True to Form

A closer look at the human body



WHAT: “Unfold: Nude Form and Concept”
WHEN: Through Feb. 26
WHERE: Pegasus Gallery, 301 W. Holly St.

WHAT: Opening reception for “Raw: The Nude” group exhibition
WHEN: 4-7pm, Sun., Feb. 11
WHERE: Cooper Lanza Gallery, 1415 13th St.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

On a recent Monday afternoon, Heidi Wood pointed to
“Mass #4,” a painting of a torrid tangle of naked humans involved in what appeared to be an orgy.

“I think this artist—Eleanor Ortland—is really going to go places,” Wood proclaimed with an accent reminiscent of a character on Downton Abby.

She wasn’t at all disturbed by the somewhat salacious subject matter. To her, it was just one of a variety of works exploring the human body as part of the group exhibit “Unfold: Nude Form and Concept” currently on display at Gallery Pegasus, Wood’s venue and studio in downtown Bellingham.

Located inside Bay Street Village, the nine-month-old gallery features new shows every two months, and also provides four creative spaces for area artists, including Wood, a painter and the facilitator of Finger Painting for Grownups. Additionally, the high-ceilinged, well-lit space is available to rent for events such as meetings, parties, concerts and the occasional dance performance. Tuesday nights, she hosts various jazz musicians and invites everyone to listen in.

Wood wasn’t looking to open a public venue when she first rented the space, but soon saw the potential.

“The walls had recently been painted white. I was sitting on the stairs drinking coffee, and looking around I thought ‘This would make a fantastic gallery!” she shared. “I didn’t have any dreams to do so before then, but soon thought ‘Why not?’ That’s how I live my life.”

Wood reports that art sales are going well, and she thinks she’ll be where she needs by the end of the year in terms of calling Gallery Pegasus a success. Meanwhile, she and her curator, Jody Thompson, are ensuring that the exhibits are full of works by both established and up-and-coming artists—including Western Washington University students looking to gain real-world art experience.

In “Unfold,” Thompson has chosen well. Abstract works share space with bold, in-your-face interpretations of the human body, and lovely sculptures of half-formed women by Maria Wickwire are placed on pedestals throughout the gallery. Works are large, small and everything in between, and viewers are sure to find some of them perverse, and some of them playful. Above all, it’s a fascinating exhibit that is sure to get people talking.

“The thematic shows provide a platform for everyone to meet on the same page and provokes cross-sectional discourse,” Thompson says. “Our group exhibitions provide inclusive and diverse concepts and a variety of fine arts for the public to enjoy.”

All of the works are for sale, and Wood adds that a group of 12 artists will meet at the gallery on Thurs., Feb. 8 for a painting session with a nude model. The artists who choose to will then put the works up for perusal, and those visiting the gallery can bid on them as part of a silent auction taking place through the end of February.

Across town, Cooper Lanza Gallery will also be exploring the wonders of the body at an opening reception for “RAW: The Nude” Sun., Feb. 11 at their Fairhaven locale. There, a group of regional artists will share works depicting their interpretations of erotica through drawings, paintings and sculpture.

Bring your Valentine along to one or both of these shows, and be prepared to talk about what turns you on about them, what makes you think, and what, if anything, makes you uncomfortable—whether it’s a depiction of an orgy, a transgender woman’s genitalia, or a nude woman sewing her skin together. What your date says might just surprise you.

More Visual...
Welcome to the 20th century

We live in a time when all past artistic styles are relevant and flourish. In two Skagit Valley galleries through November, the spirit of 20th century abstraction lives on in the work of the late Joseph Goldberg, of Harrington, Washington, and Amy Carson of La Conner.

Goldberg’s work at…

more »
Art's Alive!
Lighting up La Conner

Whether it’s to catch a cruise to Deception Pass, check out the latest thought-provoking exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art, or show visitors the lovely locale where world-famous scribe Tom Robbins resides, pretty much any time I visit La Conner I end up wanting to hang around way…

more »
From the classroom to the community

Rest assured that the clever culinary products on display for perusal and purchase beginning Fri., Nov. 2 at Ideal will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

That’s par for the course where “ReMade” is concerned. As the project between the eclectic downtown Bellingham retail…

more »
Home for the Holidays

5:00pm|Ferndale Events Center

You Can't Take It With You

7:00pm|BHS Performing Arts Center

9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Squalicum High School

Seven Supermans

7:30pm|Heiner Theatre

Waiting for Godot

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Romeo and Juliet

7:00pm|Sehome High School Little Theatre

A Chorus Line

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Secret Agents, LOL-apalooza

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

A Chorus Line

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Gardenview Montessori Holiday Bazaar

9:00am|Gardenview Montessori

Turkey Trot with GBRC

9:00am|Squalicum Creek Park

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Willow Creek

Christmas in the Woods Open House

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

South Fork Winterfest

10:00am|Van Zandt Community Hall

Holiday at the Port Farmers Market

10:00am|Port Transit Shed

Stuff the Trunk

10:00am|Haggen stores

Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

10:00am|Rexville Grange

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am| Depot Market Square

Poetry Workshops

10:00am|Mindport Exhibits

Anything Goes Arts and Crafts

10:30am|Sumas Library

Wine and Shop Weekend

11:00am|Eagle Haven Winery

Gnocchi Class

11:00am|Christianson's Nursery

Needle Felting Workshop

1:00pm|Skagit City School

Coffee and Conversation with Surge Artists

1:30pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Fishboy Holiday Show

2:00pm|FishBoy Gallery

A Local Treasure

2:00pm|Ferndale Library

Beatles Sing-Along and Jam

2:00pm|Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Welcome to the 20th century


Pacific NW Insects

4:00pm|Village Books

Skagit Wine & Beer Festival

4:00pm|Eaglemont Golf Club

Last Call Group Reading

7:00pm|Village Books

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Sacred Heart Social Hall

A Light in the Darkness

7:00pm|Church of the Assumption

Seattle International Comedy Competition



8:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Squalicum High School

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

A Chorus Line

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

A Chorus Line

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

10:00am|Rexville Grange

Holiday at the Port Farmers Market

10:00am|Port Transit Shed

Wine and Shop Weekend

11:00am|Eagle Haven Winery

Sedro-Woolley Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Langar in Lynden

11:00am|Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty

2:00pm|Bellingham YWCA

Hope-Filled Dreams

2:30pm|Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Sing-Along Sound of Music

3:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Poetry Duo

4:00pm|Village Books

Four Pair, An Evening of Duets

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Traveling with the Thurbers

7:30pm|Lummi Island Library


8:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Village Books Seattle Comedy
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Wheelchair Gangball

3:30pm|Bloedel Donovan


7:00pm|Alternative Library


9:00pm|Firefly Lounge

see our complete calendar »

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books Seattle Comedy Trove Web