Arts Monthly
September 2017
September's Gallery Exhibit
Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2017 Gallery Series is excited to introduce  Point of Reference. This show features art by Jonathan Sureau, Robert E Gigliotti, and Jenny Jansen exhibiting work inspired by organic forms and landscapes, but reinterpreted by the artist with an almost abstract feel. The Bellingham Metal Arts Guild will also be exhibiting smaller works and jewelry in our cases during the month.
Other Allied Arts Exhibits
At Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Through October: Watercolor Artists Tom McCallah and Michael Heath.
Bellingham SeaFeast 2017
Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham SeaFeast 2017 promises you a setting of endless fun and the fabulous food fare of the surrounding bay and straits. A memorable gathering for family and friends.

Allied Arts has organized over 30 booths of local artists and craftspeople exhibiting their sea and maritime themed wares. Check out a full list of participating vendors here.

Can you lend a helping hand? 
Call for Volunteers: 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. Allied Arts of Whatcom County is coordinating the art booth and activities component of this event on Saturday September 23. We need volunteers to help with set up, booth assistance, and take down with shifts from 7 am to 7 pm.
Click here: to sign up. 

Call for Volunteers: The Allied Arts Gallery needs volunteers to help out on the First Friday Art Walks and our annual Membership Meeting. The Art Walk shifts are still available for July 7, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1. There are also set up, staffing, and clean up shifts available for our Membership Meeting on Friday July 21 from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. Click here to sign up. 
Event: Friday, September 1st, 2017 - 6pm to 9pm in the Alley behind Boundary Bay Brewery and Francis Place Apartments

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. “Art for a Vibrant Community” invites you to participate in creating a visual experience of a very real issue within our community. Become a part of this exciting collaboration through your visual art submission to the Art for Homelessness event.

The Art for a Vibrant Community show will be a temporary, outdoor installation, that directly reflects the experience of a life lived in constant transition and at the mercy of the outdoors. The show will take place during the September 1st Downtown Bellingham Art Walk, from 6-9pm. Pieces will be displayed in the outdoor alley and beer garden between Boundary Bay Brewery and Francis Place Apartments. 

For all questions, inquiries, and a full prospectus please email: Jenny Schmidt Events Manager, Boundary Bay Brewery
Workshop - Original Cloth: Eco Dyeing with Rust, Plants, and Magic
 Sept 16th and 17th 10 am-4 pm
$160 most supplies included

Come spend the weekend creating a stash of original fabric using alternative dyeing and mark making methods. Why choose the usual path? Who needs traditional dyes? I will be sharing my crazy experiments dyeing fabric using non-traditional material: plants, rusty metal, cleaning products, and other strange concoctions. I will teach you my version of the magical process of contact print dyeing also known as eco dyeing made famous by the Australian artist India Flint. We will be bundling and unwrapping and celebrating the happy accidents and surprise results. You will leave class with numerous unique pieces of fabric to be used in future creations.

To register: Call 360-305-9058 or Email
Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Sewing Rodeo LIVE Sewing Challenge
Bellingham’s nonprofit textile reuse hub has a new event this Fall to satiate our appetites for showcasing creative reuse: the Sewing Rodeo! In celebration of National Sewing Month in September, Ragfinery will invite six teams of two to enter this friendly 2-day, fun-filled, nail-biting, LIVE sewing and design challenge. 

Teams will be given their design parameters, and have one evening to envision their project, doing a mad dash to select materials, and one day to sew at Ragfinery! The competition will culminate with an in-store fashion show on Saturday, September 23rd, and prizes will be awarded in three categories: People’s Choice, Best Interpretation of Theme, and Best Performance Under Pressure. 

The challenge will open for artist registration on Friday, August 25th. There is no fee to register, but challengers will be responsible for the purchase of their desired materials from Ragfinery and must bring their own sewing machines for use in the competition. There will be a cap of just six teams, so early registration is encouraged. Individuals interested in participating can sign up in person at Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham) and up-to-date details about the event can be found at Mark your calendars, grab a buddy, and get ready to amaze and be amazed, as spectator or challenger!