A Vibrant Arts Community Has Settled Here

Whether you are an artist searching for inspiration or someone looking to fill your life with authentic art, Whidbey and Camano islands are your destination. Our combination of a laid-back rural lifestyle on an island nestled between two major cities, Seattle and Vancouver, seems to inspire artists to both move here and to create great art.  Visitors have the chance to see this art through galleries, art shows, art walks, arts and crafts fairs, and public art.

Various statues of different styles are in a clearing in a parklike setting at Matzke outdoor sculpture garden.

Many come to the island to learn the arts. The outdoor scenery is an inspiration.

Art Class Escape

Art Class Escape
Vacations are sometimes opportunities for growth and learning. Such is the case when traveling here to the Coupeville-based Pacific Northwest Art School. The school is a rare place where masters of many different arts come from all over the world to teach. Here's a first-person account of what these classes are like.

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Art Infographic

Art Infographic
Whidbey and Camano Islands provide a canvas for all things art. From glass blowers to art schools to plein aire painting, these islands have what you need to nurture your "inner artist." This infographic shows the many ways art surrounds us.

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Artist Portrait Series: Georgia Gerber

Artist Portrait Series: Georgia Gerber
This is one of an occasional series of stories about the artists who live and work on Whidbey and Camano islands and who make our place so unique.

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Movies and Live Venues

Movies and Live Venues
A modern community theatre space, a throwback movie theater, a drive-in, and even a circus tent are just some of the amazing venues here. Plan your visits around music and live theater performed throughout the year, or just take in a movie. It's a way to extend your experience after the sun is down.

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Oak Harbor Art Trail

  [cs_element_headline _id="5"]  [cs_element_row _id="11"][cs_element_column _id="12"][cs_text _order="0"]Public Art is spread throughout Oak Harbor. Some is easy to find, especially in the historic downtown area along Pioneer Way. But some pieces are a bit off the beaten path. Here is your guide to finding the public sculptures in Oak Harbor.[/cs_text][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][cs_element_row _id="20"][cs_element_column _id="21"][cs_element_headline _id="22"][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][cs_element_row _id="28"][cs_element_column _id="29"][x_video_embed no_container="false"...

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Studios & Galleries

Studios & Galleries
Some places just naturally attract artists. Whidbey and Camano islands are among those special places. The rural nature gives them the physical and mental space to create and the presence of fellow artists and galleries along with the area's natural beauty inspires them to create and share their work with others.

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