The 2020 Festival will take place November 20 until December 24, 2020, 10am – 7pm, 7 days a week
(Closed Thanksgiving Day and at 3pm on Christmas Eve)

It is taking place at: Location TBA in October 2020

The Holiday Festival of the Arts is a five-week-long indoor arts festival featuring 100 artisans from our region. Aside from vendors selling their wares, the festival boasts live music and art workshops for children on the weekends.

The twofold purpose of the Holiday Festival is to encourage and support the creation and sale of locally produced fine art and crafts while providing an opportunity to connect artists and craftspeople with the general public. This juried festival pursues top quality original arts and crafts and seeks excellence in presentation. Festival proceeds support the visual arts in the region through Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s general and educational programs, community outreach, arts events, gallery shows, and artist demonstrations.


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2019 Participants

Barbara Marks: A Whidbey Island resident of 16 years, Barbara Marks delights in the exuberance and movement of the natural world surrounding her. Her work reflects that exuberance in original works of art.

Bev Connor: Bev Connor has a knack for making wildlife portraits with pen and ink. She turns her creations into prints and cards.

Chris Shreve: Normiehead by Chris Shreve is a collection of surrealist fine art and illustration for walls, apparel and accessories.

Ciara Sana: Come see illustrated accessories, prints, and housewares that represent Ciara Sana’s values of optimism, experiences of travel and as a person of color through colorful illustrations full of whimsy.

Don Dye: Don Dye creates Copper repousse; Original artwork embossed in copper, hand-painted, matted, framed. Also giclee’s of the same images and acrylic paintings.

Ginny Baker: Ginny Baker’s paintings are of things of beauty that struck her in her travels, and are memories she can share with others.

James Williamson: Over the years James Williamson has created thousands of original paintings and limited editions of local and regional subjects. He is committed to creating memorable images of life here in the Pacific Northwest.

Jon D’Onofrio: John D’Onofrio is a photographer in Bellingham who has had his work featured in numerous magazines, calendars, note cards and post cards, as well as many other outlets.

Laura Bergsma: Laura Bergsma designs and draws whimsical and humorous art pieces using the digital drawing program Corel Painter. She then prints the images as giclée quality art prints, notecards and magnets, as well as several children’s story books.

Laurie Potter: Laurie Potter’s paintings are an expression of her adoration for the beautiful natural world and its inhabitants. What she creates in her artwork is driven by her passion for the infinitely interesting colors and forms that she sees while spending time outdoors.

Lois Dahl: The paintings that Lois Dahl creates are beautifully done. Each piece brings a sense of peace when you look at it. Her bold color captures the eye and makes it hard for anyone to look away.

Louise Magno: Photography is Louise Magno’s first love and she has been a photographer for years. Sometimes a piece needs to become a graphic and Louise lets her creativity run free. Her work mostly focuses on wildlife and landscapes.

Mary Gregg Byrne: Mary Gregg Byrne’s watercolor and oil paintings are created with traditional methods. Cards, prints and magnets of her paintings’ are also available. If you want a bound collection, then keep an eye out for one of her illustrated books.

Peggy Cook: Peggy Cook loves to work with acrylics, and incorporates different textures to her paintings. She tries to achieve a 3D look to her work. Patterns and colors are what motivate her, and she’s an abstract painter at heart.

Rebecca Danger: Rebecca Danger illustrates quirky, happy, funny, brightly colored animals and creatures that she turns into art prints, greeting cards, vinyl stickers, enamel pins, Christmas ornaments, and more.

Ria Harboe: Colorful, moving Acrylic and Oil paintings are Ria Harboe’s specialty. The paintings are mostly inspired by nature and her impressions of it. Coming from a musical family informs her work as well. In addition to original work, Ria will have prints and cards of her originals, as well as her line of Christmas Cards.

Shanni Welsh: Shanni Welsh creates wall art and home-goods from her acrylic paintings and illustrations.

Terry MacDonald: Terry MacDonald is an acrylic and mixed media painter. Her art is often described as “happy art.” If her work makes someone smile or brightens their day then she feels fulfilled as an artist.

