Arts Monthly
June 2017 Edition
Summertime is always the best of what might be.
Charles Bowden
And where else would you rather be on a summer day in the 4th corner than...
Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2017 Gallery Series is excited to introduce On the Water. This show features beautiful pieces by David Eisenhower, Ginny Baker, Colleen Hoffenbacker and Joy Olney. Works displayed express each artists’ love of water and the roles it plays in recreation, industry and nature. In addition to works of and about water, our Inside the Box artist will be Rae Ellen Lee with miniature window sill paintings.
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.
Annual Community & Membership Meeting 
The Allied Arts of Whatcom County Board of Directors and Staff invite New, Current, and Potential Members to our Annual Community & Membership Meeting 

Friday, July 21, 2017 
@ The Mount Baker Theatre - Encore Room, 104 N Commercial St, Downtown Bellingham 

5:30-7pm - Social & Meeting: 
Come learn more about what is going on in the arts, our programs, and meet our board of directors, staff other members and volunteers! Light refreshments provided

7pm - Gathering at Bellingham Bar and Grill
Join us for more fun and chance to chat with other members and staff. No host.

RSVP appreciated to: or 676-8548
Closed for the 4th! 
Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and Office will be closed in observance of Independence Day July 1 - 4. We will reopen on  Wednesday, July 5 at 10am.

We hope you have a happy and safe holiday weekend!
There's going to be the pitter patter of baby feet around the gallery soon!
Join the Allied Arts staff in celebrating Katy's Baby Bump! It is hard to believe that Katy's September due date is rapidly approaching. 

Come celebrate her pregnancy at the Allied Arts Gallery 4-6pm, Friday, July 28. Casual drop by gathering - refreshments and snacks will be served.

More Info and to RSVP contact Kelly -
Can you lend a helping hand? 
Call for Volunteers: 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. Allied Arts of Whatcom County is coordinating the art booth and activities component of this event on Saturday September 23. We need volunteers to help with set up, booth assistance, and take down with shifts from 7 am to 7 pm.
Click here: to sign up. 

Call for Volunteers: The Allied Arts Gallery needs volunteers to help out on the First Friday Art Walks and our annual Membership Meeting. The Art Walk shifts are still available for July 7, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1. There are also set up, staffing, and clean up shifts available for our Membership Meeting on Friday July 21 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Click here to sign up. 

Do you like the programs offered by Allied Arts? Do you think we could do more? Tell us what you think! 

Take our survey! 
(its different than the one that has been in the last few newsletters)

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.

WWU Students help build Allied Arts Policies
We are a student consulting team from Western Washington University and got the pleasure to work with Allied Arts of Whatcom County to update, revise, and expand their current policies, handbooks, plans, and other documents. 

We focused on the Safety, Equity, Art Acquisition, Accounting, Fiscal, and Emergency Preparedness plans and policies, in addition to creating a unified format for all the policies and the Volunteer/Employee/Board Handbooks.  With the guiding help of Executive Director Kelly Hart, Board Member Erika Nuerenberg, and Treasurer Alex Wiley, we were able to develop these documents into workable policies and practices for AAWC to use going forward. 

We hope that our efforts on this consulting project will improve AAWC activities, for both the present and the future to come. We really enjoyed working with and getting to know the Allied Arts team. This allowed us an inside look at their involvement within the community and provided some extra knowledge for use with the policy updating and descriptions. This has been an awesome opportunity to use our college experience for real-world challenges and we want to thank Kelly and all the staff at Allied Arts for working with us to make this organization even better.

Thank YOU!
City Announces "Essence of Bellingham" Winners

Join winning and recognized photographers for a reception on July 7th at City Hall

Photographers will receive public recognition for their work in the recent "Essence of Bellingham" Photo Competition, which drew more than 200 entries from area residents of all ages. 

The winning entries and others submitted to the competition are posted on the City of Bellingham website at . The competition is sponsored by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum.

