Arts Monthly
June 2017 Edition
I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
John Vance Cheney
Come see how versatile clay can be! 

Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2017 Gallery Series welcomes back WACK (Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln). WACK is a non-profit organization for potters from all around Whatcom County with a passion for clay and they’ve partnered with the Allied Arts Gallery to put on this exciting exhibit. 

The Allied Arts Gallery’s goal is to provide a professional space for local established and emerging artists to show and sell their work and sustain the arts in our community. For more information visit or contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or

Ann Wallace at Giuseppe's Al Porto

Interpreting the Landscape
at Giuseppe's Al Porto, 21 Bellwether Way
Thru July, 2017

Ann Wallace works primarily in oils favoring the landscape as subject matter. She finds inspiration from many sources, but is particularly attracted to effects of light and shadow and explores those rhythmic
patterns in her paintings. Choice of color palette, techniques, themes and exaggeration of color
and form all work together in Ann's search to interpret the monolithic essence of the landscape. 

Ann Wallace's work will be on display at Giuseppe's May through July, 2017.
Call to Artists: SeaFeast

Applications Due June 5, 2017

Bellingham SeaFeast showcases and celebrates our rich marine heritage, thriving working waterfront, commercial fishing and seafood industries, and the culinary bounty of our corner of the Pacific Northwest. People of all ages and ethnicities are invited to come participate in this two-day event that offers various waterfront activities celebrating Bellingham’s marine heritage. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the harvest seasons of Salish Sea seafood to create local, healthy, and delicious family menus.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is coordinating the art booth and activities component of this event with an emphasis on depicting our thriving marine heritage and lively Salish Sea. We invite artists, performers, presenters, & class instructors with a passion for Bellingham’s marine heritage to become a part of SeaFeast. To participate, fill out the application at
We need to do our own spring cleaning too!
We will be closed for a few days to give our gallery and offices a thorough once (or twice) over and in observance of Memorial Day. 

Allied Arts Gallery, Offices and Thrift Store will be closed:
Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29

We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 10am all clean and shiny!
(and we will look just like this lady while we do it!)
Thank you for Giving BIG!
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Give BIG campaign through the Seattle Foundation. We raised nearly $1000 to help enhance the arts in our beautiful corner of the Northwest.

Thank you! 
Coming up Memorial Day weekend, take a break from Ski to Sea and visit Lummi Island, for the Artists' Studio Tour.  Saturday and Sunday May 27th and 28th, 10am-5pm.  More than three dozen artists and craftspeople offering their work at 23 locations around the island.  Enjoy a variety of mediums, chat with the local artists, and get something good to eat at one of the eateries.  Event is free, ferry from Gooseberry Point is $13 car/driver, $7 each additional passenger, round trip.  Maps at Islander Store or at
Morrison Glass Art Stands With Planned Parenthood

A benefit for Mt Baker Planned Parenthood 
Saturday, June 17, 10am - 4pm

Several tables will be filled with art donated by Christopher and his artist friends Ben Mann, Yvette Neumann, AnnMarie DeCollibus and Denise Snyder. One hundred percent of sales from these tables will go to Mount Baker Planned Parenthood. Join the resistance.

We’ll have live glassblowing demonstrations and refreshments. Bring your friends.

2111 Lincoln Street Bellingham, WA 98225 Phone: 360-714-8732
Can’t attend? Donate to MBPP now!

Theater in the Park! Sylvia Center for the Arts to present first-ever outdoor productions in Maritime Heritage Park

Our first-ever outdoor show will take place this summer, right behind Sylvia Center for the Arts in Maritime Heritage Park.

On Fri/Sat, June 16 & 17, we will host pre-show receptions just up the steps at the Sylvia Center studio theater, with food, booze and music — tickets will be $50 to raise funds for the free shows and Sylvia Center for the Arts’ capital campaign.

We will also be holding post-show concerts at Sylvia Center; bands/dates TBA. 

We are seeking sponsors for the free performances, the pre-show receptions, and the post-show concerts. Interested parties may email for more information.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Sylvia Center Artistic Director Glenn Apollo Hergenhahn-Zhao’s brand-new translation of this 17th-century farce made its debut as a workshop performance during our New Works Festival in May 2017. The original play was written in 1687 by Aphra Behn, a playwright, author, and spy(!) known as the first professional female writer in England (and perhaps the world). 

THE EMPEROR OF THE MOON is a ribald tale about a pair of lovestruck cousins, Elaria and Belamante, who try to pass off their two suitors as visiting royalty from the moon in order to trick their astronomy-fancying father/uncle, the scholarly Dr Baliardo, into allowing them to marry—comedic mishaps and buffoonery ensue.

For more info on this and other Sylvia Center events, visit

Gallery Pegasus seeking artists

Gallery Pegasus is looking for artists for the exhibit “And Now for Something Completely Different” To be shown from July 3rd – August 30th

Works of Surrealists, Dadaists , Satirists, Cartoonists and other Whimsical and Weird stuff. Please send photos and size, medium and titles to Heidi Wood at
Submission date no later than Wednesday, May 31st.

