Art Walk (12/4/15)

Allied Arts of Whatcom County

Exemplify and Honor Art Show: SPIE International Year of Light Exhibit. Allied Arts of Whatcom County has partnered with SPIE and the International Year of Light to create a unique art exhibit pairing light and technology. This was an opportunity open to artists of all skill levels and mediums to present a work of art that exemplifies, honors, or speaks to the importance of light. Featured artists: Christopher Morrison, Kenni Merritt, Bonnie Abbasi, Jennifer and Tom Dolese, Pat Wickline, Carole McNeese, Ellen Clark, and Eric Brown.


Altility Art Studio (in The Alley District)

Metal sculpture, ceramics, B&W photography, wood-work, and handmade gifts.


Artifacts Wine Bar

Live, local music at downtown's new cafe & wine bar.


Aslan Brewing Co.

‘Tis the Season for giving! Featuring one-of-a-kind, miss-printed, hand tie-dyed Aslan Brewing Tees! Handmade by our staff. Displayed on the walls as pieces of ART and ready to buy from our in-house merchandise store. Adult Tees S-XXL are $30, Baby Tees $20. This special Art Walk is dedicated to Ragfinery, a local nonprofit and textile reuse center that collects unwanted garments and textiles while determining creative reuse value to keep them out of landfills. $5 from each shirt sold will be donated directly to Ragfinery.


Bayou on Bay

Paintings by Elizabeth Bird.


Bay Street Studio Artists

'Tis the season, and our $25 wall of original art is back! Come and support your local artists as we support our community, and see our new paintings! Jenny Chatterton - Honor Your Journey,

Dr.Karen Dade - Social Jutice, Wendelin Dunlap - Recycled Artwork & Treasures, Pat Fisher - Custom Handweaving, Knitting & Fiber Arts, Vicki Ledray Grabicki - Love With Klimt…and Others, Sherri Guiton - Deep Forrest and Landscapes, Heidi V Wood - Landscapes, Oils, and Acrylics.


Bellingham Alley District

A collaboration of Artisans, restaurants and community oriented businesses featuring Creative Openings, Rock & Rye Oyster House with Bonnie Smerdon and Evan Whitehead, and Tide Lines.


Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Boundary Bay Brewery is hosting a special Art Walk stop for the holiday season: "Bellingham Stocking Stuffers." We are hosting artwork from several local artists, including Carrie Lewis, Brittany Travers, Margot Myers and more. Our Brewtique will feature artwork and crafts that will fit into anyone's holiday stockings. Stop by our new Brewtique to view special stocking items from these artists, as well as miniature Boundary items. Located next to our Tap Room, the Brewtique will be filled with artwork, live music, hot drinks and complimentary snacks. Stop by and Save the Ales- one holiday gift at a time!


The Bureau of Historical Investigation

Todd Warger will be on hand to sign his book MORE MURDERS in the FOURTH CORNER: True Stories of Whatcom & Skagit Counties’ Earliest Homicides. This newest installment of true crime stories from the nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries is the second in a fascinating series.


Café Bouzingo

Cafe Bouzingo is a homage to the bohemians of 19th century Paris, in the form of a late night cafe serving coffee, tea, and hookah. The cafe hosts rotating art shows and live music every weekend. December's featured artists will be multi-media artist Hannah Rivers and science-fiction post-apocalyptic painter Bonnie Smerdon. Their work will be up for the month of December.

Casa Que Pasa: There are three new and exciting artists up at Casa Que Pasa through January! Alex Hennig's paintings of old school video game charaters, Aaron Perkin's silly and light-hearted caricatures, and Darbie Richard's dark and cryptic paintings and drawings. Come stop by during Art Walk!


Center for Independence

Featuring photography by Davis Waugh, art by Julia Martin, art by Quinton Muldenado, art by Laura Kranz, and art and sculpture by Nicola Noetic.


Community Food Co-op

The Community Food Co-op will feature two local artists in conjunction with its Grand Reopening Celebration that is free and open to the public. Ben Mann’s colorful, iconic paintings will be on display in the upstairs deli seating area in the store along with live music by The Kid’Sax Ensemble (5:45-6:45pm) and Blues Union (7-10pm). Across the street, Peter James’ stunning landscape photography will be featured in the Co-op’s Healthy Connections classroom (405 E. Holly St., #103) with live music by Bailey Ann Martinet (6-8 pm) and Robert T. McDonald III (8-10pm). Tasty treats at both locations while supplies last. The Grand Reopening Celebration, from 5:30-8 pm, includes free food and drink samples, a book signing with Tom Malterre of Whole Life Nutrition, and the evening will end with a fun Latte Art Throwdown from 8-10 pm in the Co-op Bakery Café.


