Arts Monthly
November  2016 Edition
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Winter Hours
Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and office will be closed Mondays throughout November and December. We will also be closed Thanksgiving Day and December 24 - January 1.

Mosaic Supplies for Sale
Are you a mosaic artist? Have you always wanted to be? If so, I've got you seriously covered! I'm selling my extensive, fabulous collection of tiles and ceramic pieces, collected over the last 16 years. Almost a cubic yard of tile: 12"x12"s in a wide variety of colors; decorative tiles of all sizes and shapes, fabulous ceramic sculptured lids, plates, etc.; plus a great selection of broken tile pieces in bright and harder-to-find colors. This collection will set you up for just about anything you want to do with mixed tile and ceramics.  Sold only as a lot, no individual pieces. A lot of fabulous tile; all of which is yours for $300 obo. Click here for the full ad, pictures and contact info.

Classes around town

Upcoming Workshops @ Ragfinery
In-Depth Descriptions and Registration at

Introduction to Weaving
Dates: Saturdays, Nov. 5th, 10am-noon, Nov. 12th & 19th, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Aurora Lindquist
Cost: $88

No-Sew Braided Rugs
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 6-8pm
Instructor: Kirsten Wert
Cost: $22

Sewing Bootcamp
Date: Saturdays, Nov. 12th and 19th, 10am to 1pm
Instructor: Brigitte Parra
Cost: $75

FREE: The Stocking Project
Dates: Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 6-8pm, and Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 1-3pm
Instructors: Jeni Cottrell and Harold Niven
Cost: FREE

Inkle Loom Weaving
Date: Saturday Nov. 26th, 1-4pm
Instructor: Aurora Lindquist
Cost: $33

After Hours Shopping and Crafting
Dates: Wednesdays, Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th, Dec. 14th, Dec. 21st, 5-8pm
Note that no sewing support is provided for crafting.

And some more arts events! 

Through November 12, Lloyd Blakley Paintings at PeaceHealth Blakley has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest since 1982. His work has evolved from abstractions that investigated the spatial qualities of light and form to abstract landscape paintings that are intended to evoke a sense of place and time. He has exhibited for over 40 years in numerous solo and group shows, and his work resides in numerous public, corporate and private collections. The Healing through Art program at PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center and the Lucia Douglas Gallery present a new exhibit of paintings by Lloyd Blakley. This exhibit is on display near the Grounds and Grains Cafe by the East Tower Entrance of the hospital.

Though December 31, 2016 Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates at the Lightcatcher The result of seven years of fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, and showcasing the photographic techniques Susan Middleton has developed over the past three decades, this exhibition presents 50 portraits of rarely or never-before-seen ocean dwellers. Middleton visually isolates each creature she photographs to best capture its individual character and to spotlight the dazzling natural blueprints inherent in the marine invertebrate realm of life. From a juvenile Pacific Giant Octopus, to the Widehand Hermit Crab, Middleton's images open our eyes to both the fragility and the resiliency of these species.

Through December 3, 2016 Susan Point Past Present: Cultural Visions in New Media at the Western Washington Art Gallery Susan Point is a world renowned artist who seamlessly synthesizes her Musqueam, Coast Salish, heritage with contemporary media. This exhibit will highlight Point's multi-dimensional visions that continually push the boundaries of classic Coast Salish aesthetics and challenge the constraints placed on First Nation artists by academics, collectors, and the art market. 

Through January 15, 2017 National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs at the Lightcatcher Building The Whatcom Museum will open a major traveling exhibition this fall, National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs, in the Lightcatcher building, the only West Coast stop of the national tour. The exhibition, which showcases some of National Geographic's most compelling photographs, runs through January 15, 2017. From Steve McCurry's unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols' iconic image of Jane Goodall with a chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie's never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine's most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its more-than-120-year history. 

