Wander the Whidbey (Washington) Art Trail

by Nancy Mueller
( September 22nd, 2014 )

With more than 300 artists living and making their art on Whidbey Island, how could I pass up the chance to share a few more photos from my driving tour along the Whidbey Art Trail?


 From flameware . . .

Artists Megan Bray and Mike Wise

to jewelry and painting . . .

Anne Niles Davenport Artist

weaving . . .

Robert Adamson Island Art Glass Artist

and glass art . . .

the Whidbey Art Trail offers an abundance of creative possibilities.

Ready for your own art excursion? Here a few tips to make the most of your visit:

* Although the tour is open year-round, it pays to call ahead if you want to meet particular resident artists at play in their creative space.

* Check out artists’ profiles and print out a trail map to plan your visit or pick one up on the Washington State Ferries’ Clinton/Mukilteo and Coupeville/Pt. Townsend routes.

* Feel free to ask the artists about their creative process, how they got their start, etc. You can even ask to try your own hand at an art-making technique.

* Take a break from the trail with a stop at Spoiled Dog Winery or Whidbey Island Distillery. End your day with Happy Hour and a bite to eat at Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor or Coupeville’s Captain Whidbey’s Inn.

* Want to make this a weekend or weekday getaway? Whidbey Camano Islands offers a variety of lodging suggestions to meet your needs.

For more fun with wine, spirits and art, visit November 8 & 9 for Autumn on Whidbey.

Wander on!


*Many thanks to the artists along the Whidbey Art Trail and our Whidbey Island hosts for my arts & culture fix!

How do you express your inner artist, wanderboomers?


Where Artists Play: Whidbey Island, Washington

by Nancy Mueller
( September 15th, 2014 )

Pacific Northwest Art School

Whidbey Island, Washington prides itself as “a community that loves the arts.” Spectacular panoramic vistas of land and sea, natural habitats and abundant wildlife invite artists to stay for a day or a lifetime. Art galleries, studio tours, hands-on classes, and special events abound, inspiring creative expression as a way of life.

Just follow the Whidbey Art Trail, a self-guided, free studio tour of local artists, to see for yourself. After all, what’s more inspiring than watching artists at play in their creative space?

Mary Ellen O'Connor Artist

Listen to artists explain their creative process as they demonstrate a work in progress. Observe their rituals. Or simply soak up the energy in the indoor or outdoor studio environment. You can’t help but feel energized to explore the island and your own creative imagination.

Linnane Armstrong Artist

Celebrating its fourth year in 2014, The Whidbey Art Trail features local artists with a passion for printmaking, painting, pottery and photography as well as jewelry making, sculpture, glassblowing, weaving and woodworking.

Rob Schouten Studio

Pick up a few tips for your own creative projects, converse with the artists or become the happy owner of original, beautiful art to enrich your travel experience and support the local economy.

Dig deeper into the Whidbey art experience with a visit to an art gallery like Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville or Rob Schouten Gallery at historic Greenbank Farm. Want to brush up on your photography skills? Invite a few friends, enroll in a class and bring out your inner artist.

Kim Tinuviel Photographer

For more information on Whidbey’s love of the arts, visit:

Whidbey Art Trail

Whidbey Life Magazine

Pacific Northwest Art School

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts

Sue Taves Artist

Wander on!


What’s your favorite art experience, wanderboomers? Share with us here.


Whidbey Pies Cafe Revisited

by Nancy Mueller
( September 10th, 2014 )

Jan Gunn Whidbey Pies Cafe

My ongoing quest to crack the code of perfectly handcrafted pie crust has led me to Whidbey Pies Cafe at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island more than once.

Each time I’ve stopped by for a slice of their delectable berry pie, I’ve asked if proprietor, Jan Gunn, would consider sharing her recipe for publication. Each time my request has been politely rebuffed with a smile or “Nice try” by the server as I wrote in a previous post. But on this visit, I was fortunate to be introduced to Ms. Gunn herself. And this time, I succeeded – kind of.

After gushing about the taste and tenderness of the crust on my Whidbey Triple Berry Pie, I asked again. At first, Ms. Gunn hesitated. Then with a shrug of her shoulders replied: “Oh, why not?”

To be fair, her initial hesitation in sharing the recipe wasn’t from lack of generosity or even proprietary interest. After reaching for a well-worn copy of Joy of Cooking, she explained: “We turn out 800 pies a week so I have to think about the ingredient proportions to give you for fewer pies than that.”

We played around with the ratios a bit – “Maybe 2 cups unbleached pastry flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup butter . . . ” But Jan’s most significant revelation for me came next: “We don’t use shortening. We use 100% pure coconut oil.” Aha! Now we were getting somewhere.

“Oh, and then add 2 – 4 tablespoons water.”

Thanks to Jan, the next time I’m in the mood to make a pie, I now have a trail to follow. I’ll reach for my own Joy of Cooking, noodle with the ingredient ratios a bit, then jump right in. But whether I go for a berry, seasonal or savory pie – cherry, apple, pumpkin, peach or meat – I can only hope my crust comes close to the exceptional creations at Whidbey Pie Cafe.

Wander on!


What’s your no-fail pie crust recipe, wanderboomers? Please share with us here.

Still hungry? Check out these wanderblogger posts on Wanderfood Wednesday:

Hunting for Huckleberries and 5 Must Try Mexican Foods.

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