February Art Walk

Allied Arts of Whatcom County

The beauty of our local landscapes - and the ways in which we connect to them - is the inspiration for a new event premiering in Bellingham during the month of February. Elevation: The Art of Cascadia is a month-long community-wide celebration of nature-inspired art that includes exhibitions, presentations, performances, workshops, excursions and an outdoor expo. Elevation kicks off with a bang during Art Walk on with exhibits at: Allied Arts Gallery (1418 Cornwall Ave.) work by some of our finest painters and mixed-media artists, all of it inspired by our local natural beauty. Painters Nancy Canyon, Lanny Little, Yvette Neumann and Ron Pattern will be joined by mixed-media artists Anita K. Boyle and Graham Schodda. The opening reception starts at 6 pm and features live classical guitar by Walt Burkett. Old Dakota Art Space (1415 Cornwall Ave., directly across the street from the gallery) Photography holds center stage with 15 of our finest nature photographers showing their Cascadia-inspired work. One of the largest photography exhibitions ever presented in Bellingham, it will feature Brett Baunton, Mark Bergsma, John D'Onofrio, Lance Ekhart, Tommy Gibson, David Inscho, Kenni Merritt, Daniel Nylen, Tore Ofteness, Ken Osthimer, Andy Porter, Alan Sanders, Helen Scholtz, Mark Turner and Dennis Walton. Here too, the opening reception starts at 6 pm and features live music from the Prozac Mountain Boys and fresh local ale from Kulshan Brewery. Hatch 2.0 (221 Prospect St.). Sculptor Denise Snyder and painter Mary Jo Maute will be joined by some of our finest improvising musicians led by Steve Jones in an art/music performance entitled The Nature of Form and Color moved with Sound. Designed to bring viewers into the creative process, they will create art and music together on the fly. Downtown Bellingham Visitor's Center (1306 Commercial Street) Michael Heath and Tom McCalla exhibiting their local landscape watercolor paintings. Hotel Bellwether (1 Bellwether Way) David Valdez digital landscape photography.  


Aslan Brewing Co.

Art Walk with Michael LaMartin


Bayou on Bay

The portraiture, event, and landscape photography of Bellingham, Washington based photographer and retoucher Patrick Beggan.

Bay Street Studio Artists

Gustav Klimt's sensual art is featured in Vicki Ledray Grabicki's collages.  Romantic era poetry, hummingbirds and even cats are combined with the icon's famous imagery.  Vicki has spent a year perfecting the technique of multi layered glazing pours to create a glimmering pool like effect. She has  also a gift line of mugs, pillows and more from her Klimt collages. Six other artist's will also be showing works of hand woven and knitted pieces, original art, mugs, and journals. The Wall of Art returns with fantastic original art for under $25. Join us 6-9pm for those pink cookies and fun!


The Bureau of Historical Investigation

New Vendor Showcase at The Bureau featuring handmade goods by Pozie by Natalie, Glitt3r Lyfe, Rook & Ribbon, Christina Miglino, Karen Hanrahan, and more! 

Cafe Bouzingo

This Fox Runs with Scissors: Artist Kelly Hoekema uses art to shed light on the dark beauty and playful nature of the divine feminine. Her bold, candy colored ladies will entice you into her world. We're also going to be featuring large prints by Thaddeus Hink! Some words about his work are: Thaddeus Hink's work uses a combination of photographs and digital techniques to create powerful, thought-provoking pieces. The prints currently on display invoke questions about the interplay between gender identity, individuality, and body image.

 Casa Que Pasa

Casa Que Pasa is excited to welcome an ambitious group show from The Seeing Bellingham Group.  With over 1,500 members, this Facebook community exists as a common space for its members to share photos of their beloved town.  They have selected more than 50 pieces, all shared within the last year, to hang throughout all three rooms of the restaurant.  All work is for sale, with 20% of proceeds going directly to Lydia Place, a local housing non-profit.

Center for Independence

In the Imaginarium of the Crown Plaza are paintings of raptors painted with meat forks by Julia Martin; wilderness photography of David Waugh; and iconic life-sized figurative sculpture and paintings by Nicola Noetic. Guest artist; Mark Hanson. Music by Nick Cemenenkoff.

 Culture Cafe

Featuring artists Connor McPherson and Gretchen Leggitt, woodworker Aiden Brehan, metal worker Chris Baker, and musician Czaia Grace. 

 Downtown Visitors Center

Michael Heath and Tom McCalla exhibiting their local landscape watercolor paintings.

