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MICHELE KEMPEES will be the featured artist at Christopher’s Restaurant in Coupeville for the months of July and August. Winner of the Coupeville Festival poster this year, she is a self-taught artist in various media but has settled on watercolor as her favorite.   Children in their natural settings are what she enjoys the most. You can see more of her work at Penn Cove Gallery, which is celebrating its 20th year in Coupeville. For more information, go to www.penncovegallery.com

Join author, teacher and psychotherapist CAMI OSTMAN at the July Whidbey Island Writers Association meeting July 17 and learn about different types of writers and how your type can create optimal work habits.  The writers’ workshop is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, located at the Old Bayview School at 5611 Bayview Road in Langley. Ostman is author of “Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents.” The cost is free for WIWA members, $5 for non-members. Register at wiwa.nila.edu For more information, call 360-331-0307 or email wiwa@nila.edu

Help is needed at the WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSE on the deconstruction of the Enchanted April set and the construction of the Odd Couple Female Version set. Everyone is welcome. Work has started and will continue from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1-3 p.m. July 7-10. For those who can help on any day, contact Stan Thomas at 360-632-5090.

A silence art auction for a large collection of JAN HOLMES’ watercolor paintings will be held noon-6 p.m., July 5, at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Holmes, who died in December of 2011, was a longtime Coupeville resident and was well-known across Whidbey Island. She owned Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville for 10 years with her husband, Steve, and her artwork was featured at Penn Cove Gallery. The auction will feature art that Holmes painted in Whidbey Island, Mexico, Tuscany, France, Canada, Cuba and other places that she visited. For more information, call 360-969-2015 or go to www.jan-holmes-art-sale.com

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