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'Gone to Town' oil on panel by Mark VanWickler is at Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Rob Schouten Gallery

Rob Schouten shows a variety of artists

Rob Schouten Gallery features top gallery artists through Feb. 29 with a wide selection of art, including fresh and original art by some of the region’s finest artists.

The current exhibit includes paintings by Anne Belov, Pete Jordan, Mark Van Wickler and Kathleen Frugé-Brown; sculptures by Sharon Spencer, Dan Freeman and Lloyd Whannell; encaustics and willow art by Kathleen Otley; glass by Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell; fiber art by Cyndi Wolfe; ceramics by Joan Govedare; jewelry by Barbara Mundell; and giclée prints by Rob Schouten.

Rob Schouten Gallery is located at Greenbank Farm. February hours are weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment. For more information, call 222-3070 or email


Whidbey Art Gallery opens to the garden

Whidbey Art Gallery in downtown Langley invites art lovers to step

in from the cold to the cheerful warmth of its February group exhibit titled “Gardens & Flowers.”  Nine of the gallery’s

28 member artists have artwork in the show, which opens Feb. 4, in time for Langley’s first Saturday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Whidbey Art Gallery is located at 220 Second St.


Island Framery shows screenprints

Jessie Lily’s screenprints are featured at the new Island Framery space at the Bayview Cash Store through February.

“My approach to screen printing is old-school,” Lily said.

“I hand-pull my prints, using meticulously hand cut paper stencils. I cut the stencils with a simple razor blade, out of ordinary drawing paper.”

Lily is inspired by form and pattern in the natural world, by Japanese aesthetics and by pre-1910 European textile design, she gleans the core composition primarily from her own photographs and finishes them by cutting freehand.

Island Framery recently took over the Open Door Gallery + Coffee digs. For more information, visit


Artworks presents ‘My Funny Valentine’

Join Artworks Gallery’s First Friday at the Farm reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 and celebrate the opening of the group show, “My Funny Valentine.”

Each artist will have a Valentine card beside one of their pieces telling why they loved making it. Live music will be provided by guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick. Wine tasting is available and light snacks will be served.

The artists of Artworks Gallery co-op will be on hand to share in this special evening.

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


Brackenwood Gallery focuses on photos

An exhibit of Earl Olsen’s photography will open at Brackenwood Gallery in downtown Langley on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Olsen’s focus for this show is primarily flora, both domestic and wild. Using nature as a palate, the camera as his paintbrush, a field of yellow daisies is suddenly transformed into an abstract “painting” on film, capturing one’s imagination, transporting the viewer to new dimensions of the natural world.

“My eye tends to go to the detail, looking for that something special in the familiar that surrounds us everyday,” Olsen said.

Join Brackenwood for an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The show continues through Feb. 27. Visit for more information.


Cellar Room gallery features Whidbey

“Focus on Whidbey” is in the Cellar Room at Taste for Wine until

March 5 at Bayview Corner. The photography show highlights scenes from Whidbey Island and includes three photographers, Tom Trimbath with his “12 Months at Deception Pass”; Carolyn Brettmann with a selection of her sunsets; and Karen Leeds and her Whidbey series.

Taste for Wine is open Friday through Monday from noon to 6 p.m. and offers wine tasting and food in addition to the art gallery.

For more information, visit or call 321-0515.


Raven Rocks Gallery’s got love

Raven Rocks Gallery presents the fifth annual “Artists in Love” show featuring the art of gallery owners Mary Jo Oxrieder and Windwalker Taibi from Feb. 3 to March 1.

An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 during Greenbank Farm’s First Fridays at the Farm event.

Oxrieder and Taibi consider February to be their month, a time focused on love. In celebration of their love and passion for each other and their art, they are filling their spaces with hearts of all kinds. Oxrieder offers her latest handmade greeting cards, whimsical fantasy paintings and prints, love poetry plaques and plush fabric hearts, while Taibi debuts his latest mixed-media works titled “Raven’s Love Notes.” The gallery will also show the latest works of all the resident artists in a kaleidoscope of color and style.

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


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