Andrea Lawson: Andrea Lawson creates all-natural soaps and skincare products to promote healthy individuals, healthy communities, and a healthy planet by using sustainable and local ingredients when possible. She also crochets scarves and hats. Her booth always has something for everyone!

Christie Tomlin: Using traditional farming methods, Christie Tomlin’s Birchwood Botanicals maintains a homestead in the heart of Bellingham. With over 38 years of practical herbal knowledge and experience, they grow, harvest and handcraft their botanicals into amazing “farm to skin” body care for the Pacific Northwest.

Denise Clark: Denise Clark is on a mission to normalize the use of CBD hemp as part of a holistic approach to your beauty and remedy regime at Lost Art Apothecary. Every formula has food-grade extra virgin oils, organic and wild crafted traditional therapeutic herbs, vitamins and whole nutrients.

Gina Grey: Every recipe for her bath and body products is painstakingly formulated and created in small batches by Gina Grey in Seattle to bring you the purity and quality that is inherent in every sumptuous product at OOliva.

Karma Maclachlan: Over at Karmela Botanica, Karma Maclachlan is creating beautiful organic skin care, luxury organic soap, and aromatherapy candles & products.

Laya Shriaberg: Laya Shriaberg’s original, solid botanical perfumes connect us to our spirituality via the nose. They contain only quality essential oils, organic moringa oil & wild beeswax. These perfumes are also fully hand-produced.

Sea Holly Beauty Company: Jessica Wilbert creates handcrafted bath and body products made in small batches right here in Bellingham. Unique fragrances, beautiful designs, and high-quality ingredients sourced locally when possible. Enjoy them as much as she does!

Terry Kaye: Terry Kaye has lotions and soaps lovingly handmade in her Bellingham kitchen. She also repurposes vintage jewelry into one-of-a-kind barrettes.

Cascadia Stoneware: Cascadia Stoneware makes stoneware porcelain pottery primarily for use in the kitchen. They make pieces on the wheel, by slab, casting, pressing, and extruding.

Deb McCunn: Come see Ruth Bunny Ginsburg and a tribute to Emma Gonzalez, the young gun safety activists from Marjorie Stoneman High School in Florida.

Jennifer Young: Each piece of Jennifer Young’s is handmade and one of a kind. Solid colors of polymer clay are combined to make new vibrant colors and patterns bringing child-like happiness and excitement to the senses.

Marcia Muchnick: Marcia Muchnick creates functional art. This includes stoneware pottery with an old world rustic look. They still have modern whimsies, from her unique glaze combinations. Everything is microwave, oven, dishwasher, and food safe.

Nana Thebus: Nana Thebus’s hand built stoneware decorative accessories for your home and garden explore nature and botanical themes with subtle color and earthy texture.

Ryan Uhlhorn: Ryan Uhlhorn creates functional ceramic work. He has beautiful stoneware including small to large bowls, mugs, cups, plates, vases. Alongside those are his terracotta work including pie plates and cooking vessels such as tagines and casseroles.

Steve Dalton: Steve Dalton is creating functional stoneware pottery.

Whatcom Artist of Clay and Kiln: WACK is a non-profit organization dedicated to ceramic artists from Whatcom County with a passion for creative expression with clay.

Coral Black: Coral Black’s artisan apparel and home goods offer an Earthy Northwest vibe with an emphasis on nature via handcrafted passionately made art.

Debbie Lowery: Deb Lowery makes handmade handbags, totes and pouches featuring interesting and eclectic combinations of pattern and texture. Fabrics include Japanese imported cottons, linen, waxed canvas, and faux leather.

Harold Niven: Harold Niven is a fiber artist whose colorful creations make up his store Another Wave Fiber art. His work is colorful and fun. Harold has been in the Holiday Festival almost its entire 40 years!

Katrina Martin: Katrina Martin is making wonderfully whimsical fairy dresses for children. She is hoping to someday make the best fairy dresses for everyone.

Lori Hill: Lori Hill makes fun, whimsical original art work in oil. Later, the artwork is reproduced on canvas prints, mugs, tiles, tote bags and pillows. Ostriches and llamas with personality are her specialty.

