Arts Monthly
March 2019
“Only those with tenacity can march forward in March” 
―  Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
WhatcomREADS Art Challenge
Drop off your piece to the Allied Arts Gallery: Monday & Tuesday, February 25 & 26, 2019
Exhibit dates: March 1 - 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019, 6pm - 9pm

Whatcom READS and Allied Arts of Whatcom County present the 2019 Whatcom READS Art Challenge. We challenged artists to create works inspired by the novel “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. Works on display are by various local artists as well as featured artists Dedrian Clark, Lori Hill, John Hoyte, and Ron Pattern.

To participate:
1.) Read the book “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. Books are available to borrow at any Bellingham and Whatcom County Library or for purchase at Village Books.
2.) Create an art piece inspired by the book.
3.) Submit the entry form found here with with your work on Monday or Tuesday, February 25 or 26, 2019.

Membership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County is not required to submit art work. Works will not be juried. All mediums, genres, and skill levels are welcome to participate in the exhibit. Space is limited and items will be showed on a first come, first hung basis. Limit one piece per person. Entry forms can be obtained at the Allied Arts Gallery downtown (1418 Cornwall Ave) or online at Applications will include an explanation on how the book inspired your art. Click the link for the entry form.

For more information about Whatcom READS! Visit
For more information about Allied Arts of Whatcom County visit 
Be a part of something RARE
Due Friday, March 1, 2019 by 5pm
(There are some other due dates floating around out there and we apologize for the confusion, this is the correct one!)

We’re happy to announce that this will be the 7th annual Recycled Arts Resource Expo! RARE is a two-day event that provides a platform for eco-friendly artists to showcase their art created from recycle materials. RARE also promotes art organizations and facilities that incorporate sustainability in their facilities and programs. One of our main objectives for this event is to educate the community on the role that the arts can play in the sustainability movement.
This year’s RARE event will provide an entertaining array of events, as well as hosting a strong program of educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and booths. We invite Exhibiting artists, Art booths, Performers, Presenters & Class Instructors with a passion for art created from recycled materials to become a part of RARE. Attendees are inspired to take home innovative ideas that recognize the value of using resources creatively.
To participate, fill out the application at
Don't miss this great local advertising opportunity!
Due Friday, March 15, 2019 by 5pm
The Whatcom County Arts and Culture Guide is an opportunity to share and explore the creative community of Whatcom County with tourists and locals alike. If you are an artist in your own right or the owner of a small business, please consider putting yourself on the map!
The guide is a year-long publication from June 2019-May 2020 and distributed to businesses, hotels, the visitor's centers, our office/gallery, and other locations around the county. Click here to see this year's guide and listings.
The deadline for all applications and submitted materials is March 15, 2019. Visit our website for applications at and for more information please contact the Arts & Culture Map Coordinator at or (360) 676-8548.
Lordy Lordy Look Who's Forty
We are! And we are looking for ideas of ways to celebrate! Have a great idea for the best way to celebrate 40 years in this creative community? Just want to help out? Email
BFM Hosts Rosewind Quintet in 8th Annual Play it Forward Residency
Wind Ensemble from Colburn Conservatory will Perform for, Coach, and Inspire Middle and High School Students

Group to Give Master Class for WWU Wind Ensemble which will then Present New Outreach Program in Skagit County Schools

Public Concert at Options High School, March 15, 7:30 PM
The Bellingham Festival of Music will present its 8th Annual Play it Forward Chamber Music Residency, featuring the Rosewind quintet from the Colburn School, March 9—16. Presented in conjunction with the Whatcom Symphony, the event brings a stellar group of music students from the prestigious Los Angeles conservatory to perform, coach, mentor and inspire middle school and high school students throughout Whatcom County. This year, the group will present programs in schools as far north as Mt. Baker High School.

A wind ensemble, the Rosewind Quintet, is composed of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. The performers come from Canada, Portugal, Venezuela and the US and all but one are graduate students at the conservatory.  

In an exciting expansion of Play it Forward, Rosewind will take part in a new outreach opportunity. They will mentor a wind ensemble from Western Washington University, helping those players put together an outreach program of their own. Then during WWU’s spring break, those students will travel to Skagit County for WWU Play it Forward in Skagit Middle and High Schools.

Rosewind will also offer a public performance, March 15 at 7:30 PM in Bellingham's Options High School performance hall, 1306 Dupont St. 98225. Typically, the Colburn group shares part of the program with local students mentored during the residency. The event is free to students with a $15 suggested donation for adults. Tickets are not necessary and listeners need only come to the hall. 
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Exhibit Opportunity at Chuckanut Brewery
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W Holly St, Bellingham is looking for new artist for exhibition. The space where we exhibit is the dining room in the pub so please stop by to see the space.

If you are interested then send an email to with examples of your work. If you are invited to show you will be responsible to install and de-install at a specific time and date. Learn more by sending an email to Mari Kemper at the above address.
Call for Artists: 2019 Shoreline Arts Festival - Artist Marketplace
Deadline: February 28, 2019
New Location This Year: Shoreline Community College

Apply today to become one of the 70+ artists that make up the beating heart of the 2019 Shoreline Arts Festival! This free community event will gather 10,000+ art lovers at the Shoreline Community College on June 29 & 30. 5

Reasons why you should apply to the Shoreline Arts Festival Artist Marketplace:
• Over 10,000 art lovers come to this keystone community event each year.
• Celebrating its 29th year, the Shoreline Arts Festival has a lot to brag about and is planning for improved event flow and expanded advertising in 2019.
• Location! Show & Sell your work in the art-loving neighborhoods of North King County, and with a new event venue this year you can be sure publicity will at its highest level.
• With over 70 artists participating in the Artist Marketplace, the festival is a vibrant event with an incredible community of artists.
• Water, snacks, booth sitters, & artist/member lounge are available for selling artists to make sure you have the best weekend possible!

How to apply Submit your application and $20 application fee online via Call for Entry by 10:59pm on Thursday, February 28th, 2019. 
Artist Trust's Annual Artist Survey
Artist Trust’s  2018 Annual Artist Survey  is now available on our website!

Since 2016, Artist Trust has invited artists across Washington State to share their thoughts and ideas through our Annual Artist Survey. Over the past three years, we’ve gained a deeper understanding of who Washington State’s artists are, their needs, and how we can better support their careers. This knowledge helps us build responsive programming and create new opportunities to support, connect, and advocate for artists.

Each year we share the results of the survey with community partners around Washington to help others better support artists in our region. Please take a look and feel free to share with artists and arts supporters in your network!
Want to find out about more great art events and opportunities happening throughout Whatcom County? Check out our Events Calendar!