January 2023 Newsletter

In This Issue
Message from the President
Meander Dance Collective
Members Spotlight

Content Links:
Upcoming Events
Art Walk
Strategies for Success

Studios • Galleries
Gallery Shows
Study in France

Music • Dance
Open Technique Dance Classes

Want to write a sequel?

Arts Education Fund
Join Our Board
Freeland Library Artist Grants Database
Board of Directors
Message from the President
Katrina Hude

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2023!

Save the Date! June 15th, 4pm-8pm annual Members Picnic. Location TBA.


May the New Year ring in with great inspiration and productivity for us all.

Let's all pledge respect, courtesy and compassion in the new year.

Whidbey Island arts Council would like to publicly acknowledge and share with you the adoption of our Civility Agreement:

Meander Dance Collective
New Sponsored Program
Led by director Beck Diamond, the Meander Dance Collective seeks to provide accessible dance opportunities and performance for the Whidbey Island Community. The collective is an eclectic group of Whidbey Island dancers ranging in experience and genre. They host an annual End of Summer concert with original works choreographed by Meander Dance Co professionals. In 2023 Meander will be partnering with the South Whidbey Schools Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program, providing multi-genre interdisciplinary dance lessons in the classroom. Meander also hosts a range of workshops throughout the year.

Meander Dance Collective moves forward into 2023 as a fiscally sponsored program of WIAC, which grants them non-profit status under the WIAC 501(c)(3) umbrella.

About Meander Dance
Welcome, New Members!
Welcome, felt artist Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven.
Welcome, visual artist Pamela Good.
Welcome, writer Terry Clayton and photographer Penny Clayton.
 E V E N T S
Langley's First Saturday Art Walk
January 7th

Every first Saturday of the month the galleries of Langley host an Art Walk.

Galleries keep their doors open late to allow visitors a leisurely and festive stroll through town, to a variety of destinations showing new art. Meet the artists and be the first to view new installations.

This month: January 7th
5pm to 7pm

Strategies for Success
Cheryl Weisz
AIROW is offering all WIAC members a free 1x-month Zoom "art incubator" to discuss Current Art World Information and Strategies for Success. Non-members are also welcome to inquire.

Enroll now for a February 1st presentation on "TRENDS," an inspiring and practical discussion of national trends from which Artists in all mediums can profit.

Cheryl L. Weisz, MA, Arts Strategist and award-winning illustrator, provides a learning experience with extraordinary results. Her message is, "There is LIFE after COVID for artists willing to incorporate trends and something new."

Cheryl will be separating her presentations into two groups this year:
The GenZ will have its own group to focus on "needs, resources and courage."
The older, larger group will focus on "Get your Goodies" to enhance the planning and execution of goals for their art. This group is a “do it” group for those who are familiar with the original program.

Cheryl's programs are open to visual, performing and literary artists. Contact Cheryl.

Studios • Galleries
Cook on Clay
Study in France

Join Robbie Lobell for a 10-day hands-on workshop in the south of France!
February 20 to March 3

We'll consider culinary cultures and develop our individual ideas.
Through demonstrations, daily practice, and lively discussion, participants will work their ideas into the shape of handmade pots for the kitchen and table, for a slow food and a healthy world.

The laRex l'Atelier studio, located in France's Var region, is nestled in the port town of beautiful Saint-Raphaël and is near several other exciting places:
The historic port town of Fréjus, with its Roman ruins, and the Côte d'Azur and a mountainous region called l'Esterel and the Gorge du Verdun.

This promises to be a spectacular experience.

Workshop Information

Cook on Clay
914 Third St, Langley


Fire of the Heart Gallery 
Becca Heavrin
Greenbank Farm
Open in January!

Great news! Fire of the Heart will be open reduced hours in January. Alicia will be in the gallery Fridays and Saturdays in January from 11-3. Stop by and say hello!

Fire of the Heart Gallery
Becca Heavrin
January hours, Fridays and Saturdays, 11-3

Greenbank Farm
765 Wonn Road #C101
Greenbank, WA

Price Sculpture Forest

New Children's Book!
Price Sculpture Forest is very excited to share that a new children’s book has been published based on the importance of family and lessons learned after an exploration through the Sculpture Forest! Do you have a young child or grandchild who has visited the Sculpture Forest with you? Would you like for them to have a book that they can really relate to from their personal experience? And have a book with a positive, poignant, uplifting message that also incorporates fun ways for a child to move? Then check out “Frankie’s Wish“.

