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 pleased just to be nominated again,” Rob Schouten said. “We won this contest in 2014, and were certainly up for winning it two years in a row. We let people know, and the response was wonderful.”
“Our customers and community cared enough to take the time to vote for us, and that made all the difference; we won ‘Best Art Gallery in Western Washington’ for the second year in a row! ”
Delighted owners Rob and Victory Schouten said they have the 30 Northwest artists they represent and their dedicated customers to thank for the title.
Voters left a steady stream of more than 100 glowing comments about the gallery on the contest website during the race:
“Rob Schouten’s Gallery always has original work by artists from the area. He is a wonderful host and the gallery itself is a jewel shop. You linger and linger.”
“Visiting Rob Schouten Gallery takes you into worlds of beauty: exceptionally talented artists’ works; Rob and Victory’s impeccable taste in selecting and displaying art; and regular gallery events celebrating this Whidbey treasure.”
“The content of the art has deep meaning; the owners and staff are impeccable, the art itself is beautifully made and of the highest quality; the gallery is beautiful.”
Victory Schouten extended her gratitude to the other Greenbank Farm tenants that share the location with RSG. “We are happy to be a part of Greenbank Farm with its other fine galleries, shops and cafe,” Victory said. “We hope our win as “Best Gallery in Western Washington” adds to the buzz making the Farm, and Whidbey Island itself, even more of a destination place, as it so deserves to be.”
Established at Whidbey’s Greenbank Farm in 2008, Rob Schouten Gallery and Sculpture Garden showcases top-quality painting and sculpture, as well as fine art glass, jewelry, ceramics, encaustics, woodworking, printmaking, and fiber arts created by some of the region’s finest artists.
Visit www.robschoutengallery.com for more information.