Take a Tour of Langley’s ‘Deck the Doors’

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Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor
Dec. 9, 2015

Langley is bursting in holiday cheer as artists decked the doors of over 40 shops and restaurants in 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 through an apple orchard, fairyland and snow scenes. Shops are decked in themes from the 12 days of Christmas to angelic clouds and snowflakes. You’ll find a kissing ball, an Orca in lights leaping at the Whale Center and Santa delivering gifts in his airplane. One restaurant is decorated with an intricate lattice of pinecones, twigs and yarn, while another uses wine glasses, white ribbon and lights. You’ll even find decorations from owls to camels and clamshells to apples.

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 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Boy and Dog Park on First Street along with the Langley Chamber shopping spree winner.


Sweet Mona’s snowflake door design is by artist Sandy O’Brien.



Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room was submitted “Let it Snow” by artist Diane Kauffman and crew.



Prima Bistro’s lacy design with natural materials is by Toby Nelson of Vases Wild.



Snowy window at 2nd Street Hair Boutique was created by Bristol Branson and crew.



SW Commons coffee theme was designed by Kathy Waymire Rooks.



The Braeburn’s Apple Orchard was created by Flying Bear Farm artists Melissa Brown and Ben Courteau.



Wishing you Peace, Love and Light from Bliss Hair Salon artist Kristi O’Donnell.



The Porter Building is dressed for the season by artist Leneen Carr.



Santa flies in with toys over Good Cheer, created by artist Leonard Good.



The Twelve Days of Christmas at Brackenwood Gallery was created by artist Jason Waskey.



A partridge in a pear tree at Brackenwood Gallery by Jason Waskey.


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Sassy Siren’s Mermaid’s Chair is by artists Siobhan Wright & Bob Love.



Advent Calendar on the door at Fair Trade Outfitters was created by owners Lilly & Barry van Gerbig.


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Details from Tipsy Gourmet door, by artist Michelle LaRue.



Island Fine Fabrics & Antiques is by artist Karin Bardarson.

Not only are the doors beautiful during the day, all the lights are twinkling at night—or any time after 4:30 p.m. since it’s December!

Addendum 12/23/2015: Find out about the winners here. 

Lorinda Kay is a photographer and the Program Manager of the Langley Main Street Association. All photos are courtesy of Lorinda Kay.


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