Do the Art Walk shuffle
What: Art Walk
When: 6 pm Fri., Jun. 7
Where: Downtown Bellingham
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Changes are afoot in downtown Bellingham, and those who want to check out a few of the most recent ones would do well to put the Fri., June 8 Art Walk on their to-do list. The monthly event is a righteous reason to peruse creative offerings from local and regional artists, but it also provides a four-hour window to suss out spaces you may have never been in before—or are entering again after the venue has veered in a new direction.
That will be the case at Bay Street Village at 301 W. Holly Street, when the Atomic Kitten hosts its official grand reopening in the space formerly housing Gallery Pegasus. But don’t mourn the loss of the art space quite yet. The showroom of midcentury modern furniture and unique home furnishings owner Paul Oleniacz featured when the Atomic Kitten was housed on Commercial Avenue will share space with art Heidi Wood of Gallery Pegasus sources from both established and up-and-coming artists—including Western Washington University students looking to gain real-world art experience. The Art Walk reshuffle is a win-win situation that will give both businesses a renewed lease on life.
On State Street, Topaz Salon + Gallery has recently taken over the Salon d’Artiste space at 1213 N. State St. (in the block before the Herald Building). The brick edifice has long acted as a sort of mural for the foliage that grows up the parking lot side of it, turning green in the spring and bright-red in the fall. Stroll past the wall to the inaugural exhibit in the gallery space, Cooper Lanza’s “Twins” series—a collection of doubles that tells tales through oil paintings. “Twins is about the duality I think we all feel within us, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the light and the dark,” Lanza explains.
For fans of local illustrator and author Phoebe Wahl, the fact that she’s opening a store at 1051 N. State Street will come as welcome news. Wahl is one of those artists who’s hard to pin down. She’s prolific in so many things—from painted enamelware to art prints, blankets, books, sculptural work, animation, product design, comics and more—that it’s hard to believe she hasn’t had an official storefront until now. At the opening event on Friday night, refreshments will be provided by Cafe Vavilov, and Wahl will share the space with other small artist lead brands. If you’ve been looking for the opportunity to find out how Wahl’s comfort and nostalgia-themed works come to life in so many interesting ways, now is the perfect time to ask.
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