Daylight Properties

We're kicking off the Holiday Season with an Open House in our Herald Building in celebration of our valued Tenants! Daylight Properties LLC also turned 20 this year! Most recently we have been nominated for the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award sponsored by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful for our business growth and would be delighted if you could come share in the excitement. Snacks and beverages will be provided through the vacant unit accessible from the Herald lobby.  

Because this evening also marks the last Art Walk of 2015, we are pleased to have artwork displayed in all three of our vacant retail spaces on the main floor of the Herald Building.


Downtown Visitors Center


First Baptist Church

Stop by for Christmas Jazz as Bellingham's Big Band, Swing Connection, presents their 10th annual Christmas Concert. Featuring award-winning vocalist Cheryl Hodge and beloved vocal quartet, The Honeybees!


Flatiron Holiday Light Show

Celebrate downtown Bellingham with a holiday-themed light show on Friday, December 4th. At 7:30 pm, the side of the Flatiron Building will be transformed into a captivating array of light and holiday cheer.


Fourth Corner Frames

Having private access to Monet's Garden in Giverny is just one of many inspiring pleasures for a painter in Northern France. Last May a small group of local painters followed in Monet's footsteps around Giverny and out to the coast at Etretat and to Paris. These professional and amateur painters and a photographer will show their work in the month of December. The work will range from modern and exuberant to more traditional takes on the subjects made famous by Claude Monet and the other Impressionists. Participating artists include Ramona Hammerly, Anne Whirledge-Karp, Ann Vandervelde, Molly Preston, Judith Wallace, Rick Wallace, and Wade Marlow.


Honey Salon

This holiday season Honey Salon is proud to present the artwork and craft of Ciara Sana in her Honey debut,  There Is No Wrong Way To Be A Woman. The Guam born and raised, now Bellingham based artist, uses a mix of acrylic and mixed media to depict an array of women, style and body-types to encourage confidence and self-acceptance. The artist states, “There is no wrong way to be human, and there is no wrong way to be a woman.” Sana’s newest body of work will debut alongside her holiday wreaths and other vibrant crafted decor December 4th from 6-10PM. Seasonal libations and sweet treats along with music musings from celebrated Bellingham mix-master PhDJ make this a festive and celebratory display of empowerment and inspiration.


The Hub Community Bike Shop

"Sharts and Crafts” featuring a 13 year collection of Community Cycling. My Sculpture Unveiling: A Vision in Steel,” a 15-foot tall cultural ecology inspired sculpture by Ty Campbell. North's Jacket's "Hug at your own risk; bike-tube jackets." Unisex outerwear constructed primarily from bicycle inner tubes by Drew North.



Join us from 6-9pm for our Holiday Open House. Enjoy the shop this festive evening with complimentary treats and good cheer. ACME Farms & Kitchen will be helping us celebrate Art Walk... stop by Ideal, check out ACME's Holiday Gift Box display, and enter the drawing for a chance to win one.


Interactive Musings at the corner of Bay & Holly

21st United Nations Conference of Parties: Petroleum Reflections 02. "We are Petroleum."


Kombucha Town

Please join the soon-to-be-launched Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town for an art gallery showing of the beautiful murals and gorgeous woodwork at the cafe. Explore the work of mural artists Gretchen Leggitt and Connor McPherson and the woodwork and metalwork of Aiden Brehan of Brehan Carpentry and Chris Baker of Artisan Alloys. As part of the Daylight Properties 20th anniversary celebration, Kombucha Town will also offer two brewery tours at 7:30pm and 8:30pm with owner Chris McCoy and brewmaster Blaize Huntley. Kombucha will be available to sample and to purchase by the glass.


The Leopold Retirement Residence

Annual Festival of Trees display, The Rain Writers personalizing calligraphy items for guests, and musical performances.


The Lucky Monkey

The Lucky Monkey will present its 4th annual the wreath as an art form show, entitled "Wreaths With Aretha!" Local artists will share their new eclectic circular constructions to be enjoyed to the sweet soul music of Aretha Franklin. Come vote for your favorite new Wreaths and enjoy a festive time and all the new items in the store.


