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Fine art sale this week benefits Youth Connection

Not all the art is in booths on the streets of Langley this weekend. One of South Whidbey’s most popular art sales coincides with Choochokam, South Whidbey’s well-known arts festival.

Just one-half block away from the action on First Street is the annual art show and sale sponsored by the South Whidbey Youth Connection, a non-profit organization that supports programs to benefit local youth. The Langley Methodist Fellowship Hall will be transformed into an art gallery for the weekend, with an exhibit of 200 original pieces of art for sale.

The Sixth Annual Benefit Art Show is Thursday, July 6, through Sunday, July 9, at the Langley Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at Third and Anthes in Langley.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Hours of the art sale are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9.

Art collectors and first-time buyers will have the opportunity to view over 200 pieces of original art ranging from bronze sculptures, hand-blown glass and photography. The event showcases some of Whidbey Island’s finest artists.

Works from such artists as Georgia Gerber, well-known bronze sculptor; painter Jeff Day; glass artists Callahan McVay and Bob Mitchell and photographers Earl Olsen, Somer Kreisman and many others will be available for sale.

“Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase original works of art, all offered at reasonable prices,” said Gail Pierce, coordinator of the show.

The event is the largest fundraiser for the South Whidbey Youth Connection. Sales from the art show support a healthy and safe place for students to gather after school. The Youth Connection also operates the tutor/mentor program in local schools, which matches caring adults with students. The organization is also involved in programs to keep kids alcohol- and drug-free.

All of the artists exhibiting this weekend are donating half of the proceeds to the Youth

Connection.

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