Arts Monthly
August 2017 Edition
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

And now for something completely different...
Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2017 Gallery Series is looking forward to Organic Reaction, a show featuring art from Clarissa Callesen, Richard Dunford, and Jed Huff. The exhibit includes pieces created using recycled material, mixed media and photography to capture the reaction between the organic world and our own. In addition to these works, Courtney Putnam will also have her small encaustic and mixed media work in our display cases this month.

As part of Allied Arts Creative Spaces Program, “The Elopements” will be playing in front of 1414 Cornwall Ave during Art Walk. This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation. 
The Allied Arts Gallery’s goal is to provide a professional space for local established and emerging artists to show and sell their work and sustain the arts in our community. For more information visit or contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or
Did you miss our Annual Community & Membership Meeting?
Lets catch you up! 

When it was: Friday, July 21 at 5:30pm at the Mt. Baker Theatre Encore Room

A quick recap of what we covered

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation 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. Celebrating 38 years!

  • We have Shifted our fiscal year from January thru December to June thru July to better accommodate the large grants we get for our education program (which runs during the school year). This has led to some challenging adjustments in bookkeeping and scheduling, but will be much better for budgeting next year.

  • New 2016-17 Annual Reports are available - Please note due to our record keeping system system, only members current as of December 31, 2016 are listed. Members July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 will be posted on the web site when available.

  • We operated a $480,000 budget- 75% of this goes back to artists in the form of payments for sold art, to teaching artists and performers.

  • Major programs this year included: 30+ Exhibits, 3 Festivals, Arts Education to 8,000 students, our Thrift Store which 5,000 lbs of items from the waste stream,  $25,000 arts marketing plan that included our Arts and Culture Guide 20,000 copies and year round ad campaigns in regional art magazines, advocacy for the arts at the local and state government levels, Fiscal Agent Services to 6 small non-profit art groups and projects. Whew!  

  • New this year - Art as Business Skill Share classes (read more about it below!) and Unity and Equity Plan & education program 

  • How do we do it all? We have 2 full time and 3 part time staff as well as 100s of volunteers and interns, 400+ members and 50+ sponsors and grantors

How can you help us be better in 2017/18?

  • Consider signing up to serve on the board. We are looking for individuals who are interested in serving as a liaison to community with business skills, fundraising, and marketing. If you aren't ready to commit to that, please consider serving on a committee or volunteering.

Thanks for another amazing year! With your help, we know we can make it even better! 
Can you lend a helping hand? 
Call for Volunteers: 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. Allied Arts of Whatcom County is coordinating the art booth and activities component of this event on Saturday September 23. We need volunteers to help with set up, booth assistance, and take down with shifts from 7 am to 7 pm.
Click here: to sign up. 

Call for Volunteers: The Allied Arts Gallery needs volunteers to help out on the First Friday Art Walks and our annual Membership Meeting. The Art Walk shifts are still available for July 7, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1. There are also set up, staffing, and clean up shifts available for our Membership Meeting on Friday July 21 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Click here to sign up. 

Want to have your work in the Allied Arts Gallery in 2018?

Now is the time! 

Applications Due: August 24, 2017
Submission Deadline, 5pm, August 24, 2017

The Allied Arts Gallery is an extension of Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s mission to create and foster an environment in which the arts are an integral part of our community and to support and encourage the arts and artists of Whatcom County.

The 2018 Gallery Series will consist of approximately eight shows, each one a month long, taking place in 2018. Participation is open to all artists in Whatcom County. Membership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County is required and can be obtained at the time of application.
There is no set theme for these shows. All applications will be judged on the basis of design, technical skill, and originality. Exact show dates will be provided upon acceptance.

We encourage all artists of any level to apply for either one or both of these opportunities. You only need one application for either show. Applications will be available starting now and can be obtained online at or in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Ave in Downtown Bellingham. Applications are due no later than 5pm, August 24, 2017 to the Allied Arts Gallery. No email applications will be accepted.

For more information, contact Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or 
Do you like the programs offered by Allied Arts?
Do you think we could do more? Tell us what you think! 

