September 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
Rob Schouten Gallery
Rob Schouten Gallery & Sculpture Garden presents:
Angèle Woolery - oil paintings

September 1st - 26th

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 3rd from 5pm to 7pm
During Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk

Angèle Woolery works in a richly colored, impasto style of painting, portraying florals, landscapes, and still lives. In bold, yet measured strokes she captures the vitality of her subjects and gives them a dynamic essence that radiates off the canvas. Her exuberant engagement with her subject results in paintings that capture the viewers immediate attention.

Woolery loves the challenge of a blank canvas; the prospect of a new beginning. “There’s an excitement and exuberance in the beginning of each painting,” she said. “I have a need to paint, to express whatever I’ve got going on inside.”

Angèle said she feels her strengths are in the bold way she uses the paint, and her use of brilliant color. “For me painting is a series of corrections. When I don’t see any more need for corrections, I know I’m finished.”

Woolery grew up in post-war Munich, Germany, tagging along with her father on plein-air painting expeditions. At 14 she moved to the United States and attended the High School of Art & Design in New York. Later she moved to Los Angeles and worked for many years drawing Flintstone and Scooby Doo cartoon cells for Hanna-Barbara Studio. Since moving to Whidbey Island she has concentrated on painting the lush images she imagined doing in her youth.

Please join us for our Opening Reception on Saturday, September 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk.

We’d love to see you!

View the Exhibition:

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 new guest artist:
Kelly Liedtke, pen & ink aritst

Kelly Liedtke is a pen and ink artist with a full time life, who resides in the Coupeville area.  The drawings are created using .038 and .005 mm fineliner ink pens and micron or similar ink pens. Each drawing takes between 20 and 60 hours to complete based on color and density. The subjects are usually ordinary miracles shown in a new perspective. The drawings encourage the viewer to delight in the shadows and dance in the highlights.

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 September Featured Artist:
Mary Ellen O'Connor

I am passionate about nature, wildlife, metalwork and color. My work as a fine art metalsmith combines all of these, and keeps me creatively engaged on a daily basis. Whether I am making a pair of earrings, a sterling box or a 24k gold and copper wall piece, I see variations of the shapes and designs that I have been exploring for decades. The wall pieces are allowing me to work larger than ever before, and are bringing challenges and rewards in equal measure. I am enjoying applying 24k gold leaf to copper panels to bring a new dimension to the wildlife I use in my designs. The flame patinas add incredible colors in a process that takes me to the knife's edge of disaster or success. That level of challenge at this point of my career is truly a wonderful place to be as an artist.

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 is happening now!

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!

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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

The first Saturday Art Walk on September 3rd from 5pm - 7pm is your
chance to see new work at Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley and
meet many of our artists in person.

We are excited to have Ellen Santoni as our guest artist for the
month. She is a local artist who retired to South Whidbey after
a 40 year career in marketing and advertising. She now works
exclusively in transparent media: watercolor, ink, cyanotypes and
eco prints. She says, “This collection represents the authentic
beauty and profound unpredictability of nature. Coaxing color and
defining shapes out of common local plants provides a
playground for my creativity.” You will want to see this body of

Our featured artist is gallery member Carol Rose Dean. We are
looking forward to seeing her featured handmade tile work. She
always has something interesting in the gallery.

Open daily from 10am - 5pm.
220 Second St., Langley, WA
(360) 221-7675
Artworks Gallery
Artworks Gallery's featured Artists for September are
Madrone Moulton and Ginny O’Neill.
Artist Madrone Moulton enjoys craft work, and she has always been curious about how things come together. She has extensive experience in picture framing, so her artwork involves taking treasures and showcasing them to create exceptional, one-of-a-kind keepsakes filled with balance and harmony. Recently, Madrone was given four lovely slices of lapis. She was inspired to create a set of four shadowboxes. Pictured works: “Compassion,” “Wonder” and “Deep Blue Sea.”
Ginny O'Neill has been a watercolorist for 20 years. Although her work appears quite detailed, she's eager to follow the accidental patterns that only watercolor can produce. Her subjects include the water and land of the Pacific Northwest and wildlife of the region. She recently started working on canvas and incorporating more color; the results are stimulating and exceptional. Pictured paintings: “Crow with Sunflowers” and “Boats in a Row.”
September Guest Artist, Cheryl Weisz, is an award-winning illustrator. Her work is influenced by Impressionism and Photorealism but carries its own creatively emotional content. Cheryl: I have been gifted a lifelong happy career in making my Ideal Artist Lifestyle a reality. I was born to draw and did, in advertising agencies, publication houses and newspapers. Having illustrated my fill of products like hamburger bun packaging and furniture, I’m delighted to now paint the things I find around me in this island paradise. Pictured paintings: “Dungeness Dames,” “Grandfather Tree II,” and “A Wonderful World of Water.”
Visit Artworks Gallery for First Saturday Art Walk, September 3rd, from 5pm to 7pm
Enjoy the lively fiddle music of Fiddle Chix’ members, Caroline Penny and Bev Heising

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

Baroquen Pottery
An exhibition featuring work made by

Lindsey Strand-Polyak

Now through September 18th

Learn more here:

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: September 3rd,
5pm to 7pm

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 -

Soroptimists International of South Whidbey presents “Whidbey Women and Art,” their 2022 benefit art show and sale September 3 and 4 at Dancing Fish Vineyards.  See works of art from women from around the region in the unique setting of Dancing Fish Vineyards.

The 2022 Oak Harbor Music Festival

September 2-3-4

Downtown Oak Harbor, WA on SE Pioneer Way

The Oak Harbor Music Festival inspires our community with the power of music. The festival is dedicated to hosting a world-class 3-day event which contributes vibrancy to the local community, brings our island neighbors together, establishes lasting connections with visitors, and encourages the expression of music in local young people.

18th Annual Woodpalooza

In 2001 the Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild was formed to bring together the woodworking community of Whidbey. The Guild includes makers of furniture, cabinetry, architectural woodwork, tuners, clock makers, sawyers, carvers, restorers, musical instrument makers, boat builders and refinishers.

Each of the monthly meetings, typically hosted by a different member, provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, tips, solutions, business practices and insight to the various respective fields.

The Guild seeks to support professional woodworkers as well as inspire and educate the budding amateur and provide awareness to the general public of the skills available locally from its talented members.

Zech Hall, 565 Camano Ave., Langley
Sept. 3rd, 4th & 5th
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

DjangoFest NW 2022

It all started 22 years ago in 2000, and has become a source of great community pride.

Entirely virtual in 2020 and a hybrid event in 2021, we are now gearing up to host the first full DjangoFest NW since 2019!

The entire Whidbey Island community is looking forward to a return of the full festival, and it’s counted on to kick off an entire fall season of tourist friendly events on the island.

Sponsor passes, Festival passes, and Individual tickets are now on sale:
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.

September 17th & 18th
Hosts/Location: Silly Dog Studios & Ritual Mischief, 4683 Tompkins Road, Langley (corner of Saratoga and Tompkins)
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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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,

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