Make.Shift Art Space

Make.Sale Preview during Art Walk! Break open your piggy bank for the 5th annual Make.Sale on Saturday, December 5th from noon to 6pm. Local handmade crafts will be on sale at Make.Shift during this holiday sale. The vendors this year offer a large variety of different crafts from the re-claimed glass of Tumbler Mountain Glass Project to the unique designs of Localmotive Jewelry Creations. Other vendors include Remedios The Beauty Clothing, Cat Sieh, Osteal jewelry, Sea Holly Beauty Company, Feral Felt, Cordial Waters, Rinyrinri polymer clay creations, Vil’s Herbarium and more! The Black Drop Coffeehouse is sponsoring hot beverages for the event, offering coffee, hot tea and cider as well as hot winter cocktail options. Join us to support Bellingham’s talented craftsmen and women that help make our community unique!


The Max Higbee Center

The Max Higbee Center is a non-profit, community based recreational facility for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. We will be showcasing a variety of our members’ artwork including paintings, drawings, and crafts along with a collaborative project of handcrafted snowflake ornaments. All the proceeds from the collaborative project will go back into funding the programs at the Max Higbee Center!



No Gods, No Masters: New Work by Michelle Shutte. We are absolutely honored to host one of the Whatcom County art scene's very best people as our featured artist for December 2015! Michelle Schutte has been creating art, showing art, and helping others do the same in Bellingham for as long as we can remember. Come say hi for Art Walk, have a beverage, and see the latest amazing work from one of our favorites!


Pickford Art Studios

Come upstairs and tour our historic building: 13 art studios and 18 working artist tenants in a wide range of pursuits.


Pop-Up Holiday Market

It's time to kick off the Holidays! Join the Bellingham Farmers Market for its 2nd Annual Holiday Pop-Up Market at the Depot Market Square, featuring over 25 of your favorite vendors offering the best in local, hand-crafted gifts.


Pop-Up Exhibit: “Imprint” at the Herald Building

Featuring 15 WWU students in steel, shadow, paper, and light sculptures from the massive to the miniature. Room 108, 2-10pm.


The Racket Bar & Pinball Lounge

The Racket is proud to present a collection of works from esteemed painter Todd Horton, for the month of December. Residing on the Samish River, in West Edison, Horton's work has been featured at The Whatcom Museum, The Museum of Northwest Art, and The Seattle Art Museum, along with countless galleries in the Northwest. His landscape and wildlife pieces are breathtaking and mysterious, rightly referred to as "poetic realism." The unique process of creation/destruction that he employs creates works that are full of symbolism, while at the same time a reflection of their surrounding environment.


Social Fabric

Social Fabric, a business where we can celebrate Textile Arts, Sewing Arts, and Fashion and Style! They have taken over the beloved Hatch location on 1302 Commercial St. Be sure to stop by!


Studio 5 and Karen VerBurg

We are on the upper floor of the Bay Street Village building, where we have working studios. Caroline Schauer’s vibrant paintings will greet you in the entryway of Studio 5 this month. Karen’s colorful, imaginative paintings are always a joy to view. Original paintings, prints, cards and refreshments all available.


Waterfront Artists Studio Collective

Join us at the Waterfront Artists Studios for our fun and fabulous Holiday Art Walk! We open our doors but four times a year, so don't miss this fun evening of art, music and great creativity. The Waterfront Artist Studios welcomes four new artists; Peter Rand, Rae Ellen Lee, Katelyn Carlton and Ria Harboe.


Western City Center

Join Western Washington University as we ring in the holiday season at Western City Center, our new downtown office on the ground floor of the Herald Building. As part of Downtown Bellingham Art Walk and the Herald Building Open House, our doors will be open from 6-8pm on Friday, December 4. Check out our new space, enjoy some festive holiday cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate and other goodies and beverages, get your photo with your kids – or of just your kids – with WWU's mascot Victor Viking in his holiday finest and enjoy the art on display from Western students, alumni and community members.


Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building

See two fabulous exhibitions in one location: Unhinged and Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk. Rob Beishline’s Art 100 class at Whatcom Community College will be on hand to share their collaborative book art project — several oversized books based on a local history theme. The students explore the creative process by expressing their research about a Whatcom place using visual language.