Visual Arts Stories

Calligraphy Illuminated on Whidbey Island

by Shawn Berit in History, Spotlight, Visual Art

The history of calligraphy is as old as the history of writing. Books were once handwritten and hand embellished by expert scribes. The calligraphic arts extended beyond the words and letter forms to include decorative motifs and illustrations with colored and gilded Illuminations. Yet, as is often the case, technological advances all but killed calligraphy when the printing press came into use.

In 1976, Whidbey Island resident Mary McLeod attended a seminar taught by Professor Lloyd Reynolds of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Reynolds is credited as the man who brought calligraphy to the Pacific Northwest, and he is certainly the man who instilled a life change in McLeod. From that one seminar, she was hooked. Her passion for this old and beautiful art steeled her resolve to learn all she could and master the techniques.

From Detritus to Delight: Recycled Art Comes to WICA

by Wendy Jones in Feature, Visual Art

Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, and appreciation of art often goes the same way. One person may herald a work of art as groundbreaking, important, or visionary, while another may dismiss the same work as junk.

At the Whidbey Island Center for the Art’s Creative Recycled Art Projects (C.R.A.P.) exhibit, opening Friday, both will be true. The unifying element of each of the seven featured artists’ work is found/recycled/repurposed items used in ways that delight and surprise — making previously unwanted items something to be coveted.

Artist Jim Short Featured

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Artist Jim Short will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with a few of his wood-turning tools. Jim rescues homeless wood. His turnings often come from local trees headed for the landfill or a stove. He enjoys the wood’s connection to Whidbey Island’s climate and […]

An Invitation to Photographers!

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

In a few short months, the new wing at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center will be ready for move-in. It has been a labor of love that would never have happened without the support of the Whidbey Island community. Many photographers have asked about displaying their work in our new space. Thank you! As a public-district hospital, […]

Whitesavage and Lyle Hand-Forge Public Art on Whidbey

by Tom Trimbath in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

You’ve probably seen their art. That’s the nature of public art. It’s in our lives whenever we’re in public places. Sometimes it’s startling and hard to ignore. Other times it blends into the urban environment seamlessly. Seamless and artistic is a difficult balance to achieve, but Jean Whitesavage and Nick Lyle are a pair of Whidbey artists who have managed that for years with art that’s lasted for decades. They are sculptors who work in metal, steel mostly, on public art projects around the country.

A Place to Call Your Own

by Kate Poss in Feature, Gardens, More Stories, Visual Art

Foraging for material at Island Recycling, Bob Bowling finds old windows and doors, antique coffee cans, and restaurant vents and loads of other castoff things. Using his imagination and construction expertise, he fashions the treasures into weather vanes, birdhouses, and bric-a-brac to adorn the facade and interiors of the garden houses or chicken coops he builds.

Pigment, Perspectives, and Pandas || The Best of Times

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Feature, Visual Art

Even at the best of times, an artist’s income is precarious. What is hard, especially in times of social upheaval, is when you want to contribute, but your income can barely stretch to your mortgage and groceries, let alone a generous donation to an organization you believe in. So I was really excited when I read of cartoonist Sara Gliddon, who had come up with a great plan to generate donations for the ACLU. She started the ball rolling and many other comics artists took her idea and ran with it, so I did too.

Winter Moments Around Puget Sound

by Susan Scott in More Stories, Nature, Photo essay, Photography, Visual Art

Whidbey Island has been my home for the past 21 years, and as time goes by, I find it to be only more inspiring and comforting as a place to live. The natural beauty of our island, as well as the community spirit we share with one another, makes it a unique and cherished gift for all of us. I enjoy celebrating our living treasures by taking photographs, whether I am walking, cycling, or driving around the island. This winter, I have found what nature offers to be especially uplifting, and I would like to share some of those moments with you.

woven sculptures

Local Artists Help Northwest Basketry Evolve

by Tom Trimbath in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

People were able to live on the island by using what grew here. Containers that we take for granted today were the result of hours of harvesting, preparing, and weaving for indigenous tribes. Cedar, spruce, and cattails were some of the materials woven into baskets, but those words make the process sound simple and limited.

Pottery Artist Carol Ann Bauer Featured

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

STILLFire Pottery artist Carol Ann Bauer will be at Penn Cove Gallery on January 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where she will discuss her journey in the art of pottery making. Creating pottery full-time since 1980, Carol’s pottery springs from her love of classical form and is inspired by the endlessly fascinating beauty […]

For Some, Tattoos Heal From the Outside In

by Wendy Jones in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art, What's up

Tattoos mean many things to many people and have a shifting history in terms of public opinion. At times, they have been used to mark royalty. Other times, they have designated someone as property. Some periods of history have seen tattoos as pure rebellion, while other times it has been a mark of the pious. But in their earliest form, their utility might surprise some people: a protocol for healing.Tattoo artist Eric Tunnell has seen transformations beyond the cosmetic after his clients come in for an ink session.

Peter and Margaret Camfferman in studio

The Camffermans Gave Langley’s Art Its Start

by Tom Trimbath in Feature, History, More Stories, Visual Art

They called it Brackenwood. Until the Camffermans moved to Whidbey Island in 1915, it was known for potlatches, longhouses, lumber, and fishing — with a bit of lawlessness for flavor. By establishing Brackenwood, their art colony, on Whidbey (Whidby at the time), the identity of the island, and Langley in particular, changed. In a few years, two passionate people created as great an influence as hundreds had done over decades.

December Art Walk at Whidbey Art Gallery

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Join us for an art walk December 3, 2016, from 5 to 7 pm at the Whidbey Art Gallery on 220 Second Street in Langley. Lane Tompkins is showing his figurative sculptures, Roger Newell is presenting his pen and inks and watercolors, and Diane Tompkinson is offering printmaking images. View five rooms full of art […]

Weaving Artist Janis Saunders Featured

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Artist Janis Saunders will be at Penn Cove gallery on December 19 and 27, where she will demonstrate methods of her woven art. Janis has been weaving for more than 30 years using a computer-assisted loom, which allows her to explore simple to complex patterns. Weaving with wool, alpaca, linen, silk, and rayon, her current […]

Rocks That Build Bridges (And Break Down Walls)

by Wendy Jones in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Bright spots in the world often show up in odd places and strange forms. Sometimes, the biggest of those spots fall into our paths at unexpected moments or come from a complete stranger. It’s always a thing of beauty when they reveal themselves in the exact right place and time to flip our entire outlook from stormy to sunny in a split second. Whidbey Island Rocks is a group dedicated to creating those serendipitous moments for locals and visitors.

An Infinite Tower Connecting Heaven and Earth

by Kate Poss in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art, What's up

The newest addition to the 72- acre Buddhist-inspired nature reserve and sculpture garden is a modern sculpture similar in shape to an obelisk, only one containing triangle-shaped facets.

“Art and Appetizers” Holiday Show

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

The “Art & Appetizers” Holiday Show features 20 local artists from the Whidbey Art Gallery. It takes place Friday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. Music by John Steele. Open to the public, free admission. 5725 Country Club Drive, Langley, WA 98260. For more information, call 360.221,7675.

Kayaker and reflection on water

View and Bid on Inuit Art

by Kate Poss in Feature, History, Visual Art

Thanks to a donation of First Nation limited edition prints to the Freeland Library, you can view and bid on Cape Dorset Inuit art that’s on display this month. The art depicts life and its connection to the Arctic in images of polar bears, walruses, a kayaker, and musk oxen, among others.

Penn Cove Gallery Welcomes Artist Diane Tompkinson

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 1, 2016 Penn Cove Gallery welcomes artist Diane Tompkinson, who adds her mixed media art and printmaking to the gallery’s collection of local talent. Diane produces her art using many art media. While studying at the University of Oregon, she worked with oils, acrylics, and printmaking, and in later years, she began woodcarving. Now, […]

Art History Lecture in Langley by Gary Faigin

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 2, 2016 Caravaggio: The bad boy who rewrote art history This promises to be another fascinating and highly entertaining lecture. Sublime master of realism inside the studio, incorrigible delinquent on the outside, the Baroque artist Caravaggio embodied contradiction.  His spectacular paintings changed art history, but his violent personal life brought his career to an […]

Artworks Gallery Features Artist Kent and Dottie Sanders in November

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

October 21, 2016 Watercolorist Dottie Sanders and jeweler Kent Sanders will be featured artists in November at Artworks Gallery. There will be a First Friday reception at the gallery November 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with light snacks, beverages, and live entertainment by guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand […]

Skies of Flame and Spice of Cider: Fall Paints Whidbey Island

by David Welton in Community, Gardens, Humor, More Stories, Nature, Photo essay, Photography, Visual Art

October, always my favorite month, brings Fall to life, quickening the senses with color, scents, and sudden winds.  

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || A Work in Progress or How a ‘Bear of Little Brain’ Started My Career

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Humor, Visual Art

My earliest memory of seeing artwork that inspired me to become an artist did not come from a museum or a gallery. I think the first artwork that I ever saw that made me say, “I want to do that!” was my copy of “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.

From Russia With Love: The Babushkas

by Guest Contributor in Community, Film, History, More Stories, Video, Visual Art, What's Happening

Half a world away from Whidbey, an intrepid group of Ukrainian women have refused to let one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters keep them from returning to their beloved home: Chernobyl. To tell their incredible story, award-winning filmmaker, “adventure diva” and Hedgebrook alumna Holly Morris is bringing her unflinching documentary “The Babushkas Of Chernobyl” to The Clyde Theatre.

The Crow Show at Whidbey Art Gallery Oct. 1 – 31

by Art News in Community News, Nature, Photography, Visual Art

Sept. 28, 2016 Whidbey Art Gallery invites you to THE CROW SHOW: An Homage to the Raven, running from Oct. 1 – 31. The show will include many Whidbey artists interpreting what crows/ravens mean to them. Expect depictions of the many faces of crows in reality and fantasy. Are crows mystical, tricksters, or just part […]

Tracking Whidbey’s Seasons with the Birds

by Kate Poss in Gardens, More Stories, Nature, Travel, Visual Art

These are the days of cool and crisp weather, yellow-orange leaves, and apples red and green. Autumn calls some birds to travel south while others remain and prepare for winter weather.

Artists of Whidbey Island || Thoughts on a Photograph

by Don Wodjenski in Film, History, More Stories, Nature, Photo essay, Visual Art

Consider what our world would be like without photography. Unless you’re living off the grid, you’ll likely see hundreds of images today.

Artworks Gallery Features Artist Barbara Mearing during October

by Art News in Community News, Music, Visual Art

September 27, 2016 Artists Barbara Mearing will be featured artist during October at Artworks Gallery. There will be a First Friday reception at the gallery October 7, 5-7:30 p.m. with light snacks and beverages and live entertainment by guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception. […]

Sculptor Dan Freeman at Rob Schouten Gallery October 7-31

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art, What's Happening

An Artist’s Reception – Friday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. – kicks off the new exhibition of artist Dan Freeman’s latest sculptures at Rob Schouten Gallery.

Patty Picco at Penn Cove Gallery Oct. 17

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art, What's Happening

Patty Picco will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Monday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the tools and explanations of her art work.

‘Unmade Bed,’ exhibit on sex slave trade, at WICA Oct. 7 – 9

by Art News in Community News, Film, History, Photography, Visual Art, What's Happening

Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world. The reality is that prostitution is the oldest ongoing abuse. Unmade Bed is an exhibit of visual art that tackles the heart response to the sex slave trade. We hold in our hands and hearts the ability to stop this inhumane practice.

Whidbey resident invited to exhibit ‘Our Sister’s Keeper’ photos at Jimmy Carter Library in Atlanta

by Claire Moore in Community, History, More Stories, Photography, Visual Art

Photographer Marie Plakos, a Whidbey Island resident, has been invited to present her work in a one-woman exhibit at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Opening on Sept. 13, the exhibit will remain in place through late December.

The Machine SHOP Brings Joy to Langley for Teenagers (and Adults)

by Guest Contributor in Community, Food, Humor, More Stories, Music, Visual Art

When I was a kid, which was not long ago, I loved going into Langley. My mom was a waitress at the Dog House and Mike’s Place was just across the street. But both of these lively places have been closed for quite a while now, and Langley has seemed to be losing its aspect of a fun place to hang out for people my age.

Art Show at Blooms features Alex Bonesteel and Natalie Heater

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art, What's Happening

The Art Show at Blooms Winery Tasting Room for September and October features two artists who have returned to their childhood home of Whidbey to pursue their dreams.

Photoessay || Moments of Wonder

by Susan Scott in Gardens, More Stories, Nature, Photo essay, Photography, Visual Art

Discovering moments of wonder on Whidbey Island takes no more time or effort than stepping outside on any day and beholding what the natural world offers.

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Glass”—new work by Rob Adamson, Katrina Hude and Steph Mader

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Aug. 24, 2016 If you’re looking for a unique excursion into the world of art glass, you don’t have to travel to Murano, Italy. Just visit the Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island. The Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm will be showcasing “GLASS” with three of Whidbey’s uniquely talented glass artists: Robert Adamson, Katrina Hude […]

Whidbey Working Artists’ Studio Tour Showcase 2016: Week Five

by Art News in Community, Visual Art, Whidbey Working Artists Showcase

Don’t miss the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 27 and 28.

Whimsical Barrels, Boats and Pontoons Speed, Once Again, Down Langley’s First Street

by David Welton in Community, Festivals, Humor, More Stories, Photo essay, Photography, Visual Art

PHOTOESSAY BY DAVID WELTON Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor August 24, 2016 Hundreds of Whidbey Islanders and visitors welcomed a break in the recent heat spell by turning out for Langley’s 2016 Soup Box Derby on Sunday, August 21. The fun-run, which featured close to 30 “vehicles” this year, is put on by the Langley Community Club. […]

An Art Affair to Remember: Annual ASW Sale

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 23, 2016 Artists of South Whidbey will present their 42nd Annual Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 in the Burrier Building at the Island Country Fairground, Langley. The Show opens with a Reception on Friday evening, 5:30 […]

Artworks Gallery Featured Artist for September: John Olsen

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Aug. 24, 2016 September is Film-Photography Month at Artworks Gallery at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island. Artworks Gallery features the photography of John Olsen during September, starting with a First Friday reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, with light snacks and beverages and live entertainment provided. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to […]

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || Bright Shiny Things

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Feature, Visual Art

BY ANNE BELOV August 17, 2016 Okay, Okay. I admit it. I have magpie tendencies, collecting objects that I like or that I think may have use for down the road. When you add the magpie tendencies to the packrat predilection, you have a crisis brewing. Part of the problem is that I’ve lived in […]

Whidbey Working Artists’ Studio Tour Showcase 2016: Week Four

by Art News in Feature, Visual Art, Whidbey Working Artists Showcase

August 17, 2016 COUNTDOWN: Just one and a half weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 27 and 28. This year’s tour includes 52 artists at 37 studios across Whidbey Island. Spend time with these working artists in their studios while experiencing the beauty that attracts them […]

Whidbey Island Woodworkers annual ‘Woodpalooza’ set for Sept. 2

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

Aug. 24, 2016 The 14th Annual Woodpalooza will kick off with an evening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 at Langley’s Zech Hall in WICA. The show is open to all lovers of fine woodworking and runs from 12 to 5 p.m. from Saturday, Sept. 3 to 5. Works to be displayed are by: Bruce Schwager, Christine Schwager, John Shinneman, […]

How Do You Inspire an Artist? || Landscapes by Sketchers—They’re Worth a View

by Natalie Olsen in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

“Sketching here on Whidbey is awesome,” artist Faye Castle said.

Whidbey Working Artists’ Studio Tour Showcase 2016: Week Three

by LIs David in Visual Art, Whidbey Working Artists Showcase

August 10, 2016 COUNTDOWN: Just two weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 27 and 28. This year’s tour includes 52 artists at 37 studios across Whidbey Island. Spend time with these working artists in their studios while experiencing the beauty that attracts these artists to magnificent […]

‘Come Curious and Leave Inspired’ by Visiting Whidbey’s Working Artists

by Kate Poss in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

The end of August on Whidbey Island evokes a sense of bittersweet that comes with knowing the long summer days and sunshine we enjoy will give way to a cycle of cool and misty weather in the months to come.

Artists of Whidbey Island || A Reflection in Black and White

by Don Wodjenski in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

As a lifelong photographer, I’m still in love with black and white photography as a primary means of creative expression

Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour Showcase 2016: Week Two

by Art News in Community, Feature, Visual Art, Whidbey Working Artists Showcase

August 3, 2016 COUNTDOWN: Just three weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 27 and 28. This year’s tour includes 52 artists at 37 studios across Whidbey Island. Spend time with these working artists in their studios while experiencing the beauty that attracts them to magnificent Whidbey Island. […]

Fifty-two local artists show their works in this popular summertime event Aug. 27 and 28

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 2, 2016 The Whidbey Island Arts Council announced today its highly popular Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour will take place Saturday and Sunday, August, 27 and 28th. This year, 52 artists are taking part, making it one of the most diverse open studio events ever. Studios will be open 10am to 5pm […]

2016 Froggwell Biennale: Fine Art in the garden

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Fourteen artists, one beautiful garden! Please join us for the 2016 Froggwell Biennale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  on Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5 through 7 Enjoy this exhibition and sale of printmaking, painting, sculpture and handmade books. Please join us at this enchanting private home and garden setting for an intimate look at […]

Woodworkers in their Element at ‘Art + Wood = Woodpalooza’ Sept. 2 – 5

by Lara Dunning in Community, Festivals, More Stories, Visual Art

Don Bundy sits at his woodworking bench with a partially carved bird resting on a block of wood. He supports this bird-to-be with his right hand and carves with his left, a method he devised after a serious motorcycle accident resulted in the loss of use of his right hand and extensive nerve damage in his left.

