Arts Monthly
August 2016 Edition
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Camps and Classes Galore
Fill your summer with creativity!

Upcoming Workshops @ Ragfinery
Sewing Bootcamp
Dates: Saturdays, August 6th and 13th 10:00am-1pm (two consecutive Saturdays)
Learn to upcycle your own clothes in this beginning sewing "bootcamp" series! 
Instructor: Brigitte Parra
Cost: $75

Mosaic Nuno Felt Tunic
Date: Saturday August 27th, 10am-5pm
The lightweight, yet rich textures of this tunic make it so fun to wear! 
Instructor: Patti Barker
Cost: $115

Introduction to Weaving
Date: Saturdays September 3, 10, 17th 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Note: This class runs three consecutive Saturdays. The first Saturday session will end at noon, and the 2nd and 3rd will end at 1pm.
Learn to weave using a floor loom with Aurora Lindquist!
Instructor: Aurora Lindquist
Cost: $88

No Sew Braided Rugs
Date: Wednesday September 14th, 6:30-8:30pm
Come learn how to craft a beautiful no sew braided rug. 
Instructor: Kirsten Wert
Cost: $22

Date: Saturday, September 17th, 1:00-4:30pm
Crafting doesn't need to be a lonely endeavor at Ragfinery's crafternoons! 
Note: Crafternoon is open to all ages. Accompaniment by adult required for those under 13.
Instructor: None
Cost: FREE!

Upcycled Dream Catchers
Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 6:30-8:30pm
According to some American Indian traditions, dream catchers have mystical and magical powers to capture and hold bad dreams to keep them from returning, and feathered fringes to help the good dreams drift back into our minds. 
Instructor: Patti Barker
Cost: $22

Open Craft Night
Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 6:00-8:00pm
Come craft in community at Ragfinery's Open Craft Night! 
Cost: FREE!

Sylvia Center for the Arts' Studio Theater Opens Offering Acting and Movement Classes and Workshops 
Just a few weeks after iDiOM's final show at its original location on Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham's 'Little Theater That Could' has launched a pilot program of theater arts classes in the newly-completed studio theater portion of Bellingham's new home for locallymade performing arts: Sylvia Center for the Arts.

The new educational offerings at Sylvia Center include one-to-five-day workshops as well as ongoing weekly drop-in classes. The studio theater, which features a sprung wood dance floor, is also available for hourly or daily rental for classes or rehearsals at affordable rates - interested parties can email for more information.

(with more programs to be added: see our website for more info)

Introduction to Margolis Method, taught by Ian Bivins (BAAY)
Saturdays, ongoing: 1pm to 4pm, $35 per class, discounts for ongoing enrollment.

Myths, Masks & Puppetry: 'The Anansi Stories', taught by Suzanne Mackay, Keefe Healy & Amanda Timmins (Firefly Productions)
Ages 7-13, Five-Day Workshop, Monday-Friday, Aug 15-19: 10am-2pm, $200 ($180 tuition, $20 materials)

Introduction to Suzuki Method, taught by Rich Brown (WWU - 2015 WA Professor of the Year) Five-Day Workshop: Monday-Friday, Aug 29 to Sep 2, 7pm to 10pm, $180 regular/$150 student

Classes and Drop-In Sessions at Tillie Lace Gallery
Saturday Life Drawing Group
2 - 5 pm | $15 drop-in
Friday Morning Drop-in Painting Class
10 am - 12:30 pm | $40
Punch cards available: $380 for 10 classes

Expressive Painting (all levels)
Date: August 8-12, 9 AM - 1 PM
Price: $400 (includes model fee)
In this week-long workshop, Cooper will cover the fundamentals of oil painting in a fun and fast paced environment! Learn how to paint in Cooper's expressive style using oil paints. The class will focus on painting portraits from a reference. 
We will go over how to light a portrait for the best shadow shapes. We will shoot and print the photographs on site, experimenting with different compositions and lighting. We will work with the photo reference we take.Learning values, contrast and lighting. On the last day, we will paint from a live costumed model.  In this class we will also learn to analytically critique our work and the work of our peers. On the last day of class, we will spend our final hour with a critique and clean up.

Alla Prima Painting (all levels) 
Date: September 10 - 11, 9 AM -1 PM  Price: $175 (includes model fee)  This workshop will focus on Alla Prima portrait painting. Alla Prima is Italian for "wet on wet." We will work on two paintings in this workshop. On the first day we will photograph portraits of ourselves in a lit environment to learn how to understand how shadows are created and why shadow shapes are so important to creating form and likeness. Students will hard copy their photos and work from these references on the first day. The second day students work from a live model. This is an oil painting  class that is great for all levels. Cooper will teach the basic fundamentals of oil painting. This includes how to mix pigments. So if you are a beginner... JUMP IN!
Other Exhibits Also Curated by Allied Arts Gallery

Lanny Little
Downtown Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial Street, Downtown Bellingham
Thru August: Local muralist and landscape painter Lanny Little

Hotel Bellwether  
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru August: If you missed our
Nature  exhibit at our gallery, catch a smaller version of it at the Hotel Bellwether. Featuring work by Shawn Pagels, Nancy Canyon, and Dedrian Clark.