After a visit to the Sculpture Forest, publisher Terrel Lefferts, author Eva Stone, and artist Emilia Ruminska were inspired to write a book that expanded upon the positive experience with outdoor art that they saw here for children. The trio then crafted a story that incorporates some of the well known sculptures that are particularly popular with appreciative children. Available everywhere including Amazon, bookstores, and more! Order books here:

Visit Price Sculpture Forest
678 Parker Rd, Coupeville, WA

Rob Schouten Gallery
Rob Schouten Gallery
101 Anthes Avenue, Langley, WA 98260

(Rob Schouten Gallery will be closed January 1-12, 2023)
Garry Oak Gallery
Oak Harbor
Garry Oak Gallery • Featured January Artist, Judy Bishop

Judy Bishop was born in San Francisco and traveled the world before settling in Coupeville, WA. Upon retirement from a 40-year career in nursing, she rekindled her longtime interest in art with lessons from varied talented local artists. She loves nothing better than to escape to her art studio and paint! Judy is delighted to show her art and share the enjoyment it brings to others.

Artist Statement: "I am inspired by the incredible diversity of life surrounding me. I may note a grand landscape or a small doorknob. It is this “seeing” ~ the light, the angles, the colors ~ that inspires me to paint. I currently work with the medium of Acrylic because it allows tremendous flexibility to express the thoughts and emotions that inspire my paintings. I am delighted when my thoughts and emotions connect with a viewer."

Garry Oak Gallery
830 SE Pioneer Way, Ste 101
Oak Harbor, WA

Penn Cove Gallery
Featured Artists, Sean Moore and Ivy Breen
Penn Cove Gallery January 2023
We are pleased to welcome two new artists to our gallery. Sean Moore is our first guest artist of 2023 and Ivy Breen is our newest gallery member. Stop by the gallery to see these new artists' work.

Penn Cove Gallery
9 Front Street in Coupeville WA 
Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Sean Moore's artistic sense strives to capture the spirit of the subject and moment. These then diverge into different tracks: Large Format Film and 8x10 and Digital. The large format film projects are used to convey his more abstract ideas related to the impermanence of life as seen through concepts of permanence. His digital work takes on wildlife imagery.

Penn Cove Gallery
Ivy Breen found her way under the Coupeville wharf at a very low tide to complete a plein air pastel of the underside of the walkway, highlighting the piers, which are set to be replaced. Ivy usually starts with a vivid underpainting of pastels that is wetted down with mineral spirits. The pastels then revert to wet paint and are manipulated with a brush, much like watercolor. When it dries, it turns back into a chalk-like dry medium. Pastel sticks are then used to work over this base for the finished look.

Penn Cove Gallery
9 Front Street in Coupeville WA
Whidbey Art Trail
All Island

Whidbey Art Trail 2022-2023
The Art Trail is a free self-guided tour of a collection of artist studios, art galleries, and sculpture gardens on the island.

Visit the 13 artists on the Trail in their studios to see where it all starts. Stop by the 4 galleries and learn how a collection is curated. Enjoy the outdoors? There are 3 sculpture gardens on the tour this year: art amongst the trees is an experience you will long remember.

Visit to see who is on the Trail.
Find something special for those on your gift list,  or for your own collection! 

Follow us on Social Media

Whidbey Clay Center
Whidbey Clay Center has a remodeled gallery and expanded workspace for members and classes. Please see their website for events, classes and to become a member!
More Information

Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
Cary Loopuyt Jurriaans
Photo: Cary Jurriaans, Open Studio, December 2022

2023 Workshop Schedule
Featured instructors include Aleah Chapin, Jennifer Gennari, Sarah Sedwick, Leonid Gervits, Henry Yan, Theresa Oaxaca, Max Ginsberg and Many More

Whidbey Photo
WHIDBEY BEARD PROJECT 2023 CALENDARS are available for $20 at the Goose in Bayview, Linds in Freeland, Moonraker Bookstore & Rob Schouten Gallery in Langley, and the Wind & Tide Bookstore in Oak Harbor.

