WHIDBEY ISLAND — The creator behind a Nov. 26-27 market featuring fine art is hopeful that shoppers will see the value in buying locally this holiday season.
Earlier this year, painter and photographer Kim Tinuviel invited Whidbey artists to join the Whidbey Art Market, which has had a series of pop-up events at different locations around the island. The occasions have been an opportunity for the rotating cast of artists to bring in some revenue that was lost during the pandemic.
This month’s event is the fourth of its kind and will highlight 15 different artists’ artwork, which includes sculptures, jewelry, basketry and textiles. Snacks will be for sale from Acorn Bakery.
For stone carver Alexandra Morosco, this will be her first time presenting at the Whidbey Art Market, which falls serendipitously on her birthday.
“My hope for this show is that I get to meet some new people and share with people images of the memorial work that I’ve really been focusing on,” she said.
Morosco is known internationally for her large-scale stone creations, but many people are unaware of her existence on Whidbey since her work does not appear in many galleries.
Recently, she has pivoted to doing what she refers to as “legacy pieces,” remembrances of people who have passed away. But she has also worked on commissioned sculptures commemorating births and marriages as well.
“It fills this whole cycle of life,” she said. “And I love that.”
She will be bringing a collection of figurative and abstract works to the upcoming Whidbey Art Market.
“It’s a great opportunity to see art that you might not see in some of the other galleries,” she said.
Abstract artist Barbara Mosher, on the other hand, has been with the Whidbey Art Market since its inception. The former industrial designer has seen her own style of art evolve over the decades.
“Many artists stay in their style,” she said. “That, to me, is not fueling my creative process.”
Her recent works include eclectic, colorful arrangements of famous figures, including Marilyn Monroe, William Shakespeare and Albert Einstein.
She will be bringing a series of small square abstract paintings, scarves and bags printed with her work and hand-painted Christmas ornaments to the Whidbey Art Market.
“Each one is so rewarding, even if you don’t sell anything,” she said. “It’s just a wonderful environment with other artists and people who appreciate the art.”
This month’s Whidbey Art Market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27 at Freeland Hall, which is located at 1515 Shoreview Dr. Masks and social distancing are mandatory.
Visit whidbeyartmarket.com for more information.
This story originally appeared in the Whidbey News-Times, a sister publication to The Herald.