Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival2018-10-16T10:22:18+00:00

Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival 

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is working with organizations throughout Whatcom County on a three-day Cultural Arts Festival to take place in Fairhaven, June 28 & 29, 2019.

The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and run throughout the weekend. It will be a collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Bellingham/ Whatcom Tourism Bureau, Sculptures NW, Native Arts Collective and the Whatcom Artist Guild and more. Funded in part by City of Bellingham Tourism, Whatcom Tourism, Whatcom Community Foundation – Project Neighborly Grants, and other local contributions.

The Fairhaven Village Green will be the main hub for booths and performances with Fairhaven businesses hosting specials and activities throughout Fairhaven.

Allied Arts of Whatcom County will oversee the coordination of the event.  Activities and events will focus on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops highlighting the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County with the goal of promoting cultural diversity.

We can’t pull off great events like this without great volunteers like you! Click here to sign up!

Click here for ALL of the 2018 businesses, artists and performers participating in this event!

Check out the awesome 2018 Booth Lineup.  Stay tuned for the 2019 Booths.

Bellingham Girls Rock Camp – Bellingham Girls Rock Camp is a day-camp for girls, ages 8 to 17. In one week, Rock Campers get a crash course in playing an instrument, writing songs, collaborating with a band, live stage performance, and do-it-yourself recording.

Le Gourmet Girl – Christine Wekking –  Le Gourmet Girl creates unique products complementing your cooking and baking. Flavors from around the world! Seasoning mixes, infused vinegars and other flavor enhancers will include: Asian- teriyaki rub, scallion rice vinegar, Greek- oregano, lemon sea salt, Italian- porcini mushroom risotto mix, Spanish- paella mix, smoked paprika salt, East Indian- curry lentil mix, Curry and brown mustard seed sea salt, Mexican – chipotle sea salt, Jamaican – jerk seasoning mix, English toffee and more!

She-ra Creations – Sheila Rood A weaving of tiny glass beads one at a time. Using lapidary, raku, seed beads, and metals an eclectic adornment is created.

Shawna MorrisOrganic, richly-layered, and soulful expression, intuitively connecting color, movement, and energies; reflecting back to me the layered complexity of the human experience. My work is fearless and brave; sometimes whimsical, always deep.

Gallery PegasusGallery Pegasus seeks to provide a space where new artists can showcase their work! They are inspired by many cultural aspects, which gives them the vision to provide such a space.

Community to Community Development – A women-led, place based, grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities.

Jazz Age/Art Deco Art – Diana Guza-Wells –Acrylic works on canvas all featuring scenes from Napier, North Island, New Zealand and their unique art deco architecture.

Humanities WACenter for Washington Cultural Traditions A new arts and heritage program set up to survey, study, and support cultural traditions, tradition bearers, and traditional communities throughout Washington State. Humanities Washington, will present information focusing on the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, but also including information on HW’s other programs, including the Speakers Bureau and Think & Drink conversation series.

The Idea Rover – The Idea Rover is an interactive art installation that travels around Whatcom County on a bike trailer in order to spark creative conversation with neighbors by meeting them where they are, in approachable outdoor spaces and creating dialogue through interactive experiences, discovery, and play.

Sacha Bliese – Goldsmith designer – Hand fabricated jewelry in 14k gold with precious / semi-precious gemstones and found objects.

Native Arts Collective – Native Arts Collective provides a platform to showcase the vibrancy, skill, and creativity of new and upcoming Native artists

100 Flag Project with Christian Smith – Flags represent countries, communities and cultures all over the world, what kind of flag represents you? Create your flag and add it to this community art project to be displayed at one of our local service organizations.

Northwest Hawai’I Ohana –  We are a local non profit that provides cultural outreach, sharing the traditions of the Hawaiian islands with the local community here in beautiful Bellingham!

Bay to Baker Trading Co. –  Bay to Baker Trading Co. in Fairhaven Washington specializes in Northwest themed souvenirs and gifts. We carry a wide variety of travel and outdoor accessories, apparel, and home decor.

Lydia Place –  The mission of Lydia Place is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations.

