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WHAT: 26th annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour
WHEN: Oct. 3-17
WHERE: Throughout Whatcom County
COST: Free; please set up appointments to visit artists in advance and follow COVID-19 guidelines
INFO: http://www.studiotour.net

WHAT: WAST exhibit previews
WHEN & WHERE: Through Sept. 26 at Allied Arts, Nov. 30 at Jansen Art Center, and Oct. 10 at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall
INFO: http://www.alliedarts.org, www.jansenartcenter.org, http://www.whatcommuseum.org

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

During last year’s Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, my perennial plus-one and I spent a blue-sky Sunday afternoon popping our heads into a number of studios in Bellingham’s Sunnyland neighborhood and surrounding environs. We got a close look at the creative spaces of a number of painters, woodworkers, sculptors and glass artists, and ended our day of art appreciation with pints on the patio at Kulshan Brewery. It was a perfect introduction to fall.

While we won’t be able to exactly replicate the experience this year, the good news is that with some careful planning and a commitment to the following of COVID-19 safety protocols, those of us who still hope to connect with and support hardworking Whatcom County artists can still do so.

Unlike past events—which typically take place the first two weekends of October, and have always operated in an open house capacity—the 26th annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour will occur daily from Oct. 3-17, with participating artists opening their studios by appointment only during the two-week window. All visitors will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing guidelines, and a few artists have additional requests, which attendees will want to suss out on the WAST website before showing up at the appointed hour.

“We hope our friends of the tour will come out and support us again for 2020,” organizers say. “We’ll still have participating artists working in a variety of mediums—clay, painting, mixed media, photography, sculpted glass and more—just with social distancing and new rules for our visitors.

“Please stay healthy and safe. We look forward to giving you a fulfilling art experience again this year.”

Among those who’ll be opening their doors for public perusal are sculptors Don Anderson, Suzanne Averre, and Shirley Erickson; painters Terry Brooks, Richard Bulman, Denise Champion, Diane Ferree, Franks Frazee, Mary Gregg-Byrne, Ria Harboe, Lorna Liebert, Ben Mann, Dave Nichols, Joy Olney, and Karen Theusen; mixed media masters Ruth San Pietro, Deb Dole, and Fishboy (Richard Clark); woodworkers Clark Champion, Karen and Vernon Liebrant, Tom and Jen Dolese, Tomas Vrba, and Stewart Wurtz; clay artists Larry Richmond, Linda Stone, Brian O’Neill, and Chris Moench; photographer Tommy Gibson; and jeweler Liane Redpath; and glass artist Brian Kerkvliet (pictured above).

While spontaneous stops won’t be a part of WAST 2020, those taking the time to link up with these artists and get a peek at what inspires and propels their visions—whether it’s on a Sunday afternoon or a Tuesday morning—are likely to be in for a much more intimate and educational experience, as their hosts’ attention will be solely on them for the duration of their visit.

For coming attractions of what you can expect to see at each artists’ domain, tour previews are taking place through Sept. 26 in downtown Bellingham at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, until Oct. 10 at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, and through Nov. 30 at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden,

At each venue featuring these coming attractions, make a mental note of which artists catch your eye, and, starting Oct. 3, contact them to set up a time to find your way to their studios. If you time it right, I’m guessing it would be possible to fit three or four visits into an afternoon.

After that, you’ll likely want to take a break. Luckily, it’s still possible to stop by the patio of a local brewery or restaurant to discuss your interactions, insights and/or new WAST acquisitions—so not quite everything will be different from last year.

WHAT: 26th annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour
WHEN: Oct. 3-17
WHERE: Throughout Whatcom County
COST: Free; please set up appointments to visit artists in advance and follow COVID-19 guidelines
INFO: http://www.studiotour.net

WHAT: WAST exhibit previews
WHEN & WHERE: Through Sept. 26 at Allied Arts, Nov. 30 at Jansen Art Center, and Oct. 10 at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall
INFO: http://www.alliedarts.org, http://www.jansenartcenter.org, http://www.whatcommuseum.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

[Sat., Sept. 26]

MEET & GREET: Artist Christine Wardenburg-Skinner and former Fish Towner Tom Skinner will discuss art in the Skagit Valley since the 1970s, their associations and Christine’s artistic practices at a Meet & Greet taking place from 1pm-4pm in Edison under an orange canopy in front of i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. “Through This Valley,” the exhibit on display through tomorrow, features plein air paintings and sculptures by Clayton James, plein air pen-and-ink works by Wardenburg-Skinner, sculptures by Ruth Pumphrey, and plein air paintings by Ed Kamuda.
For more info: http://www.ieedison.com

