Arts Monthly
April, 2016
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County

April 1 during the Downtown Art Walk, come check out the future home of Bellingham's new performing arts center: Sylvia Center for the Arts.
205 Prospect St, 
Downtown Bellingham


-ART from Allied Arts' RARE - a recycled art & resource expo.,

-MUSIC by Deakin Hicks (6-8pm),


-CRAFT MARKET featuring local vendors,

-SQUARE DANCE with Lucas Hicks (8-10pm) with Cake Walk/Pickle Walks,

plus information about the Sylvia Center project and the road ahead.

Still seeking crafters,  click here to apply for a booth

April 1-3

The first Bellingham Music Film Festival (BMFF) announces the schedule for live music and film programming of music-inspired films. The festival will be April 1-3, 2016 at the Pickford Film Center and Make.Shift Art Space in the Arts District in downtown Bellingham. BMFF is a celebration of music through the medium of film, with selected films screenings to include music videos, shorts and feature length documentaries and narratives. The festival will provide a space for the community, filmmakers and music lovers to enjoy curated films and music, network, and win awards, all while supporting local non-profits organizations.

The festival will include a wide range of film formats to be exhibited with the heart of the festival powered by bands and live music. No matter the venue, category, or artist, we will be witnessing the power of music - the ultimate goal of Bellingham Music Film Festival.

For more information and a detailed schedule of the festival

hosted by Artist Trust

Submitting a Competitive Grant Application
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9 am - 12 pm at Make.Shift (306 Flora St.)
Are you interested in applying for Artist Trust's $1500 GAP award? Do you have questions about how to submit effective work samples, a strong budget, or a compelling project description? What about the panel process, or something else entirely? Join Owen David, Artist Trust's Grants to Artists Program Coordinator, for a 3-hour workshop about this year's GAP cycle and participate in a Q&A panel with Artist Trust grant recipients Pam Kuntz, Roberto Ascalon, and Esther de Monteflores.
Instructor: Owen David
$35 / $30 for AT members
More info  / Register 

Photographing Your Work Samples: The Specs + Tech
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1 pm - 4 pm at Make.Shift (306 Flora St.)
It's GAP season at Artist Trust! Strong work samples are key to competitive grant applications. This workshop, with 20-plus-year professional photographer Michelle Bates, is a comprehensive introduction to what it takes to photograph your artwork and work samples to get the results you want. Topics covered during the demo shooting section are: appropriate cameras, lenses, tripods, lights, and backgrounds. Well also discuss digital file types, when to use film, digital competition submissions, ways to print your images for sale, and how to sell them online.
Instructor: Michelle Bates
$35 / $30 for AT members
More info / Register

Mixed-Media Meets Steampunk! 
May 17th at Whatcom Community College
May 17th - June 7th, Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm, Ages 15 - Adults
Instructor: Rachel Simpson
Take a blank canvas and transform it into a creative work of steampunk altered art! In this workshop, you'll create a mixed-media painting while utilizing a variety of techniques such as collage, antiquing, blackened canvas, photo transfers, and the use of found objects on canvas. Your finished painting will reflect an eclectic steampunk style and you'll leave with a treasure trove of skills to use on your next project. Prerequisite: basic art skills; experience in painting not required. Artists ages 15 and up are welcome to join.
Register Here
Click the image below to learn about all the workshops, exhibits and performances going on during RARE! 

Other Exhibits Also Curated by Allied Arts Gallery
Sandy Carpenter

Downtown Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial Street, Downtown Bellingham
Thru April:  Annie Prevost and Sandy Carpenter will be displaying their colorfulinterpretations of the world around us.

Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru May: Michael Heath and Tom McCalla will display their watercolor landscapes depicting local scenes.

Kenni Merritt
Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru April: Local scenes captured by photographers John D'Onofrio and Kenni Merritt. 

Call to Artists for: 37th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts
Applications Due April 21, 2016 

Allied Arts is now accepting applications for the 37th annual Holiday Festival of the Arts to be held November 18 - December 24, 2016. 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. The deadline for applications is 5pm, April 21, 2016!

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x5 or
Call to Artists: SeaFeast
Applications Due: June 3rd, 2016
Event Date: October 1st (times TBD)
Bellingham SeaFeast showcases and celebrates our rich maritime heritage and thriving arts community. Allied Arts of Whatcom County is coordinating the art booth and activities component of the event. It will consist of a variety of arts related activities, around 30 artist and information booths. Allied Arts is in charge of coordinating the artist and information booths only.  This festival is in place of Bellstock held last year.

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