New Beginnings

Do the Art Walk shuffle


What: Art Walk

When: 6 pm Fri., Jun. 7

Where: Downtown Bellingham

Cost: Free


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.

More Visual...
Carbon Dialogue
From innocence to menace

I’ve often enjoyed the work of David Eisenhour. His bronze sculptures previously exhibited at the Museum of Northwest Art and Smith & Vallee Gallery have joyfully celebrated the beauty of crustaceans and jellyfish.

Eisenhour began as a foundry worker, where he was allowed to build up his…

more »
Fever Dreams
Visions of a new generation

The range of calcified-looking objects in Ruby Jones’ “Compost” photograph are unsettling. Pale porcelain hands stained with a dark-blue substance hold a range of jawbones, shells, spore-like objects and other unidentified subject matter. Tendrils of grass or moss can be spotted here and…

more »
Island Life
Scenes from the studio

When I moved to Whatcom County more than 20 years ago, I spent the first year of my residency at my family’s longtime cabin on Lummi Island. It was the only time in my life I’d ever lived alone, and I soon learned that being surrounded by natural beauty 24 hours a day took some of the sting…

more »
Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Smart Business Leadership Series

11:30am|Connections Classroom

Wellness Wednesdays

12:00pm|Riverwalk Plaza

Wednesday Farmers Market

2:00pm|Barkley Village Green

Ferndale Book Group

2:30pm|Ferndale Library

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm|Hammer Heritage Square

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Calypso Kitchen

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Creekside Open Mic

6:30pm|South Whatcom Library

Bellingham Mayoral Forum

6:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Brewers Cruise

6:30pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Marina Albero and Jeff Johnson

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Trove Web
Community Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

High Tea Fundraiser

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

English Country Dancing

1:30pm|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Dig Deep

3:00pm|Deming Library

Bard on the Beach

4:00pm|Vanier Park

Blues and Brews

5:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Blues and Brews

5:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Van Gogh for the Youth


Ales & Sails

6:00pm|Bellingham Bay

Van Gogh for the Youth

6:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building

The Song Wranglers

6:00pm|Jansen Art Center

Building a Secure Water Future

6:30pm|Mount Vernon City Library

Good Time Girls Season Kickoff Party

7:00pm|Boundary Bay Brewery

Chuckanut Radio Hour

7:00pm|Whatcom Community College


7:00pm|YWCA Ballroom

Stepsisters, a Dance Story

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

James and the Giant Peach

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre


7:30pm|Maritime Heritage Park


7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books
Community Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

4:00pm|Vanier Park

Stepsisters, a Dance Story

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

James and the Giant Peach

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre


7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild


7:30pm|Maritime Heritage Park

The Present Sense

8:30am|Make.Shift Art Space

Wild Things

9:30am|Marine Park

Chuckanut Writers Conference

10:00am|Whatcom Community College

Summer Bazaar Craft Sale

10:00am|Cedar Grove Park clubhouse

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm|Blaine Harbor

Orcas Island Bicycle Tour

12:00pm|Orcas Island

Ferndale Farmers Market

2:00pm|1750 LaBounty Dr.

Peace Vigil

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Hot Sauce and Salsa Festival

5:00pm|Aslan Depot

The Double Trouble Band

5:00pm|Semiahmoo Marina

Keys for Kids

5:30pm|Stepping Stones Garden

Salmon Dinner Sail

6:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

On Trend Dance Show

7:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Longest Day 10K

7:00pm|Fairhaven Village Green

The Dance Studio presents Rubies

7:00pm| Mount Baker Theatre

Writer's Block, PainProv

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

see our complete calendar »

Trove Web Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Support Vertical Village Books