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“Lost Innocence” by Shirley Ashenbrenner shows the artist’s exploration of subject matter through color and media. The artist
“Lost Innocence” by Shirley Ashenbrenner shows the artist’s exploration of subject matter through color and media. The artist's work is on display at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island Gallery through January and February.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of UUCWI Gallery

UUCWI Gallery of Art shows lots of color

Painter and mixed-media artist Shirley Ashenbrenner is featured at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island Gallery in January and February.

Ashenbrenner paints with oils, acrylics and encaustics. She incorporates collage, textures and found objects in her work. Her vibrant abstracts elicit a strong emotional response from the viewer.

“Inspiration for my works often springs in response to the experiences of life — its sorrow and its joys,” the artist said. “The moods and shapes of nature also influence my pieces. Whatever the process, I strive for strength and energy in my work.”

UUCWI Gallery is at 20103 Highway 525 about two miles north of Freeland. The Gallery of Art is open during congregational events and by special arrangement.


Raven Rocks Gallery welcomes warmth

“It’s June in January” with art to lift winter spirits at Raven Rocks Gallery at Greenbank Farm. Here is an ever evolving show through January which begins with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. during the First Fridays at the Farm art walk on Jan. 6.

January will usher in a bright show of new and favorite artwork throughout the gallery. New pieces will be added weekly, all focused on warming the heart for more smiles.

Mary Jo Oxrieder features her latest fantasy houses, Scrumble dolls and mixed-media creations. Windwalker Taibi adds new framed fine-art prints from his extensive watercolor archives, tapestry wall hangings and purses and new original watercolors.

Also featured are the latest available oils of Marcia Van Doren, stained glass mosaics by Sandy and Carl Bryant, digital panoramas by Joe Menth, fiber arts by Anne Niles Davenport and Larkin Van Horn, hand-carved driftwood feathers by Roger White and unique jewelry designs by Lynne Adams. January will be a true kaleidoscope of ever changing work to freshen spirits through winter.

For more information and hours, call 222-0102 or visit


Fine Balance Imaging presents animals

Fine Balance Imaging presents “Animal World” featuring original art and fine art prints by local artists in the Bayview Cash Store Hub during January.

Come see unique perspectives and unusual portraits of the extended animal family.

An artists’ reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at the Cash Store Hub, located at 5603 Bayview Road. All proceeds will go to the artists.

Information about the art show can be found at Fine Balance Imaging at 221-2707 or email


Taste for Wine has photos in Cellar Room

Shake off the cold in January with live music, wine and photography at the Cellar Room Gallery at Taste for Wine in Bayview’s Cash Store. The gallery is at the tasting room for Blooms Winery on Whidbey and features a “Focus on Whidbey” show from Jan. 7 through Feb. 6.

Four local photographers offer scenes from the island, including Tom Trimbath’s selections from “Twelve Months at Deception Pass” series, Karen Leeds’ “Whidbey” series, sunsets by Carolyn Brettman and black-and-white photography by Linda Schwarz.

An opening reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 with acoustic guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick entertaining.

Other Sunday afternoon live music sessions include singer-songwriter Eleanor Fye on Jan. 22 and guitarist-singer Nathaniel Talbot on Jan. 29.

For more information and hours, visit or call 321-0515. Look for the events also on Facebook.


Artworks Gallery welcomes June

Join Artworks Gallery at its First Fridays at the Farm reception of the new year from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6 for a group show titled “June in January.”

Each artist includes a salute to spring. Come out of the cold and visualize the warmth of June at the gallery at Greenbank Farm. The artists of Artworks Gallery co-op will be on hand during the Friday evening reception.

Artwork 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.

The show continues through January. For more information and hours, visit or call



See ‘Lee Wexler, a Retrospective’

Brackenwood Gallery in Langley opens a retrospective of artist Lee Wexler with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. The show will continue through Jan. 30.

The works for sale in this exhibit are culled from his family’s collection and are among the best of Wexler’s watercolor, egg tempera and pastel paintings. Fara Mazzola Wexler, his wife of 59 years, said Wexler believed that his work needed to be out in the world after he left this life. Brackenwood presents this exhibit as a memorial to a remarkably creative man and his work.

Wexler was a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and over the years served as the vice-president and president of the society.

Wexler’s “Manzanar Japanese Relocation Camp” series is at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum in its permanent collection. Included in Brackenwood’s retrospective are examples from a variety of series such as “Bus Stop,” “Island,” “Survivors,” and “Water and Light.”

The Brackenwood Gallery is on First Street in Langley. Visit for more information.


The Garden Room features variety

At the South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse and Bookstore in Langley AmeriCorps member Keppi Ross and volunteer baristas Gabbi Korrow and Colleen Klock have created works around three themes: the song “Mean Street,” by Mando Diao, the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill,” and the season of winter. Enjoy the different ways in which they’ve interpreted these themes this month in the Garden Room Gallery at the commons.


Rob Schouten Gallery shows art of group

Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm presents a group show of gallery artists through Feb. 28 with Kathleen Otley’s willow and encaustic work; paintings by Kathleen Frugé-Brown, Anne Belov, Mark Van Wickler and Pete Jordan; sculptures by Dan Freeman, Lloyd Whannell and Sharon Spencer; jewelry by Barbara Mundell; glass art by Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell; and the prints of Rob Schouten.

Call 222–3070 or email for hours and information.


Whidbey Art Gallery provides lots of color

Just in time to brighten the dark days of January, Whidbey Art Gallery presents “Color-Color-Color,” a show incorporating the most colorful work of the 27 artists represented by the gallery. Whidbey Art Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 220 Second St. in Langley. Visit for more info.


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