langley is bursting in holiday cheer as artists decked the doors of over 50 shops and restaurants in the downtown. Local artists were invited to bring their talents and imagination and possibly win one of three $1,000 prizes.

The creations are sweeping in scope and imagination, creating an outdoor gallery that brings you from the beach to fairyland. Shops are decked in themes from a starry night with stars in glass and flowers, to a Parisian cabaret celebrating the rabbits of Langley, to the knitting world of wool stockings with knitting needles as stars.

You’ll find boating themes with “Deck the Hulls” to an Orca in lights leaping at the Langley Whale Center. One restaurant is decorated with apples, nuts and berries while another is decked out with forks and knives mingled with corks and color. You’ll even find decorations from camels to cameras and clamshells to a golden wreath of dog biscuits.

Sponsored by Langley Main Street, “Deck the Doors” has been a yearly holiday tradition, giving an opportunity to employ the talents of many Whidbey artists to the delight of visitors and residents. The three winners will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 20 on First St. at the Boy and Dog Park.

Prima Bistro’s front door, created by Toby Nelson

Prima Bistro’s front door, created by Toby Nelson

Ott & Murphy with an ode to the rabbits of Langley by Diane Kauffman

Ott & Murphy with an ode to the rabbits of Langley by Diane Kauffman

 

Museo Gallery, decorated by artist Larry Woolworth

Museo Gallery, decorated by artist Larry Woolworth

Knitty Purls displays wool stockings with knitting needles for stars by Mary McLeod.

Knitty Purls displays wool stockings with knitting needles for stars by Mary McLeod.

Sassy Siren, with art by Jennifer Krouse

Sassy Siren, with art by Jennifer Grouse

Prima Bistro’s back door, decked in Double Bluff Beach theme by artist Cary Jurriaans

Prima Bistro’s back door, decked in Double Bluff Beach theme by artist Cary Jurriaans

Langley Antiques with decorations created by artist Meri McCormick

Langley Antiques with decorations created by artist Meri McCormick

Island Pilates at the Porter Building, by artist Leneen Carr

Island Pilates at the Porter Building, by artist Leneen Carr

Corks and forks at Prima Bistro by Toby Nelson

Corks and forks at Prima Bistro by Toby Nelson

Chocolate Flower Shop by artist Linda Walsh

Chocolate Flower Shop by artist Linda Walsh

Braeburn Restaurant, bedecked by artists Melissa Brown and Ben Courteau

Braeburn Restaurant, bedecked by artists Melissa Brown and Ben Courteau

Brackenwood Gallery with “Starry Nights” by artists Melissa Brown and Ben Courteau

Brackenwood Gallery with “Starry Nights” by artists Melissa Brown and Ben Courteau

Big Sister. Artist and owner, Michelle LaRue

Big Sister—artist and owner, Michelle LaRue

Bliss Hair Salon, artist Kristi O’Donnell

Bliss Hair Salon, artist Kristi O’Donnell

Read about the process of creating a “Door” for this event in this blog, “Walkin’ in a Thrift Story Wonderland” by Meri McCormick.

Image at top: The offices of John L Scott, decorated by artists Elaine and Dimitri Michelides

John L Scott, decorated by artists Elaine and Dimitri Michelides

John L Scott, decorated by artists Elaine and Dimitri Michelides

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  1. Dear Whidbey Life Mag.
    As I was looking all through the pictures of the Deck the Doors in Langley ,
    I noticed that there was No picture of the New shop ,
    Through the Reading Glass , and No picture of my Fused Dragon Panel in
    The Door !! As I spent about 28 + Hrs. & a Special trip across the pond ,
    To Covenant Art Glass to pick up some materials to complete this piece !
    Plus 24 Hours in the Kiln . Very Dissapointed there is Zero mention !!
    Next year’s piece will be even Better , as I will have more time to
    Design & create ….

    Mahalo , Sherren A. / Sherren’s Glassworks on Cultus Bay Rd. Clinton .

    • Sherren;
      Congratulations on your door! I’m sorry we didn’t feature a photo of the door on “Through the Reading Glass,” Lorinda did a great job of taking photos of the beautiful doors. Unfortunately, we have limited space here for our photo essays so we had to edit our choices and were not able to include them all (there are over 100 photos!). I’m sorry that this door was not one of the photos included. I think that there are so many doors that got decorated this year speaks to how popular this program by the Langley Main Street Association has become and to the artistic talent we have on the island. We hope the photo essay will encourage folks to make a point of visiting the “Doors” to see them in person. Thanks for letting us know about the door!

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