Holiday Festival of the Arts2018-10-01T10:21:40+00:00

November 16 – December 24, 2018, 10am – 7pm, 7 days a week
(Closed Thanksgiving Day and at 3pm on Christmas Eve)
Location will be announced in early November.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s festival, applications are due April 24. Keep scrolling to find a link to the application at the bottom of this page.

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.


Artist application deadline: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Holiday Festival. We are taking artists for wait-list. Wait-Listed applications will be pulled as needed to fill holes in a specific medium.

Artist Application

Volunteering: We can’t pull off amazing events like these without great volunteers like you!


Security Shift sign-ups for participating vendors will be available by October 1, 2018.

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please visit our Sponsorship page

Market Sponsor

Links for Artists (NOTE* Only pay your booth fee once you have received an acceptance letter from Allied Arts)

Pay Your Booth Fee

Doug LeClair Photography

Doug LeClair’s work features unique images of Washington State’s many magnificent scenic settings: Our mountains, rivers, forests, the Palouse, Skagit Valley, the San Juan Islands as well as many others.

Laura Bergsma; Panting Portraits

Laura Bergsma draws bright, Whimsical and Humorous Animal Art (mainly canine) in her images. She uses wacom’s pressure sensitive cintiq drawing screen then printed as matted fine art prints, note-cards, magnets and children’s book.

Lois Dahl; Whimsical Rabbit Design

Lois Dahl’s hand crafted greeting cards and prints add a touch of whimsy to every day occurrences.

John D’Onofrio

John D’Onofrio has an uncanny ability to be able to capture the beauty of our world through his breath-taking photorgraphy.

Terry MacDonald; Terry MacDonald ART

Impressionistic painting and mixed media, utilizing vibrant colors. Subjects often birds animals, florals. Terry MacDonald also has an abstract body of work.

Loise Magno; Natural Moments Studio, LLC

Loise Magno presents Wildlife and Landscape/Nature Photography

Barbara Marks

Original artwork in all mediums depicting NW scenes and wildlife. Each image reproduced in cards prints and giclees varying sizes. Also heat sublimation on magnets cups trivets and cutting boards

Shawna Morris

Shawna Morris’s work is fearless and brave; sometimes whimsical, always deep.

Shanni Welsh; Fat Dragonfly Collection

Shanni Welsh believes that art, like life, should be full of smiles, laughter and love

Virginia Baker

Virginia Baker creates classic, elegant watercolor illustrations.

Michele Bullock; Studio Inkcycle

Painting and drawing patterns, animals, still life and landscapes in bold iconic lines and vibrant color. Using whatever medium Michelle Bullock can get my hands on!

Mary Gregg Byrne; Changing Light Art Works

Mary Gregg Byrne’s lovely watercolor and oil paintings are created with traditional methods, some of which encorporate gold leaf embellishments.

Beverly Connor; Dreaming Otter Arts

Bev Connor has a nack for making wildlife portraits. Some she even turns into cards.

Peggy Cook; 3D Technologies Inc.

Fun, bright, whimiscal, and wonderful are all words to describe Peggy Cook’s beautiful paintings

Georgia Donovan

Georgia Donovan paints bright whimsical acrylics. She has created a 7 card, holiday greeting series titled Holiday Myths of The Great Northwest. They are clever and will make you smile.

Donald Dye; Wildlife Images

Donald Dye’s wildlife images on copper are a festival favorite

Ria Harboe

Ria Harboe’s original paintings are soft and pleasant to look at. They translate as holiday cards beautifully as a miniature piece of art.

Laurie Potter

Laurie Potter works magic with paint creating amazing bird portraits that touch on surrealism.

Ciara Sana

Illustrations done with various mediums. Ciara prefers ink, pen, and sometimes gouache. She also has merchandise in the form of prints, button pins and stickers that she sell every art walk from her studio space.

Cheri Shields

These works are part of Cheri Shilds’ Sun Goddess Series, interpretations of a classic feminist symbol of strength and warmth. Each is an original acrylic painting on board or panel.

