December Newsletter

The Arts Council’s 2022 Board of Directors have donated $2300 as matching funds for our end of year fundraiser. These funds will support our Arts in Education classes for island children, music and visual arts programing and COVID Grants for artists in need.

We would appreciate the support!
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Rob Schouten Gallery
Rob Schouten Gallery & Sculpture Garden presents
Fine Art in the Season of Light
outstanding selections by our gallery artists
Through December 31 

Artist’s Reception on Saturday, December 4 from 5pm to 7pm,
during Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk. (MASKS REQUIRED)

This holiday season enjoy the experience of finding the perfect fine art gifts at Rob Schouten Gallery & Sculpture Garden in the charming village of Langley on beautiful Whidbey Island.

Outstanding selections by our talented gallery artists offer the opportunity to find that unique one-of-a-kind work of art for the people you care about most.

Included in the gallery’s beautiful displays are sculptures in bronze, stone, and steel, original paintings in a variety of media, fabulous jewelry by talented Whidbey jewelers, and some extraordinary fine art glass including handblown, sculpted and fused. You’ll also find elegant woodwork, ceramics and fiber art, fresh witty assemblages, and a wonderfully wide array of beautiful art objects sure to delight.

We are proud to exhibit quality fine art for budgets large and small, and for every art lover in your thoughts this season.

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
Whidbey Island Music Festival

Classical Uncorked
The Beggar Boys: A Celtic Christmas

Saturday, December 18th
3pm to 4:30pm

Warm up your holiday season as The Beggar Boys bring traditional Christmas music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales to the Pacific Northwest.

The ethereal voice of Abigail Lennox blends with fiddles, whistle, and guitar to create the Beggar Boys' signature blend of traditional songs and tunes and powerful originals, called "lush and revealing" by the Boston Globe.

This festive program will also feature Larry Young's dramatic storytelling and live Irish step dancing – a perfect family holiday treat.

Penn Cove Gallery
Penn Cove Gallery December Featured Artist is Diane Tompkinson

"I have been printmaking and painting since college days at the University of Oregon.  Currently, I am exploring some new techniques, one of which is an abstract layering of color, texture, and line. This technique involves hand transfer of ink using pieces of plastic sheeting and a variety of tools for mark making. The results are rich and colorful. My favorite is a piece called “Crows.”
Another technique involves negative space and collage I am using some wonderful handmade organic papers for this to emphasize texture.
I am also continuing The Dreamer Series which are large prints done on my floor press combining print, collage, paint and ink.  The Dreamer was followed by Maria de la Man͂ana, then by The Fisherman. I am waiting to see who will show up next."

Visit Penn Cove Gallery at 9 Front Street in Coupeville, WA
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Artworks Gallery
Artworks Gallery displays the work of 16 selected Whidbey Island artists who represent a wide variety of unique media. Since its founding in 2005 as an artist-owned Gallery, Artworks has presented an inviting and diverse array of creative work that includes watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, ink drawings, encaustics, wood artistry, jewelry, glass and garden art, fiber art, and photography.

Hours - 11am - 4pm,
Wednesday - Monday. Closed Tuesday.
11am - 7pm on the first Saturday of each month for Art Walks
Located in the courtyard at 221 - 2nd Street, Langley, WA.
For more information call 360-926-1001
or email
Whidbey Art Gallery
We are looking forward to an exciting month at Whidbey Art Gallery with our
Art Under $100 event. You will find many items in our front room and throughout the gallery that would make great gifts, or a little something special for yourself. Look for a yellow dot on items from pottery, calligraphy, and jewelry to paintings and photography and more. One of our photographers, Tom Hanify, has a lovely book containing many of his outstanding photographs. Come by and spend some time browsing the work of our many talented artists.

Our featured artist is member, Codie Carman. Codie loves color and after living in Hawaii and San Diego has incorporated intense color in her paintings. She says, “I like to set a stage with my paintings telling stories with people and dogs and lots of color”. We can’t wait to see what her featured work will be!

First Saturday Art walk is December 4th from 5pm -7pm. Many artists are showing brand new work, and you don’t want to miss it. Come and meet the artists!

220 Second St., Langley, WA
Open Daily, 10am - 5pm
(360) 221-7675
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.
Island Consort

Island Consort as a performing entity is still on hiatus, but remains alive and well behind the scenes as a chamber music organization. I'd like to share a couple of project highlights by Island Consort members!

First of all, Consort Violinist Brian Kenney has spent part of the pandemic months chasing birds--or rather, birdsong! Says Brian,

"I have been a birdwatcher and listener for my entire adult life, and have always enjoyed the way that birdsong has found its way into lots of music, from ancient folk music to high classical and modern works of all types. Last year I started recording the songs and calls of birds that I encountered, and started doing rough notations of a few I found particularly interesting for one reason or another. From there, I would practice the part a bit, usually on violin but sometimes on piano or synthesizer, and if I liked it I recorded it. Filling out the recording with other parts generally happened in a semi-improvisational manner, trying out different textures or lines or sounds (and sometimes other birds!) or harmonies until some kind of approach seemed to work and connect with the primary song. Many of the tones found in birdsong do not have a clearly identifiable pitch, and though I do use some discretion in interpreting their 'notes', I do try and stay true to their rhythms for the most part, at least to the best of my ability. I approach this project in a light and playful manner for the most part, but part of what I am doing here is trying to explore the kinship I feel, and that I believe we all share, with birds and other animals and plants. I do know that every time I listen carefully, as a musician and as a person living on planet Earth, I learn something new and find inspiration to keep working with my own creativity."

Second of all, Island Consort Director Sheila Weidendorf has launched her own website for her musical endeavors. Peruse it here:

Until next time…Enjoy this season of harvest!
Garry Oak Gallery
Garry Oak Gallery is an artists' cooperative in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, displaying local art inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The gallery is open 10:30am - 5pm, daily (Monday - Saturday) and
Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm.

830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
(360) 682-5675
Price Sculpture Forest
Local Coupeville sculptor Greg Neal has trained his sculpture Attacking Eagle to come in for a landing on the Nature Nurtured trail. Attacking Eagle is an impressive work in stainless steel, complete with gorgeous detail, motion, and even emotion. When you look up at this suspended life-size+ sculpture swooping down at you, Greg said that it will make you feel like the last few moments in the life of a field mouse. So true.

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.
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December 24th.
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.
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PO Box 261, Oak Harbor, WA, 360.320.0271
WIAC is a non profit 501-(C)(3) organization 

Kay Parsons, President,
Katrina Hude, Secretary,
Diane Cheek, Treasurer,
Tekla Cunningham, Programs Director,
Christine Maifeld, Social Media Coordinator,

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