Watercolors in the Garden - Paintings by KAY PARSONS -  July 1 - 30

Artist's Reception  Sunday, July 13, 1 to 4 p.m.

Climb into Kay Parsons' rabbit hole of flowers, a watercolored wonderland of botanical delights in which Alice herself would feel at home.

"Willowood Farm Collard Greens"     watercolor     

"Roses in Yellow-Eyed Grass"    watercolor     

“Painting is a conversation with my garden,” Parsons said. “My garden stands as a chapel to my belief in everything: Life, death, dying back, renewal, exuberance, sadness, acceptance and beauty. I am tied to the land.”

Click here to listen to Kay Parsons interviewed by Rob Schouten
on Whidbey Air, KWPA radio.

Indeed, Parsons paints closeups of flowers and garden life that smack of a hot aromatic exuberance. A painting of a moth sporting velvety brown and white Appaloosa wings is drenched in a satisfying pool of saturated color. For the flowers, she brushes on light and color in a way that reveals the heady lusciousness of the plants, filled as they are with her evident passion for all that her garden grows.

Parsons painting at her easel.

"Tiger Moth II"    watercolor     

As for process, Parsons says she doesn’t dwell too long on that white sheet of paper, but instead lunges at that creative moment that transforms what she sees into potential for a new painting.

“A moment of a petal moving in light; a moth lightly holding its wings at rest waiting for night; or a fish gliding in quiet serenity,” she said, describing scenes from the garden that inspire her. “There is a moment that moves like visual poetry across the horizon, percolates insistently and I paint.”

"Glad Tidings"     watercolor     

"Honey Perfume"     watercolor       

“Watercolors in the Garden” opens Tuesday, July 1 and runs through Thursday, July 30.

Please join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13 during Greenbank Farm’s “Summer Sundays at the Farm” event, when the Farm’s  galleries, shops, cafe and market welcome visitors to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of fine art, good food, natural beauty and lively conversation.

To purchase or inquire about Kay Parsons' paintings or other gallery artists work,
please contact the gallery at 800/858-5063 or locally at 360/222-3070


The rest of the gallery in July is filled with a rich assortment
of glass, jewelry, encaustics, ceramics, woodwork, sculptures,
paintings and prints.



August  2014
Anne Belov and Jacob Kohn - egg tempera and oil paintings

September 2014 
Byron Birdsall - watercolors

October 2014
To be announced

"Lemon Zinger" by Jacob Kohn
oil on canvas   28 x 42"    



May through Sept.               OPEN DAILY 10 - 5

Oct., Nov., Dec. & April       Tues. by appointment
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                                            weekends 10 - 5

Jan., Feb. & March              Tues., Wed. by appt.
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                                            weekends 10 - 5


Rob Schouten Gallery and Sculpture Garden, a premier showcase for Whidbey Island and Northwest artists, is located at Historic Greenbank Farm on scenic Whidbey Island amid rolling hills and forests offering breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountains. Aside from Rob Schouten Gallery the Farm also houses Whidbey Pies Cafe, Greenbank Farm & Wine Shop, Greenbank Cheese & Specialties Shop, Artworks Gallery and Raven Rocks Gallery & Gifts.

Centrally located at the heart of Whidbey Island, just off Hwy. 525 and Wonn Rd. at the narrowest point on the island, you can’t miss the open fields and red barns. We are just 18 miles north of the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry, or 10 miles south of Coupeville, with ample free parking.

We look forward to seeing you!