Mike Holtby continues to shoot portraits of interested bearded men on the Island and is open to further applicants for this Project.
So many beards. So little time!

Whidbey Art Gallery
Happy New Year!
As we move into 2023, Whidbey Art Gallery’s members will be featuring work on the theme of ‘Reflections’ in our brand new show. Stop by and enjoy the interesting take our artists apply to this broad concept. Crystal Lockwood will have a newly carved, spectacular sculpture that’s getting close to life size. She turns twisted driftwood into profoundly inspiring human forms. It’s a ‘must see’!

Our featured artist is watercolorist Margaret Tollefson. Known for her use of color and texture in realistic paintings, this display will feature impressionistic landscapes---four takes on the same landscape. These were done on board and sealed with archival varnish and beeswax, buffed to a subtle sheen. They can be hung anywhere with no glare.

You can meet many of our artists at First Saturday Art Walk on January 7 from 5-7. Treat yourself to an evening of fun and inspiration with your friends and family.

Our gallery is filled with beautiful art, jewelry, wrapped rocks, photography, glass and metal work, pottery, ceramics, calligraphy, and cards for every occasion. There is something for everyone.
Whidbey Art Gallery is located on Second Street in Langley.

Interested in being a guest artist?

Whidbey Art Gallery
220 Second Street, Langley, WA 98260
WINTER HOURS Sunday-Thursday 11AM - 4PM
Writers • Poets
Write a Sequel
Meet local author Tom Trimbath at the Freeland Library.
Learn what Whidbey stories inspired Trimbath's newest book, "Firewatcher," an accidental love story among species.

Wednesday, January 11
2:00-3:00 pm
Freeland Library

Help Write the Sequel!
Are you a Whidbey writer? Hear about opportunities for collaboration with Trimbath on upcoming projects, including possible sequels to "Firewatcher."

Music • Dance
Meander Dance Collective
Open Technique Classes on Saturdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. These classes are free to the community, and currently held at Island Dance in Langley.

For More Information
Meander Dance Collective

Thinking of becoming a WIAC Member?
Anyone can join

The WIAC membership community includes:
artists • musicians • writers • teachers • culinary artists
and supporters of the arts.

The Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC) fosters a community of culture
through its foundational support and advocacy of artists and
arts organizations on Whidbey Island.

Established in 1980, WIAC asks for your help
to continue this important work for decades to come.

Your Donations Make a Difference
Donate Now
Free Art Supplies for
Whidbey School Children
Whidbey Island Arts Council offers
FREE basic art supplies for Whidbey Schools' children.
Please contact Elizabeth Walsh for more information.
Join Our Board
Whidbey Island Arts Council
is recruiting new board members
Are you:
• interested in supporting the creative community
• can attend a monthly board meeting
• would look forward to participating in occasional events

Experience in finance, insurance, grant writing or fundraising is a plus, but we welcome all inquiries.

Join this dynamic organization!
Contact Us
Arts Funding Database
Individual Artsts and Writers
Freeland Library
In Feb 2022, the Freeland Library became part of the Funding Information Network.
This network is specific to libraries, colleges and universities—institutions of learning with access to subscription-based database.
There are two main databases available:
• Grants for non-profit 501-(c)(3) organizations
• Grants for individual researchers, students and artists (including writers)
Katrina Morse, Freeland Librarian, invites individuals to set up an appointment with her so she can help maximize your search. There are no restrictions on hours of use, but you must be on-site at the Freeland Library to access the database. Library computers may be used, or bring your own laptop.

Freeland Library
5495 Harbor Ave, Freeland, WA
(360) 331-7323
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Submissions for our February Newsletter to deadline January 27.

Whidbey Island Arts Council

Katrina Hude, Interim President,
David Hundley, Vice President,
Britt McKenzie, Secretary,
Jane Fung, Treasurer,
Tekla Cunningham, Programs,
Kim Tinuviel, Board Development,
Elizabeth Walsh, Arts In Education,
R.E. Yelton, Branding and Marketing,

Cynthia Albers,
PO Box 197, Greenbank, WA 98253
WIAC is a non profit 501-(C)(3) organization

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