Arts Monthly
March 2018
At the Allied Arts Gallery: 2018 Whatcom READS! Art Challenge
Opening Reception: 6pm to 9pm Friday, March 2, 2018
Allied Arts Gallery Exhibit Dates: March 2-31, 2018

Whatcom READS and Allied Arts of Whatcom County present the 2018 Whatcom READS Art Challenge. We challenged artists to create works inspired by the novel “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist” by Sunil Yapa. Works on display are by various local artists as well as two featured artists, Tore Ofteness and Frank Frazee.

Frank Frazee
The exhibit was open to artists of all genres, mediums, and skill levels. After reading the book, artists created a piece in a medium of their choice that was inspired by the story. For more information visit or

Tore Ofteness
The Painted Violin Project To Support the Bellingham Festival of Music
The Bellingham Festival of Music’s Painted Violin Project is part of the Festival’s Silver Anniversary celebration. This year’s three-week Festival opens on June 30, 2018, with ticketing and performance information available on the Festival’s website. These beautiful violins will be on exhibit at Allied Arts of Whatcom County for the month of March, beginning with the March 2nd Bellingham Art Walk. Upon leaving AAWC, they will be auctioned on April 7, 2018 at the Festival’s Benefit Auction, with proceeds from the violins supporting the musical and educational mission of the Festival.
All guests attending the Festival’s Benefit Auction will have the opportunity to bid on the violins. If unable to attend and you wish to bid on the violins, please contact BFM Auction Chair Sally Chapman to arrange your Proxy Bid (360.739.6189). For an invitation, please visit auction/.
Deadline Extended: Call for cultural performers, musicians, dancers, and artists!
Whatcom County Arts and Culture Festival 

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is working with organizations throughout Whatcom County on a three-day Cultural Arts Festival to take place in Fairhaven, June 21-23, 2018. The Call for Proposals is available now at and is due by March 15, 2018.

The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and run throughout the weekend. It will be a collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Bellingham/ Whatcom Tourism Bureau, Sculptures NW, Native Arts Collective and the Whatcom Artist Guild and more. Funded in part by City of Bellingham Tourism, Whatcom Tourism, Whatcom Community Foundation – Project Neighborly Grants, and other local contributions.

The Fairhaven Village Green will be the main hub for booths and performances with Fairhaven businesses hosting specials and activities throughout Fairhaven.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County will oversee the coordination of the event. All groups are encouraged to apply. Activities and events will focus on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops highlighting the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County with the goal of promoting cultural diversity.
Call for Art and More: Recycled Arts Resource Expo - RARE
Deadline March 1!
RARE is a two-day event that highlights creative re-use through a highly entertaining roster of events, RARE will host a strong program of educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and booths. We invite Exhibiting artists, Art booths, Performers, Presenters & Class Instructors with a passion for art from recycled materials to become a part of RARE.

Business Art Skill Share Sessions
Business Art Skill Share is a series of arts related workshops, classes, and presentations focused on providing aspiring and low income artists with knowledge, skills, and opportunities.

List of Upcoming Classes and Presentations

Artist Studio Communities: Understanding the Benefits and Exploring the Need in Bellingham
Thursday, April 26, 4pm
Final Location determined by class size, will either be held at the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham, or The Bellingham Foundry, 1000 F Street 

No matter the medium, every artist needs to create from a physical place. Many visual artists work from home, but they find it frustrating to be creative and productive, secluded from the society they want to connect with.

Creative communities (multiple private studios under one roof) can provide economic, cultural, and social benefits for artists. Many of us yearn for this type of work space if only we could find it. This presentation will share feedback from a survey of tenants and landlords describing the benefits they gained from creative communities. The discussion that follows will identify current artist studio communities that exist in our area, examine Bellingham’s ability to sustain more, and explore what a new one could look like.

All community members are welcome to join the session; if you’re an artist looking for studio space, bring a notepad and your ideas!
Artist Biographies & Résumés with Katy Hannigan
Saturday May 12, 1 – 3pm 
At the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham
Class Fee: FREE

Artist biographies and résumés are hard to write, but they’re important tools for artists working in any discipline. In this workshop, led by Artist Trust Program Manager Katy Hannigan, you’ll learn the difference between artist biographies and résumés, the basics of writing both, and how to create your own. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the start of a résumé and biography to use for grant, residency, or fellowship applications, on your website, and/or in your portfolio.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Artist Trust.

