May 2022 Newsletter

Free Art Supplies for
Whidbey School Children
The Whidbey Island Arts Council is offering FREE basic art supplies for the Whidbey School's Children.
Please contact Kay at for more information or scheduling a pick-up.
& More
Cultus Bay Glass Art Gallery
Stop in and see Cultus Bay Glass Art Galley's inaugural show!
Keep an eye out for a Grand Opening announcement!
Rob Schouten Gallery
Rob Schouten Gallery & Sculpture Garden presents:
Tiny Dancers - Intimate Floral Portraits by Susan R. Lytle

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 7th from 5pm to 7pm
During Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk

Special poetry reading by Tess Gallagher and Gary Lilley in the Sculpture Garden
Sunday, May 8 at 2pm.

View the Exhibition:

Painter Susan R. Lytle offers us a close up look at the colors, patterns, and textures of our flower relatives, revealing the incredible variety of ways in which plants appeal to our senses. Painted in small works, Lylte’s show leads us on a journey into the inner sanctum of nature’s most beloved seducers.

Susan states: “In my recent paintings I am taking a much closer look at the flowers that surround me, many of which I have painted for years from a less personal point of view. I am delighted by what I see! I see faces, personalities, actors and disguises. I see parties and dancing, and a lot of sexuality. I see physical anatomy that our plant relatives have in common with birds, insects, and animals, including, most startling, to we humans.

In the last few years with all the very big problems the world is suffering from it has been my personal healing meditation to focus my attention on these tiny details of our smallest friends. I hope my intimate floral portraits might bring the viewer some of that same relief, as well as a renewed appreciation of Nature, and our connection to all of it.”

Lytle continues: “ I feel, when I look closely at a flower, it is my emotional response to a subject that compels me to paint it. Nature is such an incredible artist! In my paintings I aim to convey this mystery and magic that inspires me to take a closer look . This is what I saw and how I felt about it.”

Susan.R.Lytle was born in Seattle, Washington in 1952, growing up with a large supportive family in a big house full of books, art, and music. She studied in the School of Art at the University of Washington from 1971-1974 with Jacob Lawrence, Alden Mason, Robert Jones and Patti Warashina, among others.

Since 1974 she has shared her life and studio with her husband, artist Alfredo Arreguin. When their daughter, artist and dancer Lesley Rialto was born, it became a family affair, a home full of music, plants, animals, and ever changing art on the wall.

Please join us for our Opening Reception on Saturday, May 7th from 5pm to 7pm in conjunction with Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk.

We’d love to see you!

Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at 101 Anthes Avenue, Langley WA at the corner of First and Anthes. The gallery is open Weekends 10 - 5, Weekdays 11 - 4, Tuesdays by appointment.

For further information, call 360.222.3070 or email
Garry Oak Gallery
View one of Garry Oak Gallery's Guest Artists:
Janet King - Fiber Art

Janet states: "​​I am a fiber artist specializing in handmade felt art and botanical print making. To make my felt I layer super soft natural fibers from animals and luxurious silks and then apply cool soapy water and massage, stretch and shrink it until I create a unique piece of felt art. For my botanical prints I use real flowers and leaves rolled tightly in a bundle with silk, wool or paper which I then put into a hot dye bath for hours so that the chemistry contained in the plants will release and bond permanently with the fibers of the silk, wool or paper. I also enjoy mixing my felt and botanical prints with other media like stone, metal, light and wood. I create wearable art, functional art, wall art and sculptural art. My goal is to create art that others find beautiful to look at, easy to use and fun to wear. Enjoy! I began the process of fiber work in 2009. I am both self-taught and professionally trained. I have earned numerous awards in juried shows in the Northwest including two Best of Show awards.  I am part of the Whidbey Island Art CouncilWhidbey Island Art Trail and Whidbey Working Artists Open Studio Tour.  I was an instructor, advisor and teaching assistant at the Pacific Northwest Art School from 2015 through 2019. My art is for sale on Whidbey Island, Bainbridge Island and on the big island of Hawaii. I currently teach individuals and small groups in my home studio on Whidbey Island and larger groups at Freeland Hall in Freeland, Washington (pre-Covid). Will resume when possible"

Garry Oak Gallery is open
10:30am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday
Sundays 10:30am - 3:00pm.  

