Creature Feature

All about the animals

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

If you don’t like animals, there’s something wrong with you and it might be time to seek professional help. Another option would be to peruse the following creature features during the month of August to find out if local artists’ renderings of the furry and the feathered and the scaled warm up your cold, cold heart. If you’re already an animal admirer, you’ll want to read on.

At “A Member of the Family” exhibit currently on display at Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery in downtown Bellingham, the works by the featured artists are there for a couple of reasons. Besides highlighting their talents, each of the six painters who have contributed to the show are also available to immortalize your beloved friend’s personality—so if you like what you see on the wall, it’s possible to contact each of them to see what it would take to render a likeness of your cat, horse, dog, goldfish, bearded dragon, chicken, bunny rabbit, goat, chia pet, or mini-pig. Once you have a pet portrait in your possession, head back to Fourth Corner, where the powers that be at the longtime business will be offering special prices for custom framing for the duration of the exhibit. When: Through Sept. 1. Where: 311 W. Holly St. Info:

Edison’s Smith & Vallee Gallery is also paying homage to creatures via “The Wild Life,” a group exhibit celebrating animals who are more likely to be found in nature than at the foot of beds or in local backyards. Among the visual offerings are Kat Houseman’s “The Divine Magpie and the Black and White” oil painting, glass artist Shelley Muzylowski Allen’s “Cloak” (featuring a zebra), Michael Felber’s “Flying Pelican” watercolor, and Max Grover’s acrylic collage, “Esso Elephant.” Other artists showing and selling their work include Becky Fletcher, Dan Friday, Karen Willenbrink Johnsen, Kelly O’Dell, Lindsay Kohles, and Raven Skyriver. Described as being “fierce and friendly,” the exhibit is a must-see. When: Through Aug. 26. Where: 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. Info:

By Googling “Jody Bergsma,” it’s possible to find a number of helpful videos detailing how she paints horses, dragonflies, wolves and hummingbirds (among other things). But to move beyond the tutorials and see her work on the walls, head to Anacortes, where new pieces by the Bellingham-based watercolor artist are being featured through the month at Scott Milo Gallery. With a focus on birds and plants created by using acrylics and metallic leaf, the visions Bergsma creates are worth a second (and third) look—even if you’re not a self-described “animal person.” When: Through Sept. 4. Where: 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Info:

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