Artist Mary Ellen O’Connor featured at Penn Cove Gallery

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

July 28, 2016 You are invited to meet Artist Mary Ellen O’Connor at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24. Mary Ellen will explain and demonstrate some of the tools used in her artwork. Mary Ellen is an artist with a passion for wildlife and nature. Since earning her BFA in […]

Whidbey Working Artists’ Studio Tour Showcase 2016: Week One

by Art News in Community, Visual Art, Whidbey Working Artists Showcase

COUNTDOWN: Just five weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27 and 28. This year’s tour includes 52 artists at 37 studios throughout Whidbey Island.

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Reflections: A Life in Motion” paintings by Anne Belov

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

  July 23, 2016 Join us for an artists’ reception for Ann Belov  during ‘First Friday at Greenbank Farm’ on Friday, August 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The Farm’s other galleries and shops will all be open until 7 p.m. as well. There will be live music in several […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents Sharon Spencer – Bronzes & Mixed Media Keiichi Nishimura – Paintings on Silk

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 24, 2016 Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to feature the evocative sculpture of Sharon Spencer, and the graceful and unique paintings on silk by Keiichi Nishimura. Join for an artists’ reception for Spencer and Nishimura during ‘First Friday at Greenbank Farm’ on Friday, July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show continues July 1 — Aug […]

Artists of Whidbey Island || The I’s of Art: Inspiration, Idea, Imagination

by Don Wodjenski in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Imagine looking over David Ossman’s shoulder at the image fragments he’s gathered in the creation of a new collage.

Begin your 4th of July celebration at the Whidbey Art Gallery!

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 29, 2016 Whidbey Art Gallery is starting the holiday off right with dazzling artwork. We are featuring the colorful paintings of guest artist Dale Reiger, the unique carved clay ceramics of guest artist Molly Heuffed, and pastel and acrylics paintings of featured member, Barbara Mearing. Please join us for a reception to celebrate this […]

Artist Richard Nash featured at Penn Cove Gallery July 6-7

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 29, 2016 Richard Nash will be at Penn Cove Gallery on July 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to discuss the methods and motivations behind his artworks, including acrylic paintings and sculptures of Cor-ten and stainless steel. Nash earned a MFA in painting and printmaking and has been a lifelong student of […]

Island Art Glass Annual Holiday Sale, July 1 – 4

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Join Island Art Glass  for our annual holiday sale in our glass studio. The sale is Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. Open hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4. Island Art Glass is located at 2062 Newman Road, Langley. Directions: (From the south)  Follow Highway 525 […]

Penn Cove Gallery Welcomes Artist Janis Collins

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 27, 2016 Penn Cove Gallery is excited to add the colored pencil artwork of Artist Janis Collins to its representation of local talent. Her colored pencil art adds a new art medium to the Gallery walls. Janis has been drawing all her life. She loves the detail and precision of pencil drawings. Her inspiration […]

Stuart King and Keane Mellecker at Blooms Winery Showing, July – August

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art, Winery

June 24, 2016 A new art show that combines work by internationally known painter Stuart King, who has shown his work in five countries, and a debut for Keane Mellecker, who is just starting his artistic career, opens the evening of Friday, July 1 at Blooms Winery tasting room at Bayview Corner. Join us an artists’ […]

Artworks Gallery Featured Artist for July

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 27, 2016 Marcy Johnson will be Artworks Gallery Featured Artist for July. There will be a First Friday reception on July 1, 5-7:30 p.m. with light snacks and beverages. Live marimba music will be performed by the group Sarungano. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception. In the […]

‘Celebrating The Sacredness Of Water’—Art installation in Seattle by Whidbey artist Melissa Koch

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Whidbey Island visual artist Melissa Koch will be unveiling a new temporary public art installation titled “WATER” at the Lake City Mini Park, located at 12359 Lake City Way NE in Seattle, on Thursday, June 23 at 12 noon. Funding for the public art project was provided by “Put Art In Parks,” a Seattle Park District […]

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || Busy, Busy, Busy

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Humor, Literary, Visual Art

You hear it everywhere you go: I’m so busy; I’m too busy; my children have a packed schedule; Lunch? Let me look at my calendar… I think I have a Tuesday next August. Does that work for you?

Artists of Whidbey Island || More Than Meets the Eye

by Don Wodjenski in Feature, Spotlight, Visual Art

When it comes to looking at art, there’s always more than meets the eye. A painting, sculpture, story or song doesn’t simply materialize.

Artists of South Whidbey Demonstration for June with Patty Picco on June 14

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 31, 2016 Guest Artist Patty Picco will be demonstrating at the Tuesday, June 14, meeting of Artists of South Whidbey (ASW), starting at 11:30 a.m. Picco’s artworks include encaustic mixed media and monotypes. Her demonstration will include painting on tissue paper to add collage elements to finished paintings or paintings in progress.  Sometimes adding just […]

Artist Bev McQuary Featured at Penn Cove Gallery, June 21

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 6, 2016 Jewelry artist Bev McQuary will be at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21,  “playing with fire,” or—rather—describing her Italian bead-making process. Glass bead-making involves melting colorful glass rods around a mandrel with a propane/oxygen torch and then embellishing them with more glass. The combination of color and […]

Craig Kosak’s ‘Bold Departure’ on View at Brackenwood Gallery, Langley, in June 

by Leslie Irish Evans in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Whidbey painter Craig Kosak’s new show, “The Secret Life of Ravens” will be featured at Brackenwood Gallery for the month of June.

Master Painter, Max Ginsburg, from New York, presents Demo on May 29

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 27, 2016 Join us for a demonstration, slide show and talk with Max Ginsburg from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.  The event will be held at the Burrier Building at the Langley Fairgrounds. The event is open to the public for $50 and Ginsburg workshop students are free. Please sign up at info@whidbeyislandfas.com or caryjur@gmail.com. www.maxginsburg.com / www.whidbeyislandfas.com

Rob Schouten Gallery Presents Modern Relics: Encaustic Paintings by Kathleen Otley

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 25, 2016 Rob Schouten Gallery Presents Modern Relics: Encaustic Paintings by Kathleen Otley, June 3 — 27, with an artist’s reception, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 3. The reception  is during “First Friday at Greenbank Farm”. Light refreshments will be served. Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to feature the wonderfully eclectic artwork of Whibey’s Kathleen Otley. […]

Sixth Annual Open House at Freeland Art Studios on June 4

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 21, 2016 Meet the artists of Freeland Art studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday June 4. Freeland Art Studios is a large studio space, over 7000 sq. ft, that houses 13 separate artists work spaces. The artists work is a verity of different media including stone, metal, clay, tile, jewelry, mosiacs, […]

Photography show by artist Ed Severinghaus May 27 and 28

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 22, 2016 Local photographer Ed Severinghaus will be having a retrospective show of over 100 photographic prints from the past 20 years at the Deer Lagoon Grange from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28. Photography features popular works in color and black & white. Photographs are mounted range […]

Janet Steadman: A Well-Pieced Life

by Natalie Olsen in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

“Quilting,” Janet Steadman says, “is like eating potato chips. You can’t stop at just one.”

Printmaker Linnane Armstrong announces a “First Proof Party”

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 17, 2016 You’re invited to the “First Proof Party” for Linnane Armstrong’s newest piece at Willow Pond Studio at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Linnane will be proof-printing the blocks for her newest work for the very first time at this event, a very exciting moment, and she would love to share the excitement […]

The Whidbey Art Trail is now open for 2016

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 11, 2016 The Whidbey Art Trail, a year-round tour of Whidbey Island artists’ studios and galleries, announces that the 2016 season is now open. Pick up a brochure and locations throughout the region and on the ferry, download a map from the website, WhidbeyArtTrail.com,  and watch for the Art Trail signs! Artists and galleries on […]

Artists of Whidbey Island || Art is Work

by Don Wodjenski in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Art is work. Art is also a million other things, but if you’re going to realize an idea, there is physical work involved.

Art Show at Blooms features Horses for May and June

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art, Winery

May 4, 2016 Art for horse lovers! Just in time for the opening of racing season, Blooms Winery is featuring the paintings of Heidi LaCourse, equine painter. An opening reception for Heidi’s work, and the work of mixed media artist Janet Pheifer, 3D encaustic artist Anne Smidt and abstract painter Mike O’Connell will be 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, May […]

Gallery Watch || For May 2016

by Katy Shaner in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Welcome to the February “Gallery Watch of the Galleries from Langley to Greenbank.” Enjoy the variety of art offered on Whidbey Island.

Diane Tompkinson May Featured Artist at Freeland Library

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 2, 2016 Sno-Isle Library at Freeland is pleased to present the work of Diane Newell Tompkinson, their featured artist for May. A native of Seattle, Diane grew up on the bluffs of Puget Sound and spent a lot of time in the woods and at the beach,camping, boating, fishing, crabbing, clamming and birdwatching. Consequently, […]

Gaylen Whiteman will be at the Artworks Gallery: Reception May 6

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 25, 2016 During May Artworks Gallery will feature Artist Gaylen Whiteman and her “May Madness” show. There will be a First Friday reception at 5-7:30 p.m. on May 6, with light snacks and beverages. Live music will be performed by guitarist Steve DeHaven. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Along Water’s Edge” watercolors by Peggy Woods, May 6-30

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 25, 2016 Join us for an artist’s reception from 5 to 7  p.m. on Friday, May 6 during “First Friday at Greenbank Farm” as Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Along Water’s Edge” watercolors by Peggy Woods, running May 6—30. Light Refreshments will be served.  The farm’s other galleries and shops will be joining in the First Friday fun and staying […]

Island-Wide Student Art Contest Depicts a Ravaged Planet

by Russell Clepper in Community, Feature, Literary, More Stories, Visual Art

Earth Day: Friday, April 22, much of the world will celebrate the planet that is our home. Here on Whidbey Island, the Global Climate Change Art Contest debuts as yet one more facet in this worldwide effort to recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy environment for all life on Earth.

Artist Mark Lucero featured at Penn Cove Gallery on May 30

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 20, 2016 Artist Mark Lucero will be at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, May 30, where he will discuss the methods and meanings behind his paintings. Mark paints with acrylics, usually on wood panels which are carved with high-speed routers. With bold colors and uninhibited and expressive lines, […]

Rob Schouten Gallery Celebrates International Sculpture Day on April 24

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 20, 2016 Rob Schouten Gallery Presents: A Tour of the Gallery’s Sculpture Collection & Garden at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. This event will be led by noted Whidbey sculptors: Dan Freeman, Sharon Spencer and Lloyd Whannell. On Sunday, April 24 Rob Schouten Gallery is participating in International Sculpture Day, a worldwide annual […]

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || Sitting on Top of the World

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Visual Art

When I first got out of graduate school and headed off into what passes for the real world, I had many ideas about what success would look like.

Artists of South Whidbey presents check to help fund Artist in Residence Program

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 13, 2016 At the Artists of South Whidbey meeting on Tuesday, April 12, president Gaylen Whiteman presented Whidbey Island Arts Council president Don Wodjenski and chairperson of Arts in Education, Frank Rose, with a check for $1,000.00 for the Artist in Residence Program. Funding for ASW Community Arts is through sales of cards displaying […]

Jeff Day announces a show at Freeland Art Studios starting April 15

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 13, 2016 Freeland Art Studios will be showing the work of Jeff Day with an opening reception on Saturday, April 16, 2016. This show, “Reflections,” will include sculpture and paintings from the years the artist spend living in Istanbul and China. The show runs April 15 through June 27. Freeland Art Studios Gallery is […]

Artists of Whidbey Island || An Introduction

by Don Wodjenski in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Standing in Rob Schouten’s studio last June—with the smell of oils, turpentine and fresh air from the open door, sunlight streaming through the southerly windows and KPLU playing jazz on the radio—I felt very much at home.

Artist Rainy Lindell featured at Penn Cove Gallery on April 13

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

March 23, 2016 Artist Rainy Lindell will be demonstrating her oil painting techniques at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. Being a self-taught artist and loving the landscape, Rainy gets her inspiration from the skies, waters, mountains and wild life of the Pacific Northwest. She uses oils, the medium […]

Buffy Cribbs & Bruce Morrow at Rob Schouten Gallery, Reception April 1

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

March 23, 2016 Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased present the work of well known Whidbey artists, Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow with an artist’s reception  during First Friday at Greenbank Farm from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Light refreshments will be served. All of the Farm’s small businesses get in on the “First Friday […]

‘The Spirit of Ireland – Storytelling in Stone’ presentation with Alexandra Morosco on March 20

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

March 16, 2016 Rob Schouten Gallery presents “The Spirit of Ireland – Storytelling in Stone” with Alexandra Morosco from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The afternoon will celebrate Irish culture through the eye of sculptor Alexandra Morosco. You’ll hear Morosco speak about the process and inspiration behind the sculpture currently on display. “Ireland— especially the West Country—speaks […]

Alexandra Morosco Connects Stone with Ireland’s Spirit at Gallery Show Opening March 4

by Kate Poss in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

In the warp and weft of sculptor Alexandra Morosco’s recent life, the threads would be stone and the patterns inspired by an island distant from Whidbey Island’s shores.

Went Dumpster Diving at WICA—found some C.R.A.P.…

by Donna Hood in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Lucky me—I got a sneak preview of a few of the pieces. As you can imagine, words cannot do justice to this eclectic and unique display of art; you’ll have to see it for yourself (if for no other reason than to totally agree with me).

Late Night Shop at Penn Cove Gallery on March 12

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 23, 2016 Penn Cove Gallery will be open late Saturday, March 12 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. to coincide with Musselfest weekend in Coupeville. You are invited to meet many of the gallery’s artists, enjoy wine and refreshments, and browse the Fine Art presented by Penn Cove Gallery’s talented collection of local artists.

Artworks Gallery at Greenbank celebrates ‘Featured Artists’ on March 4

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 23, 2016 Artworks Gallery features photographer Marie Plakos and glass artist Morgan Bell during the month of March, starting with a “First Friday” reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on March 4. Light snacks and beverages will be served and guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will be performing. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand […]

‘Evoking Ireland’ by Alexandra Morosco at Rob Schouten Gallery with reception on March 4

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 23, 2016 Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Evoking Ireland” by Alexandra Morosco, a sculptural pilgrimage inspired by the people, place and spirit of the Irish Landscape through the eyes of a sculptor from March 4 through March 28. An Artist’s Reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4, during “First Friday at Greenbank Farm.” Light refreshments will […]

‘Raise Your Cup’ benefit and sale on March 5

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 23, 2016 The public is invited to a cup sale and benefit—”Raise Your Cup”—from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Cook on Clay Studios, 640 Patmore Road in Coupeville. Purchase a handmade cup and have it filled with a beverage provided . Seasonal light fare and beverage choices will be provided. Find […]

‘Take this Car and…’ exhibit on March 5

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 26, 2016 “Take this Car and…” is an exhibit of original works, interpreted by members of the Whidbey Art Gallery in a variety of mediums, including oil, photography, watercolor and  encaustic. Meet the Artists during Langley’s “Art Walk” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Whidbey Art Gallery on Second Street in Langley. “Art as a Way” is a creative […]

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || Living with Nature

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Gardens, Visual Art

Getting outside to garden for at least one hour a day is essential for those of us who spend our working lives seated at an easel or in front of a computer screen. And when I say gardening, what I really mean is bludgeoning nature into submission.

