Visual

Limited Engagements

Here today, gone tomorrow

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Don’t blink, because you might miss a few noteworthy events. They’re limited engagements, so be prepared to show up and represent by perusing creative works, entering into meaningful dialogue with those you’re sharing space with and perhaps offering financial support by purchasing a piece of art.

If you’ve never wandered through Bellingham’s Alley District, “Art on Tap: End of an Era” will be your chance to get in on the associated action on “Block 52” one last time. Located in the courtyard of Altility Art Studio at 929 N. State St., the main event taking place June 15-16 will celebrate the community of talented artisans who have long made the alley space at the beginning of the South Bay Trail a creative destination in downtown Bellingham. The cultural collective—which also includes the HUB Community Bike Shop, Positive Negative Photography Center, and Plantas Nativa—is scheduled for demolition this summer to make way for a new housing development, and organizers of the event are choosing to head out with a bang.

To that end, starting at 6pm Friday, listen to live music by Doni Doni African drums, followed by a Trash Fashion/Upcycled Runway Show, bluegrass tunes by the Red Sky Riders, art and food vendors, additional performances and more. From 12-10pm Saturday, indoor and outdoor activities continue, with music by Celestial Navigation from 3-5pm, and by Coldwater Collective from 7-9pm. While you’re there, find out more about the relocation efforts of the HUB—who will host a benefit next month to help raise funds for the big move. More info: http://www.facebook.com/bellinghamalleydistrict.com

While the Commercial Street Night Market taking place from 6-10pm Fri. June 15 on the 1300 block of the downtown thoroughfare isn’t the last of its kind, it too belongs in the the “here today, gone tomorrow” category, as each of the seasonal monthly soirees hosted by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership is its own different animal. Among the unique vendors attendees will encounter on this go-round are I WOOD For You (featuring handcrafted gifts made locally from recycled wood), Glitt3r Lyfe, Evolve Chocolate, Hello & Goodbye (specializing in custom-painted shoes, shirts and more), We-Bee Kind (a CBD herbal apothecary), WinkWink (a woman-owned adult boutique offering expertly curated sex and body products), Ananda Woodworks, Megan H. Carroll Illustrations, Wild Child Herbs, Creed Mixed Media Designs, and more. Food vendors, interactive play (hula hoops are involved), and performances by the Bellingham School of Music, the Subdued City Rollers, Barucada Brazilian Drummers, and Silent Disco will round out the evening of free fun. If you miss your chance to dance in the streets, you’ll never forgive yourself (or you’ll do it at the next market in July).  More info: http://www.downtownbellingham.com

Finally, the “Spring Has Sprung” exhibit on display at Camano Island’s Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park on Blanche Way has an obvious end—as this is the last weekend of the current season. From 11am-5pm Fri., June 15 to Sun., June 17, the doors will open one last time for the group show featuring colorful works by Liana Bennett, Deb McCunn, Mark Eaton, Dan Freeman, Ruth Hesse, Sharon Kingston, Janie Olsen, Donna Watson, Leon White, and Hiroshi Yamano. New sculptures by Josh Henrie, Kentaro Kojima, Dale Reiger, and Leon White can be explored in the park.

While you’re enjoying what is forecasted to be a warmer than usual weekend in the area, plan time to check out the more than 75 permanent and temporary works of world-class significance situated throughout the forested 10-acre grounds. It seems as if it might be an apt place to bid farewell to spring, and say hello to summer. More info: http://www.matzkefineart.com

More Visual...
Art in Action
The studio tour scene

Anyone watching a writer practicing their craft would likely become bored after the first few minutes.

Watching artists in action is a whole other animal.

When you’re planning your route for the second weekend of the 24th annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, be sure to look on the map in…

more »
Once Again
Fall color at River Gallery

Maggie Mason takes my breath away. In the autumn “Small Works” show at River Gallery, Mason’s collages stand out for exquisite craftsmanship and inventive design—whether it’s “Paris in Winter,” or my favorite, “Winter Swans.” How does she put them together and where does she…

more »
Endangered Art
From Whatcom to Western

While admiring the gothic, multi-layered beauty of Isabella Kirkland’s oil painting “Gone,” I came to a horrible realization concerning every one of the 63 species of animals and plants depicted in the masterwork on display as part of the “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of…

more »
Events
Today
Mental Health First Aid Training

8:30am|East Whatcom Regional Resource Center

Anything Goes Arts and Crafts

10:30am|Sumas Library

Wheelchair Gangball

3:30pm|Bloedel Donovan

Ski and Snowboard Tuning Basics

6:00pm|REI

Washington Wines

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

Sista in the Brotherhood

6:30pm|Bellingham Technical College

Vaudevillingham

7:00pm|Cirque Lab

Guffawingham

9:00pm|Firefly Lounge

Trove Web
Tomorrow
Rainbow Reads

3:00pm|Ferndale Library

Cook It and Book It

3:30pm|Lynden Library

All-Paces Run

6:00pm|Fairhaven Runners

War Through the Eyes of Women Book Club

6:00pm|Bellingham Vet Center

Peru Novoandina

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Mind-Body-Food Connection

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

WAKE Meeting

6:30pm|Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Center

Beginning Square Dance Lessons

7:00pm|Ten Mile Grange

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Bayview Civic Hall

Books on Tap

7:00pm|North Fork Brewery

Fancy Bingo

7:30pm|Boundary Bay Brewery

Comedy Open Mic

7:30pm|Shakedown

Siro Trove Web
Wednesday
Bellingham at Home Informational Meeting

1:00pm|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Endangered Species Curator's Tour

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm|Hammer Heritage Square

Prosecutors race is a referendum on reform

6:00pm

Creekside Open Mic

6:30pm|South Whatcom Library

Where the sidewalk ends

7:00pm

Walking to the End of the World

7:00pm|Village Books

Brian Dean Trio

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Climate Change and Forests

7:00pm|Sustainable Living Center

Modified documentary and Panel Discussion

7:30pm|Pickford Film Center

see our complete calendar »

Trove Web Village Books Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Siro