August 2022 Newsletter

Free Art Classes for Kids

Free Art Classes for Kids are back!
There are a variety of classes, offering kids to learn about the arts hands on.
Check here: for information, schedule, and registration.

Classes do fill up quickly! Don't be a silly goose and miss out.
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
Whidbey Working Artists

If you are a “meet the makers” traveler who loves art, the Whidbey Working Artists Open Studio Tour is a trip worth taking. Set for August 20 and 21, from 10am to 5pm both days, the tour is a chance to meet as many as 53 artists, many of them known internationally.

Visiting the studios gives the public a rare behind-the-scenes tour, and the opportunity to learn about the artists’ processes and see their paintings, sculpture, pottery, blown glass, photographs, textiles, baskets, wood art, jewelry, engravings, carvings and much more.

Plan your trip by downloading the Open Studio Tour brochure.
Rob Schouten Gallery
Rob Schouten Gallery & Sculpture Garden presents:

new paintings by Teresa Saia

August 3rd - 29th

Opening Reception
Saturday, August 6th from 5pm to 7pm
During Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk

View the Exhibition:

Known for her bright palette and fluid direct style, Teresa Saia present her landscapes bathed in an abundance of vibrant light and expressive use of radiant color. Her loose style captures the dramatic light as it penetrates the sky, the land, and reflects off water at dusk or in the early dawn.


Saia's work encompasses the mediums of pastel, and oil on panel. The mood and emotion conveyed in her paintings evoke a deep sense of the mysterious, romantic, peaceful and yet familiar settings. Her paintings explore the worlds she has discovered in her many travels abroad each year, as well as the beauty she finds in the pacific northwest and around her home on Whidbey Island.

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 - 5.

For further information, call 360.222.3070 or email
Garry Oak Gallery
Garry Oak Gallery welcomes their newest artist:
Paulette Hill
Pastel, Oil, Acrylic Artist

"My study of fine art began after raising five daughters, followed closely with the deep loss of my husband from terminal cancer. Driven by this experience I dug into my art- finding comfort, and expression through the creative process. As a lifelong resident of Washington state, and fifteen-year resident of Whidbey Island, I use inspiration from the beautiful world where I live.
I’ll paint a pastoral landscape, a rusty truck, or a detailed architectural feature- whatever sparks inspiration. My aim is capturing the changing world through light and color, primarily using oil paints and/or pastels, to provide a glimpse of my perceived reality. I have shown pieces at the Guilded Gallery, Stanwood, WA and Whidbey Art Collaborative, Langley, WA and have been a member of the Greater Marysville Artists Guild, Marysville, WA."

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

830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
(360) 682-5675
Penn Cove Gallery
Penn Cove Gallery's Featured Artist:
Gary Leake

Woodworker artist Gary Leake will be at Penn Cove Gallery on Saturday, August 13th, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, August 14th from 1-5pm (Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival) with some of his new woodworking creations.
Gary’s passion is to search high and low for special, one-of- a-kind, pieces of timber that have magical character. He then turns each of these into finely engineered, beautiful pieces of furniture that are true works of art. Using methods and styles of earlier times, Gary credits his grandfather for nurturing a keen appreciation for all things wooden.  

Visit Penn Cove Gallery at 9 Front Street in Coupeville, WA
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Whidbey Art Trail
The 2022-2023 Whidbey Art Trail opened its new season on June 1st.

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 thirteen artists on the Trail in their studios to see where it all starts. Stop by the four galleries and learn how a collection is curated. Enjoy the outdoors? There are three sculpture gardens on the tour this year: art amongst the trees is an experience you will long remember. Maybe you will find something special that will become part of your own collection! 
Pick up Whidbey Art Trail brochures on the Mukilteo/Clinton and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferries as well as visitor centers, Chambers of Commerce, and businesses across Whidbey Island.

Visit or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see who is on the Trail this year!

Find us on Social Media
Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio

Our workshops are on a roll!

Coming up is a free morning of information about REMBRANDT OIL COLORS professional artist oils by JEFF OLSEN FROM ROYAL TALENS,  Jeff Olsen holds a BA and MFA in painting and drawing and is a working artist exhibiting for more than thirty years. He has more than a decade of college and university teaching experience in studio art, and more than twenty years in the art material industry with product expertise in a variety of mediums; Olson’s lectures deliver meaningful insights into the history, development, and application of artists’ materials. 

August 6th, 10am to 1pm - No charge
For artists at all levels, see our schedule for more information.

Then a fun one day PLEIN AIR REFRESHER, August 14th, with our highly acclaimed Washington painter JIM LAMB The morning starts with a demonstration and in the afternoon you will be painting. This a great way to get in shape for the plein air convention in Coupeville.