Chris Shreve

Chris Shreve’s paintings and illustrations are quirky and odd. They bring a smile to your face.

Alan Stanchi

Impression/ abstract acrylic and watercolor reflecting the beauty of nature in landscapes and flora from life experiences. Copper jewelry transformed from reclaimed weathered copper by texturing fire painting to wearable art

James Williamson; Williamson Illustaration

James Williamson is a watercolor artist whose subjects include the natural beauty of the Pacific Coast, such as the inland waterways, islands, and beaches, as well as native wildlife.

Denise Clark; Lost Art Apothecary

Safe for the entire family – from your little ones to the family pooch. Lost Art Apothecarys products can help everyone’s ailments!

Terry Kaye; Realms Bath & Body

Realms Bath & Body Line has all you need for a wonderful bath.

Christie Tomlin; Birchwood Botanicals

Birchwood Botanical’s gift baskets make the perfect gift complete with natural bath salts, soaps, and body butter.

Sea Holly Beauty Company

Sea Holly Beauty Company likes to create one-of-a-kind products that soothe, moisturize, and rejuvenate your skin is what we do best.

Alesia Lau; Sea Witch Botanicals

Alesia Lau handcrafts salves, lotions, facial soaps, veggie wash, beard tonics, and many other artisan home and body products, which are all-natural and do not contain synthetics.

Andrea Lawson; MW Soapworks/Mae Warren Designs

Andrea Lawson creates all-natural soap and skincare producs that include moisturizing oils and butters, sustainable palm oil, and organic botanicals when possible. Her products include many options for men. She also crochets scarves and hats in colorful, yet simple designs.

Karma Maclachlan; Karmela Botanica

Karma Maclachlan makes beautiful organic skin-care products, luxury soaps, and candles.

Steve Dalton; Clear Creek Pottery

Beautiful and functional! Steve Dalton’s wheel thrown stoneware pottery is just the thing to equipt your kitchen whith style.

Ruth Gibbs; Ruth Gibbs Pottery

Ruthie Gibbs has a wonderful ability of making ordinary serving dishes extraordinary

Jeff McDougall; Cascadia Stoneware USA Inc.

Jeff Mc Dougall creates high-fire stoneware and porcelain pottery for both the kitchen and bath.

Lois Tuppeny; 2PennyArt

Lois Tuppeny has such a creative spirit and skill. Her pottery is truly one-of-a-kind.

Irene Lawson; Irene A. Lawson Ceramics

Irene Lawson’s decorated earthenware pottery focuses on geometry, birds, skulls, and patterns.

Deb McCunn; Baker Creek Ceramic Studio

Deborah McCunn’s decorative ceramic arts are great for your home and as gifts. Her work includes horse hair pots and decorative wall columns.

Nana Thebus

Nana Thebus’s ceramic sculptures are nature inspired often depicting fairies hiding in unique ways.

Jennifer Young

Handmade polymer clay ornaments and jewelry.

Mary Barstow; Mary Sews Many Designs

Mary Barstow is a fiber artist who uses quilting and machine embroidery. Her quilts, wall hangings, and table décor use pieced, fusible applique, and stained glass techniques. Her ornaments, bags, aprons, and towels are machine-embroidered.

Nancy Golladay

Nancy Golladay’s adorable stuffed teddy bears are truly one-of-a-kind.

Lori Hill; Red Door Art Studio

Lori Hills whimsical ostriches are Her original creation oil on canvas. She has taken them and produced fun home decor and personal items. They are exceptional quality, and a unique gift. Her space would have a combination of original art along with mugs, tote bags, tiles and pillows made from the original art.

Sue McCaslin; Ebb and Flow Knitwear

Sue McCaslin offers a wide array of adult and children’s knitwear.

Texture Clothing Inc

Texture Clothing makes clothing for curvy ladies. They use hemp & organic cotton, and work towards zero waste.

Judy Sauer

Judy Sauer has self designed wall hangings, runners, placemats and fabric greeting cards all original

Sandy Schatz; Sandie’s Crafts

Sandy Scatz makes charming one-of-a-kind hats.

