Advocating for the ARTmosphere of Langley, Washington USA
The Langley Arts Fund identifies projects, artists, partnerships, funding, and learning opportunities to nurture and support our community’s creative endeavors.
Langley, our Village by the Sea, is recognized as a Great American Art Town. Its generous spirit attracts and inspires artists, residents and visitors alike.
The Langley Arts Fund is working to create a Wishing Wall as a backdrop for Hope the Wishing Whale. This art installation will consist of whimsical powder coated metal shapes attached to the building wall next to the whale sculpture. This approach is like a mural, but provides greater resilience and longevity than paint.
The imagery making up the artwork represents the ocean ecosystem and garden landscape as a forest of dancing bull kelp with a large school of salmon swimming through. A passing whale has spouted witnessed by a spray of water. Large leafy arabesques and flowers entertain hummingbirds and song birds as a heron stands quietly on the shoreline.
The Wishing Wall creates a lively backdrop to Georgia Gerber’s beautiful Hope the Wishing Whale sculpture. It will enliven and animate the small park with color and playful shapes, creating a center of curiosity.
Langley Arts Fund Projects
The Langley Arts Fund Team
Involved in the arts on Whidbey Island since 1985 primarily as a board member of the Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC), Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA), Sculpture Northwest, and Chairman of the Langley Arts Commission.
Frank has extensive experience in non-profit marketing, project management, fundraising, and strategic planning.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Diane Divelbess is a painter and printmaker. She has an undergraduate degree from Scripps College and an MFA from the Claremont Graduate School (now University).
She was a member of the Art Faculty at Cal Poly University Pomona and chaired the Art Department for eight years.
Diane is a past president and life member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. In California her work has been exhibited most recently at Beretich Gallery and on Whidbey Island at her studio and gallery in Langley.
Diane has been a member of the Board of the Whidbey Island Arts Council, is a past president of the Whidbey Island Fair Association, and continues to be the Fair’s Superintendent for Fine Arts. She has also served as Chair of the Langley Arts Commission.
Her web site is: Divelbess Art
Stephanie Rae Putnam
Inspired by creatives and visionaries, Stephanie was Gallery Director for the Arts Council of Snohomish County. She partnered with businesses, Everett schools, the Tulalip Tribes, and other community stakeholders to develop an Integrated Arts Curriculum. She then served as the Cultural Liaison for the City of Everett, establishing a summer arts program for at-risk youth.
Stephanie left the arts for a time to pursue work in Human Resources and Organizational Development. Stephanie then graduated from UW Bothell in US Culture Studies, and trained as a personal, corporate, and spiritual coach, emphasizing consciousness and creativity with her clients. Along the way she became smitten with painting, working in abstract acrylic and mixed media realms.
Through the Langley Arts Fund and Langley Creates, Stephanie’s returned to her joyous creative roots—to help artists and advocates facilitate visionary creative community ventures.
With a background in private foundation grants management and a history of community service, Ed moved from Los Angeles to Whidbey Island in 2010.
Working with the exceptional LAF team has been a rewarding and enriching experience, deepening his connection to the South Whidbey community.
Ed’s photography has been exhibited in Langley, Los Angeles, New York City, London, and Prague.
Peter's 61-year career has been predominantly in aviation, including pilot and maintenance training, flight deck design, marketing, program management, and executive management.
Peter is a member of the Langley City Council. He's served on numerous industry boards including the Seattle Museum of Flight and the Aviation Accreditation Board International. He mentors youth in aviation on Whidbey Island, at the Museum of Flight, and at Raisbeck Aviation High School.
Peter flies a Cirrus SR20 airplane. He's flown over 350 flights with the Experimental Aviation Association Young Eagles program and has the jacket to prove it!
Joann Hamick Quintana
In 2013, Joann moved from Seattle to Whidbey Island where she pursues her passions for music, writing and community service. She's a singer-songwriter and recording artist. In her volunteer community service, she puts to use her background in strategic communications, media relations, community organizing and public affairs.
Her community service, past and present, includes numerous boards and commissions. She served on the Langley Parks & Open Space Commission and the Langley Arts Commission. She helped found the Langley Creates Creative District, serves on the board of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and is a founding member of the Langley Arts Fund.
In her spare time, Joann composes songs, is a proud member of the infamous Shall Remain Nameless (SRN) Book Club, and is working to write two plays.
Pam finds that being a member of the Langley Arts Fund gives her the satisfaction of enhancing the very strong artistic nature of Langley. With her husband Paul, she was instrumental in building the home for Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA). Previously, they both were involved in building the Intiman Theatre Playhouse in Seattle, and they served on the boards of both institutions.
The Inn at Langley and the Boatyard Inn, which Pam and Paul built, have played a vital role in supporting the economic life of Langley.
She also put a sculpture pedestal behind the Braeburn Cafe and a Jerry Wennstrom sculpture on the Clyde Alley walkway called Chasing Carrots.
Marketing and IT
Bruce is a Langley-based artist whose work includes large-scale video projections, installation, and conceptual pieces, along with painting and drawing. He's also a musician who plays bass guitar, harmonica, and sings. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Bruce has years of non-profit board experience and numerous volunteer positions. He has marketing, web site, and graphic design experience too. He's excited to be a part of LAF and to have the opportunity to give back to the Langley community.
His web site is: Oddball Visual Art
A professional artist, musician, and educator; recently retired after 20 years teaching visual arts with South Whidbey Schools and six years of film photography instruction at Skagit Valley College. Don currently serves on the board of directors for the Cloudstone Foundation.
His web site is: Wodjenski Creative
Jesse Levesque specializes in placemaking by creating new experiences, programming, and special events for unique environments. She joined Readiness To Learn and the South Whidbey Community Center in 2018 as the lead Youth Curator & Placemaker. Her work with many organizations has revolutionized cultural policies and opportunities for citizens to contribute to the public realm.
Jesse received a B.A. from Hampshire College, a Filmmaking Degree from University of Washington, and an M.A. in Critical & Curatorial Museum Studies from the University of Louisville. She is currently part of the Leadership Whidbey Class of 2022.
More information about Jesse and her consulting business can be found at The Ground Floor.
Donate to the Langley Arts Fund
The Langley Arts Fund raises money to create and support public arts-related projects and events in Langley.
We're a small, active, all-volunteer non-profit organization -- no staff, no overhead.
Your contribution goes to support public arts programs and projects in Langley.
Payments will be processed using PayPal. You can use either a credit card or your PayPal account (if you have one).
Langley Arts Fund operates as a partner of the Whidbey Island Arts Council, which provides our 501(c)(3) status. Contributions to the Langley Arts Fund will appear on your credit card or bank statement as Whidbey Island Arts Council. All contributions are fully tax deductible.
Thank you in advance for your contribution!