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June 1, 2022

Join us for First Friday Art Walk June 3, 6-9 pm!

Allied Arts: Kaleidoscope of Color

June 3-25, 2022

Allied Arts of Whatcom County invites you to our Kaleidoscope of Color exhibit. This show, featuring the works of Melissa Morales-Rush, Taj Williams, Lori VanEtta, and Karen Hanrahan, invites the viewer into an exploration of scintillating and varied colors and shapes.

Melissa Morales-Rush's work is a range of abstract, fantastical, surreal and impressionist imagery using a combination of mixed media, digital media, traditional painting, and fluid art techniques- including paint pouring and Ebru.

Taj Williams is a master of spray paint, using graffiti style and bright color to make his work.

Lori VanEtta creates acrylic abstract impressionistic paintings.

Karen Hanrahan’s photography is narrative and described as organic and intimate.

Hot off the press, Allied Arts of Whatcom County presents the 12th annual Whatcom County Arts and Culture Guide! 

This guide is an amazing opportunity to learn and experience the creative

 community in Whatcom County! With over 30 organizations on the map, explore all the wonderful galleries, 

theatres, gardens and more that our county has to offer. This guide is the primary resource for locations and events that are accessible all year long and is a resource that arts enthusiasts want to keep and use frequently! View the map on our website or pick up a copy in the Allied Arts gallery, a participating venue, or local a hotel today!

For more information, please visit or

$500 Grants Available to Activate Outdoor Spaces!

2022 Summer Activation Grant

The 2022 Summer Activation Grant Program is made possible by funding from the DBP’s Main Street donors. The goal of the program is to provide engaging community activities and experiences for residents, visitors, and businesses in Downtown Bellingham throughout the summer. The Program provides micro grants to downtown businesses and organizations seeking to activate the sidewalk or street outside their businesses/venues/offices from June –September 2022. Activations can include musical performances, DJs, classes, temporary installations, or other creative experiences

Allied Arts is proud to celebrate Pride month with the community in June and beyond! If you can make it south, Arlington is having it's FIRST EVER Pride parade! A pretty big deal!

More details here! 


A BEAD BONANZA! Barrels and bushels and baskets of BEADS have been recently donated to the Allied Arts Thrift Store! Come check out the vast selection in all shapes, sizes and colors! Fill a bag for $5, $10 or $30, etc., during our upcoming opening for First Friday Art Walk and beyond. 

Many thanks to our awesome bead models!

Hy'shqe, Jason LaClair! 

Allied Arts' superb new Teaching Artist!!

Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham WA, 

Coast Salish Mural of a Salmon Egg, 2022

Lummi/Nooksack Artist

To become a Teaching Artist visit the link below...

Now is the time to get involved!

There are so many ways to get involved with Allied Arts this year. If you are an Allied Arts Member, you are eligible to apply for the Whatcom County Arts and Culture Guide, Holiday Festival of the Arts, Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival and Juried Gallery Exhibits. We are always seeking sponsors and volunteers for our events. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at 360-676-8548 or

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Allied Arts acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region since time immemorial. We honor our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside.

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