Artists of South Whidbey demonstration by Ron Stocke, Feb. 9

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

January 29, 2015 Artists of South Whidbey February demonstration features guest Artist Ron Stocke, 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Stocke, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the NW Watercolor Society, is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, and a member of the National Watercolor Society. Ron […]

Whidbey’s Winter Beauty || A Photoessay by Marsha Morgan

by Marsha Morgan in More Stories, Photo essay, Visual Art

Winter on Whidbey can obviously be rainy and drizzly and, at other times in this season, it can presents some beautiful landscapes and photographic subjects

Artworks Gallery Featured Artist in February, Marcia Muchnick, Feb. 5

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

January 25, 2016 Artworks Gallery announces Marcia Muchnick as featured artist for the month of February starting with a First Friday reception from 5-7:30 p.m on Feb. 5. Light snacks and beverages will be served and guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will be performing. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the […]

‘Into the Garden’ – Prints by Rob Schouten, Feb. 5 – 29

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

January 22, 2016 Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Into the Garden’ – prints by Rob Schouten Friday, Feb. 5 until Monday, Feb. 29. He will be holding an artist’s reception 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. during “First Friday at the Farm”. Light refreshments will be served. Rob Schouten Gallery kicks off its 2016 […]

‘Applications and Grantwriting for Artists’ workshop with ArtBiz Atelier, Jan. 16

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Jan. 8, 2016 ArtBiz Atelier presents ‘Applications and Grantwriting for Artists’ from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m on Saturday, Jan. 16. Professional artist Kim Tinuviel, will present this hands-on workshop to help visual artists discover where to find funding opportunities and how to prepare winning applications. This ArtBiz Atelier event is hosted by Blueschool Arts in Clinton, […]

WICA presents ’10 European Art masterworks that everyone should see before they die’, Jan.22

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

January 6, 2016 Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio announces a lecture with  Gary Faigin, co-founder of the Gage Academy in Seattle, “10 European art masterworks that everyone should see before they die” at WICA at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. Join Seattle artist, art educator, tour leader and artist Gary Faigin for a lively hour of exploring […]

Sea Float Scramble and sculpture unveiling in Langley on Jan. 9

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

January 6, 2015 Come hunt for seaside glass treasures at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9  at the Seawall Park in Langley. The Sea Float Scramble has over 200 hand-blown glass sea floats hidden in plain view for you to find. The colorful, one-of-a-kind treasures are created by Callahan McVay of Callahan’s Firehouse. Everyone, young and old, can […]

Reception at Whidbey Art Gallery features Diane Tompkinson on Jan. 2

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Dec. 30, 2015 Please join us at Whidbey Art Gallery for an artist reception of original art during the First Saturday Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 2. Enjoy light refreshments and meet Diane Tompkinson and other artist members of the Whidbey Art Gallery. View work by these artists and members of […]

Island Paper Boys’ Career Inspired by Package Wrapping

by Kate Poss in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Who would believe that humble leaves from lotka and mulberry bushes would carry a pair of designers through good times and hard times. But the papers made of these simple materials have inspired a new design concept that has endured more than 25 years.

And Langley’s ‘Deck the Doors’ Winners Are…

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

Dec. 23, 2015 The goal of the “Deck the Doors” contest is to brighten the streets of Langley and create an artists’ outdoor gallery. That goal was certainly accomplished this year with the talents of over 30 artists that created remarkable displays. Langley Main Street awarded three $1,000 checks to the winners of the contest […]

Jodi Cable, her Pottery and the Nun Who Believed in Her

by Kate Poss in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

If you’re driving through the tall woods along Campbell Road in Clinton these dark winter days, you’ll see a colorful mermaid beckoning you to stop and look at the pottery on display. Among the trees is an array of prolific and varied pottery pieces created by artist Jodi Cable.

‘Artist Statements and Bios’ Workshop; Register by Thursday, Dec. 24

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Dec. 10, 2015 It’s not surprising that most artists prefer to make art over the tasks required to sell the work. But even if your gallery does all of the selling, an artist must still give the gallery talking points to help sell the work. Some artists believe the artwork should sell itself. In reality, […]

Signs Of The Season – ‘Holiday Happenings’ through Dec. 20

by Katy Shaner in Community, Culinary, More Stories, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, What's Happening

With all there is to do on Whidbey Island this holiday season, you may find it a challenge to choose. But go for it… And enjoy! It’s the holidays!

Turn that page on your calendar and start filling it in. The first week in December is the true meaning of abundance.

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || The Season of Light(s)

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Visual Art

For some reason, people like to call this time of year the season of light. Really, it is the season of dark, as far as I’m concerned. This time of year, I question my judgment, for making the decision to move, and then stay in the Pacific Northwest. These short days lead to endless introspection. They lead to turning on as many lights as possible. Maybe it’s actually the season of lights, come to think of it.

Whidbey’s Rob Schouten Gallery wins KING5 contest: ‘Best Art Gallery in Western Washington 2015’

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

The official King5 announcement came on a recent Friday: “Voters named Rob Schouten Gallery the Best Art Gallery in Western Washington for 2015. More than 180 other nominees competed for the title, but in the end there was only one winner. Thanks to all who voted, and congratulations to the Rob Schouten Gallery.” “We were […]

Soul Touch Coloring Journals are now available

by Art News in Community, Community News, Literary, Visual Art

Deborah Koff-Chapin, creator of SoulCards, announces the release of five books of her Touch Drawings for you to enhance with your own color, words and inspiration. They are riding the wave of interest in coloring books for mindfulness, art therapy, and stress relief, but go to a new level of depth and creative expression. Each […]

‘Fine Art in the Season of Light’ opens at the Rob Schouten Gallery on Dec. 4

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 25, 2015 This holiday season enjoy finding the perfect gift by your favorite artists at Whidbey’s Rob Schouten Gallery during its “Fine Art in the Season of Light” holiday show from Dec. 4 to Jan. 3.  Get your jingle on and enjoy some refreshments and festive live music with those local jazz swingers, Keith Bowers and Kristi […]

All Eyes Are on Stallman Studio’s ‘Canvas on Edge’

by Arryn Davis in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

There is sculpture, and there is painting; rarely do they intertwine. Yet Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman of Stallman Studio have blended the best of both worlds in a technique of their own design they call “Canvas on Edge,” creating visuals so stunning that they’ve recently gone internationally viral.

Artworks Gallery Gift Show opens with reception on Dec. 4

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 24, 2015 Give a forever gift from Artworks Gallery. Artworks Gallery opens its second annual gift show for the month of December starting with a First Friday reception from 5 – 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4.  Light snacks and beverages will be served and violinists Dustin and Avery Scharwat will be performing holiday selections. […]

WICA’s Fine Art Exhibit opens on Friday, Dec. 4

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 24, 2015 WICA Fine Art Exhibits Committee presents Portraits, The Art of Karin Bolstad. The opening reception will take place in the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Lobby from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. This reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit featuring the art of Karin […]

Artist Marcy Johnson featured at Penn Cove Gallery on Thursday, Dec. 17

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

November 18, 2015 Artist Marcy Johnson, weaver, jewelry maker and teacher, will be at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17 along with her spinning wheel. Marcy designs, spins yarn and produces woven artwork including woven scarves, blankets, rugs and more. She also makes hammered metal jewelry decorated with beads, wire […]

Janine Onffroy Shelley is Guest Artist at Garry Oak Gallery

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 11, 2015 Garry Oak Gallery is pleased to present the painted fused glassworks of Guest Artist Janine Onffroy Shelley. Janine has been working with stained glass for over 30 years and it is the refraction of light through brilliant colors of glass that draws her to this medium. Janine began with Tiffany-style lamps and […]

Registration is open for next year’s Whidbey Art Trail

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 11, 2015 The Whidbey Art Trail announced that ”Registration is Open” for next year’s Trail brochure and Washington State Ferry marketing opportunities. “We’re making it easy this year,” stated Mary Ellen O’Connor. “It’s possible to hold a spot in our four-color brochure with a $50 deposit, with the remainder due by March 1, 2016.” […]

Artist of South Whidbey’s demonstration will be Teresa Saia on Nov. 10

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 4, 2015 Artist of South Whidbey November demonstration will feature artist Teresa Saia at theTrinity Lutheran Community Building, 18341 SR 525. Freeland Pastel Artist Teresa Saia will be demonstrating at the Artists of South Whidbey meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The mood and emotion conveyed in Teresa’s paintings evoke a deep sense of the mysterious, […]

Artist Carol Jensen featured at Penn Cove Gallery on Nov. 27

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Nov. 3, 2015 Artist Carol Jensen will be at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 where she will discuss the inspiration and methods behind her wool felting artwork. Wet felting merino wool into bowls and vessels is how Carol celebrates color. Carol creates layers, patterns and embellishments by […]

ArtBiz Atelier – become a business-savvy artist

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Oct. 25, 2015 At the ArtBiz Atelier, visual artists receive experienced advice and instruction about how to move to the next level in their art careers. This series of six workshops and a public presentation offers a professional boost and the opportunity to network with other artists. Register for the entire series, or just the […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Fine Art in the Season of Light’

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Oct. 28, 2015 Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Fine Art in the Season of Light” from Nov. 6 to Jan. 3 with the “First Friday” Artists’ Reception scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. The universe has hung its lights, and the beautiful season of giving is upon us! This holiday season, find exquisite gifts by your favorite […]

‘Uncommon Threads’ featured at Whidbey Weavers Guild’s Sale, Nov. 6 and 7

by Art News in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Imagine a big red barn filled with rainbows of color, lots of texture and wall-to-wall creative displays. That will be the Whidbey Weavers Guild’s 12th annual “Uncommon Threads” sale.

Bayview Corner’s Mutt Strut was ‘Paws-itively’ Awesome

by Barbara Moran in Community, Feature, More Stories, Photo essay, Visual Art

The 10th Annual Mutt Strut on Saturday Oct. 24 featured over 50 costumed critters and a party atmosphere that even a spate of showers could not dampen.

Calling for Artists to ‘Deck the Doors’ in Langley

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Oct. 28, 2015 Calling on artists to decorate downtown Langley shops and possibly win big cash prizes. The Langley Main Street Association invites artists to go wild with imagination and holiday cheer and help Deck the Doors to create a beautiful holiday outdoor gallery. Three winners will be chosen by an impartial panel of judges and each […]

Spooky Ghosts and Creepy Crawlies Invade ‘Admiralty Head Lighthouse Haunted Fort’ on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24

by Lara Dunning in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

October’s final days feature scarecrows, jack-o’-lanterns and pails of candy. Add in two nights of eerie ghost tales in an historic lighthouse, Halloween games and a spine-shivering Haunted Fort with phantoms, zombies and witches and you’ve got a unique Whidbey Island experience.

Penn Cove Gallery welcomes artist Lisbeth Cort

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Oct. 21, 2015 Penn Cove Gallery is excited to add the contemporary watercolor artwork of Lisbeth Cort to its representation of local talent. Cort’s paintings are distinguished by a lively mix of patterns, saturated colors and rich details. She combines watercolor, wax pastels, gouache and ink to present her subjects in joyful and lively ways. […]

Artists’ reception opens “The Photographer’s Hand” on Oct. 16

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Oct. 14, 2015 “The Photographer’s Hand” show opens with an artist reception from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 for the two featured artists, David Welton and Les Dunner. The show will stay up until Nov. 22 at the Bayview Cash Store at the corner of Bayview and Marshfield Roads. Eschewing modern […]

photo by Morgan

The New Whidbey Life Magazine Is Here!

by Sue Taves in Community, Culinary, Feature, History, Literary, More Stories, Music, Photo essay, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Whidbey Life Magazine’s Fall/Winter print issue captures the magic of life on Whidbey Island. This issue highlights the way our landscape—farms, valleys, views, vistas—inspires and influences Whidbey Islanders. Musicians, painters, writers, actors, all of us seem to draw something from the sights, sounds and scents of Whidbey.

Making it Happen: Expanding the Arts on Whidbey

by Arryn Davis in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC) is gaining momentum in its mission to develop, promote and sustain the arts in our island community.

Since 1980, WIAC has assisted emerging arts organizations by providing nonprofit benefits, sponsoring arts events, and offering scholarships and grants.

Garry Oak Gallery Presents “One Of A Kind” in Memoriam

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Oct. 7, 2015 Garry Oak Gallery is honored to present a special showing of the Artwork of Janesah and Janeah Goheen through the month of October. This event is held in memoriam for these two beautiful sisters of the Goheen family. All proceeds from this event are to benefit the Goheen Memorial Fund. Garry Oak Gallery, located […]

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || We’re Gonna Have a Resolution

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Literary, Visual Art

Is it a bad thing to admit that I was just reminded that I had a post due and that it was due…um…tonight? Do I need to make some Fall Resolutions to recommit to my previously organized ways?

Artists of South Whidbey’s October demonstration

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Oct. 7, 2015 Artists of South Whidbey’s October demonstration will feature artist Steve Whitney at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Trinity Lutheran Community Building at 18341 SR 525 in Freeland. Whitney will be demonstrating the use of water-miscible oil paints. Steve say, “I consider myself a painterly realist, meaning that I try to be faithful to visual […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Silk, Sumi and Ceramics” on October 2

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Sept. 30, 2015 Rob Schouten Gallery is delighted to present new work by four highly accomplished local artists in the upcoming show “Silk, Sumi, & Ceramics,” which opens Oct. 2 and runs through Nov. 2. Keiichi Nishimura, who is known for his exquisite mixed media paintings on silk, will be joined by sumi painter Angie […]

The Not-So-New Kid on the Block || Where’s Patrick Swayze When You Need Him?

by Les McCarthy in Blogs, Community, Visual Art

This past week I did something I’ve never done before—I threw a bowl. Not across the room or anything like that—but on a potter’s wheel. From a lowly lump of clay I made a bowl.

Send it Soaring at the Whidbey Island Kite Festival

by Lara Dunning in Feature, Festivals, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

I’m standing at one of the primo kite flying spots on Whidbey Island―Fort Casey Historical Park.

Whidbey Astronaut About to Land

by Natalie Olsen in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Janet Pfeifer is one of 25 artists selected to participate in the Museum of Flight’s “Astronauts on the Town” program.

‘Call to Artists’ in Langley; deadline for submissions is Oct. 1st

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Sept. 16, 2015 The City of Langley is announcing a “Call to Artists” for a work of art to be installed and displayed in front of the Langley U.S. Post Office directly across from the Langley City Hall. All emerging and established artists in the Puget Sound Region are prompted to submit a proposed work […]

Artists of South Whidbey hold their 41st show and sale

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Sept. 9, 2015 The Artist of South Whidbey will hold their 41st Annual Show and Sale on Sept. 18, 19 and 20 in the Burrier Building on the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley. The show will open with a free Friday night reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beverages and finger foods will be served. […]

‘Farm Stand Flowers’ art show at Rosehip Farm, Sept. 12 and 13

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Sept. 2, 2015 As part of the 2015 Whidbey Island Farm Tour, Rosehip Farm will host “Farm Stand Flowers,” a pretty little art show featuring Whidbey Island artist Lisbeth Cort. The show will include all new works inspired by the gorgeous farm stand bouquets and market flowers around our island this time of year. Farm […]

The 12th annual Woodpalooza Sept. 5 – 7

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Sept. 2, 2015 The 12th annual Woodpalooza will be held Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5 through 7 at Zech Hall, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) with an evening reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. Sixteen woodworkers of the Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild will be showing their work. The beauty and refinement of a custom-made piece is often admired, but […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Of Horses and History’ – new work by Richard Rhydes

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 26, 2015 The newest paintings by Richard Rhydes are a series of still lifes entitled “Of Horses and History.” The exhibit opens Sept. 4 and runs through Sept. 28 at the Rob Schouten Gallery. “If you’ve ever ridden horses, once you start looking at these depictions of horses throughout history, you begin to rapidly […]

Postcards from Whidbey Island || A Slow Food Summer Cook-off

by Dianna MacLeod in Culinary, More Stories, Postcards from Whidbey Island, Spotlight, Visual Art

Dear One and All,

Zucchini Cobbler.

Is your reaction the same as mine? Tentative, if not downright skeptical?

Who would waste good butter and sugar and flour making a cobbler crust only to sprinkle it on the humble, bland, and frequently oversized zucchini?

Good Cheer Online ‘Chair-ity Auction’ continues through September

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 26, 2015 Good Cheer’s Chair-ity Online Auction is going strong with over 25 chairs, sketches and a beautiful painting of chairs and continuing online until Sept. 30. The chairs are available to view in the Good Cheer Thrift Stores. Members of our community have stepped forward to upcycle chairs into functional and decorative pieces […]

WWA Studio Tour Showcase: Week Five

by kimtinuviel in More Stories, Visual Art

THIS WEEKEND: Don’t miss the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday August 29 and 30.

Inside the Studios: A Glimpse at the Whidbey Working Artists Open Studio Tour

by Arryn Davis in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

BY ARRYN DAVIS Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor August 26, 2015 Experience the plethora of working artists Whidbey has to offer this weekend at the Whidbey Working Artist’s Open Studio Tour. From Clinton to Oak Harbor, artists will open their doors for visitors to view their workspaces, see finished and unfinished pieces and feed their artistic […]

Artist Deborah Francis Featured at Penn Cove Gallery

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 19, 2015 You are invited to meet polymer clay artist, Deborah Francis, at Penn Cove Gallery on Wednesday, September 2nd, from 10-5 PM. After many years of working as an artist and teacher in stoneware, earthenware and Raku, Deb discovered polymer clay. Polymer clay opened up a world of color and texture in creating […]

WWA Studio Tour Showcase: Week Four

by Art News in Community, More Stories, Visual Art

COUNTDOWN: Just one and a half weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday August 29 and 30.

WWA Studio Tour Showcase: Week Three

by Art News in Community, More Stories, Visual Art

COUNTDOWN: Just three weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday August 29 and 30.

Prequel: My Weekend on Whidbey || “Slam-Dunk Seattle Tour”

by Guest Contributor in Culinary, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

It’s surprising how many out-of-town guests consider the “touring” of Whidbey Island and the “touring” of Seattle to be a package deal. I’ve lived happily on Whidbey for fifteen years and, in the course of my Island life, I’ve had more than my share of summer visitors. No sooner have my guests settled in than they ask, “When are we going to Seattle?

