Arts Monthly
December  2016 Edition
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Winter Hours
Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and office will be closed Mondays throughout November and December. We will also be closed Thanksgiving Day and December 24 - January 1.

Classes around town

Upcoming Workshops @ Ragfinery
In-Depth Descriptions and Registration at

Green Eileen Pop-Up Shop
Dates: December 3, 1-3pm

FREE: The Stocking Project
Dates: December 3, 1-3pm
Instructors: Jeni Cottrell and Harold Niven
Cost: Free

Contemporary Shibori Dying
Dates: December 10th, 1:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Seiko Purdue
Cost: $40

After Hours Shopping and Crafting
Dates: December 7th & 14th 5-8pm, December 15th &16th 5-9pm
Note that no sewing support is provided for crafting.

The Foundary Classes

3D Modeling Crash Course
Dates: December 3, 1-4pm
Members $30, Non-members $45

Light Up Seasonal Card Making
Dates: December 8, 3:30pm
Members $7, Non-members $15

Ornament Embossing Workshop
Dates: December 10, 1-2;30pm
Members $12.50 Non-members $16

Beginning Mosaic Classes
$98 per person for a 5 hour class

And some more arts events! 

Though December 31, 2016 Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates at the Lightcatcher The result of seven years of fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, and showcasing the photographic techniques Susan Middleton has developed over the past three decades, this exhibition presents 50 portraits of rarely or never-before-seen ocean dwellers. Middleton visually isolates each creature she photographs to best capture its individual character and to spotlight the dazzling natural blueprints inherent in the marine invertebrate realm of life. From a juvenile Pacific Giant Octopus, to the Widehand Hermit Crab, Middleton's images open our eyes to both the fragility and the resiliency of these species.

Through January 15, 2017 National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs at the Lightcatcher Building The Whatcom Museum will open a major traveling exhibition this fall, National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs, in the Lightcatcher building, the only West Coast stop of the national tour. The exhibition, which showcases some of National Geographic's most compelling photographs, runs through January 15, 2017. From Steve McCurry's unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols' iconic image of Jane Goodall with a chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie's never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine's most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history. 

December 2, Waterfront Artists' Studio: Winter Celebration of the Arts During the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk, the artists of The Waterfront Artist Studios will fling open their studio doors in celebration of the on-coming Winter Season. Enter in and enjoy the varied ways creativity manifests itself through the hands of these uniquely talented artists. Acoustic guitar and violin music for evening will be provided by Elizabeth Elton and Jean Rogers. December 2, 6-10. 1220 Central Ave.

December 2, First Friday at the Co-op: Feed Your Head Every First Friday, the Co-op Feeds Your Head with local art, music, and food! ART: Kellie Becker. MUSIC: Orb Trio. Urban Funkenjazz for the Modern World. Adrian Clarke on guitar, Roger Yamashita on bass, and Joel Litwin on drums. FOOD: Tasty tidbits and sips throughout the store including Gingerbread Cloud Cake from the Co-op bakery.

December 2, 6th Annual Holiday Make Sale Holiday art/craft market with local makers & open studios during the December art walk. 6pm to 10pm at the Make.Shift.

December 2-4, Holiday Port Festival at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal  Local music, gingerbread house display, apple cider, Alaska Ferry Tours and more!

December 4, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Presents: Holiday Magic at the Mount Baker Theatre Choral music returns to our annual holiday celebration! Join us for an afternoon of holiday choral favorites. We will also feature the holiday classic "The Snowman," playing on the screen while we accompany it with the orchestral score - a terrific way to introduce your kids to the joys of classical music. (And by kids, we mean kids of all ages!) The show starts at 3pm.

December 6, WWU AS Presents: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Mount Baker Theatre Presented by WWU AS Productions, this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour showcases the very best mountain filmmakers, allowing you to experience the stories that inspire us to continue exploring our environments. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.Tickets are available for purchase at the Western Washington University Box Office. They can be purchased in person, over the phone, or online at

December 9, Ballet Bellingham Presents: The Nutcracker This holiday season, prepare to be transported on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. From the heroic battle against the Mouse Queen, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes, and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where you will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and be entertained by dances from around the world. Choreographed by Artistic Director Jessica Crook, with gorgeous costumes and beautiful dancing-all to the classic Tchaikovsky score. The show starts at 7:30pm at the Mount Baker Theatre.

