Lopez Island Arts Scene
Lopez Island is the least populated of the three main islands but still has plenty to keep art-lovers happy. In Lopez Village, Chimera Gallery gathers the work of 20 island artists working in a range of media from photography, metal, fiber art, and ceramics to plein air landscape paintings. The Lopez Artist Guild produces exhibitions through the year at the Lopez Center and The Hamlet. During the Lopez Island Studio Tour in September, visual artists open their studios to visitors, letting you get a behind-the-scenes look at this creative island.
The many musicians on Lopez play frequently, whether it be at a local bar or a barn dance. Lopez Center for Community and the Arts and historic Woodmen Hall are great venues to see a concert or performance. The Salish Sea Early Music Festival, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, and Island Stage Left’s Shakespeare Under the Stars also hold performances on Lopez Island.
Current schedules of shows, openings, and exhibitions can be found on the events page.
Lopez Center for Community and the Arts is a critical part of life on the island. Located on some 7 acres of land in the middle of Lopez Village, The Center has committed the use of some of the land to an outdoor performance pavilion, the Lopez Children’s Center, the Family Resource Center, the Farmers' Market, a community garden, and a skateboard park. It sits proudly in the middle of an expansive greensward with drought- and deer-resistant landscaping.
Founded in 1987, Chimera Gallery is a showplace for Lopez artists and artisans, providing a central location in Lopez Village to display and sell their quality fine art and crafts. This cooperative gallery shows over 20 artists and has a great selection of painting, pottery, jewelry, weaving, glass, metalwork, journals, botanical art, and more.
Location: Lopez Village Plaza; (360) 468-3265
Hours: Mon. - Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sun. 10:00 - 3:00 [more...]