Arts Monthly
April Edition
There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.
William C. Bryant
RARE is coming! 
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Capturing Community on the Road:
Photography by Marilyn Montufar At Make.Shift Gallery
“Capturing Community on the Road” is an ongoing photo essay with an emphasis on sharing stories about individuals who are underrepresented in mainstream culture and the arts. The exhibit consists of photographs from 2016 when Montufar traveled and photographed in various cities in the U.S. and throughout the Mexican Border to Juarez, Mexico by car for two months. She photographed in the outskirts of major metropolitan cities, such as Compton in Los Angeles, California, to capture the lives and essences of underserved and underrepresented communities -like youth, women, and immigrants. This project was supported in part from a grant from Artists Up.

For more information about the Art Walk or Make.Shift please visit our website at or contact Jessyca Murphy at

Mayor Annouces the 38th Annual Arts Award Recipients
A celebration honoring the recipients is scheduled for May 3, 2017.

by Shannon Taysi, Program Specialist / March 21, 2017 (Tuesday)

​Mayor Kelli Linville announced today the recipients of the 38th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards. A reception and awards ceremony honoring the awardees is scheduled for May 3, 2017.

This year the Mayor is honoring a broad range of artists, advocates, organizations, and performances that have significantly contributed to the arts in our community. Award winners were chosen based on nominations submitted by community members.

Mayor's Arts Awards will be presented to the following recipients:

  • Cynthia Zaferatos
  • Bellingham Art Beat - Shannon Laws
  • Homeless in Bellingham Video Series - Fredrick Dent and Lisa Spicer
  • Scott Henderson
  • Bellingham House Concerts - Dan and Victoria Sabo
  • Sonja Max and Oliver Max
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Brend Hunt-Holma
  • Mary Gillilan and Norman Green
  • Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

To learn more about each awardee and their accomplishments, please attend the celebration scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday May 3, 2017 at the Mount Baker Theatre in the Walton Theatre, located at 104 N. Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham.  This ceremony is open to the public.

Cooper Lanza Gallery to auction Jartos collection on April 15 to benefit Conservation Northwest
On the evening of April 15, the major collection of paintings by George Jartos will be auctioned at the Cooper Lanza Gallery, in Fairhaven. Mr. Jartos, of Bellingham, passed away in 2016 at the age of 74 and left much of his work to Conservation Northwest, which will use the proceeds from the art sale to advance the conservation of wildlife and habitat in the Northwest in keeping with the intent of the Jartos will.
The Cooper Lanza Gallery, located at 1415 13th Street, will be open for viewing of the Jartos collection from 3-6:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of that week. Doors will open on Saturday the 15th at 6:00 p.m. There will be 18 large acrylic paintings and two sculptures. Many of the pieces will be subject to a silent auction throughout the week, closing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. About half a dozen paintings will be live-auctioned at 7:00 p.m.

More information: Mitch Friedman,, 206-675-9747 Ext. 113
2017 Faculty Biennial: Thinking Through Making
Western Gallery
March 28 to May 8, 2017
Reception, Wed. April 5 from 5 - 7 p.m.

The exhibit features new visions in all media – ceramics, drawing, graphic design, fibers, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video - from the Department of Design and the Department of Art & Art History faculty.
Elsi Vassdal-Ellis
A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to a small overview exhibition of Professor Elsi Vassdal Ellis’s book works. Vassdal Ellis has produced limited edition and unique books for four decades and exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her books are in the permanent collections of many museums and libraries, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, New Your City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.
Works by
Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour,  Paul Brower, Cynthia Camlin , Nathan Cranston, Christopher Hartshorne, Ryan Kelly, Werner Klotz, Doug Loewen, Joshua McDevitt, Sebastian Mendes, Barbara Miller, Margot Myers, Seiko Purdue, Cara Jaye, Barbara Sternberger, Lisa Turner, and Chris Vargas.

Piano, Guitar & Flute Lessons
Rene's Music and Art has been in business in the Bellingham area since July, 2009. Children can begin piano lessons at the age of four.  I introduce them to a music readiness program, which includes basic musical concepts, singing, and fun with rhythm instruments.    Since every child learns differently, I try to observe how they learn, and approach the instruction from their advantage point.  Emphasis on fun and the life long enjoyment that music can bring. My  specialty is young students ages 4 and up on Piano. I also teach guitar and flute lessons that include Music Theory.  I also give hour lessons, and I will travel to their home, where the child is more comfortable learning. 

For more information, visit Rene's Website:
Call to Artists: SeaFeast

Applications Due June 5, 2017

Bellingham SeaFeast showcases and celebrates our rich marine heritage, thriving working waterfront, commercial fishing and seafood industries, and the culinary bounty of our corner of the Pacific Northwest. People of all ages and ethnicities are invited to come participate in this two-day event that offers various waterfront activities celebrating Bellingham’s marine heritage. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the harvest seasons of Salish Sea seafood to create local, healthy, and delicious family menus.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is coordinating the art booth and activities component of this event with an emphasis on depicting our thriving marine heritage and lively Salish Sea. We invite artists, performers, presenters, & class instructors with a passion for Bellingham’s marine heritage to become a part of SeaFeast. To participate, fill out the application at
Call to Artists: Allied Arts 38th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts
Deadline, April 20, 2017
Allied Arts is now accepting applications for the 38th annual Holiday Festival of the Arts to be held November 17 – December 24, 2017. 

The twofold purpose of our festivals is to encourage and support the creation and sale of locally produced fine art and craft while providing an opportunity to connect artists and craftspeople with the general public. This juried festival pursues top quality original arts and crafts and seeks excellence in presentation. Festival proceeds support the visual arts in the region through Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s general and educational programs, community arts events, gallery shows, and artist resources. 

The Holiday Festival of the Arts is an indoor, 5 week-long festival featuring 100 artisans from our region. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music, workshops for children, artists demonstrating their craft, and even visits from Santa.

We encourage all artists of any level or medium to apply for the Holiday Festival. Applications can be filled out online at or are available in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Downtown Bellingham. 

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x5 or 

We are always striving to ensure we are serving the needs of the community. Help us refine what those needs might be for 2017!

For 38 years, Allied Arts of Whatcom County has been dedicated to the arts in our region by empowering local artists through organized festivals and events, enriching our local school children through educational outreach programs, and working as a liaison to art enthusiasts of all ages to help make our region a creative, vibrant place to live.

Each year, we evaluate our programs and organization to make sure we provide the best services possible. Please take a few minutes to provide your valuable input.