Marie Thornton, new member of Garry Oak Gallery, appears on Aug. 18 and 23

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 12, 2015 Garry Oak Gallery is pleased to welcome new member Marie Thornton, a painter from Freeland, WA. She has been painting in oils, acrylics, charcoal and pastels for a number of years. Her paintings are usually landscapes or waterscapes which can include people, boats, buildings and creatures such as birds. Thornton paints scenes that depict […]

Garry Oak Gallery welcomes jeweler Shaun Marie Graham this month

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 12, 2015 Jewelry artist, Shaun Marie Graham has joined Garry Oak Gallery as a member and began showing her work in the gallery this month. Art has always inspired Graham from a very young age, she said, and as she developed her skills in painting and drawing she also found herself drawn to working in […]

Late Night Shopping at Penn Cove Gallery on Sept. 5

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 12, 2015 You are invited to shop late at Penn Cove Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Meet with many of the artists, enjoy wine and refreshments and browse the Fine Art presented by Penn Cove Gallery’s talented collection of local artists. Penn Cove Gallery is located on Front Street in Coupeville. Contact the […]

Whidbey Working Artists Hold ‘Summer Open Studio Tour’ Aug. 29 & 30

by Deb Crager in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Were you thinking you may have missed your opportunity last weekend to get artwork that speaks to your heart? It’s not too late! Many different pieces will be available across Whidbey Island during the annual Whidbey Working Artists Tour at the end of this month.

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Brambles, Brush & Beauty’—new paintings by Kathleen Frugé-Brown

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

August 5, 2015 Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to present “Brambles, Brush & Beauty,” new oil paintings by noted en plein air artist, Kathleen Frugé-Brown. The exhibit opens Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 31 at Whidbey’s Greenbank Farm. Take a walk now through the forests and thickets and along rivers and streams of the Northwest through the eyes […]

WWA Studio Tour Showcase: Week Two

by Art News in More Stories, Visual Art

WWA Studio Tour Showcase: Week Two COUNTDOWN: Just four weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 29 and 30. This year’s tour includes 50 artists at 33 studios throughout Whidbey Island.

‘Forgeries at Froggwell’ set for Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2

by Anne Belov in Feature, Gardens, More Stories, Visual Art

You can hardly throw a rock on Whidbey Island without hitting an artist, (or, for that matter, a yoga instructor.) But while we’re well endowed with contemporary artworks, you have to travel quite a long way to enjoy great art from past centuries.

Kids can make a difference for other kids

by Betty Freeman in Community, Culinary, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Channel the energy and enthusiasm of young people in a positive direction, and they can make a real difference in the community.

Play with your food and make a garden critter

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

July 29, 2015 “Go ahead, play with your food,” say organizers of the sixth annual Garden Critter Workshop on Sunday, Aug. 2. “Then enter it in the fair!” The event is co-sponsored by Deer Lagoon Grange #846 and South Whidbey Tilth at the Tilth Farmers’ Market, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2812 Thompson Road, […]

A Festival That Gives Back: Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival—this weekend!

by Lara Dunning in Culinary, Feature, Festivals, More Stories, Music, Visual Art

It’s not too often that an all-volunteer organization in a town with a population of less than 2,000 can say they’ve given $816,000 back to their community. That’s some serious bragging rights, and exactly what the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival has accomplished.

WWA Studio Tour Showcase: Week One

by Art News in More Stories, Visual Art

COUNTDOWN: Just five weeks remain until the Whidbey Working Artists annual Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday August 29 and 30. This year’s tour includes 50 artists at 33 studios throughout Whidbey Island.

Randy Emmons is Penn Cove Gallery’s ‘Featured Artist’ in August

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

July 15, 2015 Randy Emmons and his award-winning watercolors will be at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, where he will demonstrate his way with watercolor. Randy paints local scenes in his own special style. To make his paintings sparkle, he lays the paint down clean and crisp, with […]

My Weekend on Whidbey || They Love the ‘Dancing Rabbits’

by Donna Hood in Community, Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Soon after we moved to Whidbey Island, it seemed every relative we knew wanted to come for a visit. Eventually, I developed several tours of interest for every age, but my favorite tour for visitors with young children is what I call “The Dancing Rabbits Tour.”

NO BIG DADA at show at Bayview Corner ends July 12

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

July 3, 2015 Richard Evans’ NO BIG DADA (Mais un Peu Surrealiste) is showing at The Bayview Cash Store June 7 thru July 12 and includes 33 assemblages and installations on the first and second floors. This show is brought to you by Goosefoot. 80-year old art provocateur Richard Evans is at it again. His new one-man show at […]

Myth, Nature, and Whimsy: Melissa Koch at Museo Gallery

by Arryn Davis in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

“We move forward by looking back,” remarked multimedia artist Melissa Koch one afternoon when we met in her studio. As she showed me each piece that will appear in her upcoming show at Langley’s Museo gallery, I began to understand what she meant.

Reception for ‘Photographing Whidbey’ art show set for July 9

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

July 1, 2015 Scenes of life on Whidbey, captured by local photographers Tom Hanify and Martha McCartney, will be featured at Blooms Winery tasting room at the historic Bayview Corner Cash Store during the months of July and August. An Artists Opening Reception will be held from 5 t0 7 p.m. on Thursday July 9. Come […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Friends in Life and Art: New works by Francy Blumhagen and Sharon Spencer” through July

by Patricia Duff in Community, Community News, Member News, Visual Art

Madonna has nothing on these Material Girls. Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to present “Friends in Life and Art — Francy Blumhagen and Sharon Spencer,” which opens July 3 and runs through Aug. 3 at Greenbank Farm.

Sandy Dubpernell, Penn Cove Gallery’s ‘Featured Artist,’ will appear July 6

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 24, 2015 Stain Glass artist, Sandy Dubpernell will be at Penn Cove Gallery, 9 NE Front Street in Coupeville, on Monday, July 6, to discuss her glass art techniques. Sandy uses the Louis Comfort Tiffany copper foil techniques to create her colorful stained glass designs. Her passion is to form pieces representing the flowers […]

The Whidbey Island Garden Tour in photos

by David Welton in Feature, Gardens, More Stories, Photo essay, Visual Art

The 20th Whidbey Island Garden Tour this past weekend showcased five properties from Clinton to Coupeville, demonstrating techniques of color mixing, art in the garden and planting to complement architecture, water and environmental conservation for the benefit of our community.

Langley Mayor’s Workshop focuses on the Developing Public Arts

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 24, 2015 The City of Langley & Langley ARTS Commission presents “A Day of Focus on Developing Public Art as a Strategy for Furthering Langley’s Economic Growth” featuring speakers from the Arts WA organization.   This “Mayor’s Workshop” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 at the Langley Methodist Church […]

Diane Divelbess Is Throwing a Party to Celebrate 80—Artfully

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

I had a conversation with Diane Divelbess that wound up being about trajectory, intersecting lines, surrealism and how one person’s belief system can come into conflict with another person’s. Our conversation was meant to be about art and, I suppose—at its essence—it was.

What’s Happening || Thursday, June 25 through Sunday June 28

by Katy Shaner in Community, Culinary, Feature, Festivals, Film, Gardens, Literary, More Stories, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, What's Happening, Winery

Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. Many weekend events start on Thursday night so this “What’s Happening” covers Thursday through Sunday. “What’s Happening” is a collaborative information guide project between the The Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine.

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Willow, Wax and Wire: New Works by Kathleen Otley’ from June 5 to 29

by Patricia Duff in Community News, Visual Art

Meet the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 5 during Greenbank Farm’s “First Friday at the Farm.” The Pies Café will be open for dinner, while the galleries and shops welcome visitors to enjoy a little wine and cheese, meet the artists, see some beautiful art, all while roaming around beautiful Greenbank Farm. We’d love to see you!

Garry Oak Gallery welcomes new member, Arlene Love Dieckhoff

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 10, 2015 Garry Oak Gallery is pleased to welcome colored pencil artist Arlene Love Dieckhoff. Growing up in the country, Arlene was delighted with the opportunities she had to study animal, bird, and insect life first-hand, and she began drawing with colored pencil from early childhood. From her childhood through her college years, Arlene took […]

‘Beach House Blooms and Table Tops’ Art Show on June 11

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

June 3, 2015 “Beach House Blooms & Table Tops Art Show” will feature the release of Lisbeth Cort’s latest contemporary watercolor paintings in her Beach House Blooms, Table Tops, and Market Baskets series at The Stone Gallery at The Captain Whidbey Inn. This event is ONE NIGHT ONLY Thursday, June 11,  5 to 7:30 p.m. For further information, contact lisbethcort.com.

OHHS Filmmakers Earn Honors at Film Fest

by Art News in Community News, Film, Visual Art

May 27, 2015 It’s been another year of award-winning films from Oak Harbor High School students. More than a dozen OHHS media students brought home honors from the Northwest High School Film Festival held May 19 at Seattle’s historic Cinerama Theater. Senior Jude Dacula won two first-place trophies in the categories of Educational/Instructional Videos and […]

The Poppybank Gallery announces photo contest

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 27, 2015 The Poppybank Gallery, a downtown Langley gallery specializing in photographic art, is hosting a photography contest with the theme of “Earth, Wind, or Fire.” Photographers are encouraged to submit their photos via the gallery’s Facebook page, where the Photo Contest link can be found. A direct link to the entry form is […]

Fifth Annual Open House at Freeland Art Studios June 13

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 27, 2015 Having now had a full year in our 8,000 sq. feet of building space, we are ready to welcome you to the Fifth Annual Freeland Art Studios Open House. There are now 12 artists who would like say hello and show you what we’ve been doing for the last year. This year […]

Wildlife photographer/painter, Bart Rulon, is guest artist at Garry Oak Gallery through July

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 27, 2015 Garry Oak Gallery is pleased to be showing the wildlife photographs and paintings of Whidbey Island artist, Bart Rulon through July 31. Bart Rulon lives and works on Whidbey Island. He received his BA in scientific illustration from the University of Kentucky and is a full-time artist, focusing on wildlife and landscape […]

City of Langley issues a call for sculptors

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

May 20, 2015 The City of Langley is conducting a competition between sculptors for the installation and display of two works of art for one year on Second Street in Langley. The competition is open to emerging and professional artists who reside in the Puget Sound region. The work must be suitable for outdoor installation […]

Larry Mason and Mary Alice Sterling are guest artists at Garry Oak Gallery through June

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 13, 2015 Garry Oak Gallery is excited to be showing the artworks of watercolorist, Larry Mason, and basket weaver, Mary Alice Sterling, through the month of June. Larry Mason has traveled extensively to paint in many parts of Europe, the Middle East, republic of Georgia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. He is well known […]

Capturing the Moment: Michael Stadler

by Katie Woodzick in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

When he was 16, Michael Stadler took his first photography class, taught by Don Wodjenski, at South Whidbey High School. He quickly became enthralled with the process of developing photographs.

“I was struggling to find my place, so I created it visually,” he recalled. “I was really into the dark room and changing reality…and the romance of the red light.”

‘Partners for Youth Empowerment’ Creativity Training helps teachers, youth workers and community leaders increase impact

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

May 20, 2015 Local “Catch the Fire” Workshop Drawing International Attendance this Summer Whidbey Island will become a hub for those looking to increase their impact through enhanced creativity, as Seattle-based nonprofit Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global) holds its annual Catch the Fire Training from June 29 to July 3. “We believe everyone is creative,” explains […]

Artist Pat Collins at Penn Cove Gallery on Thursday, June 11

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 20, 2015 Artist Pat Collins will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Thursday, June 11 to discuss the inspiration and woodworking methods behind his wood sculptures. Collins has been sculpting wood for over 30 years. Working in the genre of stylized sculpture, he approaches his work with two goals. First he strives to showcase the […]

Shop late at Penn Cove Gallery on Saturday, May 23

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

May 6, 2015 You are invited to “Shop Late” at recently remodeled Penn Cove Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. Meet with many of the artists, enjoy wine and refreshments and browse the Fine Art presented by Penn Cove Gallery’s talented collection of local artists. Penn Cove Gallery is located on Front Street in Coupeville and can be […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Beauty in the Moment — the Pastels of Annette Hanna’ from May 1 to June 1

by Patricia Duff in Community, Community News, Visual Art

Here’s an artist who is able to transport the viewer to landscapes alive with color, while conveying the absolute soft and quiet beauty of Whidbey Island.

Encaustic Artist at Garry Oak Gallery May 16

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

May 13, 2015 Lucy Johnson, encaustic/mixed media artist will be at the Garry Oak Gallery from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16 to discuss her work with gallery visitors. Lucy Johnson is primarily a painter, constantly evolving and melding oils, watercolor, encaustic, clay, photography, and printmaking within her creative process. The encaustic method […]

Pigment, Perspectives and Pandas || Taking The Long View

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Gardens, Visual Art

I’ve been thinking about trees recently. I moved into my house almost 15 years ago and—like many garden-obsessed Northwesterners—immediately started planting things, especially trees.

“I own the dirt! I can plant trees!” (…trees being a long-term investment, of course).

Chief Milkmaid || A little perspective

by Vicky Brown in Blogs, Visual Art

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Last month I had the opportunity to put that theory to a test; I went on a PhotoAdventure in Coupeville with Whidbey Photo Adventures.

New art opening at Blooms on Friday, May 1

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

April 29, 2015 Blending is important in wine, and also in art. Blending together printmaking, drawing and painting, fine artist Jamie Greene’s work deals with themes of memory, family, home and the ephemeral. Her art reflects the many layers of personal history embedded within, and often includes images of herself with family and strangers within […]

‘New Directions’ show at Brackenwood Gallery in May

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

April 29, 2015 On display through the month of May, gallery artists Pete Jordan, Francy Blumhagen, Rene Flynn-Federspiel, Mary Fisher and Craig Kosak exhibit work reflecting New Directions, as they explore both interior and exterior spaces. An artists’ reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Brackenwood is located at 302 […]

Form, Function and Fashion, too: Local Entrepreneurs Receive National Award

by Dianna MacLeod in Community, Culinary, Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Over the last 13 years, potter Robbie Lobell has dedicated herself to making clay cookware: researching and experimenting with clay bodies and glazes tolerant of heat and cold, joining form with function in the service of food preparation, developing pots that bring pleasure to cooks and beauty to the table.

An Invitation from Michael Stadler to an Open House on Saturday, May 2

by Art News in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Stadler Studio has found a new home in Langley at the building where the Children’s Theater was located. After 10 years at the last location, I finally feel home.

What’s Happening || Thursday, April 30 through Sunday May 3

by Katy Shaner in Community, Feature, Festivals, Literary, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, What's Happening

Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. “What’s Happening” is a collaborative information guide project between the The Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine.

Meet Garry Oak Gallery Encaustic Artist Lucy Johnson, Saturday, April 25

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

April 24, 2015 Encaustic artist Lucy Johnson will be at Garry Oak Gallery at 830 SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor from 2:45 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Stop by to view her paintings and have a conversation with Lucy about her exploration of the encaustic process.

Whidbey Art Trail announces opening of fifth season on Friday, May 1

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

April 22, 2015 Whidbey Art Trail opens its new season on Friday, May 1. Now in its fifth season, Whidbey Art Trail offers free, self-guided tours through the thriving visual arts community of Whidbey Island, about 40 minutes north of Seattle—perfect for daytrippers and visitors on vacation to the scenic Puget Sound area of Washington […]

Carol Bauer and Howard Hamsa are featured at Penn Cove Gallery in May

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

April 15, 2015 Meet STILLFire Pottery artists Carol Ann Bauer and Howard Hamsa at Penn Cove Gallery on May 6 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., where they will discuss their journey in the art of pottery-making, inspirations and methods. Creating pottery full time since 1980, Carol’s pottery springs from her love of classical form and […]

Artists of South Whidbey present check to the AiR program

by Art News in Community, Visual Art

April 15, 2015 Artists of South Whidbey President Gaylen Whitman presented Island Arts Council members Don Wodjenski and Frank Rose with a $1,350.00 check for the Artist in Residence Program at Tuesday’s ASW meeting. The AIR program provides artists presenting Fine Arts programs to children in the classrooms of Whidbey Schools. This community fund presentation […]

Artapalooza! Tea party fun and auction dinner on April 25

by Art News in Community, Community News, Culinary, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

April 15, 2015 Whidbey Children’s Theater friends, families, and newcomers are invited to attend the annual fundraiser Artapalooza!, this year in two acts on Saturday, April 25 at Fireseed Catering in Langley. ACT ONE: The public is encouraged to don their best springtime vintage apparel and attend a Garden Party with tea, treats, lawn games, […]

In Search of Truth and Beauty || The roots we cultivate on our travels

by Joni Takanikos in Blogs, Literary, Visual Art

I am writing this from far afield—although these days we are never too far in terms of communication, are we? I am writing this in a tightly packed alley of backyard garden in a quiet residential neighborhood in Amsterdam.

How did I get here? Am I dreaming?

Encaustic Artist at Garry Oak Gallery on Sunday, April 12

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 11, 2015 Encaustic artist Lucy Johnson will be at Garry Oak Gallery at 830 SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor on Sunday, April 12 from 10:30 a.m. to  5:30 p.m. Stop by to view her paintings and have a conversation with Lucy about her exploration of the encaustic process.

Old Dogs, New Tricks: Poetry Night with Burgess, Ossman and Roxborough — April 16

by Patricia Duff in Community, Community News, Literary, Visual Art

In recognition of April Poetry Month, Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm is pleased to present an evening of poetry titled, “Old Dogs, New Tricks,” featuring poets David Ossman, Stephen Roxborough and John Burgess at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

‘Music for the Eyes’ Brings the World to Whidbey Island

by Penny Webb in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art, What's up

Sharon and Fred Lundahl have circled the world, many times. Both retired diplomats, they each spent 30 years in the foreign service—the last 10 of it together in central Asia.

