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Bruce Morrow and Buffy Cribbs dance in celebration of  30 years of art and marriage.   - Photo courtesy of Open Door Gallery + Coffee
Bruce Morrow and Buffy Cribbs dance in celebration of 30 years of art and marriage.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Open Door Gallery + Coffee

Some Bayview Corner businesses are having a party and everyone is invited.

The Open Door Gallery + Coffee, Fine Balance Imaging Studios and Saratoga Community Housing are just three of a number of businesses housed in the Cash Store.

But it’s these three which all have good reason to party.

The Open Door celebrates the first anniversary of its opening, while Fine Balance turns cartwheels over its new studio in the old Front Room and Saratoga Community Housing shows off its new digs in the lower-level space previously occupied by Skylark Writing Studio, now housed upstairs.

An opening reception at Open Door’s two gallery spaces, live music, food and drink are all part of the celebration from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 9.

At the Open Door Community Gallery, artists and lovebirds Buffy Cribbs and Bruce Morrow will celebrate 30 years of artistic and wedded bliss with a show entitled “Look Both Ways.” The show is already open for viewing and runs through May 24.

That’s something to crow about, as these two local artists have been making art longer than they’ve been married.

“Look Both Ways” is a tribute to Cribbs and Morrow’s past and future together. Some of the work is retrospective, while much of it is current.

Cribbs will show reverse paintings on acrylic, mixed media pieces, furniture, etchings and drawings.

In addition to her dramatic paintings, Cribbs creates imaginative and whimsical 3-D pieces using collected objects from both found and manufactured sources.

Morrow will include monoprints, woodblocks and his trademark oil paintings on canvas in the show.

“My work is very narrative; there’s always the beginning of a story there,” Morrow said. “So each time I do an image, there’s the possibility that the ending will change.”

Possibilities are endless, indeed, as the show continues in the second gallery.

At Open Door’s Gallery One, artist Robert Graves will be showing his “Metamorphosis in Nature,” an exhibit that reflects the artist’s views of ever-changing nature expressed through abstract images.

Graves is an internationally-exhibited printmaker and painter.

Public collections of Graves’ work include the Seattle Art Museum, and the Washington state program called “Art in Public Buildings,” among others.

“Metamorphosis in Nature” features oil paintings, prints and collagraphs, and also runs through May 24.

A customary opening reception to meet the artists of both these shows will coincide with the Bayview open house and anniversary party.

Meanwhile, situated next to Gallery One, is the housing outfit that would like to change the face of Whidbey homeownership.

Celebrating its 200th member, Saratoga Community Housing is a newly established community land trust nonprofit formed in response to the skyrocketing real-estate prices that have created a shortage of truly affordable housing.

Using the land-trust model, the organization acquires land and then builds affordable homes for low- to moderate-income Island County residents. In this way, Saratoga Community Housing hopes to contribute to the vitality and sustainability of communities for perpetuity.

“Everyone knows someone who just can’t afford a house here due to our escalated land prices and lower wages,” said executive director Sandra Stipe.

“We provide hope and a real solution to this dilemma. We are celebrating a fantastic year, and the start of our first new construction project to be announced soon,” she added. “There is so much to be thankful for, and so much to look forward to.”

Stipe said she’d love people to drop in and learn more while also becoming eligible for several door prizes.

Upstairs, the folks at Fine Balance Imaging won’t have any door prizes, but you can e-mail an image by Monday, May 4 for a free 16-by-20-inch print. How’s that for party favors?

Favorite is one way many of Fine Balance customers might describe this studio, which has become an institution of sorts at the Cash Store, having previously occupied the space across the hall.

“We’re excited to be settled into our new expanded space,” said co-owner Joe Menth.

“It gives us room to display examples of what we do, and to show off our clients’ work and give them more exposure.”

This mother-and-son-run company has served more than 400 artists and photographers, as well as a number of nonprofit and commercial organizations.

Now, pleasantly situated in the roomy, light-filled front room, the studio is working at the top of its game, specializing in giclée fine-art reproductions, digital photographic enlargements, high-resolution scanning, business cards and postcards, graphic- design services, photographic retouching and restoration, and layouts for commercial banners, store and window displays and posters.

Menth said the company is also currently focused on how to create a more earth-friendly printing business.

“We are now carrying or plan to carry at least six tree-free papers, including — believe it or not — ‘ellie-poo’ paper. Yes, elephant poop paper which is totally sanitized, clean, beautiful white paper that is the ultimate in 100-percent recycled paper. Even our invoices and paperwork will be printed on 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper,” Menth said.

Elephant poop is certainly something to celebrate, but you can’t call it a party without music.

Accenting all of this art and celebration will be the live acoustic performance of singer-songwriter Levi Burkle and cellist and vocalist James Hinkley. Here’s one party you might not want to miss, just to hear this duo.

Join the folks at the Bayview Cash Store for art, music, food and a toast to new beginnings.

The Cash Store is at 5603 Bayview Road in Langley.

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