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First Fridays at the Farm

July 3, 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 and the cafe features First Friday dinners. Every once in a while, we’ll even throw a barn dance. See you there!


Farm Shop – Main Barn

Hinged basket by Hyde & Reed

Hinged basket by Hyde & Reed

Sample from our selection of local and regional wines. Not interested in wine? Bring home a bottle of Finn River Hard Cider. Our flavors range from a fiery habanero to a not-too-sweet black currant.


Whidbey Pies Cafe

Whidbey Pies Cafe is staying open late for dinner.  Reservations recommended but walk ins are welcome 360.678.1288.



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 –

Friends in Life and Art – New Works by Francy Blumhagen and Sharon Spencer
Friday Night Reception is 5 to 8 pm Friday, July 3.

529e4ed0-de2b-4d88-9310-9e091ec55c79-1Madonna has nothing on these “Material Girls.”

Rob Schouten Gallery is pleased to present “Friends in Life and Art – Francy Blumhagen and Sharon Spencer” which opens July 3 and runs through Aug. 3.

Paper, pulp, ink, paint, bamboo, fiber and bronze are some of the materials that inspire these artists, along with Japanese art, nature, and friendship. Spencer will show both bronze pieces and mixed-media sculptures, while Blumhagen will show mixed-media collages.

Artwork by Francy Blumhagen.

Artwork by Francy Blumhagen.

These friends, who have each been making art for 40 years, have formed a strong bond through long walks with their dogs at Greenbank Farm while talking about art, process and sometimes uncooperative materials.

Spencer, who is well-known and admired for her bronzes, began exploring mixed-media about five years ago.

It’s interesting when you find someone you can trust and can share something about ideas.” Spencer said. “I’ve learned a lot from Francy.”

“We are both interested in materials,” Blumenhagen said. “I’m interested in seeing what happens with the paper, the ink, the paint and how it leads me to the next experiment. The images become less important as I watch what the materials will do.”

“It’s the experimenting with these new materials that brought a lot of joy and energy back into my work-life.” Spencer said. “It’s important to stay alive and not keep doing the same thing over and over again. It kills the spirit of the work and if that happens, you can see it in the work.”

Both artists reveal a Japanese sensibility with this show. Not surprising since Spencer studied at a school of Japanese arts in a Kyoto shrine run by women and devoted to the study of nature. Blumhagen’s father had been stationed in Japan, so she grew up in a house full of Asian art.

“It instilled something in me,” Blumhagen said, “and I love going to Sharon’s house because it is filled with Asian art.”

“Yes, I’ve always loved Japanese things,” Spencer added.

“Listening to Sharon talk about wanting to always branch out is something I’ve been wanting to do, too. I want to forge ahead; indulge myself and see what happens,” Blumhagen said.

Come over to Rob Schouten Gallery in July and see what these ultimate “Material Girls” made happen.

Rob Schouten Gallery, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at historic Greenbank Farm on scenic Whidbey Island. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily. For futher information, call 360.222.3070 or visit



Artworks Gallery

July is Garden Art Month at Artworks Gallery

Garden art by Jandelyyn and Johnathan Ward.

Artworks Gallery features the Garden art of Jandellyn & Johnathan Ward during July, starting with a First Friday reception on July 3rd, 5-7:30 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be served and and Guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will provide live music. Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception.

Garden art by Jandelyyn and Johnathan Ward.

Garden art by Jandelyyn and Johnathan Ward.

Johnathan and Jandellyn have been creating metal art since 1997, but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Both of them come from artistic families. They have always been told to do what they love. With that said, they have had much enjoyment in designing and creating functional art pieces for the home and garden. Their pieces are created from new and recycled steel, which They cut, grind, and form into components that we weld together. Some of their pieces also include other metals and NEW fused glass elements they now make in our glass studio in Greenbank.

Artworks Gallery is located on Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island.   For more information, visit the web site: or call 360.222.3010.


Raven Rocks Gallery

“SeaPunk & Friends”
July 3 – August 6, 2015
Gallery Reception July 3 from 5-8pm
Artwork by Tim Potter

Artwork by Tim Potter

Tim Potter’s artwork is like nothing we have seen before, in a very wonderful way.  In his words, “I think my art could be best described as meticulous whimsy.” Working with subjects such as stylized seahorses, octopi, crows & fish, he transforms the figures into creations rich with detailed symbolism and mythological themes. His art is filled with complex patterns and interrelated shapes reminiscent of the works of M.C. Escher and Rube Goldberg. Done with pen & ink and acrylic paint on clayboard, the images can be admired time and again without revealing all their secrets too readily. These creations are a treat for senses and a challenge to those who love a good puzzle … and down-right fun!

Please join Tim, Windwalker & Mary Jo and the gallery artists, as well as the other fine galleries, café, cheese shop and farm & wine shop for the opening reception during First Friday at the Farm on July 3, 5pm – 8pm. Raven Rocks Gallery is located at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road C-101, Greenbank, WA 98253 on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA. For information, and gallery hours, please call 360-222-0102, or visit our website at


Greenbank Cheese and Specialties

This is the time of year that the new arrivals for the summer are coming in so the shop needs to make lots of room, with hot in store sales! One third to half of the inventory must go now & fast. Open everyday & offer free tastings.




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