Resident sculptor Lane Tompkins looks at the work on display in Freeland Art Studios. Behind him are the works of painter Jeff Day, the newest addition to the studio, and sculptures made by Lloyd Whannell and Tompkins. - Kyle Jensen / The Record

Freeland Art Studios open their doors

  • May 25, 2016 at 8:00AM updated May 26, 2016 at 2:56PM

Walking into Freeland Art Studios feels starkly different from other art studios or chic gallery spaces. The roar of the industrial-calibre masonry saw and the sound of hammers hacking away at a chiseled sculpture-to-be give the studio an industrial aura upon entry. Inside, the process of creation is happening, and it’s happening all the time. The public will have the opportunity to view and purchase the latest works out of Freeland Art Studios during its sixth annual open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4. A plethora of artistic styles and media will be on display at the 7,000-square-foot complex, ranging from stone sculpting and cast glass to resin art. Refreshments and live music will be provided, and artist demonstrations held throughout the afternoon. Admission is free.


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Sniffing Satisfaction: Canine class on South Whidbey builds bond between dogs, owners

  • May 21, 2016 at 6:00AM updated May 24, 2016 at 6:36AM

Clinton resident Dale Kerslake and her timid 4-year-old poodle, Keiko, anxiously step up to the starting line as they await the signal to search. Keiko makes no attempt to interact with people nearby, instead cowering by Kerslake’s leg. But when the signal is given, Keiko suddenly leaps into action to lead her owner through the course, confidently sniffing her way through every nook and cranny. The game is nose work, a fast-growing dog sport that teaches owners to develop their canine’s natural scenting ability. Individual pups are tasked with sniffing out scents left in designated areas by a nose work instructor, with owners often unaware of the scents’ locations at the higher skill levels.

Island dancers train with stars

  • May 21, 2016 at 10:00AM

Music flooded South Whidbey High School as Island Dance students twirled and leaped under the tutelage of two internationally renowned dance stars this past weekend. During the two-day workshop, Joy Spears and Barry Youngblood taught contemporary dance classes to 30 dancers ranging from ages 8 to 18. Spears was one of 10 top female dance competitors on the second season of the hit Fox television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and has performed with Lady Christina, Britney Spears, and many other entertainers.

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Horseback riding gives South Whidbey riders pride and therapy

  • May 18, 2016 at 10:00AM

Sitting atop the saddle 10 feet off the ground is a powerful feeling. Regardless of the reason, be it the lofty heights, the sensation of being top dog or simply being perched on a towering horse is empowering. The sensation doesn’t exclude the disabled, either. Riders of all kinds, from internationally recognized dressage riders to the physically impaired have opportunities to ride right here on South Whidbey as riding season is in full swing.


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