When Ron Roesler visited the Second Street Market in Langley in the summer of 2012, he was drawn to a display created by Erick Westphal and Sue Averett promoting their just published book of Whidbey Island photographs, Whidbey Magic. Ron came over to chat, and Sue realized she had seen a lot of Ron’s photography and had been very impressed with his work. Ron mentioned to Sue that he had a large format giclee printer if they ever wanted to see their works framed and mounted for exhibition.
Shortly after this first meeting, Sue called Ron to see if he might be able to help with her “Emanations of Love” project. Ron took on the project and created giclee prints for each of the 74 photos that were part of “Emanations of Love.” The exhibit opened in February 2013 at the Timbuktu Java Bar & Gallery in Freeland, and later at the “Queen’s Buns” in Bayview.
Sue Averett completed a B.A. in Art Education and was an art teacher for several years before becoming a social worker in the Bay Area. She had taken photography classes in college, but it wasn’t until she moved to Whidbey with her husband Erick that she began pursuing her passion for photography.
Ron Roesler spent most of his business life in the corporate world. He was a high-level executive at Chrysler Corporation and created his own businesses for advising corporations and executives. Like Sue, when he moved to the island 13 years ago he changed course: “When I moved to Whidbey, the beauty of the island inspired me to focus on my photography
Sue had been dreaming about having a shop in Freeland for a long time. She saw an ad on Drewslist for a space at a reasonable price, and went to check it out. She pitched the idea to Ron, as well as to her close friend, Karen Wilson (Sweet Sisters Body Products), and they agreed, the idea would work.
The property on Main Street in Freeland was leased in early May. They had no trouble finding a broad range of artists who wanted to show in the gallery/gift shop. In all, about 60 artists are represented, most of whom are Whidbey residents.
Inspired Arts also includes a healing space in the back for Reiki treatments by Summer Ewart, Tammi Sloan and Sue, and spiritual counseling with Jerry O’Neill.
Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Visit the store at 1689 Main Street in Freeland; or give them a call at 360-331-2244. The website includes bios, a photo gallery of artwork, an events section, and a weekly “Behind the Scenes” blog. For a more extensive story about Inspired arts, read a story at Whidbey Local.