Arts Monthly
September 2018
“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” 
Humbert Wolfe
Coming up in our Gallery for September
Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2018 Gallery Series is excited to present Organic Reaction , an exhibit dedicated to the inspiration and beauty of the natural world, and the art that can be made from it. Featuring work from Penny Bamford, Nancy Canyon, John D'Onofrio, Suzannah Gusukuma, and Shannon Kirby. Allied Arts presents this show in conjunction with Endangered Species , an ongoing exhibit at Whatcom Museum, which highlights artists’ unique ability to bring attention to the importance of biodiversity and the protection of endangered species from diverse ecosystems. Together, these exhibits honor nature and coexistence.

Local writer John Hoyte will also be on-hand during the opening reception signing copies of his new book Persistence of Light .

The Allied Arts Gallery is dedicated to providing a professional space for local artists of every background and experience level to present and sell their work, supporting the arts and artists of Bellingham’s community. For more information visit or contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or
Call for Art!
"Road Trippin' to Bellingham" is our 2019 Cultural Art Tourism advertising campaign and we need fresh art!

Do you have art that depicts roads, cars, travel or otherwise fits the road trip theme? Your work could be chosen for use in ad campaigns in art publications throughout the northwest! If we decide to feature your work, you will be credited on the ad & you will receive a $50 gift certificate to our Art Supply Thrift Store.

Send a high resolution image to to be considered for this amazing opportunity!
Lend a helping hand!
We have some great volunteer opportunities coming up. Click the links below to lend a helping hand!

Closure notice
Allied Arts Gallery, Office and Thrift Store will be closed Saturday, September 22 because all of our staff will be down at the waterfront for SeaFeast! So join us down there! More info below!
Endangered Species Artist Project
Sponsored by North Cascades Audubon Society 
in conjunction with the Whatcom Museum 2018 Endangered Species Exhibit

Our 2018 Holiday Tree displayed at the Whatcom Museum will feature decorations created by local artists depicting climate-threatened and endangered bird species. Information about the challenges these birds face will be provided by NCAS either on the back of the ornament or in a display by the tree (or both).
Want to help?
Artist and Crafts people create: A creative depiction of one of 26 birds, designed as a 5” - 7” hanging tree ornament 
NCAS provides: Photos and climate challenge info related to the birds for you to use as you create your art—any media/craft form welcome! It just needs to hang well. NCAS sets up and takes down the tree decorations

Timeline: Artwork needed by November 1, Decoration setup is mid-November, take down early January, Art is returned in January 2019 

Project contact: Chris Brewer, or 336-207-7505
Contact Chris to receive the selected climate endangered and threatened 
bird lists and images / bird information
—You are what hope looks like to a bird! Thanks for being a part of this project.
Call to Artists: Skagit Artists Annual Fall Show
Skagit Artists, a 501 c 3 corporation, invites 2d and 3d artists living in Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan, Island and Snohomish Counties of Washington State to submit work for their annual fall show. You do not have to be a member of Skagit Artists to enter. Submitting artists must be age 18 or over. This juried exhibition is held in conjunction with the La Conner’s annual Arts Alive! Show and is a fully sanctioned event of this art celebration. La Conner’s Arts Alive! is a popular venue that attracts hundreds of collectors. The Skagit Artists portion of the show will take place at the La Conner’s Historic Civic Garden Club at 622 South Second Street, La Conner, WA 98257 There will be a total of $1200 in cash awards. This years jurors are Kelly Hart Director of Allied Arts and Linda R Hughes, ceramic artist and gallery consultant at Fourth Corner Frames. The deadline to apply is September 14th and the show runs November 9th through the 11th. You can read the entire call and apply online at
Cascadia International Women's Film Festival Opens for Short Film Submissions
Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival is now accepting submissions via FilmFreeway for exceptional short films directed by women. Those selected will be presented at a multi-day festival April 11-14, 2019 at Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA.

Submissions of short films under 25 minutes are being accepted via FilmFreeway now through November 15, 2018. Films must be directed or co-directed by women and have been released no later than 2017. Films can be of any genre. Feature films for the festival are curated. Those considering submission are strongly encouraged to first review our 2017 and 2018 Official Selection on the CASCADIA website as an indicator of the level of quality the festival is seeking.

CASCADIA is one of only two film festivals in the United States dedicated to exclusively showcasing the work of women directors. The festival debuted in April 2017 at Pickford Film Center, presenting 24 exceptional films directed by women.

For more information visit:
BellinghamART is ‘where everyone can learn to draw, and paint’
With over 18 years as Bellingham’s premier provider of art classes for children as young as 4, we provide quality art instruction that develops art skills and increases self-confidence. While teaching a child to draw, paint and sculpt we include academic information in subjects such as social studies, geography, math and science. Art classes for Teens give them the confidence to accomplish anything. Our students not only learn how to draw, paint and sculpt; they also develop their creative problem solving, and essential life skills to achieve success in school and in life. Adult students receive clear ‘hands-on’ art instruction in a range of mediums and techniques. Classes follow the principles of drawing and painting from observation and students learn in the time-honored tradition of classical training. Visit or Phone 360.738.8379
Call to Artists for “Artist Choice 2019 – Photography Edition”
For full prospectus and guidelines visit

Show parameters:
  • Artist selected images must be printed and ready to be framed. We will accept photo images printed on traditional paper or stretched canvas, or printed on metal or acrylic substrates, using the newest technology. Images must be all-age appropriate.
  • There is a limit of two images per photographer for exhibition at the show.
  • Images are not to exceed 16” at the longest point. Smaller images can be matted up to 16”.
  • All work entered must be for sale. The gallery will take a 25% commission when work sells.
  • Images should be signed.

To apply:
  • Send artist information, image, description, and price of work to

Dates to remember:
  • Show runs January 18 – February 23, 2019, with an opening artist reception Friday, January 18, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, artists are in encouraged to attend! Another reception will be held during Art Walk February 1, 6pm – 9pm, artist participation is optional.
  • Confirmation of participation and payment of entry fees are due no later than December 3, 2018. Apply early space is limited!
Art Equipment for Sale
Adjustable art table (raise / lower, tilt), $75 o-b-o; comparable to new table costing $300. size / dimensions:42" x" 30" x 48". Ferndale; delivery elsewhere is negotiable. Call Eric, 360-389-6132
Art Card Spinner Rack (white) $5.00 (OBO) 29.5” high by 10.5” wide. Candace Buethorn, 360-201-9331. Buethorn Watercolor Studio, 301 W. Holly, #M5, Bellingham, WA 98225
Journal & Art Card Spinner Rack (black) $15.00 (OBO) 67” high by 16” wide. There are two of these racks. One is still in the box. Candace Buethorn, 360-201-9331. Buethorn Watercolor Studio, 301 W. Holly, #M5, Bellingham, WA 98225
Wooden Flat Storage Unit for Paper and Artwork $25.00 (OBO) Six feet wide (6’) by 31” deep by 41” high. Slots measure 5” high and 34.5” wide. You haul, from art gallery location (see below). Candace Buethorn, 360-201-9331. Buethorn Watercolor Studio, 301 W. Holly, #M5, Bellingham, WA 98225
2018 Calendar of Allied Arts Events and Application Deadlines
If application information is not currently on the linked pages, please check back, pages are updated regularly to reflect the current status of the event.

2019 Gallery & Community Exhibits Monthly exhibits in 2019 App Due 8/23/18

Bellingham SeaFeast September 21 & 22 Application Deadline June 24
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 December throughout Whatcom County? Check out our Events Calendar!