July 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the 2022 Whidbey Island Music Festival

While summer weather may be a bit delayed this year, we are only a month away from the opening concerts of this summer’s festival! The festival kicks off on July 9th and 10th with performances of Bach’s beloved Coffee Cantata along with works by Graupner and Telemann (composers of the highest quality and friendly rivals for Bach’s final position in Leipzig). 
Pacific MusicWorks returns July 23 & 24 with a program celebrating Heroines: Women of Power and Influence with arias for violin, soprano and continuo by composers from Monteverdi to Haydn, as well as programmatic instrumental music (Tartini’s wonderfully expressive Didione abbandonanta). 
Debra Nagy, America’s leading historical oboist, returns to Whidbey in “Bohemian Rhapsody” exploring classical works for oboe and strings by Mozart as well as composers from Bohemia (Krommer, Druschetzky and Gassman).
Reginald Mobley, who received a GRAMMY nomination this year for his recording “American Originals” with Agave Baroque, will sing some of the Florence Price songs from this gorgeous recording, paired with chamber works by Brahms for piano, viola and alto. 
Concerts this summer will take place in a variety of venues from Clinton to Oak Harbor – including a return to St. Augustine’s as well as a few outdoor concerts at Cultus Bay Gardens! In addition to the main series, we have planned special events including a pre-concert show by Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, an incredible group of young artist trained in the baroque arts by Shula Kleinerman, as well as pop-up concerts around the island. 
We live in truly challenging times, but I believe that the shared experience of music has the power to bring people together and create meaningful experience that nourish, inspire, and connectPlease join us this summer in celebrating the power of music and community! 

Thank you for your support! 

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.
Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism launches a new publication to suggest alternatives to popular, well-loved trails, Field Guide, 24 Trails of the Beaten Path. In partnership with Sound Water Stewards, Island County Public Works, Whidbey Camano Land Trust and other local partners, the publication is intended to take on the go, measuring 4.5 inches wide, 6.75 inches tall. It details 24 trails along wooded hideaways, pastoral vistas and rugged beaches.
“Many of the popular recreation areas on the islands are being over-loved, impacting the trails, beaches and the user experience,” notes Ryan Elting, Executive Director of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. “This book gives you some great alternatives to explore somewhere new. Treat them well and talk to other trail users about good practices that leave-no-trace, including picking up after pets.”
Available beginning June 29, at visitor centers throughout Whidbey and Camano Islands, each of the 24 trails, are also detailed on the website  “Two Minute Trailer” videos offer a virtual tour of each location with helpful tips regarding stroller and wheelchair accessibility, parking, dog friendly spots and other amenities. 
“It’s been wonderful to see so many locals and visitors finding respite in the vistas, beaches and wooded trails of the islands,” notes Sherrye Wyatt, film liaison, PR and marketing manager for Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism. “We’re all seeking solitude and sanctuary in the outdoors, yet wanting to respect the sensitive environment of the islands - here are 24 ways to do just that.”
Find different types of experiences, ranging from English Boom on Camano Island, a classic beach walk for sunset strolls, to a new view into the open meadows and agricultural roots of the island, like the Beachview Farm Trail in Oak Harbor.  For a complete list of visitor centers carrying the guide, visit
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Rob Schouten Gallery
Rob Schouten Gallery & Sculpture Garden presents:
Memento Mori: Whidbey Island
New paintings by ANNE BELOV

View the Exhibition:

In this group of paintings Belov takes a deep dive into images she has collected in 33 years of living on Whidbey Island.

Anne states: "For many of us, the past three years have been a time of loss. Loss of loved ones, loss of the freedom to go where and when you’d like in safety; all of us have been impacted in ways large and small. 

Many of my shows have chronicled trips I’ve taken throughout this country as well as in Europe and China. Because travel was not a safe or easy option right now, I chose to select images to paint from, of photos I have taken here on Whidbey Island. (Not at all a bad place for exile from the world)

In looking back over photographs I have taken from which to paint, I recognized there were places that no longer existed here. Or, if they still existed, they were much changed. Change and memory is the subject matter of these paintings. They serve as a reminder that all things change, that there will be loss, but that there is joy and comfort in the remembering. Through remembrance, there is a way forward."

Please join us for our Opening Reception on Saturday, July 2nd from 5 to 7 p.m. 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 - 5.

For further information, call 360.222.3070 or email
Garry Oak Gallery
Garry Oak Gallery Artist in the Spotlight:
Judy Bishop

Judy has always liked to express herself through form, color and texture. Put a crayon, pencil or paintbrush in her hands and she is challenged and happy! Noting details of a wonderful landscape, object or person and being able to represent these details in an artistic format gives her great satisfaction. She loves that art is not necessarily innate, but can be learned with grit, sweat and determination. Judy is currently working in acrylics and finds the medium forgiving and expressive. She is somewhat a “closet” artist, but enjoys sharing her paintings and the pleasure it brings to others.
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 is open
10:30am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday
Sundays 10:30am - 3:00pm.  