Mesee Wilson

Mesee Wilson has a variety of art creations made from either Wicker or Wool.

Sid Winters; Jumped Up Stitcher

Sid Winters is a creative stitcher. He gets his inspiration from anything, even a button.

Debbie Lowery; Lummi Stitchcraft

Artisan handbags, purses, totes and pouches made with an eclectic variety of carefully- curated fabrics, with a focus on melding style with function.

Katrina Martin; FairyPath

High quality, handmade fairytale dress up for children of all ages.

Harold Niven; Another Wave Fiber Art

Another Wave Fiber Art is the place to go for all of your tie-dye needs.

Amy Popelka

Handmade ceramic tiles for art or installation. Also, home decor items and planters

Margaret Nathon

Margaret Nathon uses recycled wools, roving and felted wool to make dolls, puppets, garlands, toy felt foods, draft catchers and tea cozies.

Fairhaven Bay Seafoods

Fairhaven Bay Seafoods sell’s smoked salmon in hand made wooden boxes, recycled fiber boxes or in cans.

Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards LLC

Hazelnuts and value added hazelnut products.

Josh Kramer; Cascade Shrub Farm

Organic Raw Washington State Apple Cider Vinegar Infused with organic fruit and herbs grown in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. A shelf stable concentrated preserve perfect for cocktails, sodas, dressings, marinades, and deserts.

Trilby’s BBQ Sauce & Spices

Trilby’s BBQ Booth has all anyone ever needs when it comes to scices and other BBQ needs.

Christine Wekking; Le Gourmet Girl

Le Gourmet Girl creates unique products complementing your cooking and baking. We source many local items, the majority of our ingredients are organic non GMO and use Eco packaging. Delivered in our electric car.

MarJoe Davidson

MarJoe sells Gourmet Fudge. She produces around 20-30 different wrapped flavors for this event.

Jennifer Korn-Leech; Womansongs

Jennifer Korn-Leech’s work is Kild formed Glass. All pieces are unique to themselves. I use colors, glass frit and carved patterns to ebelish my bowls, hangings, ornaments and vases.

Ebba Krarup; Glass Fire Jewelry & More

Ebba Krarup creates beautiful, captivating glass work, envoking a grandiose amount of colors.

Bear Art Studios

Sand Blasted Glassware in original northwest designs. hand dotted glass window hangings and ornaments. Unique hand made jewelry.

Karla Eames; Classy Sassy Glass

Karla Eames glasswork make great stocking stuffers and corporate gifts

Kristi Thorndike-Kent; Glassworks Northwest

Glassworks Northwest is a pop of color on a dark day with beyond colorful glass plates, bowls and decorations.

Sarah Brockman; Jo Bird Jewelry

Sarah Brockman’s signature artisan jewelry designs include woven wrap bracelets, hand-dyed & hand-sewn silk ribbon wraps, etched Mother of Pearl, Blacklip and Abalone shell pendants, and mixed metal focal pieces.

Mary Gage

MeG Jewels makes Jewelry designs from elegant to casual and everything in between

Elizabeth Rhyneer; WE Talking Stones

Handcrafted jewelry and metal art objects, made with love.

Karen Kramer; Still Waters Jewelry

Karen Kramer’s beautiful jewelry captures a wide range of colors and shapes.

Victoria Roberts

Victoria Roberts silver and glass Jewelry is understated beauty at its finest.

Sheila Rood; She-Ra Creations

She-Ra Creations are a spectacle to behold. Gorgeous beading and stark contrasting gems come together to become masterpeice jewelry.

Bonnie Rose

Bonnie Rose is jewelry obsessed! Vintage, new, unique, handmade… she loves it all.

Elegance with a Flair

Elegance with a Flair will be joining us with some lovely beaded jewlery and art cards.

Nicole Annette Jewelry

Nicole Annette Jewelry brilliantly composes silver with pastel colored beads to make fun accessories.

Marlene Van Beek Jewelry

Art Impressions West Inc. Jewelry is elegent and dainty with rich colors and gold accents.

