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Art & Culture Center of Whidbey Island

Thriving art school and studio in Langley

Author: Carolyn Tamler

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Cary Jurriaans originally created her Fine Art Studio in Fall City, but today the studio is flourishing on Whidbey Island. Officially known as Whidbey
Cary Jurriaans has created a thriving art school and studio in Langley: Whidbey Island Fine Arts Studio (WIFAS)

Cary Jurriaans originally created her Fine Art Studio in Fall City, but today the studio is flourishing on Whidbey Island. Officially known as Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio (WIFAS), the school offers a range of drawing and painting classes including still life, figure and landscape. The classes and workshops are small and provide opportunities for artists to develop their skills in an intimate and supportive setting.

Cary Jurriaans was born and raised in the Netherlands and grew up among some of the most beautiful art in the world. She comes from a family of painters: most notably, her aunt was the Parisian painter Mena Loopuyt (1902-1991) and she is a direct descendant of Johan Joeke Gabriel van Wicheren (1808-1897), a Frisian portrait painter.

Cary and her husband, Sieb Jurriaans, moved to the United States 43 years ago. After moving all over the US for Sieb’s business, they settled in Seattle with their teenage children. Cary was always into some kind of artwork or craft.

Fifteen years ago, she began taking formal art classes at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art. She also studied at the Florence Academy of Art and attended many other workshops in Europe and the US.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows in the area, including the PONCHO Invitational, and her paintings are in private collections in the United States and Europe. She is currently a member of:

  • Eastside Artist Association
  • Oil Painters of America
  • Puget Sound Group of N.W. Painters

Cary focused on learning drawing and painting the classical way. Having experienced many classes and workshops that were so influential to her, she decided to open her own workshop and school.
In 2006, Cary and Sieb moved to Fall City where she started the Fall City Fine Art Studio, and in 2008 she and her husband became Whidbey Island residents and established Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio in Langley.

Cary says she and Sieb have fallen in love with Langley. The school has taken off and all the classes are well attended. Nationally renowned instructors have come to Langley to teach in-depth workshops. Shuttle service is provided to and from the Clinton Ferry Terminal, if needed.

For information about current classes and exhibits, visit the website. Her personal website is www.caryjurriaans.com.

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