Arts Monthly
January 2017
Winter can't last forever
"The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds
and swells the leaves within."
-William C. Bryant
Save the Date
(Click the image below for a current list of events and exhibits)
Offsite exhibits curated by Allied Arts Gallery
At Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Thru February: A selection of landscape themed works from our Annual Member's Show. 

At Giuseppes
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Thru April: Wildlife illustrations by Beverly Connor.

At Downtown Bellingham Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial St, Bellingham
Thru January: Landscape paintings from Lori Hill, Ginny Baker, and Joanne Plucy.

Opening Reception for "Erotica: Nudes and Interpretations" Group Show
February 5 - 28, 2017
Opening Reception: February 5, 4pm - 7pm

This show of nude works by local artists presents a smattering of images and ideas that break the taboo of the nude in art. Tillie Lace is presenting abstract interpretations of erotica/nudes as well as classical academy nudes. Tillie Lace is proud to bring together artists of multiple levels and their various interpretations and expressions of the nude. What is left out of an image is as important as what is described.

The gallery is located at 1415 13th St in Fairhaven. Tillie Lace is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Tel. 1-360-223-5352.

More information about Tillie Lace Gallery and School of Fine Art, including their schedule of classes and workshops, can be found at

Artists Needed for The Good Stuff Arts Gallery - Anacortes
The Good Stuff Gallery is looking for a variety of art media in a wide range of original styles. They especially need sculptures (no larger than 20”) and whimsical art in all media. They want new art to Anacortes (pieces that is) so customers keep coming back for new pieces to see. They are becoming known as the showcase for good, Local talent from realism to abstract.  It is a smaller Gallery so nothing over 36 x 36 in paintings.  Please send images to their email a minimum of 2 weeks before the end of months:  February, April, June, August, October, December so art works can be delivered in plenty of time for the First Friday Art Walks in Anacortes.  We of course participate in each art walk and ask our Artists is they would like to do a demo during these fun times.  The Gallery works on a consignment basis of 60% to the Artist and we pay the 1st of each month.

The Good Stuff Arts Gallery
604 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221

Cool show at WWU for artists of color
Western’s Theater Department will be opening a gallery/performance space dedicated to providing more opportunities for artists of color to display their work. This space will be open for displaying the artwork of interested students of color and Bellingham community members. The gallery will be located in the DUG Theater on the third floor of Western’s Performing Arts Center.

The gallery will be open from March 2nd through the 4th from 7:00pm-9:30pm. It will include recorded audio and video interviews with students of color as well as live music.  From the 8th-11th the gallery will be re-purposed as a performance space for the short play “Black Flag” written by Idris Goodwin, as well as several monologues performed by Western students. There will be no admission cost to insure it is accessible for all.

Artwork can be of any media including photography, paintings, sketches, prints, etc. The deadline for submitting work is the 7th of February.
There will also be a Zine created alongside the gallery for those interested in having their work displayed through this format which can be distributed throughout the community. The Zine will also include stories and poetry written by Western students.

If interested or have questions, please contact To submit art please email a photo or description of the work you intend to submit and we will schedule a time to meet with you to collect the piece/pieces.
City of Bellingham seeks artist for sidewalk project
Artwork will be added to street improvements to W. Maplewood Avenue

The City of Bellingham is excited to announce an opportunity for artists or artist teams to design permanent artwork to be incorporated into the sidewalk as part of street improvements to W. Maplewood Avenue between Northwest and Alderwood Avenue. The street improvements include new curb, gutter, and sidewalks, bicycle lanes in both directions, and street lighting. The project is subject to the City's One Percent for the Arts ordinance, resulting in approximately $25,000 dedicated to the design, fabrication and installation of artwork into these improvements.

The primary goal of this project is to add aesthetic interest to the W. Maplewood corridor by incorporating artwork that celebrates and promotes neighborhood identity and pride. Artwork may be integrated into concrete flatwork, steel railings, or other surfaces along all or a portion of the improvement area, or in another method proposed by the artist/team. Artwork design, locations and installation methods will be determined in collaboration with the selected artist/team, Maplewood community and City staff.

The City is requesting interested parties respond to the Request for Qualifications no later than February 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm to be considered for this project.  For the complete Request for Qualifications and submittal requirements, visit:
Call to Artists: Stand & Resist

Local environmental group and Allied Arts of Whatcom County are currently accepting applications for the visual arts exhibit, Stand and Resist: Artists Protect the Salish Sea.

Stand and Resist: Artists Protect the Salish Sea is a week-long showcase of local and regional artists who explore the intertwined issues of the Salish Sea, place and home, climate and fossil fuel threats, and alternative futures. The exhibit will take place during the last two weeks of March in downtown Bellingham.

For more information on the project, or to apply please click here.

2017-2018 Whatcom County Arts & Culture Guide
Our seventh annual Whatcom County Arts and Culture Guide is finally here. We are inviting artists and businesses to partake in this amazing event. The Whatcom County Arts and Culture Guide is an opportunity to learn and explore the creative community of Whatcom County. If you are an artist in your own right or the owner of a small business, this is specifically addressed to you. The guide is a year-long publication from June 2017-May 2018 distributed to businesses, hotels, the visitors’ center, our office/gallery, and other locations in the county.

The deadline for all applications and submitted materials is February 5 th , 2017. Visit our website for applications at, and for more information please contact Julia Moss - Arts & Culture Map Coordinator at or call (360) 676-8548.