Entries receiving highest honors are:  

Best of Show, Featuring this Year's Theme of Neighborhoods – End of School Year Shaving Cream Fight – David Veatch
Best of Show - 1st Place – Cruisin' the 11 by Alex Powell
Best of Show - 2nd Place – Two Tutus by Alexander Hallett
Best of Show - 3rd Place – Through the Gap by Dex Horton
Best of Class – 5-8 Grade – A True Confession by Alice Horton
Best of Class – 9- 12 Grade – Skis and Friends by William Henkel
Entries submitted for the competition that received recognition will be on display at Bellingham City Hall from July 7th through August 4th.   

Join the photographers who submitted the winning shots on July 7th in the lobby of City Hall during a reception from 5:30pm-6:30pm. 

Entries also will be shown on BTV10 and added to the Whatcom Museum's photographic collection.

The submissions were juried by representatives from the Whatcom Museum and City of Bellingham and Western Washington University.

Winning entries were selected based on photographic quality, subject matter and how well the "Essence of Bellingham" was captured. 
Call to Artists: Art for a Vibrant Community

Submission Deadline:  August 1st, 2017
Event: Friday, September 1st, 2017 - 6pm to 9pm in the Alley behind Boundary Bay Brewery and Francis Place Apartments

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. “Art for a Vibrant Community” invites you to participate in creating a visual experience of a very real issue within our community. Become a part of this exciting collaboration through your visual art submission to the Art for Homelessness event.

The Art for a Vibrant Community show will be a temporary, outdoor installation, that directly reflects the experience of a life lived in constant transition and at the mercy of the outdoors. The show will take place during the September 1st Downtown Bellingham Art Walk, from 6-9pm. Pieces will be displayed in the outdoor alley and beer garden between Boundary Bay Brewery and Francis Place Apartments. 

For all questions, inquiries, and a full prospectus please email: Jenny Schmidt Events Manager, Boundary Bay Brewery

Make.Shift Gallery presents “Gender Trouble: A Queer Art Showcase.” This exhibition will highlight recent works from both professional and emerging LGBTQ+ artists from Bellingham and Seattle. Featured artists will include Clyde Peterson, Nika Feline, Kat Varela, Jess Weaver, Oliver Ray Sebren and more. Primarily through the mediums of painting and drawing, these artists explore issues of identity, sexuality, and limitations of the gender binary.

Coinciding with the opening of “Gender Trouble” on July 7th, Make.Shift will be partnering with Bellingham Pride to host an all-ages Pride Dance. Music will begin at 8:30 with a $5 suggested donation; proceeds will go to Make.Shift and Bellingham Pride. For more information about the Art Walk or Make.Shift please visit our website at or contact Jessyca Murphy at

You're Invited to an Evening of Art and Science at the Museum of Northwest Art

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6-8pm 
Artists are invited to join us Thursday, July 13 from 6 to 8pm for the first step in building a Surge partnership with area scientists.

Together with the Skagit Climate Science Consortium, the Museum of Northwest Art will host its third presentation of Surge in the Fall of 2018. Surge, an exhibition designed to draw attention to climate change and its impact on the Northwest’s coastal communities, provides the forum for artists together with environmental researchers and educators to present the public with new perspectives on issues such as flooding and storm surge as they relate to changes resulting from global warming.

Artists interested in participating in Surge are invited to a meet-and-greet with participating environmental scientists on Thursday, July 13 at 6 pm at the Museum of Northwest Art. Local scientists will present information about their research findings and current efforts related to understanding the impacts of climate change in Skagit County and the Pacific Northwest. Artists are also invited to give a 20 slide, 20 second each PowerPoint presentation on their recent work and their background.

This low-key evening will then include an opportunity to socialize and enjoy refreshments. Artists and scientists are then invited to consider a partnership that builds on their interests and expertise. Artists and scientists are encouraged to consider field trips, studio visits or participation (as is possible) in summer field work.
The event is free. Works of art influenced by these summer collaborations will be proposed for inclusion in Surge in September of 2017, one year out of the 2018 show. Artists and scientist will then have a calendar year to prepare their piece and coordinating science. Honorariums will be offered in conjunction with the exhibition.

RSVP to attend by July 3. Presentation slots for artists are given on a first come, first served basis.

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