From A to W
Return of the Fourth Friday Art Walk
What: Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk
Where: Throughout historic Fairhaven
WHEN: 5pm-8pm Fri., July 23; the event happens on the fourth Friday of every month (except December)
Cost: Entry is free
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
It wasn’t a huge surprise when the April 2020 Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk was cancelled. At that point during the pandemic, staying home was the smartest thing people could do to help keep themselves and their fellow community members safe.
Approximately 15 months later, the ramping up of COVID-19 vaccinations across Washington state has made it possible for humans to once again congregate in larger numbers in public places—and for area artists to reacquaint themselves in person with their patrons.
The return of the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5pm-8pm on Fri., July 23 is evidence that a cultural reawakening is currently underway. That night, a number of galleries and businesses will keep their doors open later than usual to welcome visitors and celebrate creative spirit, and you’re invited. While conversing with various artists about their work, partaking of refreshments, watching demos and sussing out live entertainment, savor each interaction.
To suss out the work you may come across while strolling through historic Fairhaven, it’s best to go from A to Z (or, in this case, W). At A Lot of Flowers, paintings by the late Ernest M. Swordmaker will be on display, and fans of outsider art and abstract expressionism should take note of the self-taught artist’s treasure trove of paintings, which date from the 1960s to the 2000s.
At Adored Boutique, Anastasia English’s one-of-a-kind resin art can be perused. “I find my inspiration in nature and bring that to my studio,” English explains, saying she uses the organic movements of resin to create the shadow and depths of nature. “Creating my art has become a process of self-discovery with texture, rhythm and flow,” she adds.
At Artwood Gallery, handcrafted chairs by local artists will be on display, and while you’re there check out wooden art, furniture, gifts and more from a variety of artisans. Meanwhile, Blessings Salon and Spa will host a quartet of artists—multi-media maven Belinda Botzong, longtime painter Trish Harding, and photographers Peter James and Clinton James.
Combine dinner with art at Colophon Cafe, where oil paintings by Galina Lintz and images by Sattva Photography are on display through July. At Current and Furbish, painter Scott Ward’s creations beckon with vibrant color, whimsey and wonder.
Good Earth Pottery is next on the alphabetic roundup, with fine art ceramic basketry by beloved Bellingham artist Larry Richmond being highlighted, and the work of more than 35 ceramic artists being displayed. In the Morgan Block building, brave steep stairs to reach the studio spaces of award-winning artist and writer Nancy Canyon, prolific painter and illustrator Ben Mann, and painter and muralist Ron Pattern.
By this point, you might be getting thirsty. That means it’s time to head to the next “gallery” on the roster—Paws for a Beer. There, you’ll see work by various artists who have a knack for portraying dogs. Discuss the canine creations while sipping an IPA, then make your way to Peter James Photography Gallery, where the aforementioned artist will be showcasing nature photographs from across Washington state.
More than 45 artists working in a variety of mediums will be represented at the Whatcom Art Market, but mixed-media painter and fabric artist Deb Dole of Eclectic Spirit will be the spotlighted artist through the weekend. Take note of her work while looking through the painting, photography, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, soaps and lotions, yarns and fabrics of her fellow Whatcom Art Guild members, and reach out if you have questions.
WAG member Penny Welch is looking forward to welcoming visitors at the Friday-night fete—the first in more than a year.
“Our gallery,” she says, “is light and airy and a delight to browse, enjoy the art and meet local artists.”