Margaret Nathon: Using mainly 100% reclaimed wool, Margaret Nathon hand makes puppets, dolls, tea cozies, garlands and ornaments. All items are her own design. Each items are made by Margaret in her studio in Bellingham.

Mary Barstow: Mary Barstow is a fiber artist using quilting (pieced, fusible appliqué and stained glass techniques) and machine embroidery. Her art includes bed and throw size quilts, wall hangings, table décor, ornaments, bags, aprons, and towels.

Mesee Wilson: Mesee Wilson creates all of her pieces from roving from various breeds of sheep. The process includes water, soap, and manual manipulation of fibers. Items include – but are not limited to – vessels, table runners, bowls, pillows, purses, coasters, jewelry, scarves, “wood paintings,” pin cushions, and decorative items.

Pheobe C. Eells: Phoebe Carpenter Eells’s elSage Designs use a mix of block printing and screen printing techniques to create unique apparel, accessories, and prints, that bring together activism, art, and a sense of place.

Sandy Schatz: Sandy Schatz is a fiber artist whose knitted items can keep you warm this winter. Her hats and socks are very fashionable, and everyone in the whole family is sure to enjoy her styles and colors.

Sheila Rood: Sheila Rood is a fiber artist here in the Pacific Northwest. Her works often have natural themes, such as the impressions of leaves.

Sid Winters: Sewing is a process Sid Winters really enjoys. She takes joy in creating functional pieces for home décor and attire.

Sue McCaslin: Susan McCaslin designs hand-dyed washable merino wool sweaters for children, hats, vests, and headbands. She also has up-cycled bags from vintage wool sweaters, and hand needle-felted designs: birds, horses, whales, frogs, abstracts. She has such unique wearable art.

Texture Clothing: Texture Clothing is making clothing for people of varying body types. With their clothing they hope to spread body positivity for women all while producing zero waste.

Absolutely Nuts: Each handcrafted batch of nuts is roasted with care using traditional recipes at Absolutely Nuts.They select only the best quality ingredients to ensure that the taste and texture of each batch is perfect.

Christine Wekking: Organic cooking, seasoning and baking products. Christine Wekking’s Le Gourmet Girl makes cooking meals at home easy, healthy and tasty.

F/V Rosemary: Captains Kat Murphy and Russell Beard of F/V Rosemary are catching and canning smoked keta salmon, albacore tuna, and king salmon.

Holmquist Hazelnuts: Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards LLC is a 5th generation, family owned and operated farm in Whatcom County. They enjoy a time honored tradition of bringing hazelnuts and products with hazelnuts to the Pacific Northwest.

Just Heavenly Fudge: Just Heavenly Fudge makes handmade gourmet fudge made with cream and organic butter. Mix and match pieces of assorted flavors and gift packaged fudge for the holidays. Additionally, Heaven is Our Final Home is a book by owner MarJoe Davidson.

Shrub Farm Drinking Vinegar: Shrub Farm Drinking Vinegar is crafted with locally sourced flavors to support the family owned fruit and herb farms in the Cascade foothills and Maui. Organic and Raw, Apple Cider Vinegar infused with whole fruit in micro batches to ensure a super potent flavor extraction. Enjoy 32 refreshing healthful drinks -spiked or not- with one 16oz bottle.

Trilby’s Kitchen: Trilby’s Kitchen’s award winning BBQ sauces, spice blends and candies are handcrafted all in small batches in their WSDA certified kitchen to ensure quality & freshness.

B & L Shumake: RainDrops, owned by Bob and Lorraine Shumake, creates framed artwork with natural materials like sea glass, pebbles and driftwood. Included are the artists’ watercolors, photographs and drawings as backgrounds in her framed artwork.

Jennifer Korn-Leech: Jennifer Korn-Leech’s work is kiln formed glass. All pieces are unique to themselves. She uses colors, textures, glass frit and carved patterns to embellish her bowls, hangings, ornaments and vases.

Karla Eames: Karla Eames creates functional handmade glass items. Decorate your home or apparel with her adorable creations.