Minding the Sky || Dreaming of Buried Treasure

by Judith Walcutt in Blogs, Literary, Visual Art

I’ve been thinking about summer on Whidbey lately. I am beginning to see it glimmering in the green glow of late afternoon; I am catching a whiff of it in the softening air. We wait all year for it.

Gallery Watch || Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5

by Katy Shaner in Community, More Stories, Visual Art

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.

Langley Arts Commission receives check

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

March 31, 2015 In the short few months since its inception, the Langley Arts Commission has raised $1,380 for the City of Langley through its Outdoor Sculpture Project. Funded by Langley’s One Percent for the Arts program in support of the Second Street project, two pedestals were installed near the plaza on Second Street crossing […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘The Department of Whimzy,’ with the art of David Ossman and Stephen Roxborough in April

by Patricia Duff in Community News, Literary, Member News, Visual Art

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, in addition to the First Friday opening reception.

Photo Essay || Flowering Plum Trees Grace Langley Streets for a Short Time

by Marsha Morgan in Community, Feature, More Stories, Photo essay, Visual Art

Spring has officially begun and we have flowers springing forth to prove it. At the same time, some are already leaving us, so here’s an attempt to keep them around a while longer.

Celebrate Mother Earth With Art

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

April 1, 2015 The annual Mother Earth Art Show at Blooms Winery opened on March 6th with an artist reception from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Four artists’ works with a variety of media are on display for the two month long show. Shell sculptures and pottery are among the many creations that Carol Rhodes of Coupeville […]

What’s Happening || Thursday, April 2 through Sunday, April 5

by Katy Shaner in Community, Culinary, Festivals, Gardens, Literary, More Stories, Music, Spotlight, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, What's Happening

Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. Many weekend events start on Thursday night so this “What’s Happening” covers Thursday through Sunday.

Karin Blaine Shares Lessons Learned from a Life in Pursuit of her V.O.I.C.E.

by Russell Clepper in Feature, More Stories, Music, Second Chance, Visual Art

What does a local singer-songwriter have in common with the Greek goddess Ariadne, the Minotaur, and mythologist Joseph Campbell? Well, one could say, a ball of string…

Phyllis Drummond is April’s ‘Featured Artist’ at Penn Cove Gallery

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

March 18, 2015 Artist Phyllis Drummond will be at Penn Cove Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10  to demonstrate her watercolor methods. She loves the fluid nature of watercolor along with its delicate lights as well as its rich darks. Phyllis is inspired by the magnificent landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, […]

Gallery Watch || March 2015

by Katy Shaner in Community, More Stories, Visual Art, Winery

It’s the first weekend of the month and that means “Gallery Watch.” Art abounds on Whidbey with galleries and studios staying open late to welcome visitors and islanders to their new monthly shows.

Outdoor Photo Contest for Whidbey Camano Land Trust

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

March 4, 2015 Help the Whidbey Camano Land Trust celebrate the magic of our Islands with your best outdoor photos! Following an extremely successful first year, the 2nd Annual Whidbey Camano Land Trust Calendar Photo Contest is underway. Everyone is invited to participate. Winning photos will be featured in the 2016 Whidbey Camano Land Trust […]

What’s Happening || Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22

by Katy Shaner in Culinary, Feature, Film, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. Many weekend events start on Thursday night so this “What’s Happening” covers Thursday through Sunday. “What’s Happening” is a collaborative information guide project between the The Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine.

Blueschool Arts announces gala reception, gallery opening and classes

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 11, 2015 Blueschool Arts, the new visual arts center in Clinton, opens their doors to the public with a Gala Reception and Gallery Opening on the Spring Equinox, March 21st, from 5:00 to 8:30 pm, to introduce a gathering space for curious and creative visual arts exploration for adults and youth. Tour our 3500 square […]

Hidden in Plain View: Whidbey Art Gallery Thrives in Langley

by Penny Webb in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Like Alice down the rabbit hole—or Dr. Who opening the door to the Tardis—this reporter opened the long-ignored door to the Whidbey Art Gallery on Second Street in Langley today to find another world.

Two new art exhibits open at UUCWI on Sunday, Mar 8

by Art News in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

March 4, 2015 The UUCWI Art Gallery’s two new exhibits, Viva Cuba Libre and Reflections, feature  a unique collection of photos taken recently in Cuba by Nancy Duncan and the complex, colorful knit and hand-woven scarves and shawls by Molly Petersons. A reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday, March 8. Both artists live and […]

Pigment, Perspective, and Pandas | The Idea Factory

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Humor, Visual Art

People want to know, especially about my cartoons, as they have no idea how I thought that up, and just what it had to do with pandas in the first place.

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “The Third Dimension” Sculpture Show in March

by Patricia Duff in Community News, Member News, Visual Art

Rob Schouten Gallery’s March sculpture show, “The Third Dimension,” opens Friday, March 6 and runs through March 30. Walk through the gallery and sculpture garden and let artists Penelope Crittenden, Dan Freeman, Sharon Spencer and Lloyd Whannell take you to places you haven’t ventured lately.

Whidbey Art Trail member registration opens for 5th season

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 18, 2015 Artists and galleries across Whidbey Island can now register for for Whidbey Art Trail’s 2015-2016 season. Founded by Stacey Neumiller in 2011 as a way to support local artists and their work, Whidbey Art Trail connects artists and galleries from Oak Harbor to Clinton, WA into a self-guided tour for visitors to […]

Late Night Shopping at Penn Cove Gallery March 7

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Enjoy some late night shopping in Coupeville at the Penn Cove Gallery. You are invited to shop late at freshly remodeled Penn Cove Gallery on Saturday, March 7th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Meet with many of the artists, enjoy wine and refreshments and browse the Fine Art presented by Penn Cove Gallery’s talented collection […]

The Poppybank Gallery dedicates photo in memory of Paul Schell

by Art News in Community, Community News, Visual Art

February 17, 2015 The Poppybank Gallery, a modern fine-art photography gallery in downtown Langley, is donating all proceeds from the sale of owner/artist Christopher Evans’ piece “Langley Marina Rays” to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in memory of Langley resident Paul Schell. “During our very first Art Walk last summer, Paul and Pam […]

What’s Happening || Friday, March 6 — Sunday, March 8

by Katy Shaner in Community, Festivals, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor March 4, 2014 Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. “What’s Happening” is a collaborative information guide project between the The Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine. FRIDAY MARCH 6 OTT & MURPHY WINES presents Skinny Tie Jazz with Fran & Brad, 7 – 9 p.m. Fran and […]

Whidbey’s Lovie Couture Appears on Stage with the Seattle Symphony

by Natalie Olsen in Feature, More Stories, Music, Second Chance, Visual Art

Whidbey Island residents have seen Brenda Lovie’s creations worn by violinist Gloria Ferry-Brennan, both at last year’s launch party for the first print edition of “Whidbey Life Magazine” and last weekend’s sold-out “Gloria!” concerts. On Saturday morning, Feb. 14, Lovie will see her latest custom gown make an appearance on Seattle’s Benaroya stage when Ferry-Brennan performs with the Seattle Symphony.

‘What’s Happening?’ || Friday, Feb. 27 – Sunday, March 1

by Katy Shaner in Community, Culinary, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

‘What’s Happening?’ | Thursday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, March 1

Let’s get romantic: Rob Schouten Gallery opens ‘Adornment, the Jewelry Show’ Feb. 6

by Patricia Duff in Community News, Visual Art

During this month of valentines and romance, Rob Schouten Gallery’s gets in the romantic mood in February with “Adornment, the Jewelry Show.” It opens Friday, Feb. 6 and runs through March 2.

“What’s Happening” | Feb. 13-15 and 20-22

by Katy Shaner in Community, Culinary, Feature, Literary, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

“WHAT’S HAPPENING” is for visitors and islanders, this post covers two weekends.

The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are here. In this handout you will find events and activities happening the next two weekends.

Dan Riley to present a demonstration at ASW Feb. 10

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

February 4, 2015 Pacific Northwest artist Dan Riley will present a demonstration at the Tuesday, Feb. 10 meeting of the Artists of South Whidbey (ASW). This meeting will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Community Building at 18341 SR 525 in Freeland. Riley specializes in charcoal drawings as well as paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic. Dan […]

January sale — 10% off on all Rob Schouten prints!

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

January Sale at Rob Schouten Gallery!

Penn Cove Gallery grand reopening Jan. 31

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Jan. 20, 2015 Beginning Jan. 19 through Jan. 30, the Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville will be closed for remodeling. The Penn Cove Gallery will have a grand reopening event Saturday, Jan. 31. Come check out the fresh new look along with all your favorite and familiar Whidbey Island artists from 10-5PM. Penn Cove Gallery offers […]

Photo Composition class offered at Bayview Senior Center

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Jan. 21, 2015 A class entitled “Photo Composition, Putting it All Together” will be offered at the Bayview South Whidbey Senior Center in Langley on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fee for the class is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Whether you choose to use your camera on the full […]

Travel photography class offered by Joe Fackler

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Jan. 21, 2015 A class entitled “Photography for the Traveler” will be offered Wednesday evening, Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Bayview Senior Center in Langley.  The fee for the class is $20 for members, $25 for non members. This class is ideal for anyone who has travel plans for the upcoming year and who […]

Yukio Iraha shows his art at the Freeland Library in February

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Jan. 21, 2015 The art exhibition, titled “Interiors, Fortress, Retreats” by artist Yukio Iraha will be displayed from February 1 thru 28 at the Freeland Library. “Interiors, Fortress, Retreats” is an artist’s exploration of images of rest and calm in various environments. It is an attempt to show stillness within while living in a fast […]

Art Show for January/February at Blooms

by Art News in Community News, Visual Art

Jan. 13, 2015 Contemporary visual art by Kim Tinuviel and mixed media shadow boxes by Janet Pheifer are featured in the January / February art show at Blooms Winery’s tasting room at the historic Bayview Corner Cash Store. Kim Tinuviel creates her unique works by combining camera, computer, traditional art processes and found objects. Music […]

An Emporium of Arts on Whidbey Island

by Deb Lund in Community, Feature, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Whidbey Island’s forests, beaches, rolling farmlands and quaint villages are what usually first attract visitors. But as they return for more visits—or never leave—they notice an abundance of the arts—doctors who sing, business leaders who paint, a sheriff who writes…

One Year of Whidbey Island life in pictures | David Welton

by David Welton in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

David Welton captures the Whidbey community in thousands of images, here are some of his top picks that show life on the island over the last 12 months.

My Best Whidbey Island Shots Of 2014 | Martha McCartney

by Martha McCartney in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Whidbey Island has such beautiful scenery that sometimes it’s easy to miss the small details; to forget to look closer in than the vast expanse of mountains and water.

If the Land Could Talk—Thank You, Whidbey Camano Land Trust

by Lisa Kois in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

If the land could talk, oh—the stories it would tell: Classic legends of life and death, rebirth and renewal… Epic poems of love and survival… Stories of adventure, hardship and perseverance… Songs of endurance…

Penn Cove Gallery Welcomes Artist Carol Ann Bauer

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Dec. 17, 2014 Penn Cove Gallery is excited to add the Still Fire Pottery of Carol Ann Bauer to its representation of local talent. Creating pottery full-time since 1980, Bauer’s pottery is distilled from a lifetime of working with her hands. Water and nature themes have always been part of Carol’s work. She loves combining beauty […]

Penn Cove Gallery welcomes New Artist Carol Jensen

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Dec. 3, 2014 Penn Cove Gallery is excited to add the wool felting art of Carol Jensen to its representation of local talent. “Wet felting” merino wool into bowl and vessel shapes is how Carol celebrates color. She creates layers, patterns and embellishments with different techniques such as inlays and resists and then hand shapes her individual art pieces. […]

‘Black Saturday Gift Sale’ by John de Wit on Saturday, Dec. 20

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Dec. 17, 2014 Glass artist, John de Wit, is hosting a “Black Saturday Gift Sale” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Pop Up Gallery on Lake Leo Way. These artworks are perfect gifts for a friend, lover, mother, neighbor, dad, partner, or as a treat for yourself . Signs giving […]

Join Kalakala Co Mercantile for its Grand Opening Soiree on Saturday, Dec. 20!

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Dec. 10, 2014 Kalakala Co Mercantile cordially invites the public to attend the Grand Opening of its new store from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 138 Second Street in Langley. Kalakala Co Mercantile is a hybrid craft beverage bar and curio shop that serves to connect artisans with their community and […]

Come to Rob Schouten Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 14 and party!

by Patricia Duff in Community, Festivals, Member News, Visual Art

Join the Holiday Celebration as Langley “Decks the Doors”

by Art News in Community, More Stories, Visual Art

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.

On the Road Again, with Pigment, Perspective, and Pandas

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Literary, Visual Art

Dec 10, 2014 On the Road Again… When I make comics, it’s hard sometimes not to feel like I am engaging in a lesser form of art making, if indeed it is even part of the art world at all. Comics? Puh-leeze! Is that what you went to art school for? If comics were serious […]

Walkin’ in a Thrift Store Wonderland

by Sue Taves in Blogs, Community, Visual Art

I love design. Any kind of design—and when I heard about Langley’s “Deck the Doors” holiday contest, I thought it might be fun to challenge my design skills and maybe even win.

The contest is a brilliant way for the city of Langley to decorate its entire town for the holidays.

Pandamorphosis at Clinton Library Holiday Event

by Anne Belov in Literary, Member News, Visual Art

Dec. 10, 2014 Anne Belov will sign and sell her latest book, “Pandamorphosis,” at the Clinton Library Holiday Festival. She will also have all of her “Panda Chronicles” series books for sale as well. The event takes place at the Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Avenue in Clinton , from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. […]

Artist Talk and Demo with Daniella Woolf

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Dec. 3, 2014 Hear a hilarious talk about growing up in a Hollywood family, art influences and see what kinds of photos she takes on vacation, like the one shown here. Learn how she discovered encaustic at a Day of the Dead show at Bayview Corner. Watch an encaustic demo with her favorite tool! Where: […]

Kim Tinuviel’s Holiday Studio Sale

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Dec. 3, 2014 Looking for that perfect gift? For yourself or someone you love? Would you like to give handmade gifts or gifts of experience? Kim Tinuviel offers some beautiful one-of-a-kind options. Her studio will be open from noon to 4pm each Saturday before Christmas. Meet Kim, check out the Light Sculptures, encaustic paintings and […]

Whidbey Island Through The Viewfinder of Shaunna Baganz

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Shaunna Baganz describes her photographs as being nearly surreal. “I want to put the viewer right on that edge of imagination—bring them to a place of wondering if that scene actually exists.”

Open Studio Party and Sale at Kim Tinuviel’s studio

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Nov. 19, 2014 ​It’s a PARTY! (and studio sale) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29. You’re invited to drop by on the Thanksgiving weekend for my annual Holiday Party and Studio Sale. Come see the Light Sculptures, encaustic paintings and photography! I’ll have goodies to share and special discounts on great artwork. Stop […]

Visit Freeland’s newest art gallery at Freeland Art Studios on Saturday, Dec. 6

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Nov. 26, 2014 The artists of the Freeland Art Studios invite you to visit their new art gallery space on noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. As part of the recent expansion, Freeland Art Studios has created a new gallery space in their working studio in downtown Freeland. Meet some of the artists: […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Fine Art in the Season of Light’ Nov. 28 to Jan. 1

by Patricia Duff in Community, Member News, Visual Art

Get your jingle on and enjoy some refreshments and festive live music with those local jazz swingers, Trio Nouveau, at RSG’s Holiday Reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

Rob Schouten Gallery wins ‘Best Art Gallery’

by Art News in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

“It was a happy surprise to find we had been nominated for “Best Art Gallery” in King5 TV’s Best of Western Washington contest.

Acting and the Art of Hair: Bristol Branson

by Katie Woodzick in Feature, More Stories, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Second Street Hair Boutique is always humming with a mix of walk-in guests and regular clients. Owner Bristol Branson prides herself on providing a warm and welcoming environment with talented stylists.

Blooms hosts annual ‘Hundred Bucks Art Show’ in November and December

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Nov. 12, 2014 Blooms Winery Taste for Wine & Art features the annual “Hundred Bucks Art Show” in November and December of each year. In this show multiple artists combine to create a show that is diverse in its appeal and all art is priced at $100 or under. This year’s show includes six wall artists […]

Langley celebrates the installation of sculptures…and Halloween

by David Welton in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

BY DAVID WELTON November 5, 2014 On Friday, Oct. 31 Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy led the unveiling ceremony for the new Langley Sculpture Program. Two sculptures, selected by the newly formed Langley Arts Commission, were installed on Thursday, Oct. 30 and unveiled for the public following the annual Halloween downtown event. These two sculptures by […]

Looking for Artists, Deck the Doors in Langley

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Nov. 4, 2014 Calling on artists to decorate downtown Langley shops and possibly win big cash prizes! The Langley Main Street Association invites artists to go wild with imagination and holiday cheer and help Deck the Doors to create a beautiful holiday outdoor gallery. Three winners will be chosen by an impartial panel of judges and each will […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents Bruce Launer, ‘The Shape of Wood’ in November

by Patricia Duff in Member News, More Stories, Visual Art

Oct. 29, 2014 Router, shaper, band saw, jig ﹣dovetail, sander, lathe and drill ﹣padauk, maple, walnut, sapele ﹣the final shape ﹣ the poetry of trees. Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to present “The Shape of Wood” with the work of artist Bruce Launer from Nov. 1 to 24. An artist’s reception is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. […]

Whidbey Weavers Guild ‘Uncommon Threads’ Sale on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and Nov. 8

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Oct. 29, 2014 Imagine a big red barn. Fill it with rainbows of color, panoplies of texture, and wall-to-wall creative displays. This is the Whidbey Weavers Guild 11th annual Uncommon Threads Sale! The event is held at Greenbank Farm’s Red Barn from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday Nov. 7  and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]

#WIWC14 in Photos, by David Welton

by David Welton in Literary, More Stories, Visual Art

David Welton attended the Whidbey Writers Conference this past weekend and captured the vitality of the sessions in photos.