830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
(360) 682-5675
Whidbey Art Trail
Welcome to the 2021-2022 Whidbey Art Trail

The new 2021-2022 Whidbey Art Trail visit artist’s studios, galleries and sculpture parks. The Whidbey Art Trail has reopened for the 2021-2022 season and now offers an even broader variety of participants. There are 24 stops island-wide, from sculpture parks, gallery spaces and large studios, to personal art-making spaces off the beaten track.

Studio visits are encouraged and every Whidbey Art Trail member is following Covid-19 safe guidelines. Information about when studios are open and an easy-to-use map with directions are available online at and in print at all participating locations and on Washington State Ferries. 

Wander the Trail to find that special painting you’ve been looking for, experience the joy of discovering sculptures in unexpected places, talk with fascinating artists and learn their stories, find high quality galleries and see the best of what Whidbey artists have to offer. All while enjoying the unsurpassed scenic beauty of Whidbey Island.
Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio

It is still chilly, but trees and shrubs are blooming. It is beautiful and peaceful here.
We still have space in Oliver Sin’s workshop in May, Todd Casey and Sarah Sedwick jointly teaching in June and last but not least: Jeff Hein also in June. Late July we have a watercolor plein air workshop with Carolyn Lord and at that time of the summer the weather is great.

Finally, we have a special intensive workshop with Dominique Medici in July which is limited to 6 students to ensure maximum teacher/student interaction.  This workshop will be at our studio and house and will include a gourmet lunch! This is FULL with waitlist.

We might add more workshops of this format later.

All workshop Information can be accessed via

Island Consort

This small, lovely non-profit chamber music organization under the umbrella auspices of Whidbey Island Arts Council--was initially conceived over the course of 2012. Sparked by a combination of inspiration, whimsy, and naivetee and inspired by the music I enjoyed in Tekla Cunningham’s annual Whidbey Island Music Fest, I first imagined the Consort as a resident, semi-professional early music ensemble. After much discussion with friends and colleagues Chris Harshman, Franny Kenney, the late, great Buell Neidlinger, and Dianne Vars, Island Consort took form and performed it’s first concert in October of 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island. The Consort performed with both an instrumental and a choral division—the choir singing under the baton of the inimitable Dr. Dianne Vars, who also conducted with the two divisions performed concerted works together. The instrumental division, when performing on its own, was mostly unconducted (though one of my personal favorite experiences was conducting Copland's Quiet City!).

We quickly widened our purview, and ultimately performed chamber music from the 1600s to the present day. The Consort produced a few festivals—Women in Music concerts, two New Music on the Rock festivals featuring contemporary, Pacific Northewest region composers, and a Schubertiade or two. Our programming was interesting and varied, and full of wonderful juxtapositions, such as pairing Britten with Purcell for a St. Cecilia’s Day concert, or sidling Renaissance motets up alongside Brahms’ Liebeslieder for a Valentine’s Day special. We performed concerts of British music, French music, 20th Century American music. We performed motets and madrigals, concertos and requiems.

Then came 2020 and the global pandemic. I was freshly back from India in January of that year when the first news of Covid was hitting the airwaves. I managed one salon concert in February, after which it was Cancelled! Cancelled! Cancelled! All Island Consort concerts for the duration of the 2019-20 season went the way of all things. As it happens, what would have been our Spring concert of 2020 was going to have been Dr. Vars’ last concert with Island Consort. With her retirement and the ongoing pandemic, Island Consort has been in hiatus, save for sponsoring a couple of small ensemble projects along the way.

Now it is the Spring of 2022. The Island is exploding with the greening of the trees and the blooming of bulbs and bushes everywhere. New life is revealing itself, as it must. For everything there really IS a season, thus there will always be endings and beginnings, fadings away and new emergences. No doubt the pandemic has given us all the opportunity to till under our green crops, preparing our inner soil for whetever must emerge anew.

