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July 1, 2022

We've got a ton of cool stuff happening this July, so be sure to view entire message!

Allied Arts of Whatcom County invites you to our Form and Figure exhibit, an exploration of artwork challenging the traditional two-dimensional space of the canvas. This show features the work of Alene Johnson, Daelinar Adama, Frank Frazee, and Sam Chapman.

Alene Johnson creates assemblage art made from altered, found and discarded objects.

Daelinar Adama uses nature as his primary medium, creating mandalas and collages out of found seeds, leaves, wood, bark in detailed and surprising arrangements.

Frank Frazee paints, draws, and constructs using acrylic and latex paint found at The Restore. He mostly uses recycled wood found anywhere he finds it.

Sam Chapman brings us landscapes of “the secluded garden”, a Trecento theme of enclosure and protection. Shapes, patterns, chance, and flow -and their relationships to the canvas- are the focus of the work.

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!

Call to Artists: 2023 Allied Arts Gallery Series

Application Due: August 25, 2022 

Exhibit dates: Monthly shows, June thru November 2023

We are excited to announce the beginning of the open call for artists to showcase in Allied Arts 2023 Gallery Series! 

We are looking for multimedia and multidisciplinary artists to fill our exhibits in 2023, no previous gallery/ exhibition experience required. We accept and have the ability to display a wide range of work in the gallery space from large ceramic sculptures to glass cases for handmade jewelry. Submissions are juried on their originality, subject matter and use of medium. Each show is curated by Allied Arts Staff, approximately 1 month long and consisting of 3 – 5 artists each, this is an excellent opportunity for emerging artists to gain experience for CVs and artist resumes, interact with local art community, build a portfolio, and sell work.

Call to Arts Educators: 2022-23 Allied Arts Education Program Call for Teaching Artists

Allied Arts Education Project is looking for new teaching artists!

Application Due: July 15, 2022 

Allied Arts Education Project (AAEP) is program within Allied Arts of Whatcom County. Our goal is to provide arts education to children and teachers of our county, to assist schools in meeting the state standards for arts education, to strengthen community partnerships for building strong local arts education, and to advocate for the arts. We are looking for a few new candidates to add to our current roster of 14 artists. 

This year, we are especially looking for artists skilled in teaching folk and traditional arts, cultural arts and skills in using arts as healing. Our Teaching Artists teach arts workshops as guest teachers in local schools. They may also provide information to the teacher on how he or she can use the arts information in future classes. We currently offer visual art, literary arts, dance, and theatre to kindergarten through sixth grade students in the Whatcom County school districts. 

Many of our Teaching Artists have previous experience teaching arts in schools. However, if you have never taught in schools, we can help you get involved. We have opportunities available for Teaching Artists new to our program to attend trainings that offers ideas for effective teaching, lesson-planning, and classroom management techniques. Every Fall and Spring we have trainings for all artists updates information about state arts standards and assessments and builds skills in teaching with these standards in mind. 

Teaching Artists are paid $50 per hour for teaching time. Some meetings, trainings and out of school activities are paid at $25 per hour. Classes begin in September.

The League of Women Voters organized a lively BIPOC event on June 12 bringing together vendors and performances including Ethiopian cuisine, deluxe Colombian coffee by Cof&, and jewelry from our lovely Phia Handmade who participated in the Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival. There were also vibrantly fluid performances by Silk Road Dance Academy.

What a great celebration! Juneteenth has been organized by the Bellingham Unity Committee since 2018, and this year's June 18th event had a whole host of awesome vendors including art by Taj Williams and Mo's Parlor, incredible music from the Harris Twins, and booths  from The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center and of course Bellingham's newest and first black city council members Skip Williams and Kristina Michele Martens. Looking forward to next year!
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Mark Barrett
McMillen Foundation

Mini Confabs and MAC Speaks Series Presents:

Intro to Product Design at with Mark Barrett

- Wednesday, June 29th, 6:30-7:30 pm (PST) on ZOOM  
* FREE with Advance Registration! 
(registration closes at 5pm the day of the event).