Coupeville’s Penn Cove Gallery Extends a Party Invitation

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Coupeville’s Penn Cove Gallery is turning 20 years old this month. And that’s a stunning achievement.

Langley hosts sculpture unveiling on Second Street Plaza

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Oct. 29, 2014 Coinciding with the merchant and town Halloween dress up from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, the City of Langley—supported by the Langley Main Street Association—will host the unveiling of two sculptures. The sculptures will be installed on existing pedestals located in the Second Street plaza adjacent to the old Langley Fire […]

Whidbey Island artist Kathleen Otley chosen for Invitational Show during Halloween weekend

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

Oct. 27, 2014 Imagination, art, music and the Day of the Dead come together in La Conner, Wash. and Whidbey Island artist Kathleen Otley is one of the chosen few. Otley will present her unique willow wall sculptures at the 30th annual Arts Alive! Invitational Show in La Conner on Halloween weekend. Art’s Alive! opens […]

Penn Cove Gallery celebrates 20 years in Coupeville

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Oct. 15, 2014 Penn Cove Gallery is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 1. Artwork from both past and present Penn Cove Gallery members will be on display, along with art demonstrations by various artists. The celebration will be held at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander Street from 10 a.m. to 5 […]

Virtual Gallery Nov. 2014 | Shaunna Baganz

by Anne Belov in Virtual Gallery, Visual Art

Nov. 1, 2014 What? It’s November already? Where did the summer go? As we say farewell to the sun-filled, warm days of summer and move into the gray soggy darkness that is November and winter in the Northwest, we also say farewell to the Virtual Gallery feature. We wanted to go out in a blaze […]

Warm your creative soul with photo encaustics!

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Oct. 8, 2014 Cool weather is on its way and it’s time to warm up with a new encaustic class… PHOTO encaustic! Taught by Langley artist Kim Tinuviel, this two-session workshop, on Friday evening Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 will introduce you to the techniques and possibilities of combining your photography with the encaustic […]

Free Langley Photowalk this Saturday

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Oct. 7, 2014 Whidbey Photo Adventures is sponsoring a free photowalk in downtown Langley from 9-11 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 11 as part of the annual Worldwide Photowalk program. Photowalks are designed to give photographers of all ability levels an opportunity to visually explore a particular area in the company of other like-minded people. Meet […]

Second Sunday Reception at Artworks Gallery

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Oct. 1, 2014 Potter Marcia Muchnik and Fiber Artist Marcy Johnson will be Artworks Gallery’s featured artists during October. There will be a “2nd Sunday” reception on Oct.12 for Marcy and Marcia from 1 to 4 p.m. Light snacks and drinks will be served and guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will provide live music from 1:30 to 3:30 […]

Keiichi Nishimura: ‘I Just Went in for the Pie’

by Martha McCartney in Feature, Spotlight, Visual Art

“I just went in for the pie,” said Japanese artist, Keiichi Nishimura, about his recent visit to Greenbank Farm. “And before I came out,” he continued, “I had a show.”

Rob Schouten Gallery presents Anne Belov’s original “Pandamorphosis” drawings for two weeks in October

by Patricia Duff in Member News, More Stories, Visual Art

Pandas! Who can resist their black-and-white fuzzy beauty and their adorable charm?

Fall in love with pandas all over again at Rob Schouten Gallery when local artist Anne Belov shows the original color drawings from her charming new children’s book, “Pandamorphosis” from Oct. 1 through Oct. 15.

Rob Schouten Gallery presents Keiichi Nishimura’s mixed-media paintings on silk through October

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

Sept. 24, 2014 Come see the moon and the sea in a whole new, elysian light. Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Keiichi Nishimura, Mixed-Media Paintings on Silk” in this longtime artist’s first Whidbey Island show from Oct. 1 to 30. Nishimura is known for his unique approach to wave imagery and his use of metal leaf […]

New landscape sculpture at Earth Sanctuary

by Art News in More Stories, Visual Art

Sept. 24, 2014 Earth Sanctuary, a sculpture garden and nature reserve on Whidbey Island, has introduced the first in a series of outdoor minimalist sculptures called “Veils of Reality.” Designed by Chuck Pettis, founder of Earth Sanctuary, and his wife Claudia Pettis, a classically trained and award-winning artist, “Veils of Reality” incorporates a reclaimed and […]

Pigment, Perspective, and Pandas | What Day Is It Anyway?

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Visual Art

BY ANNE BELOV Sept. 18, 2014 There are so many different “Special Day” designations that it’s hard to keep them all straight. For instance, this Saturday, Sept. 20,  is International Red Panda Day (who knew?) a day to celebrate those cute little critters that sort of look like red-headed raccoons and are no relation whatsoever […]

What’s Happening: Thursday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 28

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Literary, Music, Spotlight, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor Sept. 24, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 22,000 visitors […]

The First Annual Arts Alive! in photos

by Art News in Community, Festivals, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

PHOTOS BY DAVID WELTON 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 […]

Cook on Clay celebrates new design and manufacturing site with Open House

by Art News in Culinary, Member News, Visual Art

Sept 17, 2014 Cook on Clay, the nationally known pottery studio located on Whidbey Island, invites the community to an Open House to celebrate its new design and manufacturing center. The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21  at 19762 Highway SR 20 in Coupeville. Robbie Lobell and Maryon Attwood, owners […]

True Performance Art—Larger than Life—Courtesy of Matthew Statz

by Martha McCartney in Feature, Music, Second Chance, Visual Art

If Matthew Statz was nervous at the thought of being watched while painting a large scale mural on a public street, it certainly didn’t last.

The Arts come Alive in downtown Langley on Saturday, Sept. 13

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Sept 10, 2014 A showcase of artists will be offered in the first annual “Arts Alive” event on Saturday, Sept. 13th from 11am to 3 pm. This city wide street event will bring together local artists demonstrating their talents and providing education in their respective artistic categories. Many of the participants are regionally, nationally and […]

Pandas invade Freeland Library

by Art News in Humor, Literary, Member News, Visual Art

Sept. 10, 2014 The original artwork for Anne Belov’s wordless picture book, “Pandamorphosis,” is now on display at the Freeland branch of the Sno-Isle Library. The work will be on view for the entire month of September. Anne will also give a presentation at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at the library, about how […]

Rob Schouten Gallery welcomes Byron Birdsall to Second Sunday at the Farm Sept. 14

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Sept 10, 2014 Meet Alaska’s most iconic artist, Byron Birdsall, on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rob Schouten Gallery during Greenbank Farm’s Second Sunday at the Farm. Birdsall is one of Alaska’s most prolific artists, who lives part-time on Whidbey Island. He’s made beautifully detailed watercolor paintings of Whidbey featuring all the favorite haunts: […]

What’s Happening – Thursday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 21

by Art News in Community, Culinary, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor Sept. 18, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 18,000 visitors […]

What’s Happening: Thursday, Sept. 11 – Sunday, Sept. 14

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Feature, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor Sept. 11, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 18,000 visitors […]

‘Cuba: Color & Light’ debuts at The Poppybank Gallery

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Sept. 3, 2014 The Poppybank Gallery in downtown Langley is presenting its first new major show for fall. The show is titled “Cuba: Color & Light” and features photography from photographer Christopher Evans’ 2012 trip to the island nation. Evans was accompanied on the trip by his wife and gallery co-owner Leslie Irish Evans. “As […]

From Leprechauns to Soap Bubbles: ‘I Reckon a Fella Could Do That’

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Lindsay described what happened on the lake as surreal. The large iridescent bubbles floated out over the still water and—instead of bursting—ricocheted lightly, drifted and finally settled. The raft was surrounded by mystical opalescent gazing balls reflecting the sky.

Oak Harbor artist Sandy Byers makes credit card work for her

by Art News in More Stories, Visual Art

Sept. 3, 2014 Thirty-two professional artists from across the US and British Columbia will converge on Port Angeles on Monday, Sept. 8 to take part in “Paint the Peninsula,” a weeklong juried plein air painting competition—the only event of its caliber in Washington State. Among the artists’ varied backgrounds and genres of painting expertise, one […]

Grand Closing at Inspired Arts Gallery & Gifts

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Aug. 26, 2014 After a wonderful year of sharing beautiful art and making incredible memories, Inspired Arts Gallery & Gifts is closing its doors this Saturday, Aug. 30. We’ll sit out the winter and meditate upon whether, when and where to appear next. You’ll find various discounts happening throughout this week and—on our Grand Closing Saturday—we’ll have […]

Rob Schouten Gallery presents ‘Island Times… Greenbank and Beyond,’ paintings by Byron Birdsall through September

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

Aug. 27, 2014 Painter Byron Birdsall is an artist with a national reputation for his depictions of nature, and a guy with a hankering for some auld lang syne. Best known for the variety and drama of his Alaskan landscapes, Birdsall’s unique ability to capture light is evident in all of his paintings, along with […]

Anne Smidt, Encaustic Painter, in Summer Art Tour

by Lisa Kois in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Encaustic artist Anne Smidt describes herself as a tech nerd. She came to art after a career in the tech industry.

The Heart and Art of Wood: Woodpalooza

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

There is a light that shines from the eyes of an artist if you’re lucky enough to discover the essence of his or her creative spirit. And then there’s even more, if you’re allowed to look deeper—as you discover the “heartwood.”

Uncommon Communication in the Summer Art Tour

by Lisa Kois in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Glassmaking is not a solitary art. Glass artist Katrina Hude compares it to partner dancing. “It’s nonverbal. You’ve got to follow the music,” says Hude, a Whidbey Island glass artist featured in the Whidbey Working Artists Summer Art Tour.

What’s Happening: Thursday, August 28-Sunday, August 31

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Feature, Festivals, Literary, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend.

‘Arts Alive’ to be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 in downtown Langley

by Art News in Community, Festivals, Member News, Visual Art

Aug. 27, 2014 Over 50 artists will gather in the seaside village of Langley to provide an extraordinary opportunity to observe and learn a myriad of artistry techniques from some of the best in their field. A showcase of artists will be offered in the first annual “Arts Alive” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

KIDS ART CLASSES! ArtLAB and DrawingLAB at Whidbey Children’s Theater

by Art News in Member News, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Aug. 26, 2014 DrawingLAB and ArtLAB classes are starting at Whidbey Children’s Theater in Sept. ArtLAB: Kids learning to make art together ArtLAB is a place for kids to play and make things while learning the basics of art making. Kids experiment, learn and tell stories, create characters and their adventures while learning to draw, […]

Sculptor Frank Rose Promotes Island Arts

by Carolyn Tamler in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

In his Freeland studio, Rose is surrounded by the paintings, clay sculptures and bronzes he has created in the 29 years since he retired from the military. His passion extends beyond making art to “making the arts flourish on Whidbey.”

What’s Happening: Thursday, Sept. 4 – Sunday, Sept. 7

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Literary, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor Sept. 3, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 18,000 visitors […]

WWA Summer Art Tour opening reception is Friday, Aug 22

by Art News in Community, Member News, Visual Art

August 20, 2014 You’re invited to the opening reception for the Summer Art Tour 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 22 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. Meet the artists, plan your visits for the tour, and enjoy some food and drink. The tour starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 23. Visit the Studios of […]

Save the date for “Arts Alive” in Langley in September

by Art News in Community, Member News, Visual Art

August 20, 2014 Save the date for the first annual “Arts Alive” event, a citywide street event showcasing local artists demonstrating their talents and providing education in their respective artistic categories around Langley. This event will be held on First and Second Streets in downtown Langley from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. […]

Show your 3-D art at the Freeland Library

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

August 19, 2014 Freeland Library invites artists with 3-D art such as fiber arts, ceramics/pottery, small sculpture, assemblage, etc. to submit art for inclusion in the Lobby Display Case at the Freeland Library. Submissions may be made by e-mail as attachments, directed to dcarter@sno-isle.org or in person. Openings are in September, November or December, 2014 […]

What’s Happening: Thursday, August 20-Sunday, August 24

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Feature, Festivals, Literary, More Stories, Music, Visual Art

The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend.

World-renowned Spanish painter to teach September workshop at Whidbey Island Fine Arts Studio

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

August 6, 2014 Technical skills as a painter are important, but not everything. So says Spanish master painter Golucho, who will teach an advanced four-day painting workshop titled “Beyond Skill” at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in Langley on Sept. 9 through Sept. 12. Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio founder and artist, Cary Jurriaans, has been offering workshops […]

What’s Happening: Thursday, August 14-Sunday, August 17

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Festivals, Film, Humor, Literary, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor August 13, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 18,000 visitors […]

‘Still Life, Still Water—Paintings by Anne Belov and Jacob Kohn’ continues at Rob Schouten Gallery

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Still Life, Still Water” featuring the paintings of Anne Belov and Jacob Kohn. The show runs through Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Photos from the 2014 Whidbey Island Area Fair

by Art News in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

BY DAVID WELTON Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor The weather was beautiful and the rides were fun, David Welton shares his photos from the the 2014 Whidbey Island Area Fair!   CLICK HERE to read more entertaining and informative WLM stories and blogs. WLM stories and blogs are copyrighted and all rights are reserved. Linking is permitted. […]

What’s Happening: Thursday, August 7-Sunday, August 10

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Feature, Festivals, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor August 6, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 18,000 visitors […]

Skullerud art opening is set for August 8

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

July 30, 2014 Inspired Arts is pleased to announce the opening of a one-man show for Mark Skullerud, one of Whidbey Island’s most diverse and dynamic artists. The show will last through Labor Day with a gala reception to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 8 in our community space. Not only […]

Oh Happy Day: The Sculptor Speaks

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Jeff Day is a storyteller, plain and simple.

His thoughtful bronze sculptures speak—conveying feelings such as calm, cool and serene. And his storytelling ability, so obvious in his purposeful bronze figures, reaches beyond the art gallery.

2014 Froggwell Biennale:  An Invitational Exhibit of Fine Art

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

We’re excited to be returning to the verdant Froggwell Gardens for the Seventh Froggwell Art Invitational. Over a dozen returning and new artists will be displaying an impressive variety of original sculptures, paintings and prints.

Burning Whidboy opening Saturday August 2

by Art News in Community, Member News, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

July 30, 2014 The Burning Whidboy Studio is holding a Grand Opening at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, with live band, PeTE, playing at 8 p.m.The Burning Whidboy Studio is created to provide space and opportunity for art, performance, music and alternative creations. Please contact Carl at fiferpig@whidbey.com to discuss your ideas and involvement. […]

Excellence Abounds at this Year’s Whidbey Island Area Fair Photo Exhibit

by Carolyn Tamler in Community, Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

“The camera is the paintbrush, but the quality of the photograph comes from the artistic abilities of the photographer,” said David Welton, one of two curators of this year’s photo exhibit at the Whidbey Island Area Fair.

What’s Happening: Thursday, July 31–Sunday, August 3

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Feature, Festivals, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor July 30, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 18,000 visitors […]

The Paint Escape Seeks Potters to Throw Bowls for Good Cheer’s Empty Bowl Soup Night

by Art News in Community, Member News, Visual Art

July 23, 2014 A highlight of Good Cheer’s Empty Bowl Soup Night is taking home a beautiful handcrafted bowl. When Good Cheer was looking for a source to make some new bowls for this year’s Soup Night, the Paint Escape volunteered to be the place to make the unique bowls. The Paint Escape is donating […]

WHAT’S HAPPENING? Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27, 2014

by Art News in Community, Festivals, Film, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

SUBMITTED BY KATY SHANER 
Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor July 23, 2014 The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend. Since 2008, the Visitor Kiosk has welcomed over 18,000 visitors […]

The Poppybank Gallery announces photo contest

by Art News in Community, Member News, Visual Art

The Poppybank Gallery, a gallery in Langley specializing exclusively in photographic art, is hosting a photography contest with the theme of “The Pacific Northwest.”

Betty Bastai Photographs selected for Port Townsend exhibition

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

July 23, 2014 The work of local underwater photographer Betty Bastai  has been selected to be included in ART PORT TOWNSEND/EXPRESSIONS NORTHWEST, the Northwind Arts Center and Port Townsend Arts Commission’s 16th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. It will be held August 1 through August 31 in the beautiful seaport town of Port Townsend, Washington. Juror Greg Robinson is the executive director […]

11th Annual Lavender Wind Festival is July 26 and 27

by Art News in Community, Culinary, Festivals, Member News, Music, Visual Art

July 23, 2014 Our 11th annual Lavender Festival is bringing back wine and music for your enjoyment. Relax walking the lavender fields, then sit back and sip some local wines and listen to music. Want to learn how to make a lavender wreath or a lavender wand? This year we have booths with lavender craft […]

Appreciate the Art. Sip the Wine.

