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Raven Rocks presents ‘Love Letters’ | AT THE GALLERIES

'Keeping Watch' by Anne Belov is currently at the Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Rob Schouten Gallery

Raven Rocks presents ‘Love Letters’

“Love Letters” features oil paintings by Marcia Van Doren. It runs through Jan. 2 at Raven Rocks Gallery in Greenbank.

Family figures and letters inspired by illuminated manuscripts are central to Van Doren’s paintings. They evoke a sense of “having been there,” stirring memories of transitional or cherished times in the lives of the viewers, with the artist attempting to create feelings of peace and nostalgia.

“The images in my work are personal,” Van Doren said.

“They intend no specific definition — different layers of meaning exist and the viewers are invited to find their own.”

Gallery owners and artists Mary Jo Oxreider and Windwalker Taibi celebrate the holidays by filling the gallery with handmade items for joyful and thoughtful gift giving. See hand-carved driftwood feathers by Roger White; hear the gallery jingle with the sounds of authentic brass sleigh bells beribboned in seasonal colors; and browse the wide selection of handmade hats and scarves, hand-dyed yarns, treasure bowls, Scrumble dolls, hand-woven purses and semi-precious gemstone jewelry.

Raven Rocks Gallery is located at Greenbank Farm. For information and gallery hours, call 222-0102 or visit


Brackenwood continues gift show

Brackenwood Gallery in Langley continues its “Small Pleasures” show through December, with many new pieces recently added.

“Small Pleasures” is high quality and imaginative original art, purposefully made smaller and more affordable for this gift show. Artists offer “Small Pleasures” so folks can give the gift of enduring art this holiday season. It is also a time of year when people are traveling and smaller works can fit into both the suitcase and the budget.

Visit for more detailed information.


MUSEO features photos of Osenbach

MUSEO features the photographic work of Zoe Osenbach through Dec. 30.

MUSEO’s Annual Gift Show also continues through December, as well, with new pieces being added continually. All works are $200 or less.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday or by appointment Tuesday. Visit for more information.


Taste for Wine has music, tastings, gifts for under $100

Find entertainment on Sunday afternoons at Taste for Wine at the Bayview Corner and enjoy shopping at the “Hundred Bucks Art Show.” The show includes the work of nine local artists showing art for $100 or less and continues until Jan. 2.

Free live music plays between 3 and 5 p.m. each Sunday, with wine tastings from Blooms Winery on Whidbey and Spoiled Dog Winery.

The Dec. 11 performers are the Muse, Eye and Dragonfly, and guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick plays Dec. 18.

The tasting room is closed on Sunday, Christmas Day.

For more information, call 321-0515 or visit


Artworks presents past and present

Artworks Gallery celebrates the holidays with its December group show, “Christmas Past and Present.” Current artists join a group of select past members to help provide the perfect presents for holiday giving.

Artworks Gallery offers an extensive range of fine-art gifts, plus some unique seasonal items. The selection this month at the gallery includes paintings in oil, watercolor, colored pencil, pastel and acrylic, handcrafted jewelry, color and black-and-white photography, fiber arts, metal garden art, pottery, raku and vessel gourd art.

Artworks Gallery is at Greenbank Farm and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit or call 222-3010.


Rob Schouten shows Ossman collages

Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm welcomes legendary Firesign Theatre performer, poet and artist David Ossman as the featured artist through Jan. 1.

Exhibited are assemblages, collages, typographical works, found objects and poetry brought together in several series of graphic works constructed over the course of more than 40 years. Few of these pieces have been previously exhibited.

The gallery also features a fine selection of the work of Whidbey artists Anne Belov, Pete Jordan, Sharon Spencer, Robert Adamson, Dan Freeman, Barbara Mundell, Joan Govedare, Kathleen Otley, Rob Schouten and other gallery artists.

Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and by appointment only on Tuesdays. For more information, call 222-3070 or email


Whidbey Art Gallery has art under $100

Whidbey Art Gallery continues to expand its selection of gift-friendly decor and collectable art with three new artists and two focal points for the holiday season. First is the “Art Under $100” wall which has been a hit with visitors. Second is “Art Under a Tree,” featuring locally hand-made decorations, jewelry and other tree-bound small art.

Shoppers will also find the work of 30 artists continually on display, including paintings, photography, glass, fiber, metal, ceramics, jewelry, encaustics and mixed-media.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the holiday season, Whidbey Art Gallery is at 220 Second St. in Langley. Visit for more information.


Holiday Galleria with Artists of South Whidbey is in Clinton

Artists of South Whidbey holds its Holiday Galleria from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 at Clinton Community Hall.

The show features paintings, cards, prints and handmade items for holiday decorating and gift giving. A holiday reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Visit them on Facebook.



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