The Robert B. McMillen Foundation in collaboration with Gallery One and Allied Arts of Whatcom County are hosting conversation, skillbuilding and networking opportunities for artists by artists.

Coming up on the 4th, this is Whatcom County’s largest, most popular Independence Day event, drawing celebrants from all over Washington State. The free festival will kick off at the Downtown Waterfront, with Kulshan Trackside as the official beer garden, kids’ activities and games at the Peter Paulson Stage and a variety of food vendors at The Portal container village.

  • 2pm – 5pm                  Kids’ Zone games
  • 2pm – 10:00pm           Vendor Booths
  • 2pm – 10:00pm           Kulshan Trackside Beer Garden 
  • 4:00 pm                       Live Music (full schedule below)
  • 10:30pm                      Fireworks Show

Live music performances provided by the The Whags, Motus, Lemon Creek. DJ Boom Box Kid.

July 8 - 10, 2022

Jansen Art Center
Exhibit Dates: Thursday, July 14 – Saturday, October 15, 2022

The Juried Exhibits at the J rotate seasonally and show off the wide variety of artistic talent found right here in Whatcom County. Artists of all calibers and mediums are invited to submit up to five pieces for consideration by a rotating jury made up of artists, curators, and other members of the regional arts community.

Key Dates

  • Exhibit Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14
  • Exhibit Closes: Saturday, October 15

Jansen Art Center
Now Hiring: Marketing Manager 

The Jansen Art Center is looking for a Marketing Manager to join their team. The Marketing Manager has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Jansen Art Center’s marketing and outreach efforts. Click the link below to learn more!

Artist Trust Announces New Emergency Funding for Washington State Artists 

June 15, 2022 – Artist Trust’s Board of Trustees and staff are proud to announce a new funding program designed to meet Washington State artists’ emergency needs, the Artist Trust Endurance Grants.  

Through this new initiative, Artist Trust will provide 40 need-based grants of $2,500 to artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who have experienced a career-threatening emergency within 6 months of the application opening, a total investment of $100,000 in artists.  

The application will open on July 11 and close August 1. In order to center communities disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and other emergencies, this funding is available to artists who identify with one or more of the following communities: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or Native, LGBTQIA+, immunocompromised, with immigrant status, have or are living with a disability, residing outside King County, and/or low income.

You are invite to Morrison Artworks' Garden At Sale on July 30th, from 10 am to 4pm. Located at 1200 40th Street, Bellingham, WA, 98229 Come see artist Christopher Morrison's new sculptures as well as many previously archived pieces. Hope to see you there!!

For more information, visit Morrison Artwork's website.

Looking Ahead

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour: Prelude 

Opening Reception: September 2nd 6pm - 9pm

Exhibit: September 2 - 24, 2022 

Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s 2022 Exhibit Series is excited to present work from the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour! Presenting a wide range of media, this exhibit will include Whatcom County artists who are participating in this year's annual studio tour. 

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 email us at

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.

Vision Statement:

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation whose vision is to enliven and promote the artistic identity within our community and make our region an arts destination and creative, vibrant place to live.

Allied Arts Gallery & Office:

1418 Cornwall Ave

Mailing Address:  PO Box 2584

Bellingham, WA 98227


Open Tuesday- Saturday: 11AM – 4PM

Board Members:

President- Scott Ward
Vice President- Rachel Simpson
Secretary- Danielle Jordahl
Treasurer- Casey Curtis
Board Members- Sheri Clark, Kevin Coleman, Mary Grace Langholz


Executive Director- Kelly Hart

Bookkeeper- Brian Grote

Arts Education Coordinator- Janis Conn

DEI Coordinator- Deanna Lane

Gallery Assistant- Xandra Blackburn

Program Assistant- Ariana Gant

And countless volunteer and interns
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