Arts Monthly
February 2019
There is always in February some one day, at least, when one smells the yet distant, but surely coming, summer.

-Gertrude Jekyll
Annual Member's Show
Drop off your work at Allied Arts Gallery: Monday & Tuesday, January 28 & 29, 2019
Exhibit Dates: February 1 - 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019, 6 - 9pm

Assistant ASC Gracen Tolles (shown at left) will not be helping hang this year's Member's Show. She has proven to be an unpredictable employee and has been put on administrative leave (at daycare).

Allied Arts Members at any level of membership may exhibit one piece of work in our gallery for the month of February. Artists may sign up for or renew their membership when they drop of their work.

Work submitted 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 or in the Allied Arts Gallery (1418 Cornwall Ave). 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.

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 360-676-8548 ext. 2 or e-mail
WhatcomREADS Art Challenge
Drop off your piece to the Allied Arts Gallery: Monday & Tuesday, February 25 & 26, 2019
Exhibit dates: March 1 - 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019, 6pm - 9pm

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is excited to be collaborating again in March 2019 with Whatcom READS by hosting a community art exhibit inspired by the novel “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. Artwork will be on display during the month of March at the Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s gallery in downtown Bellingham.

To participate:
1.) Read the book “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. Books are available to borrow at any Bellingham and Whatcom County Library or for purchase at Village Books.
2.) Create an art piece inspired by the book.
3.) Submit the entry form found here with with your work on Monday or Tuesday, February 25 or 26, 2019.

Membership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County is not required to submit art work. Works will not be juried. All mediums, genres, and skill levels are welcome to participate in the exhibit. Space is limited and items will be showed on a first come, first hung basis. Limit one piece per person. Entry forms can be obtained at the Allied Arts Gallery downtown (1418 Cornwall Ave) or online at Applications will include an explanation on how the book inspired your art. Click the link for the entry form.

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Upcoming Business Art Skill Share Sessions
Sessions will be held at the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham. Sessions are free to attend and made possible by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation.

Registration is not required but is greatly appreciated so materials can be prepared accordingly. Register Here!
The Power of Art and Creativity with Louise Magno
Thursday, February 7, 5pm - 7pm
I have created a class that looks at the Power of Art and Creativity in our lives, from my personal experience, my teaching experience, and my research.
Artist Professionals: Preparing your Website Portfolio 101 with Rachel Simpson
Thursday, February 21, 4pm - 6pm
Participants will learn how to market themselves and their artwork in a variety of ways via their web sites.
19th Annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
BHRFF is an occasion for our community to explore critical rights issues together and to deliberate how we might respond to promote human rights near and far. What are rights, what are universal human rights – and what do we do? Such questions are at the core of BHRFF and why we are happy to continue in a second decade of bringing insightful and inspiring films to Bellingham.

For nineteen years, community members committed to human rights have cooperatively researched and screened many films, discussed and deliberated in order to come up with a compelling lineup, and voluntarily organized and presented a vibrant festival, that today encompasses ten days and about twenty films.

This year Allied Arts is sponsoring one of the films, Burkinabe Rising, playing Sat February 23, 7:30 pm at the Fairhaven College Auditorium. About Burkinabe Rising: Burkina Faso, a small landlocked country in West Africa, is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, and engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit behind a popular insurrection that overturned dictatorship.

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Cascadia International Women's Film Festival
A Silent Film Series presented by CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: VISIONS & VOICES film series. February films include "The Red Kimona," "The Curse of Quon Gwon" and "Mixed Pets." Films screen at 2 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre (104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham) Encore Room. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students with ID (+ $1.25 historical venue fee) and can be purchased through Mount Baker Theatre. There will be audience discussion with a film professional after the screening. 

Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room: Women's History Month Kick-off with Festival Official Film Selection Announcement evening. No admission. We will announce film titles, show film trailers and talk about the festival. Board members need to plan to be there.

Friday, March 8, 7 p.m. Firehouse in Fairhaven: Visions and Voices film series, the final film of the series; American Association of University Women (AAUW) may host a reception following the film. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students with ID and available at Brown Paper Tickets. More information at

SAVE THE DATE! Our main film festival is Thursday-Sunday, April 11-14, 2019 Main Film at Festival Pickford Film Center plus special events at additional locations in Bellingham. Special guest Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker whose name will be announced at our private screening of "Afghan Cycles" on Jan. 17. More details coming soon.

Doña Martha: Francia Orozco & Candida Delgadillo at Make.Shift
For the month of February Make.Shift Gallery invites you to enjoy our newest exhibit, Doña Martha, featuring paintings from local artists Francia Orozco and Candida Delgadillo. Francia and Candida create stunning and colorful portraits. Francia’s work often depicts images of women surrounded by animals and symbols of “la muerte” (or death), and positioned against a surrealist background. Candida illustrates emotive faces framed by bright splashes of color and repeating patterns. Both artists capture the vulnerability, strength, and grace inherent to the struggles of mariginalization. “My work is always heavily influenced by my Mexican culture,” Francia states, “I am trying to capture the people who have never been represented in art.” Please join us for the opening of the exhibit on First Friday Art Walk, February 1st, from 6-10pm.

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Want to find out about more great art events and opportunities happening in December throughout Whatcom County? Check out our Events Calendar!