Arts Monthly
August 2019 Edition
Our gallery is about to get WACK!
Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2019 Gallery Series welcomes back WACK, Whatcom’s Artists of Clay and Kiln. WACK is a non-profit organization dedicated to ceramic artists from Whatcom County with a passion for creative expression with clay. We are excited to present this exhibit, honoring clay’s malleable shapes and forms. The theme for this year’s show is “Set the Table.” The Bellingham Youth Jazz Band will also be performing outside the gallery during Art Walk.

Set the Table will run from August 2 - 31. 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 our community. For more information visit or contact: Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or .

Gallery Pegasus is now renting wall space
Using the Art Market model, we are renting 8 ft spaces to artists who want to show in the gallery. The cost is $70.00 per month Plus 25% commission on the sales. You can share this space with someone you know whose art is compatible with yours. Important note: There are no shifts required. The gallery will be open at least five days per week. We ask for at least three months commitment. If you are interested call Heidi Wood @360 599 7731 or email
Announcing the Cultural Congress
Cultural Access Washington and the Washington State Arts Alliance have joined forces. With an energized vision and new name, Inspire Washington aims to build a broad and powerful statewide coalition to champion advocacy and resource development for Washington's cultural sector. Our powerful union of science, heritage, and the arts, creates extensive reach, profound impact and innovative opportunities.

We want to hear what you envision for our cultural future, so please join us at this year's Cultural Congress; October 21-23, in Toppenish, Washington. This year, we promise another fun and meaningful conference while engaging you in powerful and inspiring work. This year, we've chosen a potent conference theme:  Forging our Cultural Future.  

Washington is booming with new residents and businesses. Though much of this growth and abundance has been fueled by the vitality of our cultural sector, many of us feel that our community has been left behind. Public and corporate support is shrinking, and many Washingtonians don’t understand the value, nor the opportunity, of cultural work. It’s time for us to rally, strategize and be bold. A unified coalition and a strategic agenda focused on securing new resources, recruiting political champions, communicating our value, and forming vital alliances can transform our current state of scarcity into sustainable cultural prosperity. 

With the critical mass of our cultural state, we will launch conversations about statewide planning. What do we want our cultural sector to be in the future? How will our impact transform our communities? What are we capable of accomplishing together?

Call for art: Historical Fairhaven Association
Historic Fairhaven Association is looking for an original map of Fairhaven to be displayed at the Fairhaven Gazebo on the corner of Harris Avenue and 10th Street. Art work is to be hand painted/drawn/applied on existing board.*

The map should be a ‘timeless’ representation of the historic and creative spirit of Fairhaven Village. With a focus on getting around the village and noting local landmarks (no specific businesses), it should also nod toward destinations nearby (ie. downtown Bellingham, Marine Park, Mt Baker....) Your creative interpretation is what we are looking for.

Artwork guidelines:
  1. May be full color fine art, graphic art, line or illustration. Basically, any 2D image will be considered.
  2. Final map size is approximately 4’x4’.
  3. Due to placement on the gazebo, direction is important. West should be at the top, North to the right, East to the bottom and South to the left.
  4. Please include “You are Here” at the map location!
  5. Artwork must be original to artist.
  6. You may submit as many images as you want.
  7. Must be able to create final art upon acceptance.

The top 10 submissions will each receive a Fairhaven swag bag. The selected artist will receive $500. Artist will be acknowledged on HFA website and the image.

All art submissions are due by July 31, 2019. Submit jpeg images and/or questions to:

*the board is able to be removed and worked on offsite, if desired.  

2019 Amateur Chalk Art Festival
When: Saturday, August 10, 10am – 2pm
Where: 1322 Cornwall Ave by the Dakota Art Store
People of all skill levels, from artists to budding artists to people who just want to have fun, are encouraged to participate. The purpose of the event is to revive a beloved festival, provide a fun activity for individuals and families, and to enrich the Bellingham area with local art. This is a not for profit festival. The only cost to participants is to purchase a chalk kit unless they bring their own non-toxic chalk or pastels. Crayola 48 piece kits will be sold for $5 and 48 piece pastel kits will cost $10. The chalk art will take place regardless of the weather. There is ample covered area to use in case of rain. We encourage all skill levels to come and participate or to just come down and see the beauty unfold.  
Want to find out about more great art events and opportunities happening throughout Whatcom County? Check out our Events Calendar!