We have ALEAH CHAPIN, Teaching a figure drawing class in October
Aleah is from Langley, Whidbey Island and we are very proud to have her. Aleah  is an unusual and extremely impressive  painter whose direct portrayals of the human form have expanded the conversation around western culture’s representations of the body in art.  Chapin’s work has explored aging, gender and beauty, influenced in part by the community within which she was raised.


We are also working on next years schedule, very exciting.... 

All workshop Information can be accessed via


Whidbey Art Gallery
Langley’s first Saturday Art Walk is coming up on August 6 from 5-7. Stop in and meet our guest and featured artists and enjoy some light refreshments. The gallery has something for everyone, from photographs, pottery, jewelry to encaustic work, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, prints, collage, wrapped rocks and so much more. Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley is constantly changing with new work and many of the artists will attend the art walk, so this is your chance to meet them, talk about their work and even ask questions.

Whidbey Art Gallery is pleased to welcome Mason Andrews as our guest artist for
August. The array of oil paintings he will show represents his exploration of the medium. He feels that oil paint is a flexible, slow drying medium that gives him the ability to adjust and change the work over time. He strives to paint work that reflects diversity, complexity, and evolution in the world around us.

Our featured artist is watercolorist, Margaret Tollefson. She usually paints on paper but will be featuring work done on board. She utilized watercolor ground, a substrate that allows watercolor paint to be applied to any surface. This allows for a textured look that is typically not seen in watercolor. She also painted one of the Adirondack chairs for Whidbey Island Nourishes. The chair in near the entryway of the gallery and is named ‘Snack Time’. It features one of Langley’s famous bunnies and her family.

The online auction is live as of August 1st.
Check it out and make a bid on one of the chairs to support this great organization.

Many artists in the gallery are donating proceeds from the sale of some of their pieces to charities supporting Ukraine, such as World Central Kitchen and UNICEF. You will find small cards near the work indicating participation.

We hope to see you in the gallery soon. If you have friends or family visiting, the gallery is a great place to find art made on Whidbey Island by local artists.

220 Second St., Langley, WA
(360) 221-7675
Artworks Gallery
Artworks Gallery Free Summer Music Series continues through September, with the gallery celebrating the 2nd anniversary of its move to Langley during the First Saturday Art Walk on August 6th, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. 

Join us for cupcakes in the courtyard on 2nd Street, and hear the dynamic duo of Caroline Penny and Bev Heising, members of the band "The Fiddle Chix" perform from 2- 4 pm, and instrumental guitarist Quin Fitzpatrick from 5-7 pm. 

In August, Artworks will celebrate all 16 of the gallery's artists and feature two local guest artists, Gail Liston and Amanda Fisher. Gail will share exciting new, realistic still-life oil work. Gail has been an actor most of her life, and painting seemed a logical extension of her love of theatre. Her goal as an artist is to create a magical world on the canvas and, like a good play, engage the viewer's imagination and emotions.   

Amanda Fisher will present a diverse group of Whidbey Island landscapes. Amanda shares, "My goal has always been to bring light and joy to this world. Give people a reason to stop, pause, linger for just a moment longer, and find connection.”

Gallery hours: 11 am - 5 pm, Wednesday - Monday. 
Closed Tuesdays.

Located in the courtyard at 221 - 2nd Street, Langley, WA.
For more information call 360-926-1001
or email
Whidbey Clay Center
Our New Raku show is still going, but time is running out to see the amazing work our artists have made.
View by appointment by calling (206) 550-5932
The show ends August 15th

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!
Call For Entries
Join in the fun!
Sign up to be part of Whidbey Island Harvest Festival today at
Whidbey Island Music Festival
The Whidbey Island Music Festival continues this month!

Bohemian Rhapsody: The Classical Oboe Quartet from Mozart to Krommer
Saturday, August 6
3:00pm to  5:00pm
Cultus Bay Gardens

Sunday, August 7th
3:00pm to  5:00pm
St. Augustine's in the Woods

Love and Longing: Songs of Brahms and Florence Price
Saturday, August 13th
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Noorlag Saloon

