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.
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. In all, about 60 artists are represented, most of whom are Whidbey residents. Among artistic works currently on display are original paintings and giclee prints by Mark Skullerud, Lauryn Taylor, and Lee and Fara Mazzola Wexler. With his special printer, Ron has the ability to print museum quality reproductions of most of the wall art in the gallery, at a fraction of the cost of the originals. .
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 – www.inspiredartswhidbey.com – 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, visit: http://www.whidbeylocal.com/carolyn/#inspired