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Our Next Gallery Exhibit!

September's gallery exhibit features a sneak peek into the work of the artists on the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour! We'll have special guest Cheryl Hodge performing at the opening reception at 6pm on Friday, September 2nd, so be sure to put it on your calendars and we'll see you there!

Where: 1418 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

When: September 2nd, 6pm - 9pm

Best in Show!

As some of you may know, we have a little ballot box for every show where everyone is invited to vote for their favorite piece of art in each of our shows, and the winner gets a prize from us! We've had some terrific artwork in our gallery this year, and here are the ones our visitors chose:

  • February: "Fiddlesticks" by Kevin Hoover
  • March: "Sawmill" by Chris Sheridan
  • April: " Copper Coral Bells " Belinda Botzong & " Santo Magico" Alene Johnson
  • May: "Life" by Charlie Rhea
  • June: "Spring Showers" by Lori VanEtta
  • July: "Santo de la Venganza" by Alene Johnson & "Trumpet" by Sam Chapman
  • August: "Goat Luncheon" by Erin Libby
Congrats winners!

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Members! If you have links, info, events, or deadlines you'd like to share with our arts community next month, please email them to before Sept. 23rd, 2022

    DO NOTE: Submissions will be edited for brevity. If you have a lot to say, give us a link to where it's posted online instead.

Community Deadlines!

2023 International Women's Film Festival

CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival is entering its seventh festival season. Submissions are open for short films 25 minutes and under that are directed by a woman. Submissions are managed by FilmFreeway.

Early-bird deadline: September 16, Regular deadline: October 31.

The 2022 Grants for Artists' Progress (GAP) Awards unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 for artists working in all disciplines across Washington State who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and/or residing outside King County.

Applications close on Monday, September 26.

Working Washington Grants: Round 5

Working Washington Grants: Round 5 is providing a total of $45 million to eligible businesses and organizations related to the arts, heritage, and sciences.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Member & Community News!

Pacific Northwest Exhibit at Gallery Syre

Gallery Syre will open a group exhibition featuring the works and life of 4 local artists: Francis Xavier Donovan, Anita H. Lehmann, Bonnie Smerdon, and David Syre. The exhibition will open on September 1, 2022 with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm. Exhibit will run through January 28.

Rachel Simpson is showing her latest pieces of UV-sensitive art on September 2nd, 6pm - 9pm at the FAB Studios, 314 E Holly Street, Bellingham. Enjoy the wild and wonder of her whimsical art, then join a fun community activity open to all.

This is your invitation to Morrison Artworks' Summer Sendoff Sale on

September 17th, 10am to 4pm at 1200 40th Street, Bellingham.

Come see artist Christopher Morrison's new sculptures as well as many previously archived pieces. Hope to see you there!

BMAG Merging with MakerSpace

The Bellingham Metal Arts Guild is changing location, merging with MakerSpace located in the Bellis Fair Mall. MakerSpace will honor BMAG's current member benefits through the end of the year.

Highlights from Last Month

GISH 2022

What is GISH? Why, it’s the Greatest International, Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Misha Collins! A couple of our teaching artists, Rachel Simpson and Christian Smith, experienced GISH together this summer in a team of 15 individuals (some local, some international). While there are over 200 items in the hunt, their team finished over half of them. Congrats!

This year's GISH might be over, but now's a good time to start planning for next year.

Many Thanks to our Members & Sponsors!


Dorothy & Carey Worthen 

Julia Lee & Walt Ingram 

Karen Sloss 


Barbara Stackhouse 

Danielle Jordahl 


Barbara Howard 

Charles & Diane Robinson 

Christine Scheid-Zurline 

Deborah Loober & Jane Burns 

John Hoyte 

Paul Brower & Carol Berry 

Scott Ward Art 

Susan & David Gillespie 

Eric Hirst 

Karla Ward 

Lisa Nakama 

Marcia Ford 

Mount Baker Theatre 

Sue Hilton-Faust & Bill Faust 

Two Eagles Pottery - Karen & Earl Peck

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