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'Arts, Hearts & Hammers' art show and auction on Whidbey Island

Sandy Whiting’s monoprint is titled “Looks Like Home to Me” and will be featured in the “Arts, Hearts & Hammers” gallery show and silent auction at Open Door Gallery + Coffee in Bayview on Whidbey Island.  - Photo courtesy of Open Door Gallery
Sandy Whiting’s monoprint is titled “Looks Like Home to Me” and will be featured in the “Arts, Hearts & Hammers” gallery show and silent auction at Open Door Gallery + Coffee in Bayview on Whidbey Island.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Open Door Gallery

There’s no place like home, especially when a community helps to build it.

Whidbey Island is home to many artists and civic-minded folks who pitch in each year to make everybody’s home a better place to be.

That includes the folks at Open Door Gallery + Coffee at the Bayview Cash Store, who will present the third-annual fundraising auction and gallery show of “Arts, Hearts, and Hammers,” at which artists submit art based on the theme of “home.”

The event supports the Hearts & Hammers one-day blitz in May to repair and rehabilitate the homes of those physically or financially unable to do so. Most of the artwork for the show and auction relates in some way to tools, houses, construction, heart, hearth and home. Artists can be literal, philosophical, playful, spiritual or abstract, and the work shows a variety of mediums and interpretations of the Hearts & Hammers theme.

The show will open with a reception and silent auction from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 and runs through Feb. 15. The reception will celebrate the artists, patrons and Hearts & Hammers’ supporters. Proceeds from the event will be divided. Hearts & Hammers will receive one third of the gross sales, the artist one third and the gallery one third. It is the Open Door’s goal to generate sales, raise funds for the nonprofit and to make this show a community event.

Last year, more than $2,500 was raised for Hearts & Hammers through the event.

The Hearts & Hammers project began in 1994, under the sponsorship of the Langley United Methodist Church. It has grown into an independent nonprofit program supported by the larger community, with more than 400 volunteers who gather on the first weekend of May to make needed repairs to island homes. This year, the repair day is on Saturday, May 7.

All repairs and renovations are possible within the scope of the one-day work party, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, painting, plastering, weatherization, heavy cleaning, roofing, yard cleanup and trash removal.

In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, homeowners receive labor and materials at no cost, thanks to the contributions and support of the larger community, including individual volunteers, churches, service and community organizations and local businesses, such as Open Door Gallery + Coffee. Visit the nonprofit’s website at click here to learn more.

For the gallery, click here.

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