Arts Monthly
September 2015
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Member Announcements

BellinghamART is celebrating over 16 years teaching drawing, painting and sculpting. Our professional artist/instructors teach engaging, age-appropriate classes and encourage students to explore their creativity and develop confidence in art skills with new materials and techniques. We provide artistic development for artists of all ages and abilities with classes for children as young as 4 years old, teens, and adults. Weekly classes start on Tuesday, September 27. Visit us at or phone 360.738.8379 for registration.

Artist Garage Sale
Local artist, Kathryn Kennard Galvin, will be having a specialty garage sale on Friday, 8/28 and Saturday,
8/29, at her studio at 2984 Plymouth Drive (Ellis is the cross street - near the hospital). She will be selling
frames, books on arts and crafts, print-making supplies, hand-made specialty paper, a Hollander beater, weaving and textile supplies and many other items. The sale starts at 9 a.m. both days. Please call Lindy at 360-922-2396 for details.

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy Painting - Oracle Style (at Stampadoodle)
Saturday Sept 12       11:00am to 2:00pm     
This class is good for people who have never approached Chinese Calligraphy before, starting by learning how to use the ink & water with the brush. Chinese Calligraphy is a form of Zen art which is greatly appreciated. Now we have a course that introduces you to the use of oldest characters of Oracle Inscription. Through these techniques, we encourage you to use you imagination to draw a pictographic painting. All materials are provided.

Kathy Pak at Knight's Martial Arts and Knight's Acupuncture Center for Art Walk
Sept 4, 6pm - 10pm
1417 Cornwall Avenue
Ms. Kathy Pak (白冠雲)started Chinese Calligraphy when she was 6 and followed many famous master calligraphers. She has had numerous calligraphy exhibitions in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Singapore & the State and some of her works are kept in Museums in Austria & China. She will displaying her calligraphy & the artwork of her students. Participate in a calligraphy demonstration from 7pm to 8pm.

September Workshops @Ragfinery
In-Depth Descriptions and Registration at

Food and Snack Bags
This class is ideal for the beginning stitcher, requires basic sewing machine skills.
Fri. 9/4, noon-2pm - $25

Felt Bead Earrings
Learn the most ancient fiber art, felting! Work with wool and learn basic jewelry techniques.
Tues. 9/8, 6-8pm - $25

Beginning Quilting
Create a quilted table runner. 
Thursdays 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 6-9pm - $60

Upcycled Brewery Malt Bag Grocery Tote
Save the breweries' malt bags from the landfill while upcycling your own tote bag!
Sat. 9/12, 1-3:30pm - $20

No Sew Braided Rugs
Keep fabrics out of the landfill and get started on a beautiful braided rug- no sewing needed!
Thurs. 9/17, 3-4:30pm - $10

Basics of Sewing
Learn the basics of sewing! 
Sat. 9/19, 10-3:30pm - $50

Felt Prayer Flags
Enjoy felting? Learn needle felting and paint images with wool. Bring an image to replicate. 
Sat. 9/26, 10am-noon - $25

Lined Zippered Bags
Learn install a zipper! Make 3 lined bags and walk away understanding how to make many more.
Sat. 9/26, 1:30-4:30pm - $35

T-Shirt Skirts
Design fun and comfortable skirts using recycled t-shirts!
Tues. 9/29, 2-4pm - $50

September Workshops at Bellingham Metal Arts Guild
For more information or registration click here

September Board Meeting: September 10, Thursday, 6:00pm, at our BMAG facility located in the Harbor Mall at: 2620 North Harbor Loop Dr., Suite #6, Bellingham, WA 98225

September Member's Meeting: September 10, Thursday, 7:00pm, Please share you latest creation, ask questions & learn more about what we are doing. We will meet at our BMAG facility located in the Harbor Mall at: 2620 North Harbor Loop Dr., Suite #6, Bellingham, WA 98225

"Intensive" Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing: September 12 & 13, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5:00pm. Instructor: Judith Gauthier. $185.00 plus $10.00 basic material/kit fee.

Hydraulic Press Workshop: Sept. 19 & 20, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00aa-3:00pm. Instructor Frank Goss. Adults, BMAG Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing or equivalent. Course fee: $250.00 plus $5.00 basic material/kit fee.

Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing: New session starts September 21, 5 Monday evenings, ending October 19, 6:00-9:00pm. Instructor: Judith Gauthier. Course fee: $185.00 plus $10.00 basic material/kit fee.

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Other Allied Arts Exhibits Around Town

Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way
Through September: "Corvid Curiosity" featuring work from Vikki Jackson, Lyn Jackson and Laurie Potter

Giuseppe's Al Porto
21 Bellwether way
Through November: Photographs from local artist David Eisenhower's travels

Downtown Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial Street
Through September: "Earthly Delights"  featuring work from Penny Bamford, Jean Ferrier, Chris Romine, Anita Boyle and Ria Harboe.

