April Art Walk - April 1

Allied Arts of Whatcom County

ReArt: Explore the art of nearly 30 artists exhibiting their works made from 75% or more recycled materials.

The Alternative Library

Showing work by Michael Bloom.

Artists 12 Pop-Up Gallery

Join Artists 12; Kellie Becker, Linda Coons, Laurel Baldwin, Lori Hill, Joetta Egan, Lyn Jackson, Vikki Jackson, Kevin Ledford, Kelcey Bates, Jacquie Hollingsworth, Nyssa Prowell, and Elaine McRory in celebrating their Pop-up Gallery’s one-year anniversary during Art Walk from 6pm to 9pm at 1415 Cornwall Ave (the old Dakota Art building.) New artwork, lively conversations, and refreshments will guarantee a fun evening!

Aslan Brewing Co.

Featuring Justice Fox-Hille, a multi-media, two dimensional artist whose work presents a diverse use of both materials and subjects. This collection of paintings represents part of a series portraying the characteristics of the nine Greek Muses, the spirits of artistic inspiration. I chose to use young women in my life who inspire me to personify these characters.

Backcountry Essentials

Portraiture, event, and landscape photography by photgrapher and retoucher, Patrick Beggan.

Bayou on Bay

Photos by Jonathan Sureau

The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf Professional

The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf

The Beauty Institute Schwarzkopf


Color off Canvas, an Art Meets Hair Show by Debbie Leighton and The Beauty Institute-SKP.

Big Chair 

A product of the 2015 KAPOW placemaking competition by Mike McAuley in the Commercial Street Plaza. While seated in a Big Chair people can easily see and be seen over parked cars, thus enlivening the sidewalk activity even for people driving by. These Big Chairs are very eye catching while folks are using them and they look fun, so people who see other having fun in them will have a more positive experience while in our urban core. Made possible by Chuckanut Builders and committed community members.

The Bureau of Historical Investigation

Coco & Coffee: Meet local designer Create with Coco and enjoy coffee and baked goods from The Black Drop Coffeehouse. Inspired by color and texture, Create with Coco owner Courtney Hiatt seeks to brighten the world through her one-of-a-kind handmade designs. The evening will feature a Create with Coco trunk show with a full range of her goods including jewelry, cards, gift wrap, home décor and new items to her line. Refreshments of coffee and mini muffins from The Black Drop Coffeehouse will also be available while supplies last.

Cafe Bouzingo

Showing paintings by Ashley Olason and are still showing the gender-bending photography by Thaddeus Hink.


Casa Que Pasa

This month we're featuring Sarah Brock's colorful watercolors, Erik Vargas' detailed sci-fi paintings and illustrations, and Hannah River's abstract depictions of aerial maps. Stop by for viewing vibrant art and a margarita!


Center for Independence

In the courtyard of the Crown Plaza are new works by Julia Martin, David Waugh, and Nicola Noetic.

Community Food Co-op

Community Food Co-op

Community Food Co-op

The Co-op will host “Images of the Northwest in Watercolor” featuring Michael Heath and students. From 5:30 to 7:30pm Lindsay Street will be playing a wide spectrum of traditional music from the British Isles, Scandinavia, French Canada, and New England (with the occasional original tune in the mix) on fiddle, guitar, accordion, bodhran, and vocals. Or course, there’ll also be treats including something special from the Co-op bakery.


Creative Spaces: Art Installation with Clarissa Callesen

103 E. Holly St. These pieces are constructed from 90% post-consumer recycled materials using textiles as the primary focus, utilizing alternative dying processes to customize and unify the textiles.

Dakota Gallery

Ascending Archetypes: New work by Melissa Hand, Kate Sechrist, and Coco Spadoni.


Downtown Visitors Center

Annie Prevost and Sandy Carpenter will be displaying their colorful interpretations of urban landscapes and animals.

Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery

Fourth Corner Frames

Fourth Corner Frames

The Lay of the Land: The vistas of Pacific Northwest have inspired artists for generations.  Join us in April for an exhibition of scenic works by some of the finest artists from our region. Their styles range from abstract to photorealism and utilize a variety of mediums including acrylics, oils, pastels, and watercolors. You are invited to attend an artist reception during Art Walk on Friday, April 1, between 6 – 9pm. The show will hang in the gallery through April 30.


Hatch 2.0

La Frasque: Benefit Art Show for Hatch: It is with a twinkle in our eyes and a spring in our step that we invite you to join us for an evening of fine culture in order to raise funds for Hatch’s future programming. For April’s Art Walk, Hatch will be turning heads as we turn the Bellingham Art scene on its head; showcasing only the most riveting and perplexing photography of the year. Meet the fine artists responsible for this event and help us select the people’s choice award for best photograph of the night. Participate in our raffle and you could be taking home your choice of high quality art prints. Expect fine refreshments, exquisite company, and diverting entertainment.

Herald Building Parklet

To help support the City of Bellingham’s 2012 City Center Master Planning effort, Sustainable Connections has piloted a “parklet” to demonstrate creative green building and smart growth strategies for our downtown core. 


The Lucky Monkey

The Lucky Monkey will celebrate its 11th anniversary during the April Art Walk. We will feature a new show "Mandalla Journey" by local artist Marilyn Quinn. Her original designs reflect her spirituality through daily compositions and are meditative in nature. Framed colorful prints are very affordable. Our own Jesfer Mikesell will perform live music as a part of our evening, hope to see you, 6:30- 9:30pm

Make.Shift Art Space

Presenting the opening ceremony of the first Bellingham Music Film Festival, a celebration of music through the medium of film, with selected films screenings to include music videos, shorts and feature length documentaries and narratives. The opening ceremony will feature music video film screenings and music by Scarlet Locomotive and Momo Grace. This opening evening is free to the public with admission donations encouraged and the evening’s bar proceeds will benefit local video store non-profit, Film is Truth. 7-10pm.


Make•up - Novato celebrates its 1st birthday with a show of brand new acrylic portraits by local artist Toby Stanger and Novato owner Logan McQuaig. 

Old World Deli

Gretchen Leggitt is a Bellingham based artist who takes a unique approach to translating the natural world around her through flowing compositions and a distinct use of line, texture and pattern. She achieves much of her illustration through PYROGRAPHY, a meticulous and unforgiving wood burning technique in which a hot stylus is used to brand the surface- a practice that honors the inherent beauty found within the organic mediums. The distinctive characteristics of Gretchen’s artistic style move gracefully from pyrography to her vibrant paintings.

Peter James Studios

Peter James Photography

Peter James Photography

April Art Walk Exclusive: Local Landscape Photography by Peter James, featuring rich colors and spectacular scenery. Printed on high gloss sheets of aluminum, Peter’s photos capture the rich beauty of Northwest Washington in a powerful and vibrant way.


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 & Pinball Lounge

The Racket Bar and Pinball Lounge is excited to welcome long-time local artist and designer, Aaron Brick, for the month of April.  Brick has been working as an illustrator, photographer, and painter in Bellingham for 20 years.  His stencils have a highly-developed unique style; they are easy to appreciate and hard to ignore.  His live music photography blends precise detail with abstract movement, and authentically relays the true feeling of witnessing live music in our town.  Large spray-paint stencils, and mounted photographs will be on display. Full menu served until 11pm, drinks and pinball all night. Ages 21+



Jess Flegel has been working with fabric since 2003, often drawing inspiration from photographs and other graphic design elements. Redlight is thrilled to showcase her latest work, a large-scale quilted image of Bellingham's much loved Granary building. 21+

Rock & Rye Oyster House

Evan Whitehead and Bonnie Smerdon. 