December 13, Squalicum High School Presents: Storm Music Extravaganza! At the Mount Baker Theatre Come join us for a great evening of music as the Squalicum High School Music Department takes the stage at the Mt. Baker Theatre! From Jazz Band to Treble Choir to Chamber Orchestra, you will hear from every ensemble in the SqHS Choir, Band & Orchestra programs, with a full symphony & choir piece to close the concert. Come celebrate one of your community's four high schools as they put on the "Storm Music Extravaganza!" Tickets are also available for purchase at Squalicum High School or from Squalicum High School students.

December 15, WinterFest Gifts Inspired by Nature Join us at Whatcom Land Trust on North Commercial Street for a cup of cocoa and soft music by Swing Set while you shop directly from local artisans. Featured artists include John D'Onofrio, Andrea Gabriel, Mark Turner, Ginger Oppenheimer and AnnMarie Cooper to name a few. Free all-natural gift wrapping provided and a portion of sales benefit Whatcom Land Trust's work preserving and protecting the Nature of Whatcom County.

December 16, OPUS Performing Arts Presents: Winter White Looking for a holiday ballet performance accessible to the entire family? Opus Performing Arts presents a concert in Winter White, performed by Opus Performing Arts' ballet students. Winter White combines scenes from classical ballets, including "Waltz of the Snowflakes" from The Nutcracker and variations from Giselle, La Bayadere, Les Sylphides, and Don Quixote. 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre.

December 17, Gallery Tours at the Jansen Art Center The 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sarah Clark-Langager, the former director of the Western Washington University Gallery, gives free exhibit tours to visitors. Come explore and learn about regional artists and their work.

Northwest Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Four chances and choices!  Opening Night- McIntyre Hall --- December 17(Sat) 7:30pm  Opening Matinee- McIntyre Hall --- December 18(Sun) 2:00pm (see Buffet Info below) Final Night- Mount Baker Theatre---December 23(Fri) 7:30pm Final Matinee- Mount Baker Theatre---December 24(Sat) 2pm (1-2pm Treats in Encore Room for kids)

December 19-21, Winter Art Camp: Fantastical Felt Hats at BAAY! Join Natalia Robinson of Feral Felt and learn how to create your own felt hat. Students will learn the processes of felting, hat design, and basic millinery. If you can imagine it, you can sculpt and create it using the softest wool available. Every child will finish class with their very own handmade fantastical felt hat! This camp runs from December 19-21 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM each day, and registration is available at

December 19-22, Craft with Elf Heidi at Bellewood Acres School is out for Christmas break. Let Elf Heidi entertain your children while you shop and eat.  From 11:00-2:00 p.m., Heidi will lead crafts, coloring and other activities for children while holiday movies play on the big screen.

December 28-30, Winter Art Camp: Mixed Media Masks at BAAY! Imagine that you are in a warm tropical place during this winter art camp! Students ages 10-16 will learn about the French post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, the location of Tahiti and a brief history of Tikis. Art instructor Rachel Simpson will help students create their own Tiki masks made with colored paper and paints to take home! This camp runs from December 28-30 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. each day and registration is available at

Artist Opportunities 

Film Opportunity: 2017 Snowdance Film Festival  Filmmakers from around the country are invited to submit films related to the theme "Journeys," and winners will be awarded a five-day stay in the Village (February 20th-24th, 2017) for themselves and one guest. Submissions must be postmarked by December 12. Visit the website for more information.