 Fourth Corner Frames

“From Etching…to Epson” Printmaking Through the Ages. In February, we will explore print making through the ages, from the earliest technique, wood block printing to engraving and aquatint etching, offset lithography and finally digital printing. The time is now to have your questions answered about proper framing and preservation of your own collection. 6-9pm. 


Hatch 2.0

Sculptor Denise Snyder and painter Mary Jo Maute will be joined by some of our finest improvising musicians led by Steve Jones in an art/music performance entitled The Nature of Form and Color moved with Sound. Designed to bring viewers into the creative process, they will create art and music together on the fly.

The Lucky Monkey

Lucky Monkey will present paintings, scarves and pillow cases by local silk painter Katy  Rothert. Each original piece is composed on 100% silk using high quality French dyes and reflects our beautiful and varied Northwest landscapes. Come meet the artist and enjoy her beautiful creations.

Make.Shift Art Space

Make.Shift's award winning gallery will feature the art exhibit Letters to Lines: young artists visually interpret lyrics & poetry. The Make.Shift gallery committee invited high school students in Whatcom County to submit their artwork.The pieces were prompted to interpret song lyrics or poems and the students were not limited to any specific medium. Make.Shift Art Space is a DIY art and music venue dedicated to innovative, alternative and unusual art and music in downtown Bellingham.

Max Higbee Center

We will be showcasing a variety of our members art work including paintings, drawings, and crafts along with a special collaborative project. All the proceeds from the collaborative project will go back into funding the programs at the Max Higbee Center!


Hearts – Group Art Show. Just in time for Valentine's Day, our first group show featuring several local artists' take on the simple theme, "Hearts"! Featuring: Toby Stanger, Karie Jane, Steeb Russell, Michelle Schutte, Bradley Lockhart, Randy Walker, Melissa Broersma, Nick Dillon, Jess Flegel, Teo Crider, and Logan McQuaig. Come by to say hi, have a drink and see some of Bellingham's very best!

Old World Deli

The Gardener- Local photographer and mixed media artist Jessica Olson has begun a series of oil, chalk and ink compositions dedicated to her mother. These abstract pieces have been created through revisiting beautiful memories and processing the emotional complexities of strength in loss.






 Pickford Art Studios

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

 The Racket Bar and Pinball Lounge

Local artist Amy Gibson brings a new body of work to The Racket Bar and Pinball Lounge for the month of February.  Opening reception Friday February 5th, during Downtown Art Walk, from 6-10pm.  Gibson creates unique and evocative three-dimensional pieces, and has utilized a wealth of mixed media in her past shows.  "Pinned In" explores her childhood near the edges of Southeast Alaska's ice fields, and the influence of her mother, an independent contractor, whose self driven inventiveness and continual sense of wonder will forever be an inspiration.

 Rock & Rye Oyster House

Photography by Evan Whitehead and Bonnie Smerdon. 

 Sculpture Northwest

Forging Reflection: Three artists display radically different work but with something in common despite their various approaches. Jason Brown employs traditional Northwest Coast imagery as a starting point but uses a totally different media- forged steel. His reflections are an internal communication with the viewer. Paul Rand uses wood and light in a thoroughly contemporary way that has an architectural quality and actually uses reflected light. Wayne Kangas produces exuberant pieces of collected metal scraps that glitter and seem to move: it sparkles with reflected light.

Social Fabric

"Love is in the Air" ~ an exhibit of artists' work focusing on love, Valentine's day, and affairs of the heart.

Tide Lines

Featuring Elizabeth Larson. Elizabeth grew up in Germany as well as the United States and earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington in 2012.  She studied under Israel Hershberg at the Jerusalem Studio School from 2013- 2015.  As well, she participated in two artist residencies in Civita Castellana, Italy.  She very recently returned to Washington State after living in Israel for two years.  Her work is in private collections in Germany, Israel, England, Hong Kong, and the United States.    

 Western City Center

Western City Center welcomes our local alums and community members to stop by our office during the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk. Check out our space, enjoy some goodies and beverages and enjoy the art on display from Western students, alumni and community members.

 Western Gallery

HOW SPACE TURNS, 5:00 – 7:00pm. The exhibition “How Space Turns” brings together six prominent artists from three continents: Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Tomás Saraceno (Argentina), Rintaro Hara (Japan), Ryuji Nakamura (Japan), Ragna Róbertsdóttir (Iceland), and Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir (Iceland).