Sunday, August 14th
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Price Sculpture Forest
You are invited to a Price Sculpture Forest first:
An immersive professional dance performance interacting with nature-integrated sculptures along forest trails.  We are honored that famed choreographer Eva Stone selected the Sculpture Forest to create "Wander/Wonder: A Sculptured Dance Happening" and present it for the public with her professional dance troupe.  The dancers are national caliber professional dancers who perform at venues such as McCaw Hall, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and now at the Sculpture Forest, too!  Each short performance is directly related to and inspired by the art and environment that surrounds it.  The movement-artist dancers include Leah Terada, Mary Sigward, Zsilas Michael Hughes, Hannah Simmons, Joh Morrill, Julia Y. James, Hutch Hagendorf, Emily Schoen Branch, Kaelyn Lefferts, and Ivana Lin.
This event will occur Saturday, August 27 from 1:00-3:00pm.  You can show up anytime during then since the dancers will be repeating their short sculptural interplays throughout the two hours, and you can walk from one to the other.  It is recommended to show up between 1:00-2:00 so you have time to see them all in action.  Overflow parking will be provided at a generous supporter’s property across the street.  A $20 donation is suggested, with proceeds to benefit the Good Cheer Food Bank and the Sculpture Forest, though it is also pay what you can and everyone is encouraged to come regardless of ability to pay.
Come and join us for a whole new experience Where Dance Enhances Art and Nature.

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.
Langley's First Saturday Art Walk

Every first Saturday of the month the galleries of Langley host an Art Walk.
The galleries keep their doors open later for everyone to stroll through. 
It's such a great time it became a Langley constant - locals and visitors always enjoy.

This month: August 6th,
5pm to 7pm

Summer Nights Series

Summer Nights Series 2022
Now through August 20th

Come and enjoy our Summer Nights Series and feel free to come solo or bring your friends! We are excited to see you here both indoors and under the tent! 

View the schedule:

Island Shakespeare Festival
Island Shakespeare Festival presents:
-Love's Labors Lost
-Cyrano de Bergerac: A Queeroic Comedy with Many Acts
-Titus Andronicus

Now through September 11, 2022

Pictured: Miles Harrison (they/them) as Longaville, Reno McClinton (he/him) as King Ferdinand, Anthony Doan (he/him) as Dumaine, JaVaun Ryal Butler (he/him) as Berowne; Helen Roundhill (they/them) as Cyrano; Deana Duncan (she/her) as Tamora, and Reno McClinton (he/him) as Aaron

Photos: jim carroll -
Whidbey Plein Air Paint Out

Plein Air Artists! The Pacific Northwest Art School wants YOU this summer for their third annual Plein Air event, August 15 – 18, 2022. For four days, come paint the beaches, forests, townscapes, and vistas that Whidbey affords, with an emphasis on Coupeville.

They will then celebrate you and the art you have created by holding a Gala and Art Sale, including awards, on August 19th, 2022. Artist Registration is $70. The event is open to all, novice to professional. The Paint Out and Gala are being co-sponsored by the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific NorthWest Art School (PNWAS), and are fundraisers for both organizations.

Art Lovers! This event is free to the general viewing public and we would love to have you come out to view the Plein Air artists in action during the week. On Friday, August 19th, please come to the Pacific NorthWest Art School from 6pm – 9pm for the Gala and Art Sale. Purchase $25 Gala patron tickets here. The Gala is free to artists registered for the Paint Out.

Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival
Celebrate art and handcrafts with over 100 artisan vendors in picturesque downtown Coupeville. Plus kids activities, a unique food court, and shopping in Coupeville stores.
Whidbey Community Makers Market

Join us for our Whidbey Community Makers Market! We celebrate locals and small businesses up and down the island–people who create, make, and grow things with their hands and with whole-community-centered hearts. Our third-weekend markets are different each month–that’s part of the fun. Expect beautiful, handmade items and people building community as if all our lives depended on it. 🙂 Items that may be here, for example: practical and beautiful pottery, jewelry, yard and garden art, fine art paintings and prints, clothing, scarves, soaps and shampoo bars, photography, cards, chef-made pasta, dish towels and cloths, tinctures, fairie gardens, candles, herbal sleep and dream pillows, lotion bars, lip balms, dish soap bars, mandala stones, wood porch signs and bottle openers, salves, flowers, and dog shampoo bars.

In addition to the market, weather permitting we have lawn games! Some months we have free drawings to win a basket of local products! And we always host a Free Gifts table where you can pick up great things if you don’t have much or any money, and where you can choose to donate to a local great cause (chosen by vendors each month) if you do have a little extra money.

When: Third Saturdays & Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm, June – November! That’s June 18 & 19, July 16 & 17, August 20 & 21, Sept 17 & 18, October 15 & 16, and November 19 & 20.
Hosts/Location: Silly Dog Studios & Ritual Mischief, 4683 Tompkins Road, Langley (corner of Saratoga and Tompkins)
Getting here: Walkable and bikeable for many from Langley, just 2 long blocks up Saratoga past St Huberts and The Machine Shop. For parking, follow signs to park in the open field just past our driveway. If you have mobility issues, park in the driveway to be closer to the action!

Additional details here:
If you have questions, text or call Lori at 206-805-9978.

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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August 24th.
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,

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