Arts Monthly
March 2017
Lets make spring a bit better than winter...
March, when days are getting long,
Let thy growing hours be strong
To set right some wintry wrong.
-Caroline May, 1887
At the Allied Arts Gallery this month:
Whatcom READS! Art Challenge
& Elevation - The Art of Cascadia
Allied Arts of Whatcom County is excited to be collaborating again with the Whatcom READS! by hosting a community art exhibit inspired by the novel "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving." Artists read this year's book and created works inspired by their thoughts, emotions and visions they had while reading. Artwork will be on display during the month of March at the Allied Art of Whatcom County's gallery in downtown Bellingham.

In addition to this exhibit, we are thrilled to be able to continue select works from last month's Elevation exhibit. This show features work from some of the area's top photographers displaying works inspired by the Cascadia region.

Offsite exhibits curated by Allied Arts Gallery
At Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Thru March: A selection of landscape themed works from our Annual Member's Show. 

At Giuseppes
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Thru April: Wildlife illustrations by Beverly Connor.

At Downtown Bellingham Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial St, Bellingham
Thru March: Select works by David Eisenhower, Brett Baunton and Tore Ofteness from our Elevation exhibit.
Call to artists: RARE - Recycled Arts Resource Expo
Due March 2, 2017

Each spring Bellingham is home to a half dozen creative reuse events- Welding Rodeo, Trash Fashion, Recycled Art Shows, Procession of the Species, Appliance Derby and more! RARE is a two-day event that serves as a unifying resource and provides a platform for the many green themed artistic endeavors in the area. In addition to a highly entertaining roster of events, RARE will host a strong program of educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and booths. We invite Exhibiting artists, Performers, Presenters & Class Instructors with a passion for art from recycled materials to become a part of RARE. 

Membership is not required for this event, however, it is greatly appreciated and your membership helps us provide our community with other events like this one. Memberships and applications can be filled out online at or are available in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Downtown Bellingham.

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 or 
Call to Artists: 38th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts
( is that time of year already!)
Applications due April 20, 2017

Allied Arts is now accepting applications for the 38th annual Holiday Festival of the Arts to be held November 17 – December 24, 2017.

The twofold purpose of our festivals is to encourage and support the creation and sale of locally produced fine art and craft while providing an opportunity to connect artists and craftspeople with the general public. This juried festival pursues top quality original arts and crafts and seeks excellence in presentation. Festival proceeds support the visual arts in the region through Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s general and educational programs, community arts events, gallery shows, and artist resources.

The Holiday Festival of the Arts is an indoor, 5 week-long festival featuring 100 artisans from our region. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music, workshops for children, and artists demonstrating their craft.

We encourage all artists of any level or medium to apply for the Holiday Festival. Applications can be filled out online at or are available in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Downtown Bellingham.

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or 
Save the Date: 17th Annual Children's Art Walk 

May 5th, 2017 - 6pm to 9pm
Downtown Bellingham

We welcome all to stroll through downtown Bellingham and delight in the works of the younger art community! On Friday May 5 from 6 – 9 pm Whatcom County students will proudly display their works of art during the 16th annual Children’s Art Walk presented by Allied Arts of Whatcom County. On this night there will be a number of activities for kids and adults, live music, and more to celebrate the arts in our local schools. In addition, Allied Arts Gallery will feature professional work by Allied Arts Teaching Artists.

Please visit for more information.

 To learn more about this event please contact Julia at or visit and click on the Children’s Art Walk link under the Events tab.

Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Cirque du Couture Runway Challenge
Ragfinery, Bellingham’s nucleus of creative textile reuse, announces its much anticipated runway “challenge” and seeks artists to participate. This year’s theme,  Cirque du Couture , offers innovative artists, designers, seamstresses, and other creative types a fantastical inspiration from which to springboard designs. Drawing ideas from the popular Cirque du Soleil performance ensemble, participants are encouraged to create runway-ready creations out of anything they can find at Ragfinery!

The challenge will  open for artist registration on Wednesday, March 1st  for a $20 registration fee. Materials can then be purchased from Ragfinery. There will be a cap of 25 participants, and materials are first come first serve, so early registration is encouraged. Individuals interested in participating can sign up in person at Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham) and details about the event can be found at .

Entries must be submitted on May 15th  for judging and dress rehearsal. The Runway Show will be held at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom on  Friday, May 19th at 7pm , where participants will model their creations on the red carpet runway. Winners will be announced the night of the show.

Ragfinery is a Bellingham nonprofit organization that diverts unwanted textiles from the waste stream and upcycles them in a training business that provides transitional jobs for low income clients of our partner social service agencies and schools. We collaborate with local artisans and community volunteers to repurpose unwanted garments and textiles into a variety of upcycled goods that showcase the skills and talent of our collective.
Welcome to Downtown, Gallery Pegasus!
Artist Trust Webinar: Tax Prep for Artists
Tuesday, March 710-11 A.M.

$10 / Free for Artist Trust Members (become a member!)

In this webinar, tax preparer Melinda Mann will show you how to file your federal and state income taxes as an artist. She'll review filing methods, explain how to report income and expenses, and offer record-keeping tips. If you received an artist grant, were paid for your work, or just can't tell the difference between a W-2 and a 1099, this webinar is for you. A Q&A follows the presentation where you can ask Melinda specific questions about your taxes.

Register for the webinar here! 

Art Class with Rachel Simpson
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