Arts Monthly
May 2017 Edition
It's spring fever.... You don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
Mark Twain
(I think we all know we just want a bit more sun!)
Help us honor our young artists: Children's Art Walk
Whatcom County students proudly display their works of art at Allied Arts' annual Children’s Art Walk. Art lovers can stroll through downtown Bellingham and delight in children’s creative expressions displayed in store windows, hear live youth musical performances, and participate in other special offerings. Art will stay on display throughout the month of May in honor of the state wide Arts Education Month. 

Ann Wallace at Giuseppe's Al Porto

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

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.
The State of the Arts in Washington State: ArtsWA Reception

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SpringHill Suites by Marriott - lobby and boardroom
4040 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98226
No Host Bar

Please join us in welcoming the Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission- Karen Hanan, commissioners and staff to Bellingham. They will be giving a brief overview of the work of the Arts Commission as well as discussion and updates on funding for the arts on the state and federal levels.

Save the Date and GIVE BIG! 
On May 10, 2017 Allied Arts of Whatcom County is joining more than one thousand nonprofits in raising money to help make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

For over 35 years, Allied Arts of Whatcom County has been a driving force in cultivating and nourishing the local arts scene and serves more than 50,000 people annually.

Allied Arts has improved the cultural health and vitality of the community through community events involving visual artists and musicians, its sponsorship of exhibits and programs focused on local artists, its extensive arts education in local schools and its public advocacy for the arts. Currently, we are focused on developing and increasing collaborative relationships with local and regional organizations serving Whatcom County.

Three ways you can help:

1. Mark your calendar for May 10, 2017 and bookmark this giving link:

2. Please make a donation to support us on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. If you can’t participateon May 10, you can give early starting on April 27.

3. Help us spread the word! Follow us on Facebook Follow the hashtags #GiveBIG.
Springtime means Studio Sweep!

When: Friday, May 19, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, May 20, 12pm - 5pm

Where: Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham

Afraid to open the door to your work space for fear of being buried in an avalanche of stuff? Or are you needing to build your stash and looking for good deals on arts and crafts supplies? Studio Sweep is for you! Join us on May 19 & 20 to get rid of or obtain gently used (or not used at all) art, craft and office supplies. Things you might find are paint brushes, canvas, pottery supplies, easels, drawing materials, textiles, beads, tools, studio seconds, prints, fine art pieces, musical instruments, costumes… and the list goes on.

There are two ways to sweep your studio:
1. Rent a space and sell your own excess supplies. Bring your own tables or display materials of your choice. Space is limited, deadline is for registration is Tuesday May 15. 

2. Donate Items: You may donate your items directly to the Allied Arts Thrift Store at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham WA, 98225, before May 15.

We need to do our own spring cleaning too!
When Studio Sweep is done, 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!)
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.
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
The Wild Buffalo, Whatcom Talk, Allied Arts, Dakota Art, and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership Present:
Stroke Off! - A Live Art Competition and Community Celebration

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.
New faces and new training for our Arts Education Project

Welcome to our two newest Teaching Artists, Barbara Jean Hicks and Rachel Potter

Congratulations to Ellen Clark and Deirdre Czoberek for completing Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab.
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.