Arts Monthly
October 2017
October's Gallery Exhibit
Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2017 Gallery Series is excited to introduce  From Where I Sit. This show features work from local painters Helen Dorn, Joanne Plucy, and Ann Chaikin. The works capture interior intimate spaces as well as exterior scenes explored during quiet contemplation. Our display cases will be filled with jewelry that explores organic and man-made forms in metal and gemstones by Lianne Redpath Worlund.
Other Allied Arts Exhibits
At Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Through October: Watercolor Artists Tom McCallah and Michael Heath.
Creative Spaces Community Art Project
October 6 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join artist Mary Ennes Davis during First Friday Art Walk in a creating mural for the Opportunity Council. (Free. All ages) Funded in part by the Whatcom Community Foundation.

Can you lend a helping hand? 

Call for Volunteers: The Allied Arts Gallery needs volunteers to help out on the First Friday Art Walks. The Art Walk shifts are still available for October 6, November 3, and December 1. Click here to sign up. 
Whatcom Artist Studio Tour
First 2 weekends in October.
Oct. 7,8, 14, & 15 from 10 am to 5 pm

A FREE Self-guided Art Tour!

In its 23nd year, we have nearly 40 artists in 30 studios. Each studio features the work of the primary artist, and some may include additional artists as well, providing a unique and compelling variety of artwork.
Visit to the list of participating artists.
Ceramics Studio Ice Cream Fundraiser
The Jansen Art Center would like to invite you to an ice cream fundraiser on October 12. The proceeds from this event will support our Ceramics Studio to continue making awesome ceramics pieces. The three mystery ice cream flavors will be provided by Edaleen Dairy. For $5, you can buy a couple of scoops of ice cream in a paper bowl, but for $10, you can get a couple of scoops of ice cream in your very own ceramics bowl! The bowls provided for the fundraiser have been made by local artists and students from the Jansen Art Center. It should be a fun event with a sweet treat to go along with supporting something great. Stop by the Jansen Art Center from 4:00pm to 7:00pm to get a scoop on all of the action! We hope to see you there! 
Bellingham Burlesque of 1927 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center

  BELLINGHAM BURLESQUE OF 1927 is a bawdy, cabaret-style musical that takes the wraps off of a travelling Burlesque troupe stopping in prohibition-era Bellingham. Low comedy and high friction on stage end in a “revealing” act of desperation. Martha Benedict, Martin Bray, Akilah Williams, Amanda Carpp and the “Top Banana”, Paul Henderson, bare all through songs, dances and vintage slapstick. 

Performances are October 5-7, 7:30pm, and October 7, 3pm , at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20. Information: 360-305-6526 .
Call to Artists: The Starving Artist Fund & Open Call for 2018 Proposals at the Make.Shift
Make.Shift’s Starving Artist Fund By the end of 2017, we hope to raise $5,000 in order to create a scholarship fund for low-income artists to receive assistance framing their work. With the help of our community, we can help over 50 artists purchase professional frames to hang their work in upcoming shows. To donate, folks can simply visit our website at for a link to the online crowdfunding campaign.

Due October 31, Make.Shift Art Space is NOW accepting show proposals for 2018. Have an awesome concept? We wanna hear about it! Just visit and fill out a Proposal Application. We are looking for concepts from individuals and groups of artists. We prioritize work from emerging and marginalized artists. 
Call to Artists: Gallery Pegasus Exhibit
Gallery Pegasus is putting together a show with a focus on the various contemporary methods of abstract art .
The exhibit runs from November 3 rd  – December 31 st .
Please email  to submit your work, or for more details.
Presented by CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival at the Pickford Film Center's Doctober Festival.
3:15 p.m., Saturday, October 14
Followed by Q & A after the film. Directed by  Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday
An audience favorite at CASCADIA’s 2017 festival, this documentary feature is an inspiring story about a diva, business owner and Holocaust survivor who is a tiny woman with a huge personality. At less than five feet tall, Big Sonia--90-year-old Sonia Warshawski--earned her nickname by having style and personality that are larger than life. One of Kansas City’s last living Holocaust survivors, Sonia tells her incredible story as often and to as many people as possible. And when Big Sonia speaks, people listen.
6 p.m., Saturday, October 14
Followed by Q & A via Skype with directors Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum
 Featuring Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton as the voice of Gertrude Bell, this film tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. Gertrude Bell was an extraordinary British diplomat, mountaineer, archaeologist and alleged spy who helped shape the Middle East right alongside Lawrence of Arabia. His story, of course, is well known, while hers was lost to the sands of time. Until now. Using never-seen-before footage, the film chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian Desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power. It is a fascinating look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq, taking us into a past that is eerily current.
Bellingham Theatre Guild presents "The Mousetrap"

September 22 - October 8
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, and one of them is a murderer. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, a policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.

Show times are 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:00 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students and $14 for adults. Tickets are available online at or at the BTG Ticket Office, Tuesdays through Saturdays 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Phone is  360-733-1811.
Studio Space Available!
1500 sqft Studio in Bellingham for Lease
1500 sqft studio space includes 500 sqft office area with nice bath/shower, $500 sqft of shop area, 500 sqft of mezzanine.
Shares building with Hot Glass Studio (and Cold shop) which are available for rental use
2111 Lincoln st Bellingham, conveniently right off the freeway, next to Hardware Sales and has off street parking. 200 amps of single and 3-phase power.
$1250 per month, ($10/sqft/year) available mid-July
1st and last and $2500 deposit to move in, minimum 3 year lease

Contact Alan Anders 360 540 5112,
Whatcom Community Foundation's Board Match is a great way to get involved and make a difference on a local Non-Profit Board.
  • Board Match gives you a way to give back while advancing your professional and personal goals.
  • Board Match trains you for new board service.
  • Board Match helps you to connect with local nonprofit organizations who seek board members

Program dates: Thursday,  October 12th, 5:15 to 6:30pm (snacks will be served)
Thursday,  October 19th, 5:15 to 8:30 pm (dinner will be served)

To get more information and register for Board Match go to Whatcom Community Foundation Board Match
Thank you for your continued support of Allied Arts of Whatcom County. Please take a moment to fill out our Survey of Our Value Within the Community. The purpose of this survey is to determine the needs of our community.
Want to find out about more great art events and opportunities happening in October? Check out our Events Calendar!