Joy Olney
Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru September: Landscape oil painter Joy Olney

Request for Qualifications

Artwork Opportunity
The City of Bellingham is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install an artistic fence and possibly a new gate as part of an expansion to the water treatment plant located at 1720 Silver Beach Road, Bellingham, WA (Parcel number 380328177195) near Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham, WA.
$170,000 is available for design, materials, fabrication and installation of the artwork.
Submission Due Date: August 12, 2016 by 5pm
Submit to:
City of Bellingham
Bellingham Arts Commission
Attn: Shannon Taysi
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Whatcom Museum Celebrates 75 Years of Art, Nature, and History
at Free Open House Event
Thursday, August 11, 12pm - 8pm

The Whatcom Museum celebrates 75 years of bringing art, nature, and history to Bellingham with an open house celebration on Thursday, August 11, 2016. All three buildings on the Museum's campus-the Lightcatcher Building, Old City Hall, and Syre Education Center-will be open, free of charge, noon-8pm. The celebration, sponsored by Peoples Bank, will include a variety of activities, including exhibition and building tours, art activities for adults and children, live music in the Lightcatcher and Old City Hall, a sidewalk chalk art contest, food trucks, cake, and more! Mayor Kelli Linville will make welcoming remarks at the Lightcatcher courtyard at 3pm.

"The Whatcom Museum is proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary," said Executive Director Patricia Leach. "We are committed to continuing the legacy of providing art and history to the community for the next 75 years."

The Museum will also highlight newly designed history exhibits in Old City Hall. Using items from the Museum's collection and extensive photographic archives, these exhibits will tell the stories of Bellingham. Old City Hall will come alive through an orientation theater that will take visitors on an audio-visual journey spanning the building's 124-year history, as well as the city's early civic and political evolution. A new maritime history gallery featuring Bellingham's waterfront will give an overview of Bellingham Bay's history, from early steam ships, to fisheries, to notable schooners that sailed the bay.
"We've been working hard with a team of staff to prepare stories and items from our collection for these new history exhibits," Leach said, "which we look forward to debuting at our celebration event."

For more information about the Whatcom Museum's 75th Anniversary Open House Celebration, including a schedule of events, visit
The Whatcom Museum's three building campus includes the Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street, Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, and the Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect Street. For additional information about the Museum's hours, admission, membership, and offerings, visit 
Kirkland SummerFest Call to Artist 

Kirkland SummerFest: the city's premiere summer festival of art, music, food, and family fun on the waterfront. On August 13th, Kirkland will celebrate its largest festival featuring visual and performing arts, kids activities, and live entertainment, with over 100 vendors and food trucks on the streets of downtown: This is Kirkland at its best.
This year 45 Artists will be selected to exhibit as a group in the Lake Street Parking lot. SummerFest over the past 5 years has drawn 30-40,000 attendees; the Lake Street Parking Lot is at the center of all activities for the SummerFest weekend.

Unique to this festival, artists booths will operate Saturday only from 11-7p

Arts & Craft Vendor Space: 10x10: $200 10x20: $400

To apply go to: 
Aug 1st (extended from June 30th) APPLICATION DEADLINE
Downtown Sounds 
Wednesdays during July 6 - August 3

Sponsored by The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf Professional, is a series of free, outdoor concerts for the entire family celebrated in the Arts District on the 1300 block of Bay Street. Each night will feature performances by popular bands, local food vendors, and a 21+ beverage garden supported by Boundary Bay Brewery. Downtown Sounds continues to grow in its 13th year, firmly cementing its place as Whatcom County's biggest urban outdoor music festival. Visit their website for more information.

Hello from Jesse Larsen
Many of you know me through my print business, JessePrints, I'm the old gal with the print and magnet collection at Allied Arts Shows, and the Little Red Art Cart at the Saturday market.

This year, I have returned to my first loves - writing and teaching - and am considering new options for JessePrints. People have been loving my work for more than 25 years on both sides of the country and all over the world on Etsy, and I have every reason to believe that my collection has the potential to make money. I have poured tons of energy into creating JessePrints but have never had the financing necessary to make it grow. Ideally I will find someone with great entrepreneurial skills and energy plus a few dollars for supplies to take over the business and marketing end of JessePrints, make it go, and share the profits.

JessePrints consists of a large collection of block prints, 150-200 upcycled paper ready-to-frame art prints, and a print/image-pair collection on cards, magnets, posters and prints. These collections are housed in a small studio located just 1/2 block from Bellingham Farmers' Market in downtown Bellingham. Besides the Little Red Art Cart that I (and then my helpers) used to wheel down to the market and back, the studio holds everything necessary for the production, packing, and shipping of all of JessePrints products, as well as some show display materials.

Cards and posters are wholesale money makers, even with my primitive methods, and hold tremendous possibilities for scaling. Right now, someone with energy could be doing wholesale as well as retail craft shows and markets, and whipping up more of both wholesale and retail sales on Etsy. The potential is huge because lots of people really love my work. Production could be done by publishing companies, but it can also be done in dining rooms and on card tables. The work of filling large orders is gentle, methodical, and quiet, which makes it doable by people of a variety of ages and abilities.
My work is all about inspiration, self-love, and courage building. This makes it timeless, and it is especially relevant and important now, when so many peoples' spirits are so seriously strained.... My life-long interest in justice makes me dream of new, more directly and progressive political work. Propoganda for our side...

I am open to any and all suggestions for how I might pass JessePrints along to someone with the energy to make it go. Right now it needs an Allied Arts membership, printer toner, and entrepreneurial skills and energy.

Check out my Etsy page and my website (a wobbly work in progress). If you have any interest or ideas, let's talk. Make me an offer. Let's negotiate ways to share the risk and make something good happen for both of us and the world, even if we just grow the business enough for it to be sold for something that makes us both smile.
Or what else? If you're interested, I'm interested. Please tell me what you think.

Thanks for reading this.
Jesse Larsen

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