Whidbey Island, Washington prides itself as “a community that loves the arts.” Spectacular panoramic vistas of land and sea, natural habitats and abundant wildlife invite artists to stay for a day or a lifetime. Art galleries, studio tours, hands-on classes, and special events abound, inspiring creative expression as a way of life.
Just follow the Whidbey Art Trail, a self-guided, free studio tour of local artists, to see for yourself. After all, what’s more inspiring than watching artists at play in their creative space?
Listen to artists explain their creative process as they demonstrate a work in progress. Observe their rituals. Or simply soak up the energy in the indoor or outdoor studio environment. You can’t help but feel energized to explore the island and your own creative imagination.
Celebrating its fourth year in 2014, The Whidbey Art Trail features local artists with a passion for printmaking, painting, pottery and photography as well as jewelry making, sculpture, glassblowing, weaving and woodworking.
Pick up a few tips for your own creative projects, converse with the artists or become the happy owner of original, beautiful art to enrich your travel experience and support the local economy.
Dig deeper into the Whidbey art experience with a visit to an art gallery like Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville or Rob Schouten Gallery at historic Greenbank Farm. Want to brush up on your photography skills? Invite a few friends, enroll in a class and bring out your inner artist.
For more information on Whidbey’s love of the arts, visit:
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
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