Through December 2, Michael Dinning: Exploring What Lies Hidden, at the Jansen Art Center Spokane artist Michael Dinning believes that the essence and mystery of life is defined by the interplay of those things seen and not seen. He has long been intrigued by the idea of trying to depict the hidden. His creative process embraces this idea. Dinning begins by generating imagery and focus through writing. Often, this writing is included in his finished artwork. Dinning also utilizes a variety of under-painting techniques and chooses to show all of the hardware used in the construction of his artwork. The combination of these steps allow those things normally hidden during the creative process to become part of his finished artwork.

November 3, 17th Annual Mt. Baker Film and Art Festival at the Mount Baker Theatre Since 1999, the Mt. Baker Film & Art Festival has been the premier location for local and independent filmmakers to share their work with an audience of avid winter enthusiasts. Arrive early for the Winter Expo where local businesses will be on hand to show off new goods and services for the upcoming winter season. There are plenty of prizes to be raffled off in both the Winter Expo and on the Main Stage, where one lucky person will win the grand prize of a 2016-2017 Mt. Baker Ski Area Season Pass. Come for the films and stay for the festivities. Doors open at 6 pm.

Its that time of year again! Click the image above to get the latest details about participating artists, kids activities and musical performances! 

All of us at Allied Arts are deeply saddened to learn of George's passing. We so enjoyed his visits to the gallery, humorous artwork and warm friendship. George was looking forward to being part of the November exhibit at Allied Arts. We plan to have some of his work on display. Please come celebrate the arts and his life with us Friday, November 4 from 6:00-9:00 pm.
Other Exhibits Also Curated by Allied Arts Gallery

Downtown Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial Street, Downtown Bellingham
Thru November: Joules Martin creates landscape paintings using nontraditional objects to apply acrylic paint to canvas. Her technique of short groupings of impasto stokes has been compared to Pointillism.

Hotel Bellwether 
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru November: If you missed our Splendid Sunsets exhibit at the Allied Arts Gallery, catch a smaller version of it featuring work from Pam Heward, David Eisenhower, Jeanne McGee and Heidi Wood.

Giuseppe's Al Porto: Italian Restaurant 
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru December: Landscape Painter Laura Hansen.
Washington State Artists: Artist Trust wants to hear from you! 

Artist Trust is conducting their Annual Artist Survey to better understand and respond to the needs of individual artists of all disciplines. Every entry will be entered into a drawing to win a $200 prize for one lucky artist to apply towards things they need for making their art. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts - and please share this survey with other Washington State artists! The survey closes at midnight on November 8th, 2016. Click here to take the survey now. 
Thanks to all who gave their support for Public Access Television in Bellingham! 

And a big thank you to our City Council and the Mayor's Office for their support of an informed, creative, diverse and open community.  Anyone interested in being part of our great endeavor can visit the City of Bellingham website.
Bellingham National 2017 Juried Art Exhibition and Awards @ Whatcom Museum
Entry Deadline: February 10
Exhibition Dates: June 10 - September 10, 2017
Juror: Catharina Manchanda, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum
Awards: 1st $2,000; 2nd $1,000; 3rd $500; Popular Award $500
Exhibition Title & Theme: Drawing Practice
The Whatcom Museum is seeking submissions by artists for whom drawing is an integral conceptual part of their practice. Submissions may be connected to ideas of language, writing, notation, mapping, movement, dance, performance, as well as connections to space and architecture. Drawing practices may involve traditional or non-traditional materials, and can include time-based and site-specific installations or performances.
The flood of images disseminated on the internet, and with it the attendant information overload, invite renewed attention to drawing as a comparably "slow" medium. Traditionally tied to the conception and development of ideas, drawing remained the stepchild to the more durable mediums of painting and sculpture well into the 1960s. The subsequent interest in process and fragment rather than the finished product allowed drawing to assume a far more influential position. In our contemporary moment, drawing practices warrant particular attention as they open new avenues for artistic thought and expression, especially vis-à-vis digital modes of communication and information sharing.

*NOTE* The November Board meeting will be held November 15 at the Holiday Festival location at 6pm. Sorry, shopping will not allowed at this time. There will be no December board meeting.
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