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.
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.
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, Will.i.am and many other entertainers.
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.
The water is tranquil in the Langley Marina at 8 a.m. The morning haze is still burning off and the air is crowded with the songs of a number of bird species. With each stroke of the paddle, the kayak distances itself from the shore as the senses are overloaded with the sounds and smells of Puget Sound. An eagle soars above, and sea lions pop their heads out of the water nearby. Life could be worse. This is what late spring and summer is like off Whidbey’s shoreline. One way to enjoy the picturesque nature of Whidbey Island is via kayak, and Whidbey Island Kayaking offers rentals and tours.
Who put the aqua in Aqua Chautauqua? It's hard enough trying to set a world record, without trying to do it in the rain. Bob Effertz was gathering his troops at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to set a world record for the number of people Hula-Hooping while playing the didgeridoo.
Hundreds of pairs of sneakers added a few extra miles to their soles this weekend as South Enders walked for the cure during this year’s Relay For Life. The weather held up for the 20 teams that walked for 18 hours between 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the South Whidbey High School track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.