As it happens, I have been as busy as ever with my music endeavors. Concerts are resuming for me, and I have a few new projects occupying my attention and my practice and rehearsal schedule. After much long and heart-centered contemplation, I have become away that my time with my “baby,” Island Consort, is coming to a close. I am so happy with this labor of love, and proud of what we have accomplished. But my energies are flowing in other directions now, so—finding myself at the proverbial crossroads—I had to decide whether to till the Consort under or find a way for it to have renewed expression. The latter became the obvious path.

Thus I am beyond thrilled to announce that my dear friend, collaborator, and colleague, (saxophonist and conductor) Sebastian Seranno-Ayala will be taking the baton and ushering Island Consort into its next chapter of expression (read more about Sebastian below!). I remain on his team to assist him as he re-groups and re-fashions the Consort and gets it back up on its post-pandemic feet. He will be in touch via the e-newsletter just as I have been. And I will continue to be in touch about my own musical endeavors as well.


To all of you who have faithfully attended Island Consort concerts, sent your words of encouragement, donated funds to support our concerts: Thank you, thank you, thank you. I remain in deep gratitude to you always. Without an audience there is no performance—music is ALWAYS a partnership and Island Consort is indebted to our supporters and collaborators in this little effort of the heart. Please continue to support Sebastian and the new Consort, and I hope to see you in the concert hall once again.

With much love and thanksgiving,

Sheila F. Weidendorf

~former Island Consort Director~


Colombian conductor Sebastian Serrano-Ayala has recently been named a Conducting Fellow by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra for their upcoming 2021-22 season. He is actively involved with the Saratoga Orchestra as cover and assistant conductor.

Other recent engagements have included Symphony Tacoma, the Royal Military Chapel "Johan Willem Friso'' in partnership with the World Music Contest (WMC) in Kerkrade, Netherlands. The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC, the University of Cincinnati wind ensembles and chamber orchestra, and The Andrews University Wind Symphony at Chiesa di Saint ‘Ignazio in Rome and Chiesa Santa Cristina in Bologna.

Serrano-Ayala holds a DMA in Wind - Orchestral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with Terence Milligan, Kevin Holzman, and Aik Khai Pung, and a MM in Conducting from Andrews University, studying with Alan Mitchell. Serrano-Ayala also holds degrees in music education from the Adventist University of Colombia (UNAC) and the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP).

Through research, publishing, and programming, Sebastian is an active advocate for the music of today, especially those influenced by folk elements of Latin American and his native Colombia. Sebastian is passionate about bringing collaborative leadership, energy, and dynamism to the musical experience.

Stay Tuned, & Happy Spring!

Price Sculpture Forest
The new 2022-2023 Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway Travel Guide includes the Sculpture Forest as a recommended destination. If you are looking for travel ideas in the National Scenic Byway’s big loop north of Seattle, the guide is a handy and informative resource. You can get the guide in print or as a free online download.
Thank you, Cascade Loop!

The Sculpture Forest is open for art and nature lovers every day of the year from 8:00am until 7:00pm or sunset (whichever occurs earlier).

We offer free admission, with donations gratefully accepted. 
No dogs or bikes, please.

For additional details on accessibility, parking, restroom, tours, etc. visit our FAQs page.  

For info and updates, follow us on FacebookInstagramblog, and a free newsletter at the bottom of their web page.
Whidbey Clay Center
Whidbey Clay Center was created to support clay artists of all skill levels. In addition to memberships we offer group clay classes, private lessons, events and workshops. We know that sometimes artists need other artists to interact with, learn from and be inspired by. Come join us! 

Now offering group classes and 1 on 1 lessons!
Whidbey Working Artists
The Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour will be happening August 20th & 21st, 2022. 10am to 5pm each day.

With over 50 Whidbey Island artists and galleries your weekend is sure to be fantastic and art filled.

Keep an eye out for our catalog!
Penn Cove Gallery
Penn Cove Gallery's Featured Artist:
Marianne Borozny
Marianne’s love for photography began with her dad’s Kodak Instamatic family photos and slideshows. A post-college IRS windfall enabled her to purchase her first camera, a Pentax K1000, with which she explored black and white candid images and cityscapes. Eventually she became enamored with creating the “close-up” naturescape with which she tries to capture a moment while distilling and crystallizing a scene’s shapes and textures.  

