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Gallery builds fundraiser for South Whidbey nonprofit

Handmade and enameled silver necklace with charorite and amethyst by Barbara Mundell. -
Handmade and enameled silver necklace with charorite and amethyst by Barbara Mundell.
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Rob Schouten Gallery presents art for South Whidbey Hearts and Hammers, a benefit exhibit showing through Feb. 25.

Fine art from 40 Whidbey Island artists was contributed to this fundraising exhibit.

“For the past 20 years, grassroots-grown Hearts and Hammers has exemplified neighbors helping neighbors here on South Whidbey,” said gallery co-owner, Victory Schouten. “Over the years thousands have volunteered and offered whatever they could, and hundreds, unable to care for their homes physically or financially, have been greatly helped. Hearts and Hammers volunteers have worked to keep these homes safe and usable, with respect and without judgement. It is an amazing volunteer-run organization.”

Over 40 artists are participating. Aside from Rob Schouten Gallery artists, some of these artists are represented by other Whidbey galleries such as Brackenwood and Museo, and have received their support to participate.

Participating artists are Maryon Attwood, Morgan Bell, Anne Belov, Francy Blumhagen, Karin Bolstad, Buffy Cribbs, Angie Dixon, Richard Engstrom, Richard Evans, Dan Freeman, Georgia Gerber, Rob Hetler, Randy Hudson, David Iles, Cary Jurriaans, Kim Kelzer, Richard LaLonde, Bruce Launer, Robbie Lobell, Mark Lucero, Bruce Morrow, Barbara Mundell, Susanne Newbold, Anna Mastronardi Novak, Jim Patereau, Cheri O’Brien, Kathleen Otley, Rob Schouten, Mike Scott, Mark Skullerud, Tammi Sloan, Sharon Spencer, Sue Taves, Kim Tinuviel, Lloyd Whannell, Sandra Whiting, Don Wodjenski, Cyndi Wolfe, Frances Wood and Beth Wyatt.

To keep this benefit event sustainable for the long run, the gallery is dividing the sales equally three ways: one-third to the artists, one-third to the gallery and one-third to Hearts and Hammers. In this way, the artists can afford to contribute and the gallery to operate, while still raising money for a community cause.

For more information about Hearts and Hammers, visit or call 221-6063.

For more information, call the gallery at 222-3070. The gallery is located at the Greenbank Farm.

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