Arts Monthly
October 2016 Edition
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Weekend Closure
Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and office will be closed starting at 3pm on Friday, September 30th and all day Saturday, October 1st for SeaFeast. Come down and see us there! 

Classes around town

Baker Creek Ceramic Studio
Classes & Workshops
October 2016
4058 Hammer Drive #105
Bellingham, WA 98226
Dia de los Muertos Sculpting with George Rodriguez, Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 29-30 (2 days), $195

Clay Projects, Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26 (4 sessions), $120

Handbuilding & Sculpting, Tuesdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 6 (6 sessions), $165

Throwing Pottery, Thursdays, Oct. 28-Dec. 8 (6 sessions), $180

Upcoming Workshops @ Ragfinery
In-Depth Descriptions and Registration at

Ragfinery is proudly hosting Green Eileen's pop-up shop, Saturday, Oct. 15th from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  Come shop their collection of gently worn Eileen Fisher clothing at up to 70% off the original prices.  Learn more about Green Eilee at

Sewing Bootcamp: Costume Edition  Dates: Saturdays, October 1st, and 8th
Time: 10am - 1pm
Instructor: Jenna Bradford
Cost: $75

After hours shopping!
You spoke and we heard! We're now opening our doors every 4th Wednesday of the month for after hours shopping. AND, stick around to sew and craft with other creative folks in our classroom!
Date: Wednesday, 9/28, 10/26 (Every 4th Wednesday)
Time: 5-8pm

Kids Soft Book Camp
 Ages 6-10
Date: Thursdays - Oct. 6th, 13th, and 20th (3 consecutive Thursdays)
Time: 2pm-5pm (following early release days for Bellingham Public Schools)
Instructor: Allie Pasquier
Cost: $106

And some more arts events! 

Ongoing, at the Old City Hall, Nostalgic Saturation: Mid-Century Bellingham in Historic Color History isn't all in black and white. This exhibition will feature photographs from a not-so-distant past.

Through October 30, "Colloquy in Copper" at the Mindport repousse copper works by Jonathan Winter (co-founder & curator of the Spark Museum) These sculpted low relief pieces were inspired by the petroglyphs of the Northern Californian Chumash Indians & other early forms of visual communication. 

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, 

Through December 31, 2016 FIG Studio Arts and Crafts at the Whatcom Museum Explore color, collage, drawing, printing, and more in our art studio. 

September 19 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.
September 20 - October 8 Artist's Choice 2016 at Fourth Corner Frames. Artist's Choice" is back by popular demand. A collaborative show between artist and framer, the mediums are as diverse as the subject matters..

September 22 - 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.

October 1, 2016 - 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.

October 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Old City Hall, Artist Lecture with Photographer Susan Middleton Acclaimed photographer, author, professor, and lecturer, Susan Middleton specializes in capturing images of rare and endangered animals, plants, and natural habitats.

October 2016 "Mixed Bag" at Tillie Lace Gallery Tillie Lace Gallery will be participating in the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour this October! During the tour, the gallery presents "Mixed Bag," a solo art exhibition by Cooper Lanza, featuring works from her past and present

October 3, 2016 through March 2017, Plenty of Things to Do: The Work of Northwest Children's Author and Illustrator Doris Burn, Wilson Library at WWU Burn is an award-winning children's author and illustrator, and long-time resident of the San Juan Islands..

Through October, Whatcom Art Market Weekly Featured Artist During the month of October we will be featuring four of our fiber artists who handcraft fashion and household items for your enjoyment for the new season.

Starting October 6 at the Jansen Art Center The Jansen Art Center will be featuring the Fibers & Beyond Show, artist Michael Dinning, Jewelry from Take a Wrist: Out of the Box Jewelry Challenge and the Fall Juried Exhibit.

October 7 from 6 to 9 pm, Love Loves to Love Opening Reception & Art Walk at Make.Shift For October's first Friday art walk, Makeshift Gallery presents "Love Loves to Love," showcasing the paintings of Malissa Perry, a woman with Down Syndrome and autism, and her caregiver, artist Christen Mattix. 

October 7 and 8, BAAY Presents: It's Good to be Home BAAY is proud to partner with Children of The Setting Sun Productions which is a multi-media, film, and theatre arts production company specializing in Coast Salish storytelling. This powerful story about Luke, struggling to find his way home after years in the foster care system. 

Jewelry and metal art in our display cases will feature work from members of the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild.
Other Exhibits Also Curated by Allied Arts Gallery

Downtown Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial Street, Downtown Bellingham
Thru October: If you missed our Go Figure  exhibit at our gallery, catch a smaller version of it at the Downtown Visitor's Center. Featuring work by Joetta Egan, Jenny Chatterton and Rafa Mithuna.

Hotel Bellwether 
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru October: Landscape Painter Joules Martin.

Giuseppe's Al Porto: Italian Restaurant 
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Waterfront
Thru December: Landscape Painter Laura Hansen.
Allied Arts is hosting 30 local artists and craftspeople on Saturday from 10am - 6pm, all featuring maritime and sea themed work! 
SpringHill Suites Bellingham Hosts ArtNight Event for Guests and Community
Friday October 14, 5:30 - 8:30
The SpringHill Suites Bellingham will host its third annual ArtNight event Friday, October 14, partnering with Allied Arts of Whatcom County to bring the local art scene to hotel guests and the surrounding community. Join us for appetizers and great jazz music performed by The Anissa Jazz Trio.

Serving as a space for creativity and inspiration, The SpringHill Suites Bellingham will give guests and neighbors the unique opportunity to connect and appreciate great art. Allied Arts of Whatcom County will display various local art to help bring a taste of local talent into the hotel for the evening.

"ArtNight reflects the brand's focus on style and design while paying tribute to local art communities," said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott. "We're proud that the SpringHill Suites Bellingham extended this experience to its guests and the surrounding Whatcom County community."

SpringHill Suites recognizes the importance of art in everyday life and is focused on delivering modern style and design to its guests. ArtNight is the brand's award winning experiential platform that allows more than 300 hotels across the country to connect guests with local communities while providing local artists outlets to showcase their talent.

 Northwest Designer Craftsmen
Come join us - apply for membership

Juried membership in the NWDC can open new doors for you -
  • Network with over 100 established and recognized artists.
  • Display your work in regional museums and galleries.
  • Educate the public about the depth and breadth of fine craft.
All fine craft artists are welcome to apply.  Member applications are being accepted October 1 - 31, 2016.  It is free to apply. In November, applicants will be evaluated by current members in an on-line jury process. If accepted, members pay annual dues and serve on volunteer committees.

For information about Northwest Designer Craftsmen and a new member application, go to the information page on our website:

Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft. Current members of Northwest Designer Craftsmen live in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. They work in various media including ceramics, glass, metal arts, jewelry, wood, textiles, fiber, basketry and mixed media. Still other members support fine craft in the Pacific Northwest as educators, managers of non-profit arts organizations or buyers of art for public or private collections.  Monthly meetings and artist lectures are held in Seattle, Washington.

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