above: “Island Spirit” part of the Oak Harbor Art Trail
Arts & Shops
There’s something about Whidbey and Camano Islands that attracts artists. As a result, there are many great galleries, art walks and open studio tours all year long. Whidbey and Camano Islands are also rich in history having some of the oldest buildings in the region. View our listing of shops, museums, art galleries, and other places of artistic or historical importance on Whidbey Island and Camano Island.
The Island Shakespeare Festival is a rapidly-growing summertime theatrical event. Based in an outdoor theatre just outside Langley, the company features professional paid actors from all over the country who perform, not only the works of Shakespeare, but features other authors as well.
Try your hand at water marbling at Marbley where you float drops of color on water and reshape them using a comb or stylus. Then you save it on silk, paper, or wood. It's a fun activity with friends or family and a chance for you to try art in a brand new way.
The Matzke Outdoor Sculpture Park is a ten-acre green refuge where art fans can walk among sculptures, big and small. More than 75 works are on the grounds at any one time. There is also a 3000 sq. foot indoor art gallery.