Promising Futures

Fine art at any age


What: Children's Art Walk

When: 6 pm Fri., May. 5

Where: Downtown Bellingham

Cost: Free


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

There’s no denying kids view things differently than adults do. This week, opportunities will abound to see through the eyes of area youth as annual events celebrating their burgeoning talents take place in Whatcom and Skagit counties. If, like Whitney Houston, you believe the children are our future, you’ll want to support them.

On Thurs., May 4, the works of kids ages 15 and younger can be viewed from 5-8pm throughout downtown Mount Vernon as part of the city’s fourth annual Children’s Art Walk. At venues such as Miss May’s Creative Learning Store, Tri Dee Arts, Kids Stuff, Skagit Running Company, and beyond, see pieces by everyone from toddlers to teens. As an added bonus, artists 16 and older will be featured at eight additional downtown locales.

That same evening, an opening reception takes place from 5:30-7pm for “Promising Futures: Whatcom County High School Student Art” at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center. The exhibit that originated in 1997 at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art will feature drawings, paintings, ceramics and digital art from talented students sourced from Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Lynden Christian, Meridian, Mount Baker, Options, Sehome, and Squalicum schools. It’s a winning combination, as the exhibit gives high school artists a chance to show their work in a fine arts gallery, and the “J” gets bragging rights for discovering new talent.

From 6-9pm Fri., May 5, the 17th annual Children’s Art Walk helmed by Allied Arts will see as many as 60 venues in downtown Bellingham become galleries as they plaster their store windows with the fruits of kids’ creative expressions.

In addition to the strolling sights, venues will also get in on the action in a variety of ways. At the Bellingham Public Library, elementary student art will share space with young performers and a craft area, and the children’s library will be open for limited business.

At Allied Arts proper, the gallery space will feature professional work by Whatcom County-based teaching artists, and there will also be music, activities for both kids and adults and countless opportunities to celebrate art in schools.

But that’s far from all. At Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, artist and teacher Jacquie Bresadola will be leading a children’s art-making project focusing on multicultural identity, inspired in part by the exhibition “Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots.” Fourth Corner Frames presents “From Refrigerator to Wall,” with the idea that every child’s masterpiece that gets affixed to an appliance should be framed and make its way to a more prominent locale.

A Goldfish Art Installation created by St. Paul’s Academy Students can be seen in the display window at Mindport Exhibits, and at Make.Shift Art Space, “Thwack! Bam! Pow!” will see art inspired by both superheroes and villains. Art Peace School in grades 3-7 provided artistic renderings of these fantastical friends and foes, and artists from the community provided recreations and responses to the works. If you go, please know that the wearing of capes and costumes is encouraged.

Additional events featuring young dancers, musicians and artists will take place throughout the evening, so you might want to change your children’s bedtimes. It’s not a school night, after all.

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