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Art by the masses

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Many months of pandemic protocols have resulted in human beings staying farther away from each other than ever before, but a number of community-focused art projects on the near horizon appear to be designed to bring them together again—at least in spirit.

For the Ferndale Arts Commission, public participation will be necessary to pull off a Yarn Art Installation planned for the spring. That’s when crocheted yarn art will be installed on various tree trunks in the city’s Griffintown Park. For those who’d like to be part of bringing creative blasts of color to the limbs and tree trunks but have only a vague idea about how to knit, Northwest Yarns will be teaching a Zoom class focusing on how to craft the yarn art sections at 3pm Sat., Jan. 30. The event is open to the first 50 people to sign up, and stitching supplies can then be picked up in advance at Ferndale City Hall. If you’re already an accomplished crocheter, reach out to discover how to get your creations to the FAC, who will be collecting them in advance of the outdoor installation. To sign up for the Jan. 30 workshop, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Homework will also be part of Allied Arts Whatcom READS Art Challenge, which will require participants to read this year’s selection for the countywide book club, Canadian author Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black. As you follow the engrossing tale of a boy who escapes a brutal life of slavery only to discover he’ll never be seen as equal to others due to the color of his skin—despite his sharp intellect, bravery, risk-taking and enduring resilience—keep in mind ways you might translate his adventures and struggles into a singular work of art. Themes of race and belonging, social justice and the natural world will continue to be part of the discussions and online events taking place in advance of Edugyan’s virtual visits on March 4-5, so if you’re looking for even more inspiration, take a closer look at the lineup. Once you’ve read the book and created accompanying artwork, obtain an entry form and submit your selection to the non-juried show on March 2-3 at the Cornwall Avenue gallery in downtown Bellingham. All mediums, genres and skill levels are welcome while space lasts, and items will be shown on a first-come, first-hung basis. The monthlong show will open March 5 at Allied Arts, ensuring the conversation around Washington Black will continue into the spring. For more info, go to http://www.whatcomreads.org.

Plenty of time also remains for artists of all ages and abilities to enter the Poster Contest for the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market. Last year’s winning poster incorporated everything from baked goods to fresh produce, musical instruments, flowers and a rubber ducky, but feel free to bring your own spin to the 2021 poster submission. Keep in mind that the City of Sedro-Woolley logo, market logo, start and end dates, location of the market at Hammer Heritage Square, and the name of the market should be included, but other than that, let your imagination take over. Submissions of the full-color, 11” x 17” posters are due by 8pm on March 26, and the chosen artist will receive a $250 prize after the judges pick a winner in April. By the time the market opens on Weds., May 19, expect to see the resulting artwork on posters throughout Sedro-Woolley and beyond, and then connect in person while you’re purchasing produce throughout the spring and summer. For more details, and to obtain copies of the logos, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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