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First Fridays at the Farm

October 2, 2015


These are great times to visit the Farm – as the businesses stay open this late just once a month. Stop by the galleries for artist receptions and to view new art inventory. The cheese shop and Farm Shop will have tastings. Every once in a while, we’ll even throw a barn dance. See you there!


Farm Shop – Main Barn

Don’t forget to visit Sibyl in the Farm Shop in what will be our last time participating in First Friday as a shop. We’ll have wines on sale in addition to our 30% off accessory sale that will continue throughout October.



On the First Friday of each month, the art galleries at Greenbank Farm invite you to enjoy their monthly artist receptions, where you can mingle with the artists and enjoy live music, snacks and refreshment. Receptions begin at 5 pm.


Rob Schouten Gallery –

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Silk, Sumi & Ceramics” new work by Keiichi Nishimura, Angie Dixon, Joan Govedare, and Dan Isher

The silk reference in the title of this exhibition, is the purview of painter

"Snow Dance" mixed-media on silk by Keiichi Nishimura.

“Snow Dance” mixed-media on silk by Keiichi Nishimura.

Keiichi Nishimura, who is known for his exquisite mixed media paintings on stretched silk. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Nishimura’s unique work is a modern interpretation of traditional images and techniques.

Accomplished sumi painter, Angie Dixon, is widely known for her paintings of the natural world. She practices the traditional expression of Asian brush and ink painting, while using her own perspective and interpretation. “It’s my intent to carry forth this time-honored tradition in my own language,” adds Dixon.

Gifted ceramicist Joan Govedare will be displaying her new series of raku fired and hand-painted spirit rattles. Traditionally shamans use the rattle’s voice to call spirits asking them for healing, knowledge and wisdom. Govedare will be exhibiting a number of her raku vessels as well.

"Tall Vessel" raku pottery by Dan Ishler.

“Tall Vessel” raku pottery by Dan Ishler.

Dan Ishler will be showing a distinctly different type of raku pottery. Dan begins with fine, white porcelain clay, then applies earth-toned glazes. The pieces are then surrendered to the pit fire. The clay and glaze combine with the heat, interact and produce a one-of-a-kind piece.

Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to see this fresh new show Friday, October 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. during Greenbank Farm’s “First Friday at the Farm” event, when the Farm’s galleries and shops welcome visitors to enjoy a relaxed evening of fine art, lively conversation, and natural beauty.


Raven Rocks Gallery

Raven Rocks Gallery presents “Serendipity: The Art of Pleasant Surprises” by Marcia Van Doren
Dogwood by Marcia Van Doren.

Dogwood by Marcia Van Doren.

The response to Marcia Van Doren’s latest works of oil on paper has been so wonderful that we are continuing her show through October. Her painting is simply exquisite, evoking a warm sense of appreciation for the beauty found in our every day lives. She reminds us of the quiet joys found in a hidden garden or the happy anticipation of a well loved friend coming to visit. Come experience a look through Marcia’s windows on her world and enjoy the pleasant surprises hiding around every corner.

Please join Raven Rocks Gallery for the reception at the Greenbank Farm’s First Friday event September 4th from 5-8 PM. Raven Rocks Gallery is located at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road C-101, Greenbank, WA 98253 on beautiful Whidbey Island. For information, and gallery hours, please call 360-222-0102, or visit their website at The gallery is a member of The Whidbey Art Trail’s year-round self-guided tour of art studios and galleries.


Artworks Gallery

Artworks Gallery Featured Artist for October is John Ursillo
"Almost!" @ 2015 by Ursillo, 8x8" Colored Pencil on Stretched Canvas.

“Almost!” @ 2015 by Ursillo, 8×8″ Colored Pencil on Stretched Canvas.

John works primarily in colored pencil on a variety of surfaces and in widely different techniques yet always with a proclivity toward realism.  His love of light is his inspiration. A reviewer of John’s work wrote – “his subject matter and composition always leaves the viewer with a visual mystery.” John says, “once the obvious subject has been taken in there should always be something suggested rather than stated to help the viewer get beyond the what of the piece to the why.”

Join Artworks Gallery for the First Friday reception on Oct. 2, 5-7:30 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be served and guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will be performing. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception.Artworks Gallery is located on Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island.   For more information, visit the web site: or call 360.222.3010.


Greenbank Farm Cheese and Specialties

Be sure to stop by Greenbank Farm Cheese and Specialties to see what wonderful new items are in stock and while you’re there, be sure to try some samples and discover a new wonderful flavor!






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