Art ascends at Whidbey Working Artists tour


There’s nothing that isn’t artistic about Kay Parsons. From her beautifully landscaped yard to her magnanimous disposition to her vibrant watercolors – she embodies the island artistic spirit.

It is this spirit that she feels is nurtured in the Whidbey Island artist community through events like this weekend’s Whidbey Working Artist tour.

“Everyone appreciates their life like it’s art” on Whidbey Island,  Parsons said.

The Whidbey Working Artists tour, an annual island-wide event Aug. 29-30, highlights the high level of talent and diversity that the island offers in mediums like sculpture, jewelry, prints, woodworking, glass work, encaustic, fiber, photography and all types of painting.

“Art is just so important for people to be around and to incorporate into our lives,” said Carol Ann Bauer of Stillfire Pottery in Freeland. “Whidbey Island has an amazing collecting of visual artists. It’s an honor to be here.”

Parsons said the tour is the only event when the artists island-wide work together to support and celebrate each other’s artistic achievements. The tour is organized under the umbrella of the Whidbey Island Arts Council which is “about getting arts in the classroom and keeping the arts alive,” said Parsons, who serves on the council’s board of directors.

The tour runs today and tomorrow, Aug. 29-30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with locations throughout the island. For more information, visit





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