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Of Art and Artists:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Often when we talk about the time during a musician’s life that is not devoted to music, we are speaking about their day job, the thing they must do in order to suffer for their art.

Turns out, many local musicians are using their time away from their instruments and practice spaces to suffer for art that is not of the musical variety, and this time of year, with its holiday markets, craft fairs and buy-local messaging, serves as a reminder of that fact.

Nowhere is that more front and center than at Make.Shift’s annual Make.Sale, which this year takes place Dec. 6-7 at their Flora Street space, with additional Make.Salers posting up at Cafe Velo, Icing on the Cake, and Runaway Press. Many of the nonprofit’s tenants will be selling their creative wares, and you’ll recognize several of them from some of your favorite local bands. Craft fairs are among the many things in life that I hate for no reason and I have yet to walk out of the Make.Sale empty-handed. I still regret the handmade bag I didn’t buy the year former Make.Shift Executive Director Cat Sieh had a booth at the sale.

Speaking of artists with booths at the Make.Sale, Kelly Hoekema, who a lot of folks recognize from her ongoing tenure in the Vaticunts, will have a very busy weekend. She’ll sling her paintings at Make.Shift on Friday and Saturday, before trekking across town to the Shakedown on Sunday, where she’ll teach another in her series of adult art classes along the theme of “Bad Movie Posters for Bad Artists.” When Hoekema began this educational odyssey, I wasn’t quite sure she’d be able to marshal an entire classroom of squirrely adults into creating coherent works of art in one sitting, but the proof was in the paintings—when she was through with them, each of her students took home a canvas worth putting on display. The class costs $25 (probably not much more than the cost of materials) and last I checked, tickets were still available, and choices of subject matter (you’ll understand when you sign up) ranged from Satan to Pennywise, only one of which is nightmare fuel for me, and—spoiler alert—it isn’t the Prince of Darkness.

Also on the Make.Sale roster is Gold Status Botanicals, aka Amy Gibson aka the singer/songwriter of a band I still long for, Bright Weapons. She makes all kinds of exotic and delightfully witchy-sounding things like tooth powder, cordials, dry shampoo, tinctures, teas and elixirs in small batches and with great love. She gifted me a jar of beautiful and delicious nettle sesame salt for my last birthday that I use sparingly and hoard all to myself despite its generous size and the vastness of my salt collection (we don’t need to talk about it). Her unusual and thoughtfully packaged products can be found at Bellingham Handmade, and I don’t think I’m out of line when I say they’d make lovely, impressive gifts. Tis the season to gift local.

Past Columns
Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

But wait, there’s more:

October 23, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Sing Loud:

October 9, 2019

Road to somewhere:

October 2, 2019

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Bellingham City Club Meeting

11:30am|Northwood Hall

Mapping Mountains

4:00pm|Western Library

Beginners Welcome

4:00pm|Village Books

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Wild Church

6:00pm|Marine Park

Food and Wine Pairing

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

The Slacks

7:00pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Jazz Lecture Series

2:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Exploring Equity

2:00pm|Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Keenan's Dinner

4:00pm|Keenan's at the Pier

Trivia Night

6:00pm|Burlington Public Library

Life Between the Pages Dinner Book Club

6:00pm|Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

A date with democracy

6:30pm

Bottle Club

6:30pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Pasta Party

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

The Woman's Hour with Elaine Weiss

6:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

An Iliad

7:00pm| Firehouse Arts and Events Center

The True Cost

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Jazz and Mariachi Night

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

WWU Wind Symphony

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

House Concert with Meghan Yates and Louis Ledford

7:30pm|Chuckanut Center

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Friday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

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