Robert Keene; Keene’s Jewelry

Robert Keene creates handcrafted sterling silver, copper, and bronze jewelry. He has 35 years of experience, which he implements in his unique and whimsical design. Custom designs are available by request.

Jan Landin; Gimme Thangs

Jan Landin’s unique “studio-designed” jewelry is created with sterling silver and mixed metal.

Gloria Shannon

Gloria Shannon’s jewelry is beautiful and inique in the shapes and colors she chooses. Her jewelry is very clearly wearable art and is sure to be a conversation starter.

Becca Weathers

Handcrafted tiny terrarium jewelry made from locally foraged moss, lichens and ferns in the Pacific Northwest.

Patricia Shea

Patricia Shea is a watercolorist, ink and acrylic painter, recently adding scratch board to her repertoire. Occasionally adding a little whimsey to her paintings.

Clarissa Callesen; Strange and Wonderful Things

The sculpted mixed media creations of Clarissa Callesen are not to be missed. Her earie steampunk dolls and sculptures are itense and edgy. They are a fascinating sight to behold and would love to travel home with you.

Deb Dole; Eclectic Spirit

Deborah Dole’s acrylic paintings and prints are colorful, layered, and intuitive. She also creates mixed metal ornaments and jewelry, which are etched and hand-cut, as well as her hand-sewn bags from painted fabric.

Susan Rothschild; Celestial Swan Designs

Susan Rothschild’s mixed media work consists of images printed on paper, glass, tile, canvas, and porceilain.

Rachel Simpson

Rachel Simpson uses recylced materials, paints, found objects, books, paper, and textiles to create whimsical art. Some is functional, such as her book boxes, while others like her tea cup art are meant to be enjoyed visually.

Edgar Smith, IV; From the Head of Ed

Edgar Smith’s pieces are designed to be fully functional, yet unique and attractive. They incorporate salvaged materials that would otherwise be melted down, crushed, or permanently distorted forever. Their past and future lives do not know one another but are intimately connected as they are transformed.

Rebecca Treat

Rebecca Treat has an assortment of knitted/ embellished nests, with eggs or elf/babies, some hardwood nest-houses/altars, some cast hands,blank cards and framed photos

Geoffrey Fisher; Fisher Woodworking

Geoffrey Fisher’s cutting boards, serving spoons and other handcarfted wood items make great housewarming gifts

Validate Appreciate

Validate Appreciate is a small company owned by a loving couple. They make anything from furniture to stuffed animals with some other experiments as well.

Graham Schodda

Graham Schodde’s mixed media sculptures are fun and entertaining pieces that look like robots from the future.

Pandora Dougherty; Pan’s Whimsy

Pandora Daughrty sculpts small and large scale fantasy and sea creatures.

Dawn Pilon; Dawn’s Designs

Dawn’s Designs is reminding you to get a 2015 calender and you can get one here that magnifies to your refrigerator or a handydandy mouspad version. They also offer a variety of soft handcrafted winter ornaments such as angry snowmen and felt Santas!

Aireekah Laudert

Glitt3r Lyfe creates different magical things to help enhance the joys of day to day life. This includes lovely and peculiar jewelry, glittery cosmetics, and hilarious shrimp art.

Goa-to-It; Jet City Films

Todd Warger is a northwest historian and filmmaker. His film credits include the documentaries Shipyard and The Mountain Runners. He is the recipient of the 2008 Washington State Historical Society’s David Douglas Award.

Ginny Snowe

Ginny Snowe makes beeswax ornaments for home and garden, and for holiday trees. All ornaments are made using local beeswax and using antique, vintage and newly carved molds she collects from around the world.

Kasey Potzler; Northshore Hand Bound Books

Katherine Potzler’s mutlipurpose and fashionable handmade journals make perfect gifts.

Beth Marigolis; Uplifted Down Syndrome

Beth Anna Margolis is an Artist, Writer and Lover of nature.

NW Authors 4 Authors

Northwest Authors 4 Authors is a group of seven local, independently published authors whose purpose is to help each other market our individual works and to provide opportunities, most notably the Bellingham Holiday Book Festival, for other local authors to market their writing.