Visit our bright, spacious gallery located in the heart of Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, a few steps from its namesake Penn Cove. You'll find art for your home, for giving, and wearing from 24 Whidbey Island artists.

Visit Penn Cove Gallery at 9 Front Street in Coupeville, WA
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Whidbey Art Gallery
Whidbey Art Gallery artists are showing solidarity with Ukraine. In May, a number of artists will donate profits from art sales to Ukraine support charities. Artist Paula Pugh has created a series of her collage birds - all Ukranian, and all the proceeds from her entire collection will go to this. We will have identifying cards next to art works available for this. We are hanging a new show and this new work on Sunday.
It is also the 30th anniversary of WAG in Langley and we’ll be having a big celebration at the June Art Walk. Codie Carman’s band will even perform!

Winter hours are Sunday – Thursday 11am - 4pm,
Friday & Saturday 10am - 5pm.

220 Second St., Langley, WA
(360) 221-7675
Artworks Gallery
Artworks Gallery features Whidbey Island artists who represent a variety of media. Founded in 2005, Artworks has presented a diverse offering of paintings, ink drawings, encaustics, wood artistry, jewelry, glass and garden art, fiber art, and photography.

Want to know what's happening at the Artworks Gallery in Langley?
Just sign up here for our monthly newsletter. We will keep you up to date on our events, special shows, and the latest work being created by our wonderful local artists!

Open Friday through Monday, 11am - 4pm

Located in the courtyard at 221 - 2nd Street, Langley, WA.
For more information call 360-926-1001
or email
Langley's First Saturday Art Walk

It’s almost like “happy hour,” but for art!

Stroll the streets of Langley and visit galleries that are open late and treat your, “inner artist!”

This month: May 7th,
5pm to 7pm

Mix Tape to My Mother
Whidbey Art Market


This Mother's Day weekend, take your mom out for a very special day of shopping. Her favorite Whidbey Island artists have been working hard making lots of new artwork just for her. Come visit us in Langley and see what we've been doing. We'll have lots of 2-D and 3-D pieces available: paintings, jewelry, baskets, wood and metal. And, the first ten mothers to arrive each day will receive a small gift of appreciation from the artists. Put it on your calendar. We look forward to seeing you!

Sat-Sun, May 7-8 from 10am to 5pm

Langley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, South Whidbey Island


All attendees and participants will be required to follow current CDC guidelines. And please note that any changes in public health guidelines may affect this event. We’ll keep you posted.

May 7th & 8th, 2022
(Mothers Day weekend)
10am to 5pm

Langley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
301 Anthes Ave, Langley
FREE ADMISSION - no tickets or reservations required.

All attendees and participants will be required to follow current CDC guidelines.

With gratitude to our event sponsors: Whidbey Island Arts Council and Island Bohemians, and special thanks to Judi Nyerges and Rebekah Yelton for sharing their talents on our show graphics!
Whidbey Island Music Festival
WIAC Membership Party
The Whidbey Island Arts Council Membership Party is happening
June 16th!
Keep an eye out for our email for more information.
We can't wait to see all our members!
Donations support our Arts in Education classes for island children, music and visual arts programing and COVID Grants for artists in need.

We appreciate the support!
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If you have news or an event you wish to be included in our June Newsletter please email the information to Christine at by
May 25th.
Whidbey Island Arts Council |
PO Box 261, Oak Harbor, WA, 360.320.0271
WIAC is a non profit 501-(C)(3) organization

Kay Parsons, President,
Katrina Hude, Secretary,
Britt McKenzie, Secretary,
Diane Cheek, Treasurer,
David Hundley, Cabaret Officer,
Tekla Cunningham, Programs Director,
Fe Micsho, Arts in Education,
Christine Maifeld, Social Media Coordinator,

In compliance with Washington State law, WIAC and its umbrella organizations shall not discriminate against a person on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, creed, marital status, age, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

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