Kristi Thorndike-Kent: Kristi Thorndike-Kent is making whimsical fused-glass ornaments and garden art, as well as painted rocks and polymer clay pieces.

Rene Arbogast: René Arbogast creates glass work that captures the eye with its color and form. Using stained glass she creates beautiful work that anyone can appreciate.

Becca Weathers: Becca Weathers creates handcrafted tiny terrariums and wearable terrarium jewelry and made from locally foraged moss, lichens, and ferns in the Pacific Northwest.

Bonnie Rose: Bonnie Rose creates beautiful handmade silver and gold filled jewelry.

Darlene Klister: Darlene Klister’s love of nature, the environment and life comes through in her jewelry, watercolor paintings, and drawings.

Ebba Krarup: Ebba Krarup is a glass artist with beautiful creations. Starting off with jewelry, Ebba now also creates functional art. Each piece is handmade and truly unique.

Elegance With a Flair: Nancie Silves creates original beaded fashion jewelry and accessories designed and created in Whatcom County. Each piece is an individual artwork and nothing is mass produced.  All of her creations have been hand-crafted to become a treasured heirloom for years to come.

Gloria Shannon: Gloria Shannon is a metal smith jeweler. These pieces are fabricated manly in sterling silver, with 22 caret gold and semiprecious stones as accents. On occasion Gloria will also use copper. She hand cuts, forms, and textures metal.

Jan Landin: Metal, polished stones and natural crystals form the basis of Janice Landin’s jewelry. The metals are hand fabricated and the designs are her original creations in silver, copper and brass.

Jim Hopkins: Jim Hopkins has been creating one-of-a-kind jewelry focusing on fossil ivories from Alaska, both mammoth and walrus, for over 30 years. He labels his work as “Wearable Art From Alaska’s History.”

Karen Kramer: Karen Kramer has been making jewelry for the past 50 years, and she has been in business full time as Still Water Jewelry since 1991. She makes handcrafted jewelry, using Czech glass, Austrian crystals, gemstones, and mixed metals, which are hypoallergenic and nickel free. Her original handcrafted designs focus on color, texture, balance, and comfort.

Marlene VanBeek: Marlene VanBeek is a jewelry designer who uses Italian and Czech glass, along with mixed metals to create fun, easy to wear pieces. The joy of creation is at the center of her life.

Mary Gage: Mary Gage designs hand-crafted jewelry with semi-precious stones and sterling silver findings. Whether you need something elegant, casual, or anything in between, she has something for you.

Nicole Annette Thiffault: Nicole Thiffault creates whimsical jewelry perfect for any occasion.

Robert Keene: Sterling and gold jewelry handcrafted by Robert Keene in contemporary and whimsical designs, custom work accepted and all work guaranteed.

Sarah Brockman: Sarah Brockman designs artisan jewelry showcasing a mix of beaded designs. Materials include Czech glass, freshwater pearls, sterling silver & 24k plated gold, Greek leather, and hand-dyed silk ribbon. Carded necklaces pairing original paintings with beaded necklaces are a new addition to the collection.

Victoria Roberts: Victoria Roberts creates jewelry made from sea glass, fine silver or sterling silver and sea glass ornaments and art objects.

Walt Hakala & Elizabeth Rhyneer: Walter Hekala and Elizabeth Rhyneer create beautiful jewelry at WE Talking Stones. They create pieces that talk to them, and it shows through in their work.

Brett Cleveland: Brett Cleveland is a welder and designer working in metal sculpture. His products range from simple garden stakes to large scale custom sculptures, gates, and railings.

Caryman Komm: Carymen Komm’s custom hand-made mosaics make the perfect accent for any home or garden. These beautiful pieces of art are one-of-a-kind and are designed to fit your decor and personality.

Clarissa Callesen: Clarissa Callesen is making expressive unique handmade pottery, found object assemblage, and fabric explorations.

Deb Dole: Deborah Dole paints mostly with acrylics and acrylic ink, although usually there are bits of pastel, pencil and oil in the paintings. Her paintings are layered, whimsical and richly colored. They draw the viewer in.

