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Second Sundays at the Farm

October 12, 2014

Beginning in June 2014, Farm Shops begun hosting an event to showcase new inventory, art and fun food on the second Sunday of each month! The Cafe will continue to offer its First Friday Dinners.

Farm Shop

This month, in addition to tasting local and regional wines, enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. We will be pairing Sweet Mona’s Dark Chocolate Loganberry truffle with your choice of port, full bodied red, or dessert wine – may we recommend the Loganberry dessert wine?

Whidbey Pies Cafe

Check back for information soon.



On the Second Sunday of each month, the art galleries at Greenbank Farm invite you to enjoy their monthly artist receptions from 1:00 – 4:00pm, where you can mingle with the artists and enjoy live music, snacks and refreshment.

Rob Schouten Gallery

Keiichi Nishimura
mixed-media paintings on silk
Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
Artists’ Reception 1 to 4 pm, Oct. 12 at Second Sunday at the Farm

Come see the moon and the sea in a whole new, elysian light.

Rob Schouten Gallery presents “Keiichi Nishimura, Paintings on Silk” in this longtime artist’s first Whidbey Island show from Oct. 1 to 30.

"Quiet Storm," mixed-media triptych on silk by Keiichi Nishimura. / Photos courtesy of the artist.

“Quiet Storm,” mixed-media triptych on silk by Keiichi Nishimura. / Photos courtesy of the artist.

Nishimura is known for his unique approach to wave imagery and his use of metal leaf within each of his original, one-of-a-kind paintings on silk.

Nishimura’s work is a modern interpretation of traditional images and techniques. He understands deeply both the discipline of his Eastern culture and the freedom of Western expression, a combination he strives to integrate into his work.

“When I came to this country 30 years ago, all I saw in California was an old style of Asian art,” Nishimura said. “I wanted to show people a new style of painting; I wanted them to see more of what was current art in Japan.”

Nishimura began taking what he saw as a traditional Japanese style of art to a new place, adding his own semi-abstract style on familiar themes.

The medium he uses is a water based pigment derived from suihigofun (a mineral), which the artist grinds to a finer consistency and then mixes with a delicate balance of nikawa(melted pine sap).  The nikawa is what gives the pigment its deep rich color and also enables it to adhere to the silk.  Variances in color and tone are created by hand with wide brushes.  He may incorporate a color resistant technique using flour or sand, sumi(charcoal), gold leafing, ink and other techniques all in a single work.

Now a resident of Whidbey Island, Nishimura was born in Kyoto, Japan, where he began his training as an artist in 1976 under the apprenticeship of his father, Jintaro Nishimura, a master artist for more than half a century. Nishimura has shown his work extensively in the San Francisco Bay area and in Hawaii.

The artist said he is excited to have the Whidbey community see his work and is curious to know what people here will make of it.

“I’m just so glad to have this opportunity to show my paintings on this beautiful island for the very first time,” he said.

Also at the gallery for two weekly only in October are drawings by Anne Belov.

From "Pandamorphosis," colored pencil on bristol board by Anne Belov. / Photo courtesy of the artist.

From “Pandamorphosis,” colored pencil on bristol board by Anne Belov. / Photo courtesy of the artist.

The gallery will feature Belov’s original drawings from her children’s picture book “Pandamorphosis” for two weeks from Oct. 1 through Oct. 15, with an artist book-signing from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.11.

Belov’s colored-pencil drawings feature playful pandas and an envious cat, who wants to be loved as much as the pandas are by their little girl owner. The cat makes a wish on the moon, but gets more than she bargained for. “Pandamorphosis” is a love story to pandas and to the belief that magic can happen when you least expect it.

“I’ve always loved beautifully illustrated children’s books,”  Belov said. “I’m a big fan of author/illustrators like Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner; the way they combine their stories with such masterfully done illustrations is an inspiration to me.”

The drawings are colored pencil on bristol board, a very smooth and heavy paper used for drawing and graphic work.  The story, told in pictures only, developed over a period of three years through a painstaking process of sketches, discarded drawings and the final gorgeous pieces that comprise the book.

Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet both these artists from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 during Greenbank Farm’s “Second Sunday at the Farm” event, when the Farm’s galleries, shops, cafe and market welcome visitors to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of fine art, good food, natural beauty and lively conversation.


Artworks Gallery

Crackle glazed casserole with dragonfly, crackle glazed mug and a platter by Marcia Mucknik.

Crackle glazed casserole with dragonfly, crackle glazed mug and a platter by Marcia Mucknik.

Potter Marcia Muchnik & Fiber Artist Marcy Johnson will be Artworks Galley’s featured artists during October. There will be a 2nd Sunday reception October 12th for Marcy and Marcia from 1 to 4. Light snacks and drinks will be served and guitarist Quinn Fitzpatrick will provide live music from 1:30 to 3:30.   Other Artworks Gallery artists will be on hand to greet visitors during the reception.

Handwoven rayon scarves and ethnic inspired pounded metal jewelry by Marcy Johnson

Handwoven rayon scarves and ethnic inspired pounded metal jewelry by Marcy Johnson

Marcy an instructor of weaving, knitting, basketry, bookbinding, and paper making mainly focuses on a line of hand woven scarves and rag rugs. Johnson also makes a line of hand-pounded, ethnic-inspired jewelry. Marcy will be demonstrating on her floor loom for 2nd Sunday.

Marcia says she’s found her calling in designing functional pottery for everyday use.  The rustic-looking pieces, with their rich glazes, include  hand-thrown mugs, bowls, platters, pots and vases and covered casseroles.
Artworks Gallery is located on Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island. Hours are 11-5 everyday.   For more information, visit the web site: or call 360.222.3010.

Raven Rocks Gallery

Raven Rocks Gallery presents

“Threads of Time: Hand Woven Tapestry by Windwalker”
October 4 – November1, 2014
Gallery Reception Sunday, October 12 from 1-4 PM
A day in the life of autumn, by Windwalker Taibi.

A day in the life of autumn, by Windwalker Taibi.

DM Windwalker Taibi’s fiber works span a lifetime of memories and experiences. His visions are expressed through hand woven tapestries created with his natural and hand dyed handspun yarns, as well as needlework done with professionally created wool and cotton fibers. First to debut will be wall hangings and purses, followed during the month with freeform needlepoint. Additionally, he will demonstrate tapestry weaving and fiber spinning throughout October. ”Autumn has always been a magical time in my life, the colors, tastes and smells evoking both joy and melancholy. It’s time of year that is hopeful, anticipatory, heart-warming and indefinably sad. The world sheds its summer coat, revealing a beauty even deeper, a richness temporarily forgotten. I love autumn, and it always returns the favor.”

Our gallery is also very excited to announce the addition of Dale Reiger and Teri Jo Summer to our family of resident artists. Dale’s fused glass creations and Teri Jo’s hand dyed & fabricated clothing are renowned nationally for their superb artistry and elegance. We are honored to have them joining us during the latter half of the month.

Please join us for our gallery reception on Sunday, October 12 from 1-4 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 our website at Our gallery is an honored member of The Whidbey Art Trail, a year-round self guided tour of art studios and galleries featuring the work of local & regional artists.

Greenbank Cheese and Specialties

Let Greenbank Cheese and Specialties help you put together a custom Gift Basket, or a cheese tray & wine. Take a moment to peruse their new inventory such as add your own veggies or not Soups and new Tea Towels. Don’t forget the free tastings. Open everyday all year round.


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