Blues Benefit for the Arts at Chuckanut Square
Wednesday October 21st 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chuckanut Square - 1 400 12th St. and McKenzie St., Fairhaven

Benefit concert featuring local blues and jazz fusion artists such as Brian Simpson, Andy Koch, Fat James and others. Enjoy refreshments while listening to great jazz and browse great silent auction and raffle items. This is a free event, however donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds support the Allied Arts Education project bringing art classes to elementary school children in Whatcom County. Please come, enjoy, and support our kids through Allied Arts.
Whatcom READS! Art Challenge

*The Whatcom READS! Art Challenge will now take place in March 2016.*

Art drop-off days: 10am - 5pm Feb. 29 & March 1, 2016
Opening reception: 6 - 9pm Friday, March 4, 2016
Allied Arts Gallery exhibit dates: March 4 - 26, 2016 

The Whatcom READS! Art Challenge is done in partnership with Whatcom READS! Artists will read the book A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki. They will then create an art piece inspired by the novel in any medium. Art work will be displayed at the gallery March 4-26, 2016.

To participate: 1. Read the book "A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki." Books are available to borrow at any Bellingham or Whatcom County Library or for purchase at Village Books or Allied Arts. 2. Create an art piece inspired by the book. 3. Submit your work to be exhibited on February 29 or March 1 from 10am to 5pm.

For more information, visit our website.
Call to Artists for:  2016 Juried Artist Series and Inside the Box Series
Submission Deadline, 5pm, August 28th, 2015 THAT'S TODAY! 

The Allied Arts Gallery is an extension of Allied Arts of Whatcom County's mission to create and foster an environment in which the arts are an integral part of our community and to support and encourage the arts and artists of Whatcom County.

The 2016 Juried Artist Series will consist of approximately eight shows, each one a month long, taking place in 2016. Participation is open to all artists in Whatcom County. Membership with Allied Arts of Whatcom County is required and can be obtained at the time of application.

The Inside the Box Series was created to highlight smaller, special, hand made goods of any medium. These goods are to be shown in display cases and will run the same length of time (4 weeks) as shows in the gallery space. Items considered for display may include but are not limited to jewelry, small sculptures, miniature paintings, art books, etc.

There is no set theme for these shows. All applications will be judged on the basis of design, technical skill, and originality. Exact show dates will be provided upon acceptance.

We encourage all artists of any level to apply for either one or both of these opportunities. You only need one application for either show. Applications will be available starting now and can be obtained online at or in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Ave in Downtown Bellingham. Applications are due no later than 5pm, August 28th, 2015 to the Allied Arts Gallery. No email applications will be accepted.

For more information, contact Katy Tolles, Artist Services Coordinator at 676-8548 x2 or

Call to Artists for:  SPIE International Year of Light Exhibit

Allied Arts of Whatcom County has partnered with SPIE and the International Year of Light to create a unique art exhibit pairing light and technology. This is an opportunity open to artists of all skill levels and mediums to present a work of art that exemplifies, honors, or speaks to the importance of light. 

To participate: Turn in your Participation Form (find it on our website here) by Monday, November 16th. Submit your light inspired work on Monday or Tuesday, November 30th and December 1st, 10am - 5pm. This is an open exhibit and will not be juried, however, works must be inspired by the theme of light. All mediums, genres and skill levels are welcome to participate in this exhibit. Space is limited and items will be shown on a first come, first hung basis. Entry forms can be obtained online at or in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Ave in Downtown Bellingham.

SPIE: SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics located in Bellingham, Wa. This not-for-profit society serves more than 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries. Their goal is to advance emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies: a United Nations program
This ongoing event recognizes the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health.

For more information about SPIE    
For more information about The Year of Light 
For more information about applying 

The Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store is Bursting at the Seams! 
Thanks to a substantial donation from the estate of Martina Elenbaas we are overflowing with every kind of art supply imaginable. Martina was a very prolific artist and her husband John Novak has generously donated her supplies to our Thrift Store so that others may have the opportunity to utilize the materials. In the last few days dozens of experienced and budding artists have come in to pick up some of these great items. Donated supplies include acrylic paints, brushes, silk painting supplies, knick-knacks, frames, mats, sketchpads, paper, and so much more. In addition to supplies we have also received finished pieces: sketches, acrylic and watercolor paintings. 

Again, we would like to thank the family of Martina Elenbaas for this very generous donation and we hope Martina would appreciate that her supplies will help the creative endeavors of many local artists. 

The Allied Arts Reuse Thrift Store is open Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm and Saturday, 12pm - 5pm and is located at the back of the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Ave. Downtown Bellingham. All items are donated and sales support Allied Arts various opportunities for artists and arts education in local schools. 

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