Arts Monthly
December 2017
Its the most wonderful time of the year!
Oh what fun! Allied Arts of Whatcom County invites you to come celebrate the season with the 38 th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts is a five week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople. The affordable, locally handmade products range from jewelry, paintings, wearable art, specialty foods, and art from found materials. 

December Gallery Exhibit - Holiday Festival
Other Allied Arts Exhibits
At Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Through October: Watercolor Artists Tom McCallah and Michael Heath.
Help improve our programs and Opportunities

Can you help bring regionally renowned cultural performers to the Fairhaven Green?

We are on the countdown to the end of 2017!
This End of the Year Campaign, Allied Arts of Whatcom County is asking for your help to  raise funds for our programs including our new Cultural Arts Festival to celebrate the diverse cultures of Whatcom County in Fairhaven, June 21-13, 2018.
Make you donation before December 31 and be included in our Annual Report listing. .

Can you lend a helping hand? 
Call for Volunteers

The 38th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts needs volunteers to help with children's art activities, customer service and special events during the festival. Even a half hour makes a huge difference! There are shifts from November 13 thru December 27 available! Click here to sign up.

A half an hour during take-down can be a huge help. Monday December 26th 10:00am-noon we need help taking down the ornaments and trees, packing up the kids art supplies, moving equipment back to the gallery, collecting sandwich boards and banners, taking down window garland and lights, cleaning off window decals, sweeping up and garbage collection!
Sculpture Northwest at the Allied Arts Gallery
January 5 - 26, 2017

Sculpture Northwest will host a group show for their Associate Sculptors at the Allied Arts Gallery in downtown Bellingham. The show will open on Friday January 5, 2018 with the monthly Art Walk from 6 to 10 PM.

We look forward to showing Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom regions the fine work of Their professional Associate Sculptors.

For more information visit:
Whatcom Community Foundation Fundraiser
A Whatcom Community Foundation fundraiser that offers a rare opportunity to purchase fine and folk art from the 50 year world-wide collection of George and Mary Ann Drake. A preview of the over 500 available works.
  • Garden Vessel, Clayton James, Stoneware. (LaConner)
  • Mount Assiniboine, Jack Lee McLean, oil on board (Canada)
  • Red, White and Yellow, Rouviere Lebonnois, oil on canvas (France)
  • Log Cabin, Gary Sirguy, Batik (Whatcom County)
  • Crossing Guide, Jose Trinidad, oil on canvas (Philippines)
  • Inca Memories, Wari Zarate-Gutierrez, oil on textile (Peru)
  • Peonies, Frank Tam, Oil on canvas, (Canada)
  • Untitled, Michael Jacobsen, granite and basalt, (Bellingham)
  • Helen Keller, Yousuf Karsh, signed original photograph, (Canada)
  • Unknown, 19th Century Temple carving (China).
  • King Goblin, Helen Loggie, etching, Bellingham
  • Parent and Child Playing, Geert Maas, stoneware, (Canada)
  • Wolf/owl, Jason R. Brown, forged/hammered steel, (Bellingham)
  • Bird Apartment House, Chris Pauley, steel, (Bellingham)
  • Salmon, Jack Ferrell, stoneware tiles, (Anacortes)

Sale opens Friday, December 1, 6-10 pm at Localgroup Studio, 227 Prospect Street in Bellingham and continues December 2-3 from 12-5 pm, and December 4-7 from 3-7 pm.

Admission opening night only $10 per person ($15 per couple) by your donation to the Whatcom Community Foundation.
Allied Arts Member's Show
February 2 - 24, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, Februray 2, 6pm – 9pm
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12 to 5pm

Allied Arts of Whatcom County will host its 2017 Members Show in January. Participation is open to all current Allied Arts Members at any level of membership. Visit for more information about how to submit your work for this show.

The Member’s Show will feature work from nearly 100 Allied Arts members, including professional artists, students, and new or emerging artists. Works presented will range from traditional paintings to photography to contemporary sculptures and everything in between.

Allied Arts is a non-profit gallery, proceeds from sales go to support the arts in our community.

For more information visit or contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or
Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking for a gift for that hard-to-shop-for artist or arts enthusiast?

Consider an annual Membership or Gift Certificate to Allied Arts. M embers of Allied Arts of Whatcom County, you will receive discounts to local businesses and many other perks that can be viewed on our website. Gift Certificates can be used at the Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and Holiday Festival of the Arts! Order now!
Allied Arts Marketing Opportunities for Artists, Businesses and Organizations
Allied Arts of Whatcom County has some wonderful tools to help market your art related business or event. 

Here's how: 
  • Members can sign up for a listing on our Artist Directory
  • Submit your event to our Event Calendar. Listings from this calendar are also used for our monthly Art Talk segment on local radio station KMRE 102.3FM and BTV10.
  • Email information about your event to newsletter wizard, Katy Tolles, at Materials must be received by the 15th of the month to be included in the following month's newsletter.
2018 Calendar of Allied Arts Events and Application Deadlines
If application information is not currently on the linked pages, please check back, pages are updated regularly to reflect the current status of the event.

Annual Membership Show February 2— 24, 2018 No jury, Art Drop off 1/29 & 1/30

Arts and Culture Guide May 2018—April 2019 App Due 2/9/18

Whatcom READS! Art Exhibit March 2—31, 2018 No jury, Art Drop off 2/26 & 2/27

Recycled Arts Resource Expo -RARE Friday - Saturday, April 6 & 7 App due 3/1/18

Whatcom Cultural Festival Friday– Sunday, June 22-24 App Due 4/19/18
Holiday Festival of the Arts November 16—December 24 App Due 4/19/18

2019 Gallery & Community Exhibits Monthly exhibits in 2019 App Due 8/23/18

Bellingham SeaFeast September 21 & 22 Application Deadline TBA
Thank you for your continued support of Allied Arts of Whatcom County. Please take a moment to fill out our Survey of Our Value Within the Community. The purpose of this survey is to determine the needs of our community.
Want to find out about more great art events and opportunities happening in December throughout Whatcom County? Check out our Events Calendar!