830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
(360) 682-5675
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 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 and we had wonderful ones with TODD CASEY, SARAH SEDWICK AND OLIVER SIN.

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, 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


Price Sculpture Forest
Rebecca Smith‘s photo of Sarah Fetterman‘s aerial sculpture “Vertebrae” was taken and celebrates the Summer Solstice on June 21st.

On vacation from their home in Rancho Palos Verde, California, Rebecca and her husband visited the Sculpture Forest. “We decided it would be a great spot to check out before dinner at the Oystercatcher and we were not disappointed! We did the full loop right as the sun was at the perfect golden hour. We were moved by the way the sunshine was hitting the Vertebrae exhibit. It was such a magical moment! It made our evening extra special visiting the forest!”
Thank you, Sarah, Rebecca, and Sun!

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:
Stacey Neumiller

Stacy say’s it best, “I delight in rural farm life. To me it's the best possible way to live, but not everyone can or wants to live on a farm or in the country. That's where my art comes in. I paint my vision of what rural farm life embodies: animals, birds, crops, fresh air, fragrant grass, and of course, red barns. All of these things ground me and quiet my soul. My art allows me to share my connection to this pure, simple lifestyle.”
Visit us to see Stacey’s view of our rural countryside.

Visit Penn Cove Gallery at 9 Front Street in Coupeville, WA
Open daily 10am to 5:30pm
Whidbey Art Gallery
A while ago Whidbey Art Gallery artist (and quietly committed activist) Paula Pugh, who makes and sells flocks and flocks of colorful paper collage birds through the gallery, approached the members with a heartfelt plea for the plight of the people of Ukraine. “Can’t we,” she asked, “use some of the money we all make through the sale of our art to help out where we can?”
And “Art for Ukraine” was born. Member artists of the Gallery were challenged to donate profits from the sale of their art to non-profit agencies of relief, such as the Ukrainian Kitchen, Unicef and the Red Cross. To date member artists have donated, in the name of the Whidbey Art Gallery, nearly $2000 in funds to directly help the families of Ukraine, with more to come.
“It Takes a Village”, even a small one like Langley, filled with artists with HEART, working together to make differences in the world.
“Collage Birds” by Paula Pugh “Sunflower for Ukraine” by Margaret Tollefson

July's Guest Artist - Jean Swanson

July's Featured Artist - Johnathan Ward

220 Second St., Langley, WA
(360) 221-7675
Artworks Gallery
Artworks Gallery's First Saturday Art Walk in Langley, July 2nd, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, will feature music and art by award-winning, Segovia-trained guitarist Andre Feriante. 

His show entitled "Car-tography", comprises a series of automobile photographs he created using toy cars and forced perspective photography. 

Andre joins Artwork's featured artists, Morgan Bell and Christine Crowell. Morgan's exceptional glass art expresses her exploration into the concept that beauty feeds the spirit.  Christine Crowell works in oils, encaustic, and glass mosaic and shares, "creating art opens the window to my soul and brings me great joy." 

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
Hummingbird Studios

Looking for an arts-based person to join our group at Hummingbird Studios, located in S Whidbey Community Center in Langley. You would be joining 3 other artists/arts-based therapists at Hummingbird Studios (Music Therapist, Expressive Arts Therapist, and an Arts Educator). You would also be sharing our vision to serve the community with an arts-centered approach. We have a large, beautiful room with good lighting and expenses are reasonable.
For more info, contact
Barbara Dunn, E:, Ph. 206-491-5047 or
Eric Mulholland, E:, Ph. 206-551-0538.
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: July 2nd,
5pm to 7pm

Summer Nights Series 2022
Sponsored by Whidbey Telecom
July 1st - August 20th

Our third year “under the tent” will bring all the positive energy of the last two plus new and exciting programming such as the Whidbey Island Guitar Festival and the Hedgebrook Screenwriters Festival, and other local favorites. Most of our Summer Nights Series programming this year will take place indoors on the Main Stage, but our weekly, Friday and Saturday night Happy Hours will be taking place Under the Tent from 5-7 PM with scheduled musicians before the evenings show or featured entertainment. 

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! 


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

In rotating repertory July 15 - 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 -
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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July 25th.
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Kay Parsons, President,
Katrina Hude, Secretary,
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Fe Micsho, Arts in Education,
Christine Maifeld, Social Media Coordinator,

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