ONGOING EXHIBITS

A GUILDED GALLERY: Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild’s “New Beginnings Art Show” will be on display from 11am-5pm Wed.-Sat. through Sept. 24 in Stanwood at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW. The first in a series of ongoing juried shows features new works by dozens of regional artists in a variety of mediums. All works are for sale.
For more info: http://www.stanwoodcamanoart.com

ALLIED ARTS: An annual “Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Showcase” shows through Sept. 26 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features various works by WAST participants in advance of the annual event in early October. Gallery and thrift store hours are 11am-4pm Tues.-Fri. for the foreseeable future. Safety guidelines are in place.
For more info: http://www.alliedarts.org

ARTWOOD: Hours are currently 11am-5pm Wednesdays through Fridays, and 11am-6pm Saturdays at Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Ave. Please wear a mask when entering the gallery; gloves will be available for guests who need to handle the merchandise.
For more info: http://www.artwoodgallery.com

GALLERY SYRE: Peruse “David Syre: Envisioning a Better Future” from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Thursdays (and by appointment) through Nov. 7 at Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd. The works Syre created during quarantine have a unique language and message for a better future. Mostly abstract and painted with powerful colors, these recent canvases inspire people to take a leap into the unknown, to think about new forms of living together—and a new world in which humans can coexist with nature again.
For more info: http://www.davidsyreart.com

GOOD EARTH: Works by Jordan Jones will be featured through September from 11am-5pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 12pm-4pm Sundays, and 11am-5pm Mondays through August at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave. No more than six patrons will be allowed inside the gallery at a time, and customers and employees will be required to wear a mask. Gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided for handling pottery, and a sneeze guard/barrier is installed at the cash register. Curbside pickup is also available.
For more info: http://www.goodearthpots.com

JANSEN ART CENTER: View exhibits including Mike Bathum’s “Emerging Nature 2,” “Through the Eyes of the Beholder” by Malissa Perry and Christen Mattix, a Whatcom Artist Studio Tour showcase, a Juried Exhibit, and the annual “Cup Show” through Nov. 28 in Lynden at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St.
For more info: http://www.jansenartcenter.org

MATZKE GALLERY: A variety of paintings and sculptures can currently be viewed from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way.
For more info: http://www.matzkefineart.com

MONA: “The Barn Show,” an exhibit commemorating the annual art shows held at the Reims’ farm on Fir Island starting in 1987, can be seen from 12pm-4pm Thursdays through Sundays in La Conner at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Following CDC and state guidelines, only 20 people at a time will be admitted into the galleries.
For more info: http://www.monamuseum.org

PERRY AND CARLSON: “Everyday,” featuring new work by Anita Lehmann, shows from 11am-5pm Thursdays through Sundays through September in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson Gallery, 504 S. First St.
For more info: http://www.perryandcarlson.com

SMITH & VALLEE: Peruse glass sculptures by Dan Friday and oil paintings by Becky Fletcher from 10am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 27 in Edison at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave. The venue is also open weekdays by appointment with free curbside pickup for online purchases.
For more info: http://www.smithandvalleegallery.com

SCOTT MILO GALLERY: Gold leaf paintings and bronze sculptures by Leo Osborne will be featured from 11am-4pm Wednesdays through Fridays through Sept. 29 in Anacortes at Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave. Also showing are landscape and nautical oils by Jane Wall, watercolors by Peggy Woods, landscape pastels by Gretha Lindwood, and underwater sea life photos on metal by Audrey Garbacik. The show can also be viewed online.
For more info: http://www.scottmilo.com

WHATCOM ART MARKET: Works by Whatcom Art Guild members can be from 11am-3pm Fridays through Sundays through August at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Due to public safety concerns, masks are required for all customers, and hand sanitizer will be provided.
For more info: http://www.whatcomartmarket.org

WHATCOM MUSEUM: “Anatomy of a Collection: Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts” is open to the public (with limited capacity) from 12pm-4:30pm Wednesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St. This exhibition reflects the longstanding relationships with artists, institutions and donors who have helped shape and expand the museum’s collection through gifts of art, and marks 10 years since the Lightcatcher’s construction. Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall and Museum Store are also open.
For more info: http://www.whatcommuseum.org

 

 

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