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Whidbey Island’s summer art events are plentiful, many of them large and bustling with activity. The upcoming Whidbey Expressions art show is not one of those.

What’s Happening | Whidbey Island July 17-20

by Art News in Community, Feature, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

The Visitor Information Kiosk welcomes you to Whidbey Island and the many places to visit while you are on the island. In this handout you will find events and activities happening this weekend, JULY 17 – JULY 20

Sirithiri | Daisies sweeping up the hillsides

by Siri Bardarson in Blogs, Visual Art

Have you noticed the ox-eye daisy? Its blank stare skyward, zoned out like a cat in a sunbeam; it is the harbinger of summer. Only a few days ago, the fields were blanketed in a patchwork of green grasses: citron, neon green, blue-green with a touch of rust red on the grass heads, mossy and silvery green.

Artists of South Whidbey Celebrate 40 years of Shows and Sales

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

July 9, 2014 Artists of South Whidbey will celebrate in a new location for their Annual Art Show and Sale this year.  The ASW 40th Annual Show and Sale will be in the Old Bayview School located at the corner of E. Marshview & Bayview Road. The show opens July 11th with a Friday evening […]

‘Watercolors in the Garden — paintings by Kay Parsons’ reception Sunday, July 13

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

‘Watercolors in the Garden — paintings by Kay Parsons’ reception Sunday, July 13

Choochokam Fest Takes Over Langley Streets with Art, Eats and Music July 12-13

by Art News in Festivals, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

The 39th Annual Choochokam Arts Festival takes over the streets of otherwise bucolic, Langley-by-the-Sea on Whidbey Island—from 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13—for two fun-filled days of art, eats and music.

Pigment, Perspective, and Pandas | Creative Independence Day

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Visual Art

If you think about it, all of us who work in the creative pursuits are really independent contractors. Whether we show our work in a gallery, perform with an orchestra or dance in the streets, we owe it to our audience—not to mention to ourselves—to march to the beat of our own drum.

Go Past Five Speed Bumps to Find John de Wit. He Did.

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

John de Wit has revamped, reorganized, relocated, rebuilt, re-created and restored. Now he wants to reconnect.

Brackenwood Gallery embraces summer with July show

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Brackenwood Gallery is poised to embrace summer with a show featuring oil painter Jason Waskey and a “Garden Garnishes” sculpture exhibit featuring seven local sculptors.

Third Annual ‘Fireworks + Artworks’ artist studio tour celebrates Fourth of July

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Celebrate all-American art on Whidbey Island during the Fourth of July weekend! Artists’ studios and galleries will welcome visitors during the third annual “Fireworks + Artworks” event. Stop in and see what new creations are underway.

Virtual Gallery July 2014 | Sue Taves

by janshannon in Virtual Gallery, Visual Art

The long days of midsummer can lead you to believe that time is endless and mysterious. And what could last longer, or hold more secrets, than stone? Beginning in the creative mind, and traveling through to the capable hands of a sculptor, Sue Taves coaxes the stones to give up their secrets.

“Expressions” by Mary Goolsby come to Inspired Arts

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

June 25, 2014 You’re invited to a very special event next Friday evening, June 27th, 5-7 pm, at Inspired Arts. We’ll be featuring the “Expressions” oil painting series by Mary Goolsby – a large series of small, colorful paintings she has done that capture the different human expressions that we findon the faces of others, […]

Nailing Motion through the Beauty of Inexactness: Bruce Morrow Paints Stories

by Russell Clepper in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

He’s a cowboy racing for all he’s worth across some Southwestern desert on a mighty fast pony. Or now, he’s standing over a jukebox in some lonely saloon, choosing a song as a sultry little thing nearby waits for him to dance with her. They are the only two people in the room. Outside the open saloon door, the vast desert lies flat and empty.

‘Island Light’—paintings by Annette Hanna and Richard Engstrom at Rob Schouten Gallery

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Whidbey landscapes come to life at Rob Schouten Gallery with a show titled “Island Light,” featuring new works by painters Annette Adrian Hanna and Richard Engstrom. The show opens Friday, June 6, has an artists reception on Sunday, June 15 and runs through Monday, June 30.

June Show at Brackenwood Features Cribbs and Morrow

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

June has arrived and with it a spectacular show by two of Whidbey’s favorite artists—Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow. These exceptional painters, known for their colorful and intriguing subject matter, are always a pleasure to encounter.

The Art of Buffy Cribbs: Painting Backward. Thinking Forward.

by Martha McCartney in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Shortly after I moved to Whidbey Island two years ago, I walked into a shop called Chic Debris. In a room filled with the work of local artists, I was particularly drawn to a painting attached to the back of an olive oil can.

Freeland Art Studios invites you to visit their new space

by Sue Taves in Member News, Visual Art

Freeland Art Studios is expanding just in time for our annual Open House! Come see the additional space and meet the 10 artists of the Freeland Art Studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14.

June brings Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow to the WLM Virtual Gallery

by Anne Belov in More Stories, Visual Art

By the time June rolls around, we Northwesterners are starved for color, so this month’s Virtual Gallery brings it to you in abundance. The work of Bruce Morrow and Buffy Cribbs shimmers with vibrant hues and tales both imaginary and real.

Annual Trunk Show of Art for Wear

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

From Shining Sea Studios on Honeymoon Bay, Teri Jo Summer-Reiger continues generating her original designs in clothing and accessories in hand-dyed silks, linens and lightweight wool.

World photographer has a new book; book-signing on June 8

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Author and artist, Marie Plakos, has just published a fine art photography book, “Adornment, a Photographic Essay.”

Touch Drawing Gathering July 13-18; early registration extended for Whidbeyites until June 6

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

The 18th Annual Touch Drawing Gathering with Deborah Koff-Chapin will be held July 13-18 at the Chinook Center of Whidbey Institute in Clinton. Early registration has been extended for Whidbeyites until June 6.

Touring Whidbey Island while Learning New Photo Skills with Whidbey Photo Adventures

by Art News in More Stories, Visual Art

Langley photographer and visual artist Kim Tinuviel has introduced a new and unique way to see our beautiful island—with your camera and Whidbey Photo Adventures.

Spring in a Sculptor’s Garden: Georgia Gerber Dances with Rabbits

by Dianna MacLeod in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Only a gardener with a certain amount of whimsy would christen a shady corner of her garden “The Dancing Rabbit Glen.” Although sculptor Georgia Gerber possesses more than her share of whimsy, she describes her gardening style as “ruthless.”

The Calyx in the Park Invites Learning

by Lisa Kois in Feature, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Are you curious about outdoor schools or what a year-round outdoor education is like? On Sunday, May 25 you have the chance to find out at the Celebration of the Water at South Whidbey State Park.

New Artist, Pat Collins, at Penn Cove Gallery

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

May 21, 2014 Penn Cove Gallery is excited to add the wood sculptures of artist Pat Collins to its collection of local talent. He has been sculpting wood for over 30 years and calls his art “stylized sculpture.” Collins’ aim is first to showcase the beauty and natural figure of fine hardwoods and second to […]

Pam Ingalls, Russian Impressionist demonstration on June 21

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Pam Ingalls will demo a portrait in oils in the Russian Impressionist style from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21.

Laura Stangel Schmidt: Mixed-Media Artist, Writer and…Herder of Ducks

by Art News in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Laura Stangel Schmidt might not have all her ducks in a row outside her house—especially when they’re loose and loudly foraging for slugs and other bugs—but everything inside is calm and orderly. Large windows extend the open feeling of the Langley home she and husband Kurt bought when they moved from Kansas nearly two years ago. Her mixed-media pieces cover the walls.

A Day of Touch Drawing with Deborah Koff-Chapin

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Open to the life force with a day of creative expression. Touch Drawing is a simple yet powerful healing art form. Attune to your inner sensations and bring images into form through the touch of fingertips on paper.

The Storied Stylist | Unearthing those hidden gems in your own backyard

by Julie Cunha in Blogs, Visual Art

Several years ago, a friend (also a design enthusiast) told me about a store that sold gently-used furniture and building materials for the home—at next to nothing prices! I had stopped listening to her talking about “all these incredible deals” because I was wondering: how on earth had I missed a store like this?

Roger Purdue: A Legacy of Northwest Coast Native Art on Display in Coupeville

by Carolyn Tamler in Feature, Festivals, More Stories, Visual Art

Last year, the Penn Cove Water Festival honored Roger Purdue at a special celebration for his festival designs and his signature carved piece, the Salmon Wheel.

A Weekend on Whidbey

by Susan Hanson in Culinary, Feature, Second Chance, Spotlight, Visual Art

As a travel writer, I often compile itineraries on how best to explore places around the world. So here’s one for a weekend on my own little piece of paradise, Whidbey Island.

Springtime soars in with ‘Taking Flight – the Birds of Spencer and Wood’

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

May 7, 2014 Soar over to Greenbank Farm for some beautiful springtime birds. Sculptor Sharon Spencer and watercolorist Frances Wood are two Whidbey Island artists who are very much inspired by birds. Both artists have an intimate knowledge  and deep respect for these creatures, which brings out special and lovingly rendered works of art. The birds […]

Georgia Gerber and Frances Wood are featured in the May WLM Virtual Gallery

by Anne Belov in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Spring has arrived on Whidbey Island, and creativity takes flight. Or maybe I should say that creativity is for the birds. The eagles have begun nesting at Froggwell, the swallows have returned to Whidbey, and this morning I saw that the osprey had returned to their nest on a power pole about two miles north of Freeland.

Whidbey Island’s Dazzling Underwater Charm

by Art News in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Why do I keep immersing myself in this challenging marine environment? Because Puget Sound’s marine ecosystem is one of the richest in the temperate oceans. The variety of curiously shaped and colorful invertebrates is mind-blowing, and the possibility of encountering unique fascinating animals such as the largest octopus in the world is addictively tantalizing.

Call to artists: ninth annual Lavender Wind Festival – 2014

by Art News in Festivals, Member News, Visual Art

Whidbey Island Artists are invited to apply to exhibit at the annual Lavender Wind Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27.

The WLM Launch Party in Photos

by Sue Taves in Culinary, Feature, More Stories, Music, Visual Art

As part of the lively celebration at the Whidbey Life Magazine Launch Party, unveiling the first print issue of WLM, publisher Sue Taves announced, “This is the part where the doctor turns around and says “Congratulations, you have a baby…magazine.”

Virtual Gallery May 2014 | Gerber / Wood

by janshannon in Virtual Gallery, Visual Art

Spring has arrived on Whidbey Island, and creativity takes flight. Or maybe I should say that creativity is for the birds. The eagles have begun nesting at Froggwell, the swallows have returned to Whidbey, and this morning I saw that the osprey had returned to their nest on a power pole about two miles north of Freeland. In the […]

Birding and art events through May for “Taking Flight” at Rob Schouten Gallery

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

Sculptor Sharon Spencer and watercolorist Frances Wood are two Whidbey Island artists who are very much inspired by birds. Both artists have an intimate knowledge and deep respect for these creatures, which brings out special and lovingly rendered works of art.

Perspective, Pigments, and Pandas | Getting Real

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Visual Art

We read about an exhibition of John Singer Sargent’s watercolors that was being shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass. We said, “Let’s go…and while we’re in the neighborhood, why don’t we go to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. While we’re at it?”

Cary Jurriaans Follows in the Steps of her Family of Painters from the Netherlands

by Carolyn Tamler in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

“I paint from life, never from photos,” Jurriaans said. “I have always been interested in seeing beauty in the ordinary—things around the house such as kitchen utensils, and food, which is the essence of our life.

‘Stones and Scrolls—Willow and Wax,’ new works by Kathleen Otley continues at Rob Schouten Gallery

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Rob Schouten Gallery is proud to present “Stones and Scrolls — Willow and Wax” showing new works by Whidbey artist Kathleen Otley. The show opens April 2 and runs through April 28.

Open Figure Studio/Spring session continues

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Calling all art enthusiasts who like to draw from live models! You are invited to the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio Drawing & Painting Open Studio, Spring 2014 sessions.

Oil painting demonstration presented by Qiang Huang

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

April 15, 2014 Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio is presenting an oil painting demonstration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 21 by Qiang Huang, an outstanding artist and instructor who lives in Texas. He is a daily painter who is extremely successfully selling his work online.  Visit http://qiang-huang.blogspot.com for further information. More info can […]

Summer art lessons scheduled at The Paint Escape

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

April 14, 2014 The Paint Escape is now accepting registrations for their popular Sizzling Summer Art Sessions. We are featuring five different class themes, “A Day at the Beach,”  “Hoot Are You,” “The Table is Set” and “Clay Basics.” Each of these sessions is designed for kids ages 6 and up. There is also an […]

Sandy Byers: For the Love of Biscuit and Gravy

by Carolyn Tamler in Feature, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

“Biscuit and Gravy were two loves of my life; they were my muses,” Byers said. Both of the cats went to “cat heaven” but while they were in her life, she did dozens of paintings of them, individually and together.

Studio space available at the Freeland Art Studios

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Studio space available at the Freeland Art Studios

‘Emergent” Teaching Supports Kids’ Imagination and Collaboration in Whidbey’s artLAB

by Art News in More Stories, Spotlight, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

The artLAB is designed for children, as a place to imagine, create and play while having fun learning the basics of making art.

Island of Plenty in Photos

by David Welton in Culinary, Feature, Visual Art, What's up

Additional photos from the “Island of Plenty” article about Ebey’s Prairie, in the Spring/Summer 2014 print edition of Whidbey Life Magazine PHOTOS BY DAVID WELTON April 24, 2014                                             CLICK HERE to read more […]

South Whidbey’s first ‘Maker-Space’ planned for Ken’s Korner

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

The South Whidbey Science Fund, a new nonprofit dedicated to improving the math and science literacy of South Whidbey kids, has announced plans to create the first “maker space” on Whidbey, MakerTron Labs.

‘Blumhagen & Smith’ show at Brackenwood Gallery on April 5

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Brackenwood Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Blumhagen & Smith, an exquisite show of monoprints and photography. Please join us for an Artists’ Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.

Spotlight | Encaustic artist Kathleen Otley brings her past forward with new works at Rob Schouten Gallery

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

“Stones and Scrolls—Willow and Wax,” opens April 2 and runs through April 28 at Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm.

Painters Sandy Byers and Cary Jurriaans are featured in April’s Virtual Gallery

by Anne Belov in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

While April showers are having their way with us, we turn to two painters of the world around us, in hopes that we can call springtime weather to us just a little sooner. Or, at least distract ourselves from the storms that soak our gardens and keep us indoors.

Lijah Hanley, Photographer, Shines in Exhibition at ‘Inspired Arts’

by Carolyn Tamler in Feature, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

When Lijah Hanley was 11 years old, he asked for a camera for Christmas. His mother gave him her old Canon Rebel SLR, but he had to repair the shutter with money from his allowance.

New Documentary by Island Filmmakers Premieres on PBS on KCTS 9 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 6

by Dianna MacLeod in Feature, More Stories, Spotlight, Video, Visual Art

When Mark Dworkin sat in the projectionist’s booth of The Clyde Theatre in the 1970s making sure the images on the screen kept moving, he didn’t know his own movies would one day be projected on that screen.

Virtual Gallery April 2014 | Byers / Jurriaans

by Anne Belov in Virtual Gallery, Visual Art

While April showers are having their way with us, we turn to two painters of the world around us, in hopes that we can call springtime weather to us just a little sooner. Or at least distract ourselves from the storms that soak our gardens and keep us indoors. Cary Jurriaans was born in Holland. The Dutch […]

Toby Hall to lead portrait sketch workshop on April 12 & 13

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Whidbey Island resident, artist Toby Hall, will be conducting a workshop: “A Portrait Sketch in Oil” for the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

‘Basic Steps to Oil Painting’ to be offered at WIFAS, April 21-24

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Artist Qiang Huang (pronounced “Chong Wong”) will lead a workshop, “Basic Steps to Oil Painting,” Monday through Thursday, April 21-24 at Whidbey Island Fine Arts Studio.

Reception set for teen photographer, Lijah Hanley, on April 2

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

Inspired Arts is very pleased to welcome Lijah Hanley, an 18-year-old photographer who has won two National Geographic photo contests and has traveled with their photographers to Peru and the Amazon.

‘Surroundings’ Shine at Museo Gallery

by Dianna MacLeod in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Melissa Koch, David Price and Evelyn Woods are three of the artists whose work will hang at Museo in Langley through Sunday, March 30. In the ten years that Sandra Jarvis has been curating exhibits at Museo Gallery in Langley, she has never before held a show devoted entirely to landscapes.

Duff ’n Stuff | Glorious artists, gratifying process

by Patricia Duff in Blogs, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

Here are the positive ones, the bringers of beauty, the “interestings,” the non-cubicled, the beauty-makers. I thank my lucky stars every day for them and those like them.

Louie Rochon Finds his Light Among the Flowers

by Penny Webb in Feature, More Stories, Second Chance, Visual Art

Louie Rochon has searched his entire life for his artistic calling; his search has been successful—with lush, tactile, almost three-dimensional macro photos of flowers.