Call to Artists for Skagit River Salmon Festival 

The mission of the Skagit River Salmon Festival is to celebrate our amazing Skagit River and its vast resources while inspiring community conservation. The event is a fun-filled experience for families featuring youth activities and crafts, recreational and educational booths, live music and cultural opportunities.
Through the day’s events and activities, participants will come away with a greater understanding and appreciation of our Skagit River, our salmon resources, and our many communities it sustains.
The 2017 Skagit River Salmon Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon, Wash. For more info visit

Employment Opportunity at Dakota Art Store

Dakota Art Store is seeking a part time, temporary employee for our Bellingham store. This position will start immediately and go through August, however it could turn into a longer termposition with the possibility of more hours per week. This position is approximately 18+ hours a week to start and can include weekends. Duties will include cashiering, helping customers on the sales floor, and restocking shelves.

The ideal candidate will be an artist who possess exceptional customer service skills.Preference will be given to painters using oils or acrylics as their main medium. Further knowledge of other mediums, surfaces, art techniques, etc. is a definite plus.

Please email a resume which includes your customer service experience and art experience to
Call to Artists: Salmon Need You

Deadline: May 30, 2017
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association is hosting an event, Salmon at the Bay, on July 8th, 2017 at Boundary Bay Brewery. This fundraiser will support our stewardship, education, and stream restoration efforts throughout Whatcom County.  NSEA and Boundary Bay Brewery have been hosting this event almost every year since 2003.

This year we are inviting local artists to exhibit artwork celebrating salmon, water, and/or trees. Artists’ works will be displayed between July 1st and July 31st, 2017. You may choose either to donate your work to NSEA or to receive fifty percent of the work’s proceeds received, with the remainder benefiting NSEA.
If you are interested or have any questions, please email Amy Johnson for more information at Application deadline is May 30th. 
Request for Proposals of The International Bellingham Wall Sundial Mural Competition
"The solar shadow is at once the measure of time and the symbol of life."

The NW Sun Works, a small group dedicated to the creation of sundials and public artworks, is seeking artist proposals for a working vertical sundial and mural.  It is to be constructed on a south facing wall in Bellingham, Washington State, U.S.A. on a private building near the downtown core.  The project is open to any artist, muralist or sundialist, including teams of people who would like to work together.

The deadline for submissions is the 31st of May, 2017.

Friday, June 2nd
Wild Buffalo House of Music
9pm | 21+ | $5
Tickets and more information at

The Stroke Off! is an energetic, timed painting competition featuring twelve Bellingham artists. There are two preliminary rounds where each artist has exactly twenty minutes to create their best piece of art on a canvas. At the end of the first two rounds, the crowd will then vote on their favorite artists and the top two will move on to the third and final round of the evening.

As the artists’ work, patrons move around the easels, closely observing the artists’ creative process. Acrylics and canvas will be the mediums used. The tools allowed are brushes, palette knives or any non-mechanical implements. The paintings will then be held on display for a silent auction in which all of the proceeds will go directly to the respective artists.

Boombox Kid will be providing the music throughout the evening as well as a dance party after the final round. The winner of the final round will receive a trophy as well as two tickets to see The Gorillaz at Key Arena on September 30.
Call to Artists and Arts Minded Folks: In Search of Ideas for Art Skill Share Sessions Starting August 2017

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is working on bringing Arts Skill Share Sessions to community members. Skill Share Sessions will provide aspiring and low income artists classes on how to present and sell their art with the goal of increased income, skills, and experience. We are looking for artists and arts administrators who are interested in teaching classes and mentoring aspiring artists in topics such as how to market art, use social media, sell art online, create portfolios, frame pieces, set up gallery exhibits, and more. After taking classes, students will be able to take what they learned and exhibit with our Creative Spaces Program. Allied Arts is working on getting funding to provide teachers and mentors with a small amount of compensation. Classes will be held at the Allied Arts of Whatcom County Gallery or other community facilities. If you are interested, please email with a brief description of your ideas and what you would like to teach.
Need a space for your next event?

Consider renting the Allied Arts Gallery. Our space features an ever changing decor of local art and is a unique place to host a small reception, meeting, workshop or seminar. 

Special rates available for members and local non-profit organizations.

If you are interested in reserving the gallery for your next event, email Katy Tolles at
We are always striving to ensure we are serving the needs of the community. Help us refine what those needs might be for 2017!

For 38 years, Allied Arts of Whatcom County has been dedicated to the arts in our region by empowering local artists through organized festivals and events, enriching our local school children through educational outreach programs, and working as a liaison to art enthusiasts of all ages to help make our region a creative, vibrant place to live.

Each year, we evaluate our programs and organization to make sure we provide the best services possible. Please take a few minutes to provide your valuable input.