Oak Harbor Library Blog

Monday, March 11, 2013

Whidbey Reads Artwork on Display

Point Wilson Lighthouse by Carole Dawes


In celebration of Whidbey Reads 2013, Oak Harbor Library displays paintings and photographs thematically related to the Whidbey Reads book, West of Here. Artists Carole Dawes and Sheila Mohn share paintings of Whidbey Island and the Olympic Peninsula. Toni Kay Smith displays photos of Washington landscapes and wildlife. 

Artist Carole Dawes lives and paints here on Whidbey Island. She paints primarily with watercolor, taking photographs of the places in the Pacific Northwest that speak to her on a deep level and using them as inspiration to communicate emotion through line and color. Although fairly new to painting, Carole loves to face new challenges in her work and will sometimes paint a single scene numerous times from different angles and different light. For more information, contact Carole at caroledawes@cablespeed.com.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Photographs Celebrate Black History Month

Michael James Lee Henderson
copyright Pendleton Imaging


Photographer John Pendleton calls this exhibit Behind the Scene Workers. The photographs on display portray "a few ordinary people working hard to create a comfortable living, yet leave time to give back to their community."

Some of the subjects in the exhibit include Jamar Jenkins, music director at Coupeville Middle School and High School, Allenda Jenkins, president of the Board of Directors at the Whidbey Playhouse, and Michael James Lee Henderson, owner of Henderson Flow Tech Company and a graduate of Oak Harbor High School.

To see more of John Pendleton's photographs, visit his web site: www.pendletonimaging.com.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Landscape and Wildlife Photos on Display

Photographer Toni Kay Smith shows her photos of western Washington scenes and Pacific Northwest wildlife at the Oak Harbor Library. These include an Ocean Shores sandscape (at left), a mock battle between tall ships and brightly painted Indian racing canoes. There are a couple of "wild cards" (photos taken elsewhere). Come in and see if you can spot these!

Photographs at the check out desk are on display during the month of January.

Toni Kay's photographs in the library's Center for Lifelong Learning area will be shown through March.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Photos and Artwork Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Osoyoos Indians enroute to Sturgis, South Dakota via the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. Photo by Toni Kay Smith
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Oak Harbor Library displays photographs by Toni Kay Smith and artwork by Joe Bailey (Swinomish Tribe), Frank Campbell (Swinomish Tribe), Richard Nichuals (Athabaskan Tribe) and John P. Yelton, Jr. (Squamish Nation).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fiber Art on Display for 50th Anniversary

In celebration of Sno-Isle Libraries' 50th Anniversary, Oak Harbor Library displays artwork by Whidbey Island textile artists Arlene Anderson, Mary Burks, Pat Morse, Diane Reardon and Larkin Jean Van Horn.
These artists work in various forms of surface design. Surface design includes the coloring, patterning and structuring of fiber and fabric. It involves creative exploration of techniques such as dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, felting and paper-making.
This display includes art quilts and encaustic paintings. Encaustic is a technique that uses heated wax colored with pigments. The liquid wax is applied to a surface -- in this case, fabric.
The art quilts behind the circulation desk will be on display through the month of October. The art on display in the new Center for Lifelong Learning will be on display through the end of the year.
On Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 am, Oak Harbor Library will hold a community celebration of 50 years of Sno-Isle Library services in Oak Harbor. Join us for refreshments, entertainment, prizes and fun for all. For more information: 360-675-5115.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Transformative Art on Display


Crown Prince

Artist Zachary Billings says of his artwork:
"My art is free-flow and spontaneous. While I'm creating art I am in a meditative state and what comes through me is an expression of something greater than me. I exalt in and glorify this power greater than me through my art.  My art is spiritually inspired and is an expression of the Great Spirit.  
The art that comes through me feels ancient yet timeless and eternal, therefore I feel rooted in the Native theme. I am Native to the Earth but do not belong to any one tribe. My relationship with the Great Spirit identifies me as all tribes. This theme runs throughout my art and its expression. The language in my art is universal and symbolic and is capable of communicating to all cultures around the globe.
My art is multimedia using fine felt-tip/ball-point pens and acrylic paint with a very small brush. The paintings on display at the library were redone from originals and took anywhere between 120 to 240 hours each to complete."
You can see more of Zachary's art at his website: http://www.royalnavyelite.com/

Monday, July 30, 2012

Author and Photographer Rick Lawler's Photos on Display

Photographer Rick Lawler displays his photos-on-canvas at the Oak Harbor Library during the month of August. Lawler is an award-winning photographer and the author of two books: Whidbey: My Eye and Eye on Paradise.
Whidbey: My Eye is available through Sno-Isle Libraries.
Lawler's books may also be found at local bookstores and gift shops.
Lawler announced that 20% of the sales price for photographs sold from the library display will be donated to the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.
Rick Lawler is a member of the Oak Harbor Arts Commission, the Whidbey Island Writers Association, and the Greater Oak Harbor and Central Whidbey Chambers of Commerce. His works are on display at Anchor Books and Coffee in Clinton, the Visitor Center in Coupeville, and on the Salish Ferry.