Teaching an art lesson (mixed ages or specific age group) at Lopez Island Family Resource Center. If interested, contact Patsy Haber for information about teaching during their summer class program 360 468 4119, or

Directors Corner

We have had a few changes around Allied Arts:
  • A big thank you to John Sands for serving on the board and as treasurer for the past 5 years. His management and financial expertise were essential in getting is on the right track.
  • We welcome Courtney Rambo to the board. Her marketing skills and enthusiasm will be a great asset to our team.
  • Congratulations to Erika Hagiiwa on becoming an AmeriCorps Vista member.
  • We have Winter Hours for the Gallery, Thrift Store and Office: Tuesdays-Fridays 10:00-5:00 and Saturday 12:00-5:0. Closed:: Sundays and Mondays, Thanksgiving, and December 24-January 1st.
There was a happy line of people waiting at the door as the 37th Annual Holiday Festival opened last Friday. We love hearing everyone's stories of past festival stories and brags about the number of times they have been to the festival.
  • Katy, Judy and Julia have done a great job getting the festival up and running. We welcome Sacha Bliese as our second assistant manager of the festival, and cashiers: Shelley Tuttle, Rachel Simpson, Kato Voorhees, Irene Lawson and Lisa Mackie.
  • We are thrilled that the festival is located in the same beautiful building as the past two years at 4145 Meridian Street next to the Burlington Store.
  • It is open seven days a week from 10:00-7:00, except closed Thanksgiving and closing at 3:00 on December 24th.
  • Consider volunteering: Looking for something fun to do over the holidays? We could use some at the festival on the weekends. Check out the Volunteer sign up at the bottom of the Holiday Festival web page
  • Great performances and kids activities at the Holiday Festival. A schedule of events is also located on the web page at
Please consider supporting arts in your community through an end-of-year contribution to Allied Arts. You can help support such programs as arts in our schools, community festivals, and providing art supplies to those who cannot afford them.

Have a wonderful holiday season and get out and enjoy the arts in Whatcom County!

Its that time of year again! Click the image above to get the latest details about participating artists, kids activities and musical performances! 
Other Exhibits Also Curated by Allied Arts Gallery

Downtown Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial Street, Downtown Bellingham
Thru December: If you missed our Splendid Sunsets  exhibit at the Allied Arts Gallery, catch a smaller version of it featuring work from Pam Heward, David Eisenhower, Jeanne McGee and Heidi Wood.

Hotel Bellwether  
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru December: Works from local photographer Alan Sanders.

Giuseppe's Al Porto: Italian Restaurant 
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru December: Landscape Painter Laura Hansen.
Call to Artists: Annual Member's Show 2017
Drop off your work at Allied Arts Gallery:
 Monday and Tuesday, January 2 & 3, 2017
Exhibit Dates:  January 6 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception:  Friday, January 6, 2017
Allied Arts of Whatcom County will host its 

Annual Member's Show. Participation is open to all current Allied Arts Members at any level of membership. Artists may sign up for membership when they drop of their work.

All pieces of work may not exceed 30 inches in any direction and work meant to hang must have a wire or hook in place to easily hang it. Sculpture or items meant to stand on a pedestal/table will be permitted but we have very limited space. If you would like to bring sculpture, please discuss your work with Katy Tolles (360-676-8548 ext. 2 or by  e-mail) to have it approved before you drop it off. Sculpture not approved by Allied Arts Staff may be turned away on drop off day.

Submission forms are available online in PDF form here ( 2017 Members Show Form) or in the Allied Arts Gallery (1418 Cornwall Ave). Artists may drop off their work Monday or Tuesday, January 2nd  & 3rd, 2017, 10am to 5pm. Depending on the response, Allied Arts may need to limit the number of pieces submitted for the show and will consider first come, first accepted.

This show will run from January 6 - 28, 2017. Allied Arts is a non-profit gallery, proceeds from sales go to support the arts in our community.

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 360-676-8548 ext. 2 or  e-mail.
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6 x 6 is an annual fundraiser exhibition at Dakota Gallery that showcases works made by the community of Bellingham, all completed on a 6 x 6 inch surface. We are now accepting submissions for the exhibition, opening Friday, December 2nd at 6 pm. 


*NOTE* There will be no December board meeting.
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