Arts Monthly
October 2019 Edition
A view of the land we love...
Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2019 Gallery Series is pleased to introduce an exhibit commemorating the beautiful land we live in. We are excited to bring in a local Veteran Artist Group; Michael Heath, Tom McCalla and Janine Hazebrouck with their luscious paintings of our beautiful world. We will also be featuring the Bellingham Metal Arts Guild displaying various types of metal pieces that will often contain gemstones that remind us of all that our land can provide us. 
Allied Arts of Whatcom County is celebrating 40 years of supporting our creative community and to celebrate we are throwing one heck of a party! We are invading the Heliotrope Hotel! Artists and organizations will take over the rooms and create interactive art displays, performances and music will be all over the hotel grounds, and food trucks will keep everyone’s bellies full. All ages are invited to come wander the hotel and grounds, listening to music, participate in immersive art experiences, sip beverages and eat their way through food trucks. Admission for the event will be $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

Artists aren’t handed the keys of their rooms until just a few hours before people begin showing up – so it’s a real feat of planning and swift artistry. They also need to completely move out and leave the room as it was after the event!

Rooms will vary from performances to installations to having items on display for sale. Featured artists and organizations are all active Allied Arts of Whatcom County members and have helped to make Whatcom County known for the arts locally, regionally and nationally.

Event programs will available the week prior to the event at the Heliotrope Hotel, Allied Arts Gallery, and online at It includes a map and information about the various themes of the rooms, artists and organizations. 
Closure Notice

After all the fun we will have at the Heliotrope Art 'Xtravaganza, we're going to need a day to recuperate!

Allied Arts Gallery, Thrift Store and Office will be closed on Monday, October 14. We will reopen at 10am on Tuesday, October 15, bright eyed and busy tailed!
Its not to early to start thinking about the holidays!!! We've been planning this all year! Stay tuned for more information about location and special 40th Anniversary events at the festival.
Get reading and get inspired!
Every year Allied Arts partners with the Whatcom County Library to present that Whatcom Reads Art Challenge & Exhibit.

Open to any local artists working in any media

It’s easy to participate! 
  1. Read the book "To the Bright Edge of the World" by Eowyn Ivey available at your local library or purchase at Village Books.
  2. Create an art piece and explain how the book inspired your art.
  3. Submit your work to be exhibited at Allied Arts in March 2020.

More information coming soon but in the meantime...get reading!
We're still framed!
We STILL have frames, frames and more frames! These are top quality, gorgeous, hand-built frames. Sizes range from 4' x 6', 35" x 35", 25" x 31", 20" x 24", 12" x 16", 12" x 12", and more!

Prices reflect about 1/3 of retail and are open to negotiation, especially if you're taking a lot off our hands! The pictures just show a few of what we've gotten so far.

Intimidated by the thought of mounting your work in one of these frames? Do you do work on fabric or paper so you'd like glass to fit one of these? Go see our friends over at  Fourth Corner Frames  or  Bellingham FrameWorks  and they'd be happy to help you out!

Come down to our space at 1418 Cornwall Ave and see them today!
Call to Artists - Casa Que Pasa
Casa Que Pasa is always searching for local artists to display their work in our restaurant. Send an email, with a few pictures of your work or a link to a website/portfolio to for consideration.
Gallery Syre Launches the First Open Call of Art for Students of Whatcom County
Gallery Syre launches their first Open Call of Art inviting all students of Whatcom County, Grades 6 through 13 to submit an artwork inspired by the theme “Wishes and Dreams”. This theme is meant to inspire students to envision a future, to express their inner thoughts, and to represent a world they would like to live in.

Gallery Syre is home to the permanent exhibition of local artist David Syre. Gallery Syre is hosting this open call to give young artists the opportunity to exhibit in a real gallery environment. A jury of 5 people including David Syre’s art curator, Ana Palacio, will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and 15 other artists. An exhibition of the chosen works will open at Gallery Syre on December 7th, 2019 and run through February 27th, 2020.

Whatcom County resident students in grades 6-12, and college freshmen who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school/university or home study program, are invited to express their ideas and views in their preferred medium and to submit a two-dimensional work of art by November 20th, 2019, 11:59 pm. The work should be on canvas or paper and not larger than 70 x 59 inches. The jury will meet after the submission deadline and select three winners plus 15 other artists. The works of these 18 young artists will be installed at the gallery as a professional art exhibition with printed invitation cards and an official opening on December 7th, 2019.

To apply, students must submit by the November 20th, 2019 deadline a completed application form together with an image of their work of art in JPG or PDF format to Application forms can be requested at
Want to find out about more great art events and opportunities happening throughout Whatcom County? Check out our Events Calendar!