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Katja Fritzsche
Katja Fritzsche's 'Green Deer' along with the metal work of 20 other local artists is at MUSEO's Whidbey Metal Invitational through May in downtown Langley.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of MUSEO

Brackenwood shows Smith, Lovelace

Brackenwood Gallery in downtown Langley proudly presents the lith photography of Skip Smith and a selection of oil paintings by Kent Lovelace.

Smith is inordinately fond of trees and recently became inspired to participate in a show that highlighted the beauty and artistic qualities of trees. Smith asked Lovelace, known for his radiant treed landscapes, to contribute to this show and he graciously accepted. The work of these two artists reveals the dignity and unique character of each tree they depict.

Smith’s lith photographs have a somewhat antique and painterly quality. Tall lanky forest trees, wind worn craggy trees clinging to bluffs, senescent trees with unparalleled dignity and character, this work is a celebration of the splendor of trees. His photographs capture the magnificence and grace of trees, while reminding the viewer of the varied environs where they thrive and survive.

“Artistically I am drawn to their symmetry, or more importantly, to the lack thereof; their majesty and tenacity are appealing” Smith said.

Lovelace is a master lithographer whose journey into painting incorporated the copper surface from the printmaking world as his canvas. This technique imbues the oil painting with a subtle luminous quality. Kent’s landscapes explore the elegant forms of trees and integrate the rich and vibrant element of color. Brackenwood is honored to have Kent Lovelace participate in this show.

“I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day…”  ~John MuirCome travel through this artistic world of trees at Brackenwood Gallery

The opening reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5. The show continues through May 28.

Visit for more information.


Raven Rocks Gallery presents blossoms

Mary Jo Oxrieder is unveiling her much anticipated latest series of fantasy paintings. From her heart, to the pen, to the paper and watercolors, seemingly impossible fantasy homes emerge. Sprouting in beautiful landscapes, hanging off cliffs and nestled by lakes and seashores, the details of these creations transport your heart to places it knew in childhood, and longs for again.

Mary Jo will also be offering her latest objects d’art, such as her much loved Scrumble dolls, Lucky Fish and Minnows, Treasure Bowls, hand painted greeting cards and a variety of mixed media pieces.

May will also bring a sneak preview of our newest gallery artist, Primo D. Smith. Currently residing in metropolitan Los Angels, he has strong family ties on Whidbey Island. His one of a kind jewelry creations in Delica seed beads and personally hand cut gemstones are stunning statements of his artistry. A limited collection of his work will be available during May, and he will soon be a featured artist in our gallery.

For information, call 360-222-0102, or visit


Taste for Wine has plenty of art for May

A new show features local watercolor artist Ron Kasprisin and bent-wire cages by Cheri Bricker starting May 3 at Blooms Winery’s Taste for Wine & Art tasting room at the Bayview Corner Cash Store. The show runs until July 2.

An opening reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

In addition to the two featured artists Taste for Wine will bring in new bronze pieces and rock sculpture by Hank Nelson, bronze sculpture by Virginia Bloom, fiber art and jewelry by Marcy Johnson and cards made by local artists, including Betty Rayle, Gaylen Whiteman, Buffy Cribbs and Anna Mastronardi.

Blooms Winery Taste for Wine & Art continues its Sunday afternoon live music series with Baby Bahia on May 6.

See the full schedule for May at or by calling 321-0515.


Artworks Gallery features John Ursillo

Artworks Gallery at Greenbank Farm features John Ursillo through May, an artist who works in colored pencil and water-soluble oil. He is a signature member in the Colored Pencil Society of America and in August he will be one of two artists invited to present workshop at the CPSA National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Artworks Gallery offers an extended range of fine art gifts. Many of the Artists, of Artworks Gallery co-op, will be on hand to share in this special evening. Their works include paintings in oil, watercolor, colored pencil, pastel and acrylic, handcrafted jewelry, color and black & white photography, fiber arts, metal garden art, pottery, raku and vessel gourd art.

For more information, visit or call 222-3010.


MUSEO gallery has metal in May

MUSEO gallery in downtown Langley features the Whidbey Island Metal Invitational through May, curated by local artist David Gignac.

Gignac has gathered a group of about 20 local artists who work in metal forging, fabricating and assemblage. This show will highlight the many skills shared by these artists as they create works in a range of scale, from small pieces to large and free-standing sculptural works.

The gallery will also show new oil paintings on canvas and panel bylocal artist Gordon Edberg.

The show opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 and runs through May 28 .


Rob Schouten Gallery focuses on Spring

“Birds & Nests — The Art of Spring” is the May exhibit at Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm. It features a collaboration of artists Sharon Spencer, Rob Admanson and Dan Freeman.

It opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4 with refreshments and music by the Muse & Eye. The show runs until May 30.

As the Rob Schouten Gallery celebrates its four-year anniversary, Spring is in the air. It seems the perfect time to have a group show featuring our very fine gallery artists, and introducing some artists new to the gallery in an exhibition, "Birds & Nests - The Art of Spring."

The exhibition will be a rich and diverse selection of fine art interpreting this theme and features the bronze and natural fiber nests of Sharon Spencer, welded steel sculpture by Dan Freeman, handblown glass by Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell, handmade jewelry by Barbara Mundell and Tammi Sloan, encaustics by Kathleen Otley, paintings and prints by Linnann Armstrong, Anne Belov, Karin Bolstad, David Iles, Craig Johnson, Pete Jordan, Jacob Kohn, Stacey Neumiller, Jonni Reed, Rob Schouten, Wendy Wees, and Mark Van Wickler, as well as handwoven silk by Cyndi Wolfe, and ceramics by Maryon Atwood and Dan Ishler. New to the gallery are artists Linann Armstrong, Maryon Atwood, Karin Bolstad, Dan Ishler, Craig Johnson, Tammi Sloan and Wendy Wees.

For more information, call 222-3070.


Whidbey Art Gallery has Moe and Arlo

Whidbey Art Gallery in Langley presents painter Moe Jerome and woodcarver Arlo Morganweck as the Artists-in-Action through May at the gallery on Second Street in downtown Langley.

Throughout May at the gallery, Moe will be painting a spring canvas applying his mixed-media approach, creating a depth unmatched with a single medium.  Stop by the gallery and enjoy watching Jerome create a flower-inspired spring canvas.  More of his work will be on display as well.

Morganweck is a non-native woodcarver and has spent the past 15 years learning from master carver, Jim Ploegman. Arlo focuses on Northwest Indian carving and will also be "in-action" at the gallery during May.

Visit for more information.



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