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.
Save the Date: Bellingham SeaFeast, September 22 & 23
Bellingham SeaFeast 2017 is a two-day event on Sept. 22 & 23 promising a setting of endless fun and the fabulous food fare of the surrounding bay and straits. Eat. Play. Explore... And eat some more of our Northwest seafood. Free admission!

Allied Arts is coordinating the art booths for this event, to learn more about this weekend of maritime family fun, check out the ever expanding list of happenings here

Business Art Skill Share Sessions

Business Art Skill Share is a series of arts related workshops, classes, and presentations focused on providing aspiring and low income artists with knowledge, skills, and opportunities. Established artists and art administrators will teach participants how to market their art, use social media for promotion, find funding, create portfolios, frame pieces, set up gallery exhibits, and more. The goal is to give participants the opportunity to take what they’ve learned and exhibit their work through our Creative Spaces Program after taking classes. (Click here for more information about Creative Spaces).
All sessions listed are free and open to all community members!

Business Art Skill Share is funded in part by: 

Call to Artists: Art for a Vibrant Community

Submission Deadline:  August 1st, 2017
Event: Friday, September 1st, 2017 - 6pm to 9pm in the Alley behind Boundary Bay Brewery and Francis Place Apartments

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. “Art for a Vibrant Community” invites you to participate in creating a visual experience of a very real issue within our community. Become a part of this exciting collaboration through your visual art submission to the Art for Homelessness event.

The Art for a Vibrant Community show will be a temporary, outdoor installation, that directly reflects the experience of a life lived in constant transition and at the mercy of the outdoors. The show will take place during the September 1st Downtown Bellingham Art Walk, from 6-9pm. Pieces will be displayed in the outdoor alley and beer garden between Boundary Bay Brewery and Francis Place Apartments. 

For all questions, inquiries, and a full prospectus please email: Jenny Schmidt Events Manager, Boundary Bay Brewery

Saturday, Aug. 5, 1 - 5 pm

Dance Studio, Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden WA

We had sooo much yarn and tools at our June sale, we’re having an encore!

The Jansen is celebrating its 5th anniversary that day, so there will be lots of activities to enjoy, Contact for more information.
BAAY's Summer Smash Open Mic

In partnership with Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth presents the “Summer Smash” celebration! Featuring live open mic performances by BAAY students and alumni, this event will be held in Boundary Bay’s beer garden from 5:00-8:00 PM on August 9th. Admission is free and all are invited to attend this mid-summer party! Beer and food available for purchase.

Location: Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden (1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225)

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 9 from 5:00-8:00 PM

Tickets: admission is free

Call for Art, $1200 in cash prizes!

Skagit Artists invites 2d and 3d artists residing in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties to apply for their Fall/Arts Alive! juried exhibition. Artists do not have to be a member of Skagit Artists to participate. Applications are now being accepted through Cafe' at For any questions email Andy at or Robert at
Help Artist Trust Better Support Artists Like You

Each year, Artist Trust gathers thoughts and ideas from Washington State artists to help us better understand your needs and what’s going on in the field. Participating in the Artist Trust Annual Survey helps us improve services to artists, and better advocate for the needs of artists with other communities and organizations locally, regionally, and nationally.

Taking this confidential survey will not impact Artist Trust grant applications in any way. We welcome everyone to share this survey with their artist friends, family members, and community. One lucky survey taker will be selected in a random drawing and awarded a prize valued up to $100. This award can be applied towards the purchase of materials needed for art making.

The 2017 Artist Trust Annual Survey can be accessed at Responses will be collected until midnight PST on August 30, 2017.
Workshop with James Binnion at BMAG

Bellingham Metal Arts Guild (BMAG), is delighted to announce that James Binnion will be instructing a two-day Salt Water Etching Workshop at our education facility on Sept. 9 & 10, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm. James Binnion is a world renown jeweler designer. 

For more workshop details and to register, visit BMAG online at:

You will find more information about the instructor and his work on his website at:
Bellingham Metal Arts Guild (BMAG) is located in the Harbor Mall at: 2620 North Harbor Loop Dr., Suite #6, Bellingham, WA 98225. Free parking; handicapped accessible.

Phone: (360) 671-1393
2017 Amateur Chalk Art Festival