Visual

Creative Collaboration

Whatcom Art Market makes a move

Attend

More:

WHAT: Whatcom Art Market
WHEN: 10am-6pm Wed.-Sun.
WHERE: 1103 11th St.
INFO: http://www.whatcomartmarket.org

WHAT: Whatcom Art Guild Monthly Meeting
WHEN: 7-9pm Tues., May 10
WHERE: Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
COST: Free
INFO: http://www.whatcomartguild.org

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Painter James Williamson takes his Whatcom Art Guild (WAG) membership seriously.

The maritime-focused watercolor artist joined the organization when he moved to Bellingham in 1975 as a way to become a part of the art community, and has spent the last 41 years partaking of the numerous perks that come with being a part of the creative club.

“I enjoy exchanging ideas and information with other artists, displaying work at various venues and establishing ties in the community by promoting the arts and artists,” Williamson says. “Guild artists encourage each other’s creative endeavors. The guild offers opportunities to educate, critique and assist each other with artworks. Each member brings different skill sets to the table from their different walks of life, and we highly value each member’s contribution to the organization as a whole.”

But although being a part of the oldest continually operating art group in Whatcom County is a boon—WAG has been dedicated to supporting the visual arts locally since 1964—Williamson and more than 40 other guild members have upped the ante for the last six years by selling their works at a gallery on Harris Avenue dubbed the Whatcom Art Market.

If you’ve been one of the many residents or visitors who have stopped by the basement of the historic Waldron Building to peruse and purchase the original, affordable works of art created by dozens of Whatcom Art Guild members, you should know that, as of last weekend, the cooperative is now operating at a new locale a few blocks away.

“We found that customers found it hard to find the place and the interior was in need of enhancements,” Williamson says of the reasons for making the move. “The opportunity presented itself to have a new street-level gallery, and the decision was made to move into the new location—a brighter, easy-to-find gallery with greater visibility and foot traffic in the heart of the Fairhaven business district.”

If you drop by to check out the new space, be aware that each time you come, it’s likely you’ll be dealing with different staff. That’s because the gallery is run solely by WAG members who volunteer their time to make sure the Whatcom Art Market is running smoothly—whether that involves hanging new art, making sales, sweeping floors or writing press releases.

When asked why it’s important to have a dedicated venue to sell the works of WAG members, Williamson says it’s the best way they’ve found to be able to continue to display their paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed-media works and more.

“As with any endeavor, there are expenses—materials to create work for each artist and then the costs of providing a space to display and sell,” he says. “Also, the act of a collector purchasing a work of art provides positive reinforcement,  encouragement and incentive to do more.

“Being under the umbrella of the Whatcom Art Guild has provided stable leadership for a venture this size and is a large reason why the Whatcom Art Market has experienced continued success.”

March Silver Reef
More Visual...
Heavy Metal
From sparks to sculpture

A passion for extended guitar solos and amplified distortion won’t be a requirement for those attending a couple of metal-focused exhibits on display in Bellingham through the month. Instead, all that’s needed is the capacity to appreciate what happens when heat and sparks help welders…

more »
Verdant Valley
Enchanted in Edison

One of the most refreshing exhibits in the Skagit Valley is the combined show of artwork by Kathleen Faulkner and Ann Morris at Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison. Faulkner’s work, often seen here during the past 10 years, has achieved a high level of beauty and significance in her recent…

more »
Happy Accidents
A date with history

Sheri Wright swears she didn’t initially make the connection that the exhibit of painter Katherine Eva Houlahan’s works showing as part of an occasional “Women Artists of the Northwest” series at Fourth Corner Frames and Gallery would be on display during Women’s History Month.

“I guess…

more »
Events
Today
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am|Whatcom County

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

12:00pm

Skagit Beer Week

11:00am|Skagit Valley

Artist Workshop

6:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Dig Into Spring

6:00pm|Mount Vernon City Library

Bellingham Reads

6:30pm|Bellingham Public Library

Avian Research

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Poetry Trio

7:00pm|Village Books

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Bayview Civic Hall

Books and Brews

7:00pm|Village Books

Trove Web
Tomorrow
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am|Whatcom County

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

12:00pm

Skagit Beer Week

11:00am|Skagit Valley

City Club Meeting

11:30am|Northwood Hall

Nonprofit Brown Bag

11:30am|St. Luke's Health Education Center

Hidden in Plain Sight

4:00pm|Mt. Baker High School

Dahlias Discussion

4:00pm|Blaine Library

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Fellowship of Fire

6:30pm|Everson Library

Art Talk with Wade Marlow

7:00pm|Dakota Gallery

Jared Hall Quartet

7:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Foghorn Stringband

7:00pm|YWCA Ballroom

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Bos2
Thursday
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am|Whatcom County

La Conner Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Skagit Beer Week

11:00am|Skagit Valley

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

10:00am

Smart Business Summit

12:00pm|Pioneer Park Pavilion

English Country Dancing

1:30pm|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Exploring Equity

2:00pm|Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Happy Hour Thursdays

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Walk on the Wild Side Series

5:30pm|Firehouse Arts & Events Center

Monthly Wine Tasting

5:30pm|Old World Deli

Time Capsule Reception

6:00pm|Skagit County Historical Museum

Pub Run

6:00pm|BBay Running

Incognito

6:00pm|Ciao Thyme

Check out WA Discover Pass Backpack Program

6:30pm|Mount Vernon City Library

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

House Concert with Carolyn Cruso

7:30pm|Chuckanut Center

Dyo Festival Finale

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

see our complete calendar »

Trove Web Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books Bos2 The Hunts