Arts Monthly
March, 2016
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Weekend Closure
The Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store, office and Elevation Exhibit will be closed Saturday, February 13 thru Monday, February, 15 in observance of Presidents Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, February 16 at 10am. We hope you all have a good holiday weekend! 

Call to Artists: Ragfinery's Fancy Pants Runway Challenge

The creative community textile hub Ragfinery is gearing up for a Spring runway "challenge" and seeking textile artists to participate. The Fancy Pants Runway Challenge tasks participants with transforming one pair of tuxedo pants and one cocktail dress into a single creative wearable item. Participants will be required to use at least 50% of each garment with the option to add other items purchased from Ragfinery to round out the creation.

The Fancy Pants Runway Challenge will open for artist registration on Wednesday, March 2nd. A $20 registration fee includes one pair of tux pants and one cocktail dress. The challenge will be capped at 25 participants, and pants and dresses are first come first serve, so early registration is encouraged.

The Runway Show and judging contest will be held at the Leopold Crystal Ballroom on Friday, May 20th at 7pm, where participants will model their creations on the red carpet runway as judges determine the winners in various creative categories for cash and gift prizes. DJ Alternative Fields will provide the audio backdrop for the event.

Individuals interested in participating can sign up in person at Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham). Deadline for submission of completed works is Friday, May 13th at 5pm. Details about the event can be found at

WACK (Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln)
Clay Extravaganza
at Depot Market Square, March 5, 11am - 6pm

Come see what "handmade" is all about!
Over 25 local pottery vendors.
Artist Demonstrations--including Clay Olympics!
Try your own hands at clay in the public hands-on area.
Live music by One Lane Bridge!
FREE Admission!

Harmony from Discord
Jessica Choe, piano
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute
Sunday, March 6 - 3pm
Mount Baker Theatre

As part of our 40th anniversary season, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra embarks on a multi-year initiative exploring uplifting works composed by artists in the face of severe oppression. The project will be led by our Music Director, Yaniv Attar, whose Doctoral study of composers of the Holocaust era provided the inspiration for this effort. Entitled Harmony from Discord, this program centers around composers who were persecuted in Europe, many of whom ultimately passed away in concentration camps. The initiative seeks to honor the work of these composers, highlighting compositions which transcend the dark reality of a situation and celebrate the beauty of human life. Since many of these works are rarely performed, especially by American orchestras, our goal is to bring renewed interest in the music, and further the important discussion about the use of art as a tool to look beyond the atrocities perpetuated throughout human history.

Our first concert in the program showcases two works composed in the face of oppression. The first, Laszlo Weiner's vibrant and compelling Triple Concerto, was written at the end of his life and never performed before his death in the Lukov labor camp. Shostakovich's epic Fifth Symphony, written in defiance of Stalin's regime, completes this dynamic afternoon.

Dr. Ed Rutschman presents a pre-concert lecture in the MBT Encore room, one hour prior to the concert. Admission to the lecture is free, but seating is limited.

Call to Artists: Tulip Valley Winery
Tulip Valley Winery is looking for artists to add interest to our April show! This is an established show in the heart of the Tulip fields. we are looking for garden art, goodies, and hats! go to Tulip Valley Winery to see venue. the winery has 1000's of tourist every year. for questions or more information contact Carman at  253.250.3253  or

One-Act Theatre 
F estival 6 
at the Bellingham Theatre Guild February 29-March 12
Fringe-style Festival filled with Whatcom County performing artists
The Bellinghamster One-Act Theatre (BOAT) Festival 6 lands at the Bellingham Theatre Guild February 29 and presents a variety of locally created short works from established and new Whatcom County performing artists until festival close on  Mar 12. An eclectic mix of dramas, comedies, established plays and new works, storytelling and poetic works, the BOAT6 Festival continues the tradition of locally produced work at an affordable price and a speedy pace.  
Full show schedule is posted at here. Performances are  Feb 29-Mar 12, Mon-Sat, with the first show of each evening at the Festival starting at 7 pm, with general seating.  Subsequent shows each evening will have curtain times of 7:40 pm,  8:20 pm, and  9 pm. All shows are 30 minutes or less.
Passes to see everything at the Festival are $10. Tickets for individual shows are $4. Passes for the Festival are on sale at the BTG Box Office (733-1811 Tues-Sat 1- 6 pm) on-site during the festival itself.
Any questions about the BOAT6 Festival can be directed to Festival Co-Ordinator Sean Walbeck  (360) 647-9242.
Whatcom READS! Art Challenge

Art drop-off days: 10am - 5pm Feb. 29 & March 1, 2016 
Opening reception: 6 - 9pm Friday, March 4, 2016
Allied Arts Gallery exhibit dates: March 4 - 26, 2016 

The Whatcom READS! Art Challenge is done in partnership with the Whatcom County Library System. Artists will read the book A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki. They will then create an art piece inspired by the novel in any medium. Art work will be displayed at the gallery March 4-26, 2016.

To participate: 1. Read the book "A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki." Books are available to borrow at any Bellingham or Whatcom County Library or for purchase at Village Books or Allied Arts. 2. Create an art piece inspired by the book. 3. Submit your work to be exhibited on February 29 or March 1 from 10am to 5pm.

For more information, visit our website.
Other Exhibits Also Curated by Allied Arts Gallery
Downtown Visitor's Center
Deb Dole

1306 Commercial Street, Downtown Bellingham
Thru March: Mixed media artist Deb Dole will have her imaginative and eclectic paintings of flowers and other fun objects on display.

Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru May: Michael Heath and Tom McCalla will display their watercolor landscapes depicting local scenes.

Sandy Carpenter
Hotel Bellwether
Annie Prevost

1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru March: Painters Annie Prevost and Sandy Carpenter will be displaying their colorful interpretations of the world around us.
Call for Artists for: RARE (Recycled Arts Resource Expo)
Applications Due March 3, 2016

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! The RARE two-day event will serve as a unifying resource that will provide 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, Art booths, Performers, Presenters & Class Instructors with a passion for art from recycled materials to become a part of RARE. To participate, fill out the application at Applications due on Friday, March 3, 2016 by 5pm.

Membership is not required for this event, however, it is greatly appreciated and your membership help 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 x5 or

Call to Artists for: 37th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts
Applications Due April 21, 2016 

Allied Arts is now accepting applications for the 37th annual Holiday Festival of the Arts to be held November 18 - December 24, 2016. 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, artists demonstrating their craft, and even visits from Santa.

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. The deadline for applications is 5pm, April 21, 2016!

For more information contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x5 or

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