Sculpture Northwest Gallery

The Contemporary Figure Exhibition Opening: This exhibit features multiple regional artists with a shared creative vision and exemplary technical skills in rendering the human figure in new and often unexpected ways.  Sharply executed in a variety of media, a pensive mood graces these forms that clearly celebrate the body and all its complex postures with unusual perspective and whimsical palettes.  Francie Allen, Viven Chiu, Mary Coss, Ellen Kennelly, Crista Matteson and John Lucas delight the eyes with their often intimate, sometimes playful, versions of the contemporary figure.  


This KAPOW proposal by Nick Zaferatos consists of  the semi-­‐permanent installation of a concrete casting of a replica soapbox, proposed for installation at a location within the public right of way sidewalk corner  at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and East Chestnut Street. The project intends to inspire impromptu public speech, gatherings, and the reinvigoration of America’s tradition of Soapbox Oratory. Made possible by Skipping Stone Foundation and dedicated community members.

Social Fabric

an exhibition of hand-made paper art pieces by 3 local artists, Anita Boyle, Denny Snyder and Renee Sherrer.  This exhibit will help you to become familiar with some of the creative uses for hand-made papers.  Also, on 9, April, we will be teaching a Japanese Hand-made Paper Workshop in conjunction with the Ferndale Cherry Blossom Festival.  Come in and see the possibilities.

Studio 5     

Please visit us on the upper floor of the Bay Street Village building, where we have a working studio.  Caroline Schauer’s vibrant paintings will greet you in our entryway this month.  Original paintings, prints, cards and refreshments all available.      

Sylvia Center for the Arts

Hootenanny, craft market, and open house at the future home of Bellingham's new performing arts center, Sylvia Center for the Arts featuring music by Lucas Hicks and Thomas Deakin, art from Allied Arts RARE expo, a pop-up performance by Bellingham Repertory Dance, square dancing at 8pm, and a Craft Market with local crafters.


SynchroTreeCity, a KAPOW proposal, is a piece of electronic art, more specifically a system, that ties together distributed light sculptures hanging in trees with the interaction of passerby and environment. Designed by Casey Scalf of Sensebellum and funded with help from the Whatcom County Association of Realtors & anonymous donors.


Third Planet

You might think it's pretty or you might think it's trash! Pretty Trash is a mixed media collection of art made in nauseatingly cute colors with bits and pieces of bright things found here and there. Objects and scraps destined to be trash have found their new home in these pieces and almost all glow in the dark or under a blacklight. Amanda Molsee aka kittenmuse is an artist inspired by all things cutesy, the fashion choices toddlers make, binge watching cartoons, outer space, whimsy, and the extraordinarily magical world that surrounds us.

Wandering Oaks Fine Arts Gallery and Glass Studio

Wandering Oaks

Wandering Oaks

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Wandering Oaks Fine Arts Gallery and Glass Studio.  Located at 126 W. Holly, Wandering Oaks features the photography and glass work of Sheri E. Ten Eyck, paintings by Toby A. Ten Eyck, and the bronze sculptures of William Baldwin.  As a working studio, you will have the opportunity to learn how kiln-formed glass is made, and even sign up for a class.  Meet the artists during the April 1 Art Walk for interesting discussions and light refreshments.

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Join us for our annual open house! Peace flag activity, artists Mary Jo Maute and Ronna Biggs, Boundary Bay refreshments, music, and more!

Western City Center

Longer days make for perfect timing to stroll through Western City Center for Downtown Bellingham Art Walk on April 1st (no fooling!) Your appreciation for the finer things in life will grow with art from local alumni, students and community members. Our beverages and snacks will put a spring in your step (really, it will) - not to mention plant a warm feeling of welcome from Western staff.

Whatcom Land Trust


Tree Connection, an exhibition of Ken Speer's visual meditations at Whatcom Land Trust. Ken borrows from Eastern philosophies, neoplasticism, and the landscapes around his home in Wickersham to paint meditative tributes to trees and the creatures that live among them. Special pricing for WLT benefit.