Arts Monthly
December 2014 Edition
A Resource for Artsy Happenings in Whatcom County
Handmake your Holidays!
Upcoming workshops to create something for everyone on your list!

Visit for details & to register for any of these classes

Felted Wool Wreaths and Trees during ART WALK ($5)
Fri. 12/5, 6-9:00 pm
Visit Ragfinery during December's Art Walk for this festive workshop. No registration necessary.

Felted Toys For Children ($25)
Sat. 12/6, 10-noon
Make the little ones in your life smile with unique handmade gifts.

Upcycled Baby Slippers From Sweaters ($25)
Wed. 12/10, 3-5:00 pm
Turn those old sweaters into cozy slippers for baby.

Beginning Knitting II ($15)
Wed. 12/10, 6:30-8:30pm
Get stunning results from surprisingly easy stitches.

Pom-Pom Party ($20)
Thurs. 12/11, 2-4:00 pm
A cheerful afternoon to make pompom garlands! This upcycled craft requires minimum hand sewing with maximum color and fun.

Zippered Bags ($25)
Tues. 12/16, 1-4:00 pm
These bags are so easy to make and great for getting organized.

Beginning Sewing (2 classes - $40)
W/Th 12/17+18, 6-8:30
Spend two nights learning the basics. Get comfortable sewing a straight line and leave with a tote bag you made yourself!

Sleeping Masks ($25)
Fri. 12/19, 10-noon
Sew your very own sleeping mask and enjoy sweet dreams all day long!

Soothing Neck Wraps ($25)
Fri. 12/19, 1-3:00 pm
Make a rice-filled bag to warm & ease tired muscles.

Baby Starfish Wrap ($25)
Sat. 12/20, 10-noon
Nothing could be cuter than this easy to slip on baby coat which is very easy to make. In this class, you'll go home with one finished wrap and a pattern to make more.

Upcycled Slippers from Felted Sweaters ($25)
Sat. 12/20, 1-3:00 pm
Keep your toes toasty with handmade, upcycled slippers.

Bellingham Metal Arts Guild
Survey of Advanced Stone Setting Techniques
December 12, 13 & 14TH, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am-3:00pm. Instructor: Frank Goss. $375 + $25 material fee.

Alpine Terra Studio Open House
1541 James St., Bellingham
Fri. Dec. 5: 6 - 10 pm & Sun. Dec. 7: 4 - 9 pm
Linoleum block demonstrations at 7 & 8 pm
See more work at
Contact info.: or 360-738-4966

Other Artsy Happenings!

Now through January 4, 2015 at the Whatcom Museum: REACHING BEYOND: NORTHWEST DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN AT 60 In celebrating 60 years of contributions to the Northwest's rich cultural landscape, Reaching Beyond celebrates the range of craft -across time, media, methods and borders.

December 6 at 11:00am and 2:00pm the Mount Baker Theatre presents their Annual Magic Show with John Walton. MBT's resident magician enlivens the holidays with his own special brand of entertainment. Bellingham's own John Walton won first place at the 2008 Pacific Coast Magicians Convention in the Stand Up category and currently holds the Guinness World Record for number of perfect shuffles in 12 hours.

Saturday, December 6, 5:00-7:00pm: Make.Shift Art Space, Art Trust presents an Artist Happy Hour Networking Event. What's the most important thing you can do to advance your arts career? Expand your network! Come talk shop, meet fellow artists and have a good time. With wine and cheese, of course.

December 6th at the Idiom Theater is Brass Monkey - with 12 new short plays on the theme of "revenge" and "prophecy," by talented playwrights from near and far. The plays will be cast on the spot cold readings before a live audience.

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 9:00am-4:00pm both days at the WCC Foundation Building. Say "I Am An Artist!" and jumpstart or refresh your arts career presented by Artist Trust. This interactive workshop for artists of all disciplines includes: Applying for Artist Residencies + How They Apply to Your Career, Work samples that look great; Writing a killer artist statement, r�sum� & cover letter; and much more.

Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 at the Mount Baker Theatre the Whatcom Symphony presents their Holiday Music Extravaganza. The holidays would not be complete without the annual symphony celebration! This season the WSO partners with the Mount Baker Toppers, a captivating all-male vocal ensemble, for light classical selections. The delightful Bellingham Children's Choir, directed by David Post, also joins in an intergenerational celebration of music, community, and the holiday spirit.

Committee Opportunities at AAWC
Are you looking for a new way to become involved in our community and support an organization you believe in? You're in luck, Allied Arts is looking for committee members for 2015. With 11 Committees, there's one for everyone. The Executive Committee as well as the Board of Affairs, Finance, Marketing, Programming, Fundraising, Arts Education, Holiday Festival, Recycled Arts Resource Expo (RARE), Bellwether Arts Market, and Exhibits Committees all have openings in the coming year. Come by 1418 Cornwall Ave, or call us at 360.676.8548 if you're interested.
Click here for complete descriptions on all of these great committees.

New Winter Hours
Due to the Holiday Festival, our gallery, office and thrift store hours have changed until January 3rd. 
Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 12pm - 5pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays and December 20-January 2 to wrap up the Holiday Festival.

