Arts Monthly
February, 2018
Allied Arts Member's Show
February 2 - 24, 2018
Members: Drop off your work Monday or Tuesday, January 29 or 30, 10am - 5pm
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 2018 Members Show in February. 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
Call for cultural performers, musicians, dancers, and artists!
Whatcom County Arts and Culture Festival 

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is working with organizations throughout Whatcom County on a three-day Cultural Arts Festival to take place in Fairhaven, June 21-23, 2018. The Call for Proposals is available now at and is due by February 15, 2018.

The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and run throughout the weekend. It will be a collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Bellingham/ Whatcom Tourism Bureau, Sculptures NW, Native Arts Collective and the Whatcom Artist Guild and more. Funded in part by City of Bellingham Tourism, Whatcom Tourism, Whatcom Community Foundation – Project Neighborly Grants, and other local contributions.

The Fairhaven Village Green will be the main hub for booths and performances with Fairhaven businesses hosting specials and activities throughout Fairhaven.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County will oversee the coordination of the event. All groups are encouraged to apply. Activities and events will focus on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops highlighting the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County with the goal of promoting cultural diversity.
Bellingham Festival of Music Celebrates 25th Anniversary Season 
The Painted Violin Project
The Bellingham Festival of Music celebrates 25 years of bringing classical music to Whatcom County residents and visitors by merging two of the area’s most beloved segments, music and art, into The Painted Violin Project. Allied Arts of Whatcom County will proudly exhibit these violins in the month of March, with the exhibit’s opening night during the March 2, 2018 Art Walk.

The project was inspired by the essential role the violin plays in the symphony orchestra, with its evocative nature and range of tones. Helping to bring this project to life were luthier G.B. Hembree who donated the violins, and two exceptional local artists, Joy Olney and Maren Larson. Widely recognized for their artistic talents, these fine artists have adorned and otherwise transformed these violins into singular works of art. The violins will be auctioned at the BFM Annual Benefit dinner and Auction, “25 Years - A Classical Love Story” on April 7, 2018 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. 

Silver Anniversary Painted Violin Project Exhibit Dates: 

Intersection Trio Concert, WWU February 8
Jansen Art Center February 10-17
Allied Arts of Whatcom County March 2-30
Lightcatcher Museum TBA

If unable to attend the Festival’s “25 Years-A Classical Love Story” benefit auction, instructions on how to bid on the violins will be available at all exhibits. The Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season runs from June 30 through July 20, 2018. Concert and benefit auction ticketing information available on the BFM website:
These violins are displayed and auctioned as works of art and not as instruments to be played. Playing these violins could result in damage to the art.
Composition Class with Tommy Gibson
Saturday February 17, 1pm (class will be approximately 2 hours)
At the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham
Class Fee: $60, Register online here

One of the first composition concepts learned in photography is the rule-of-thirds. This gets you started, but there’s more to composition than where you place your subject in the frame. Once you’ve mastered this concept, what else can you do to make images that stand out?

That is exactly what we’ll be exploring in this class – ways you can “see” a good photograph.

You will learn what constitutes a good photograph, which lenses to choose in which situation, and what aperture or shutter speed to use.

In this class I will be sharing examples of compositional techniques. If you’d like your images critiqued, bring them on a thumb drive so we can project them.
Join us for Arts and Heritage Day
Arts & Heritage Day is approaching on February 7, 2018!
This is an exciting all-day event that brings together artists, supporters, board members, humanities and heritage leaders, cultural professionals and civic leaders to communicate our needs and strengths in building a strong Washington State.

The day is coming together nicely due to the strong partnerships with these participating organizations: Washington State Arts Alliance, Washington State Arts Commission, Washington Historical Society, Washington Museum Association, Humanities WA, Artist Trust and ArtsEd Washington.