BeLEAF in Whatcom Art, community art project
A county-wide, community art project is in the works. Help is needed to get it off the ground. If you would be interested in hearing more about the project, and how you can help bring it to fruition, please contact Suzannah at or “Like” the Facebook page, for updates. 

Join us for two informational sessions:
Ruckus Art Gallery Grand Opening
Ruckus, a new 2000 sq ft professional gallery and retail space will be opening it's doors to the public in conjunction with the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk. 

We invite you to come by and enjoy a new professional art gallery in town with our carefully curated collection of art and functional pieces. Our meticulously chosen collection will fuse the authenticity of the West with a distinctive contemporary take on organic design. Inspired by our love of rust, leather, weathered wood, sterling silver and aged canvas, we will show paintings and sculpture, as well as inspired furniture, jewelry, bags and the occasional vintage relic or found object.

Call to Artists: Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 Exhibition
The Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival 2018 is intended to be a joyous community event for all. The free festival celebrates Japanese culture, the friendship we share with our Japanese Sister City, Minamiboso, and the fleeting beauty of Japanese cherry blossoms. There is joy in coming together as one people, graced with a sense of commonality, dignity and well-being.
This Call To Artists is an invitation to all Whatcom County residents to submit a diorama relating to Japanese Cherry Blossom Festivals and Japanese culture. This is not a contest, but an Exhibition for all submissions according to space available. Please read the attached simple Submission Guidelines and Submission Form.

Announcing the new Center for Washington Cultural Traditions
After more than a year of research, community meetings, and staff visits to fairs, festivals, museums, workshops, and even private homes, Washington State’s new statewide folklife and traditional arts program will officially launch on March 3.
The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is a Humanities Washington program presented in partnership with ArtsWA/the Washington State Arts Commission. The Center will focus on surveying, studying, and supporting the living cultural heritage of Washington State.
Through both research and public programs, the Center will support traditional music, dance, and art; occupational traditions; culinary traditions; traditional knowledge and use of the natural environment; and much more. The Center aims to bring together diverse communities and support tradition bearers as they conserve and share their cultures.
For questions and more information visit or contact Center Director Kristin Sullivan at or 206-682-1770 ext. 107.
Call to Artists: BelleWood Acres Gallery
BelleWood is proud to host local artists in our upstairs art gallery through out the year. It is our way of introducing local artists to the BelleWood community. We have one opening in July and August, 2018. Each artist show runs for two months. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Dorie at 360-318-7720 or emailing: There is no fee for this opportunity, however we have a 30% commission on items sold through our country store. Many times we have hosted a number of artist for the same show. Hope to hear from you soon.

Find out more about BelleWood Acres
Artist Ann Morris & Family Gift to WWU will Sustain Acclaimed Sculpture Woods
Noted artist Ann Morris, her son Brook Morris of California and daughter Clea Costa Van Voorhis of Illinois are providing Western Washington University and its students with an extraordinary gift – 14.5 acres of Lummi Island forest that surround her studio and provide the setting for her figurative bronze sculptures sited in the wild quiet called Sculpture Woods.

Under the generous philanthropic agreement, Ann Morris and her family are donating Sculpture Woods to the WWU Foundation. In turn, the university is committed to maintaining the sculptures and using the property to enrich its curriculum.     

Allied Arts Marketing Opportunities for Artists, Businesses and Organizations
Allied Arts of Whatcom County has some wonderful tools to help market your art related business or event. 

Here's how: 
  • Members can sign up for a listing on our Artist Directory
  • Submit your event to our Event Calendar. Listings from this calendar are also used for our monthly Art Talk segment on local radio station KMRE 102.3FM and BTV10.
  • Email information about your event to newsletter wizard, Katy Tolles, at Materials must be received by the 15th of the month to be included in the following month's newsletter.
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.

Annual Membership Show February 2— 24, 2018 No jury, Art Drop off 1/29 & 1/30

Arts and Culture Guide May 2018—April 2019 App Due 2/9/18

Whatcom READS! Art Exhibit March 2—31, 2018 No jury, Art Drop off 2/26 & 2/27

Recycled Arts Resource Expo -RARE Friday - Saturday, April 6 & 7 App due 3/1/18

Whatcom Cultural Festival Friday– Sunday, June 22-24 App Due 4/19/18
Holiday Festival of the Arts November 16—December 24 App Due 4/19/18

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

Bellingham SeaFeast September 21 & 22 Application Deadline TBA
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!