There will be no board meeting in December. 

Don't miss this great exhibit in our gallery
Located at 1418 Cornwall Ave, Downtown Bellingham
There will be an Artist Walk-Thru at 7pm Opening Night

Click the image above to learn more about this show 
Other Exhibits Around Town:

Hotel Bellwether  
1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
December 1 - 31, Places and Things: Andrew Johnson and Ron Pattern

Downtown Bellingham's Visitor's Center
1306 Commercial St, Bellingham
Through November: See Photographer Erika Miller's unique take on our city through digitally altered photographs. 

Giuseppe's Al Porto: Italian Restaurant
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham
Through January, 2015: Etched salmon on repurposed stainless steel by up-cycle artist Graham Schodda.

Click the image above for all the details about vendors and performers at this year's Holiday Festival
Get a sneak peek of Holiday Festival vendors on display at the Cordata Community Food Coop November 6th through 22nd.
Call to Artists for: 
Whatcom READS! Art Challenge
Drop off artwork: Monday and Tuesday, February 2nd and 3rd, 2015

The 2015 Whatcom READS! Inspired Challenge: Whatcom READS! joins with Allied Arts of Whatcom County to sponsor an art challenge inspired by Daniel James Brown 's "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics". Submitted art will be displayed at participating libraries, Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Western Washington University and The Jansen Art Center during February and March, 2015.

To participate:1. Read the book "The Boys in the Boat" (Books available by loan at public libraries or for sale at Village Books or Allied Arts) 2. Create an art piece inspired by the book 3. Submit your work to be exhibited. 

More information and entry forms can be obtained here or in the Allied Arts Gallery at 1418 Cornwall Ave in Downtown Bellingham.

For more information about Whatcom READS! click here.
Vote for the Allied Arts Tree!
3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Hotel Bellwether
Saturday, December 6, 4pm - 6pm 
Hotel Bellwether presents their 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting benefiting the Opportunity Council's Dorothy Place. Holiday trees are decorated by local businesses. Vote for your favorite holiday tree when you give monetary donation or food donation to Dorothy Place. Each vote enters you to win a one night stay at the Hotel Bellwether Signature Lighthouse Suite. All donations will be also receive same day 10% off at the Lighthouse Bar and Grill. Pictures with Santa and festival holiday music by harpist Alishia Joubert. Aslan Brewing Company will be serving beer with purchase proceeds to go tow Dorothy Place. Complimentary Apple Cider, and holiday treats. Trees will be on exhibit throughout December 31st.

Holiday Port Festival Brings Free Activities, Performances to Bellingham Waterfront

Gingerbread House Contest Entries Due by Dec. 1

The Holiday Port Festival brings the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season to the Bellingham waterfront with performances from local bands, orchestras, choirs and dance groups that will bring more than 700 performers to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal Dec. 5-7. Bring in your canned food items for the Can Food Drive benefiting the Bellingham Food Bank and be entered into the Raffle drawing. WIN! A beautiful Gift Basket from the "Inside Passage" gift store. The festival will also include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, art activities for kids, horse drawn wagon rides. All activities are free, but there is a charge to purchase photos with Santa.

One of the most beloved aspects of the event is the annual gingerbread house contest, with all entries on display at the festival. It's not too late to enter - the deadline to turn in an entry form is Monday, Dec. 1 2014. Entries don't have to be made out of gingerbread - just visibly edible. That means graham cracker walls, fences made of pretzel sticks, and other creative uses of food are acceptable - and encouraged! A complete list of contest dates and deadlines are listed below.

The contest is free, and open to bakers of all abilities. Many entrants choose to enter their edible structures in a silent auction for our local Mt Baker Chapter of the Red Cross. The contest has a new, optional themed category this year, "Whatcom Landmarks" for a total of 10 categories, and first place in each category wins a prize provided by San Juan Cruises and Sailing Schooner Zodiac

More information can be found at:
Director's Corner
Allied Arts Thrift Store has something for everyone!
We have had four wonderful large donations this week to the art supply thrift store. I thought you would enjoys reading some of the ways these donations have touched peoples lives in just the past two days! Yes, art does make a difference!
  • Cellophane for making fairy wings
  • acrylics for clothespin people tree ornaments for her kids
  • art supplies for new art teacher
  • explore pastels for the first time since I haven't been able to afford them before
  • treats for hard working interns
  • waterproof sketchbook for homeless man who lives in the woods
  • painting supplies for single unemployed mom who want to paint illustrations for children's books
  • frames for fishing rod art
  • beads for dream catchers made by homeless man
  • painted coconut shell lady figurine for roommate, 
  • knitting book for sister who loves to knit
  • lamp for oil painting
  • a two year old's first color crayon
  • a very important white shiny rock for 6 year old boy's collection
  • geo board for his grandson
  • mat board to frame cartoons
  • corks for cork board for boyfriend's Christmas present
  • fabric samples just because they are so beautiful "I'll come up with something to use them for!" 
  • lots of stencils for a five year old boy - but the truck ones are his favorites
  • lots of paints "even though I shouldn't" 
  • "chalk board for sketches while I watch TV"
Have a wonderful holiday season and thank you all for your help and support of the arts.

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