Ruckus Art Gallery – Made from intensely curated materials, Alexei pulls from many areas of PNW heritage to make sculptures and furniture. Made from old steel farming artifacts, gardening tools, pacific northwest woods and elements of industrial materials, Alexei pulls together an eclectic aesthetic that resonates with the masculine culture of the northwest as well as the organic, natural culture of the northwest.

Bellingham Metal Arts Guild – We provide classes, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and Networking for Anyone interested in the Metal Arts  –  Non-Ferous or Ferous!  Also through our Donation Project, our members make Jewlery & other Metal Art items and donate them for other Non-Profit’s fundraising efforts.

Rick Bulman –  My goal as an artist is to instill in another the beauty I find in life; whether it be through color, texture or line. I hope that those who interact with my work feel a part of me and my artistic vision.

Andrea Lawson – MW Soapworks – I create natural body care products and artisan soaps from scratch with an emphasis on high-quality, simple ingredient lists including organic and local materials.

Shirlee Bird Café
1200 Harris Ave. Ste 101
Exhibit of unique paintings on wood by Karen Blanquart.

Village Books & Paper Dreams
1200 11th St.
Village Books will have a display of books to help Cultural Arts Festival visitors discover new voices and experiences.

Good Earth Pottery
1000 Harris Ave.
We will be featuring the Italian and Mexican inspired work of AnnMarie DeCollibus.

12th Street Shoes
1204 Harris Ave.
Shoes in the News – Come see decorative shoes from various countries around the world and in a variety of ethnic styles. Design and make your own paper shoes at our drop in art workshop for age 6 through adult.

Morgan Block Studios
1000 Harris Ave.
We have three painters; Ron Pattern, Ben Mann, & Nancy Canyon; jewelry by Martini Metal Craft, and leather arts FOUND by Nicki Lang, all with the theme of Italian scenes, leathers, and jewelry.

Artwood
1000 Harris Ave.
Artwood Gallery will feature one the oldest art of humankind; Carving. Live carving demonstrations with Jim Hume, handmade Ukuleles by Michael Flaherty, and Shaker Boxes by Karen Healy.

Stones Thow Brewery Co.
1009 Larrabee Ave.
Performances – Friday, June 22nd, Time: 5pm – 9:30pm (Music 7pm – 9:30pm) Feature Artist and Musician: Derek Duffy, A native of Ireland, Derek Duffy, will be playing both originals and music from his homeland with guitar, bazouki, Harmonica and the bodhran. He will also have his beautiful artwork on display. Work that archives his environment, and captures the people, climate and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. / Saturday, June 23rd, Time: 4pm – 6pm Possible ticketed dinner, drinks and show in the extended beer garden of Stones Throw.

Fairhaven Village Inn
1200 10th St.
David Ridgway paints the local (Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties) landscape in oil with emphasis on architecture and man made objects.

Lovitt
1114 Harris Ave.
Jan Peters performing traditional Irish and American fiddle music with Kera-Lynne Newman.

Whatcom Art Market
1103 11th St.
The Whatcom Art Market will be featuring art inspired by travel abroad from their various members.

Current and Furbish
1115 Harris Ave.
Artwork by local artist Scott Ward and others

CreativiTea
1312 11th St.
June 22 & 23, 10am – 10pm
CreativiTea makes fired-art accessible and easy for everyone! Come by the studio during festival hours and paint your own coaster using one of our fun techniques. Cost: $5 donation to Allied Arts. Receive a $5 off coupon to use towards any pottery piece to paint another day in return.

Cooper Lanza Gallery and School of Fine Art
1415 13th St
June 22 5pm – 8pm, Closed June 23
Cooper Lanza Gallery presents a group showing of eclectic interpretations of “Floral and Feather.” The opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 10th from 4-7pm at 1415 13th St in Fairhaven. Flights of fancy! Come dressed in your best — costumes encouraged!

Fairhaven Poke
1102 Harris Ave
We are a local business that serves authentic Hawaiian style poke featuring fresh Hawaiian Ahi, Hamachi from Japan, wild Alaskan Salmon and Albacore tuna from the great PNW. Look for hula and ukelele performaces on the sidewalk and Hawaiian art inside!