Arts Monthly
January 2018
Final week of the Festival, don't miss out!
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. 

Holiday Closures
The Holiday Festival is wonderful, but it wears us out! The Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and offices will be closed 3pm December 20 thru January 2 to take down the festival, pack things away and recuperate from the festival! We will reopen on Wednesday, January 3 at 10am. Wishing you all a Happy New Year!
January Gallery Exhibit - Sculpture Northwest
January 5 - 26, 2017
Opening Reception and Downtown Art Walk: Friday, January 5, 6pm - 9pm

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:
Other Allied Arts Exhibits
At Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Through October: Watercolor Artists Tom McCallah and Michael Heath.
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!
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.
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!