Rob Schouten Gallery Opens ‘Wide Angle’ Photography Show with Friday, March 7 reception

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

March 5, 2014 Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm is ready to open a new, exciting show by Whidbey Island photographers Sharon Shoemaker and Kim Tinuviel on Friday, March 7. “Wide Angle” takes the viewer to the outer edges of photography where perception is informed by music, color, the absence of color and the creative […]

‘Bluffs and Beaches of Whidbey’ on view at the Freeland Library in March

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

March 5, 2014 Paintings of the “Bluffs and Beaches of Whidbey” by Pat Brookes can be seen throughout the month of March in the Freeland Library display window. Pat has hiked all the beaches of Whidbey with the Ladies of the Beach; many of the paintings are from her photographs. The oils, however, were painted on […]

Kay Parsons’ Paintings are ‘Flowering’ at this Weekend’s Spring Tour

by Penny Webb in Feature, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Kay Parsons’ enormous floral watercolors, modeled from her home-grown summer garden, are blooming in this weekend’s Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour.

Whidbey Working Artists Tour Shines Light on Artists Up-Island, Friday through Sunday, March 7, 8 and 9

by Penny Webb in Feature, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

The 12th annual spring edition of Whidbey Working Artists Studio Tour lets tour-goers spend time this weekend with artists in their studios, seeing firsthand what goes into making their art.

The March WLM Virtual Gallery show Features Painter Kay Parsons and Photographer Louie Rochon

by Sue Taves in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

This month’s Virtual Gallery has the perfect antidote to gloom and rain. We refuse to wait for May flowers, not even April blooms. Our featured artists for March are watercolorist Kay Parsons and photographer Louie Rochon.

Virtual Gallery March 2014 | Parsons / Rochon

by janshannon in Virtual Gallery, Visual Art

March 1, 2014 March is coming in like a snow leopard…a snow leopard that has been stealthily lurking about in the rain, and then comes in to shake its wet fur all over the living room, just before it gets up on the new couch. Fortunately, this month’s Virtual Gallery has the perfect antidote to […]

‘Journeys’ opens at Brackenwood Gallery in Langley on March 1

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

February 26, 2014 Come join us for our March show “Journeys” at Brackenwood Gallery in Langley. The Artists’ Reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1. This show features a variety of mediums and artists: Photographers Earl Olsen, Zoe Osenbach, Lorraine Healy and Kevin Horan transport the viewer from high above the earth […]

Sue the Screenwriter | From Script to Screen—A Local Writer’s Ten Year Journey to the Oscars

by Suzanne Kelman in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Walking the Red Carpet in Hollywood is a long way from Bob Nelson’s usual writing routine when he’s at home in Freeland, Washington.

‘Pandamorphosis’ Gets a ‘Kickstart’ into the World

by Carolyn Tamler in Literary, More Stories, Visual Art

“As a little kid, my brothers and I had stuffed pandas and we played with them all the time,” said Anne Belov, the artist responsible for a “wordless children’s picture story book” about magical wishes gone awry—with pandas.

John Ursillo: Creating ‘Old Master’ Colored Pencil Art

by Carolyn Tamler in More Stories, Visual Art

People are stunned when they see John Ursillo’s colored pencil works. “My CP art is based upon old master’s techniques,” he said.

‘Pandamorphosis’ is now funding on Kickstarter

by Art News in Literary, Member News, Visual Art

February 19, 2014 Anne Belov’s latest project is now funding on Kickstarter and continues until 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28.. “Pandamorphosis,” Belov’s lavishly illustrated wordless picture book, had its humble beginning during a class on writing for children the artist took with Whidbey Island author, Deb Lund. It went through many changes until it finally emerged, four […]

Six Bowls Project: New stories

by Art News in Culinary, Member News, Visual Art

February 19, 2014 Six Bowls is a yearlong community engagement project envisioned by Langley artist, Penny Kaela Bauer, for the purpose of celebrating community, food and art, and to support the efforts of Good Cheer Food Bank and local food producers. The Six Bowls project started with a group of ceramic and glass artists creating […]

Don’t miss ‘Art for Hearts & Hammers’ at Greenbank Farm

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

February 18, 2014 The sun is shining up at Greenbank Farm. Spring is on its way and the South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers” first Saturday, May workday is just around the corner. So don’t miss your chance to head up to the farm for the “Art for Hearts & Hammers” benefit show at Rob Schouten […]

Whidbey Art Trail will accept members for 2014 season

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

February 12, 2014 The Whidbey Art Trail, now in its fourth year, has opened its membership application process for the 2014 season. This year, there are four categories of membership: · Full members with studios open at least three days a week: $500 for a full page display in the brochure · By appointment only members: […]

Making a Living While Living for Art

by Betty Freeman in Feature, More Stories, Visual Art

Artist Rob Schouten’s life has been one of recognizing and perfecting his own gifts while appreciating and celebrating the gifts of others. (Rob Schouten and his painting, “Earth.” Photo by David Welton)

Langley seeks artists and entertainers for Feb. 25 meeting

by Art News in Member News, Music, Visual Art

February 3, 2014 The City of Langley will host artists, musicians and performing artists at a networking luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Langley Methodist Church at 3rd and Anthes Streets in Langley. The arts are appreciated and featured in the daily life of the “Village By The Sea.” Langley […]

John Ursillo’s novel colored pencil technique published

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

February 5, 2014 John Ursillo’s Solvent-enhanced CP (Colored Pencil) Process has been published as a feature article in the February 2014 edition of the nationally-distributed “CP Magazine.” This novel technique of applying colored pencil to both commonly used paper and unique surfaces such as canvas has been a subject of interest to colored pencil artists […]

Artworks Gallery First Friday Reception

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

February 4, 2014 John Ursillo, the  featured artist at Artworks Gallery this month, will be demonstrating his colored pencil techniques at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at Artworks Gallery, Greenbank Farm. A consistent award-winning artist and popular instructor John takes the rapidly-rising professional medium of colored pencil to levels garnering […]

Rob Schouten and John Ursillo featured in the WLM February Virtual Gallery

by Anne Belov in More Stories, Visual Art

Some say God is in the details, or is that “the devil’s in the details?” I can never remember for sure, but you can be assured that this month’s Virtual Gallery artists have an abundance of detail in their work.

Make a Photo Encaustic Valentine

by Art News in Member News, Visual Art

February 3, 2014 Did you get a new digital camera for Christmas? How would you like to use some of those pictures to make a stunning Valentine gift for your sweetheart, or for yourself? Join instructor Kim Tinuviel on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 from 6  to 9 p.m. for Introduction to Photo-Encaustic at Whidbey […]

Pigment, Pandas and Perspective | ‘By the Power Vested in Me …’

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Visual Art

ALL artists, not just members, are eligible to have their work displayed in the WLM Virtual Gallery.

Print classes scheduled at Flicker Feather Press in Clinton

by Sue Taves in Member News, Visual Art

January 28, 2014 Flicker Feather Press is opening registration for the following classes: Monoprint:  Feb. 8 and 9 Collograph: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16 Block printing: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23 Beginning Etching: Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2 For details, call Bruce Morrow or Buffy Cribbs at (360) 579-8547 or email twomorrows@whidbey.com. […]

A painter hitchhikes across the high seas to the South Pacific, lives to tell the stories

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

The diary part of the book is filled with ruminations on the effect of the ocean; mid-ocean becomes one of Ray’s fondest memories of a place and she tries to convey its deep serenity. (“Tongans Coming to Market,” watercolor by Phyllis Ray.)

Welton’s Whidbey through the lens

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

What follows are some of Welton’s best shots taken for the magazine since its start 20 months ago.

Japanese temari class for beginners is at WICEC Feb. 1

by Sue Taves in Member News, Visual Art

January 28, 2014 An introductory Japanese temari class is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at WICEC (Whidbey Island Community Education Center) in Bayview. All supplies and handouts will be provided for this class so you will only need to bring something for lunch. No prior skills required for this class. This […]

The Greenbank Birth Center introduces holistic family wellness and art Jan. 30

by Patricia Duff in Member News, Visual Art

January 28, 2014 Help the Greenbank Birth Center celebrate from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, with an evening of refreshments, art and conversation. Everyone is welcome to come and meet the artist, Danielle Olivyea Christensen, who shows her work in the center’s gallery. Also meet local hometown hero, midwife Cynthia Jaffe, and her […]

Art for Hearts & Hammers show opens Friday, Feb. 7

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

More than 40 local artists will show their work; none are limited by theme. (Pictured, “Home is Her Memory of Spring” encaustic painting by Anna Marstronardi Novak.)

In review | Richard Evans is the Peter Pan of sculptural art

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Theater and Dance, Visual Art

It’s visual art + theater; and it’s some super imaginative stuff. Get down to the Bayview Cash Store and catch the next tour of Richard Evans’ “Near Earth Objects Space Museum” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Museo gets medieval at its mid-winter spectacle

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

This is Museo Gallery’s eighth year of its winter extravaganza show, which always features an edgy and imaginative theme, and for which opening night costumes have become a large part of the fun. (Kelley Choate’s “Dark Passage,” mixed-media)

Brackenwood hosts bittersweet retrospective of Sarah Letitia Wallace’s work: “In Transition”

by Penny Webb in More Stories, Music, Visual Art

A retrospective of Wallace’s work, along with Neaigus’ recent sculptures, opens this Saturday, Jan. 18, with a reception from 5-8 p.m. at Brackenwood Gallery in Langley.

The man who talks with materials — Dan Freeman, maker of objects

by Russell Clepper in More Stories, Visual Art

“The sculpture expresses who I am as a human being.” / Photo by David Welton for WLM

‘La Luce, The Light’ opens at Galeria Chiropractica Jan. 9

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

Head toward the light and the photographs of Clinton artist Sandy Rubini at Galeria Chiropractica in Bayview. “La Luce, The Light” opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Bayview Chiropractic Zone Sears House for a meet-the-artist opening reception with refreshments. Rubini’s work has been described as surreal, ethereal, sensual and translucent.  These aspects of her […]

Painter Rob Schouten opens solo show at RSG in Greenbank

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

“My paintings are carefully crafted to instill a sense of wonder and mystery, and designed to reveal the esthetic beauty and radiance of ordinary things,” Schouten said

Step this way to the Space Museum — expand your mind in Bayview

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Commander Rose, a fictional character created by Evans, is represented in a mixed-media “museum” presentation, where the line between reality and fantasy is at times blurred, if not invisible.

Big crowd turns out for LMSA Sea Float Scramble in Langley

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

WLM photographer David Welton captures a few little sea float scramblers on the take. (Photos by David Welton)

Happy Holidays from Whidbey Life Magazine

by Patricia Duff in Visual Art, What's up

“Gingerbread Street” by David Welton, taken at the Coupeville Library.

Painter Rebecca Collins reflects her life in full color

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

“I do a lot of portraits for people who have lost a loved one, or found an old family photo, and would like to turn the image into a portrait.” (Pictured, “Farm to Market Road” oil pastel by Rebecca Collins.

Picasso goat’s head plate is sold, leaves island New Years Day

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

Hurry over to RSG to see this Picasso plate, with it’s charming Esmerelda goat’s head, before it leaves for Georgia!

Minding the Sky on a moonlit solstice

by Judith Walcutt in Blogs, Culinary, Literary, Music, Visual Art, Winery

The sun will rise again and stay a little bit longer every day, once we just get past this one hard part — the longest night.

Greenbank Farm Part Two | Weaving the past into the future

by Russell Clepper in Culinary, More Stories, Visual Art, Winery

“But I know Greenbank. My people used to live here, all over the island. It was all covered in forest then.” / PHOTOS FOR THIS STORY BY NORM KESERIC

A story of gifts and healing in this season of giving

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

“Many years ago, I had a dream. In a dimly lit space, there is a circle of elders … Each of us enters and stands before an elder and asks ‘What do you have to offer me at this time in my life?’ We then receive a gift.

Watercolor painter Ginny O’Neill is hot for hot-pressed

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Spotlight, Virtual Gallery, Visual Art

She said the process is time consuming, but worth it because it allows her to get atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest, with its wet air and fog. (Pictured, “Last Run of the Day,” watercolor on paper by Ginny O’Neill.)

LOOK | A photo essay on the Japanese art of Temari

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Anyone can stop by by Inspired Arts at 1689 Main St. in Freeland to see a collection of Hewitt’s beautiful, colorful Temari balls, which are available for sale.

Picasso piece on view now at Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Picasso made the plate some time in 1946 or ’47 at the Madoura Pottery Workshop near Vallauris, France.

An editor, the arts and a precipice at Whidbey Life Magazine

by Patricia Duff in Blogs, Culinary, Literary, Music, Theater and Dance, Video, Visual Art, Winery

I’m also pretty sure that if WLM was suddenly not available it would be missed.

Pigment, Pandas and Perspective | It IS a Wonderful Life

by Anne Belov in Blogs, Visual Art

WLM has done more to raise the profile of all of us creative types than any one organization has done since I moved here 24 years ago.

Get festive in Langley with ‘Deck the Doors’ and fun activities

by Patricia Duff in Culinary, More Stories, Music, Spotlight, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

Shoppers can come to Langley and see the artistry that lights up the holiday spirit of the village-by-the-sea, but also have the chance to win big themselves, too!

WLM Handy List — Merry, happy island of activity

by Patricia Duff in Culinary, Literary, More Stories, Music, Spotlight, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

“Miss Matilda” gets into the holiday spirit at the Langley Holiday Parade. / David Welton photo

The Storied Stylist | True confessions of a collector

by Patricia Duff in Blogs, Visual Art

I suddenly feel compelled to allocate a space for this picture by the front door.

Made Right on Whidbey continues this weekend in Coupeville

by Patricia Duff in Spotlight, Visual Art

With such variety of art to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Greenbank Farm — preserving a sense of place

by Patricia Duff in Culinary, More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art, Winery

Maybe she was talking about the fact that the Holiday Market runs every weekend now until Christmas, or the fact that it is held in the barn that Calvin Phillips built for his dairy cows back in 1904. (Photos by David Welton)

The Storied Stylist and the propitious dinner plate

by Patricia Duff in Blogs, Literary, Visual Art

What better way to torment your abuser then to force them to listen to a poem that YOU wrote about them?

Jingle down to Eddy’s to get your fuzzle fuzz and panpoonas!

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

It’s jingle bell time, folks, the perfect time to pop down to Main Street in Freeland for some rockin’ good holiday shopping at Eddy’s Repurposed Holiday Gift Show, open seven days a week until Christmas Eve.

Shop the Holiday Art Studio Hop Nov. 30

by Russell Clepper in Spotlight, Visual Art

The Whidbey Island Holiday Art Studio Hop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30.

Six Bowls Project celebrates community, collaboration, caring

by Penny Webb in Culinary, Literary, More Stories, Visual Art

Perhaps the bowl will encourage a participant to think about how good it feels to have a bowl brimming with abundance, and how hard it can be when that bowl is empty.

WLM Virtual Gallery artist lets one thing lead to another

by Penny Webb in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Looking for a way to add color to her silversmith designs, O’Connor uses epoxy resin inlays that allows her to “paint” her creations.

The Creativity Café − That time of year

by Deb Lund in Blogs, Literary, Music, Visual Art

You true extroverts out there may not have a clue what I’m saying. Your dance card is full, and you’re ready to boogie. The rest of us love the idea of holidays, winter sports, celebrations, nostalgia and rituals. We live for the music, the smells, the sights, the eggnog.

Tammi Sloan — Portrait of the artist as a flower

by Russell Clepper in More Stories, Spotlight, Visual Art

Sloan is currently exhibiting and selling her work her on the island at the Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank and Inspired Arts Gallery and Gifts in Freeland.

A photographic ode to autumn on Whidbey Island

by Patricia Duff in More Stories, Visual Art

Enjoy this series of photographs by David Welton, featuring the spectacular show of fall colors on the island. Happy Halloween!

FiberQuest with a Twist features yarn, alpacas, soap, wine and chocolate

by Betty Freeman in Festivals, Spotlight, Visual Art

Fiber artists and farmers participating in FiberQuest are happy to give you a tour of their farms, explain the history and the husbandry of the animals they care for, and show you their artistry in the handmade goods they sell.

Handcrafted on Whidbey, a pop-up at Bayview Corner

by Patricia Duff in Culinary, Feature, Festivals, More Stories, Visual Art

Starting Friday, Oct. 18. Handcrafted on Whidbey will sell the wares of island neighbors through the holiday season until Dec. 31.

Sirithiri — Mushroom hunting in wonderland

by Siri Bardarson in Blogs, Visual Art

I wanted Chanterelles sautéed in soft scrambled eggs with toast or in heavy cream sauce on big flat noodle pasta; ; I want, I want, I want.

WLM’s handy list of October events on the island

by Patricia Duff in Festivals, More Stories, Music, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

October wraps up with plenty of gallery shows, music and art classes, before its time to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Here’s a handy list for planning your weekend!

Will WLM members win the Best of Western Washington?

by Patricia Duff in Culinary, More Stories, Spotlight, Theater and Dance, Visual Art, Winery

If you haven’t voted yet, we could really use your help before Oct.18.

Coupeville artist Diane Tompkinson builds a new dream

by Penny Webb in Feature, More Stories, Spotlight, Virtual Gallery, Visual Art