Edgar Smith: Edgar Smith’s pieces are designed to be functional yet unique and attractive. They incorporate salvaged materials that would otherwise be permanently destroyed. Their past and future lives intersect at the crossroads of chance and sentiment.

Jean Cox-Treverton: Jean Cox-Treverton creates handmade, collaged paper books incorporating layered paper, 3D images, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. The books are whimsical, and intended as gifts either for oneself or for a special person in their life.

Patricia Shea: Patricia Shea has original watercolor, ink and acrylic paintings of animals, people, and nature. Occasionally she adds a little whimsy to various subjects.

Rae Ellen Lee: Rae Ellen Lee’s portfolio includes original art on recycled materials, fine art pieces on canvas, along with prints, all offered at accessible prices. Her creative efforts also include published books.

Susan Rothschild: Susan Rothschild creates her images from photographs that she digitally transforms to get the images she loves. Then she can print on paper, glass, cotton and canvas.

Aireekah Laudert: Aireekah Laudert shares sparkly and fun things created to help you look and feel awesome, and collaborates with her dad, Shrimp Whisperer AK, to bring hilarious shrimp art to the world!

Beth Marigolis: Beth Anna Margolis creates beautiful works that are turned into cards and giclée prints. She has also written a book, Uplifted Down Syndrome.

Dawn Pilon: Dawn Pilon creates original water color and ink illustrations printed on a variety of calendars, notepads, greeting cards, gift wrap and gift tags. She has framed original paintings and wool ornaments.

Goa-to-It: Todd Warger is a local film director and historian known for the documentary “The Mountain Runners” as books of local history like “Murder in the Fourth Corner,” among others.

Kasey Potzler: Kasey Potzler is making handbound leather books sewn through the spine, allowing books to lay flat. She has unique spine designs; Arches textwove paper; antler, wood or stone buttons. Refillable books & Copper Bookplates are also available!

NSEA: All items sold by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) are locally designed and printed. NSEA likes to participate in the Holiday Festival as a form of outreach with the community.

NW Authors 4 Authors: The Northwest Authors 4 Authors are seven local authors/makers who support one another’s creative work, including quality, independently published fiction, nonfiction and children’s books – some with accompanying handmade toys and games.

Sunnyland Farm: Erica Charbonneau and Carl Hathcock are married artists who also operate Sunnyland Farm where they grow and cook gourmet foods.

Whatcom Land Trust:  Whatcom Land Trust works to  conserve a landscape that contributes to our collective identity and quality of life.

Don Anderson: Don Anderson explores his long-held interest in Fractals and abstract imagery through the medium of welded metal sculpture, with rapt attention to line, form, and space to create statements of movement and grace.

Graham Schodda: Graham Schodda freehand draws images of fish, birds, and feathers onto stainless steel with an angle grinder, using a technique he’s honed over 25 years as a metal artist. The final result is a smooth to the touch, holographic image. As in their natural habitat the fish seem disguised in a watery medium — fading and reappearing as the light or viewing angle changes.

Pandora Daugherty: Pandora Daugherty sculpts beautiful small and large scale fantasy and sea creatures.

Suzanne Averre: Co-creating with earth spirits is endlessly inspiring to Suzanne Averre. Playfulness is an essential element. Drawing upon ancient archetypal images while enjoying and sharing the play is pure happiness!

Chris Clay: Chris Clay makes small wooden objects, bowls, boxes and trays. The wood is locally sourced from downed trees and some comes from the beach.

Geoffrey Fisher: Geoffrey Fisher makes hardwood kitchen utensils and other accessories for the kitchen home and office. A variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods are used to create his products.

Validate Appreciate: Sandy & Doug Carpenter are artists that create décor for people of all ages. Be you a child or an adult, you will love their colorful pieces.

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Please only pay a booth fee if you’ve received an acceptance letter and Confirmation Packet by mail. Want a double booth? We cannot promise them until we have a location secured in late October. Just pay a single booth fee by June 30 to hold your place and email to get your request in and we’ll tell you when to pay the second half when we know we can give it to you!

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