This year, we would like all who intend to participate to register on the Arts Alliance site here: Arts & Heritage Day Detail Info and Registration
Why attend you ask?
- opportunity for advocates to talk with their legislators about statewide and local arts and heritage issues and concerns
- thank them for their support
- share specific stories and highlights from our work in our communities, schools, and venues
- your presence along with many other arts and heritage advocates from across the state help legislators know who we are when we talk about the importance of the arts and heritage in our communities.
- with newly elected legislators and the reshuffling of legislating positions, this is a particularly important year to join your peers in Olympia.
- and not to be missed lunch time in the Rotunda! Grab your lunch in the cafeteria and head to the Capitol Rotunda for performances by the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers of Richland, incoming State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and Squaxin Island Tribe dancers

If you’re unable to attend but would still like to help, please forward this email to other arts supporters in your district . Please have them get in contact with Kelly Hart at if they would like to participate in Arts and Heritage Day.

Welcome Rachel Simpson to the Allied Arts Board of Directors
The Allied Arts Board of Directors is excited to welcome our newest member, Rachel Simpson. Rachel has been involved at Allied Arts for almost a decade through the Arts Education Program, Gallery Exhibits and Festivals.  She continues her love of the arts and education in many ways: art exhibits throughout Washington state, volunteering & teaching at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, volunteer tutoring at Explorations Academy, substitute teaching for the Bellingham School District, teaching art workshops throughout Whatcom county, teaching Community Ed Art at Whatcom Community College, and teaching kids art classes for BAAY EduArts Enrichment. 

If you are interested in becoming part of the Allied Arts Board of Directors, please contact our Executive Director, Kelly Hart, or 360-676-8548 ext 7
We want your Xerox art!
In March, Make.Shift Gallery will be hosting the Bellingham Comic Arts Festival (BellCAF) Sneak Preview, featuring work by graphic and cartoon artists from around the Pacific Northwest. 

As a part of that show, we would like to invite the community to send us creative works made with Xerox machines. Mail or drop off submissions on or before Feb 24th. Don't have access to a machine? Come on by March Art Walk (Friday the 2nd) where we'll have a Xerox art making station, along with a place to display your creations!

For more info on the festival, check out the BellCAF blog...
GALLERY PEGASUS - Special Event: Paint a Nude:
Celebrate the Human Form
As part of our current show UNFOLD, we are having a special event Thursday, February 8th. 2018, 6-8 PM. Come join us for a fun night out sipping wine, and creating your own unique interpretation of a nude model. No experience needed to have a fantastic time. When finished you have the option to show your work in the gallery and be part of silent auction until February 28, 2018.  

Registration deadline Feb 1st. $25.00 charge. To register contact Heidi at 360 599 7731 or visit us during our business hours 12-5PM Tue-Sun

Limited supplies available we prefer that you BYO supplies, come ready to paint (Sorry we don’t supply canvas or easels}

What can I expect in the adult paint experience?
In this paint experience you will surrounded by art and by other artists ready to paint live. There will wine and nibbles and a nude model. Due to the adult nature of this experience, parental guidance is advised. Bring your own art supplies,canvas and your own easel if you wish. If you have any questions, please call/text Heidi 360 599 7731, All payments are non-refundable.
Call to Artists: Anacortes Arts Festival
Emerging Art Exhibition – August 3-5, 2018

Deadline April 5, 2018
The Anacortes Arts Festival Emerging Art Exhibition was started in 2017 as a new area to the Arts at the Port Fine Art Show. It features work of a small group of invited high school or college age students, each showing 3 – 5 pieces. Students may show either 2D or 3D work, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, fiber arts, sculpture or mixed media – or a combination of mediums.  We are interested in helping students who want a “taste” of being a professional artist – and who have developed a body of work.

Part of the experience of being one of our emerging artists, is that we will treat these young artists as equal participants with their professional peers. This means 

  • Work in the show will be for sale - we will process all sales
  • The Festival will retain a 50% commission (a typical gallery commission)
  • The Festival will market this show as part of our Arts at the Port lineup, recognizing individual artists in signage, the guide, website and other promotional materials  
  • There will be a $500 Emerging Artist Award selected by the Festival Curatorial Team
For more information and submission guidelines, please visit
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!