Due to limited resources and safety concerns, Appliance Depot will not continue its Appliance Art Revival this year. However, the good news is that our community has two exciting reuse art events that are open to the public.
The RE Store's 12th Annual Recycled Arts Show will run April 5-27. Details: go to racc.org and search for "recycled arts show."
Also, Allied Arts' second Recycled Arts Resource Expo (RARE) takes place April 20-21. Details: alliedarts.org.
If you are a professional artist or just a playful person, check out Appliance Depot's vast inventory of used parts to create and show your "appliance art."
Among the goodies are doors, lids, wires, gas burner grates, electric burners, knobs, oven racks, fridge racks, belts, hoses, compressors, motors, drawers, agitators, lint traps, and washer and dryer tubs. The appliance parts are free for participating artists through April 15.
Details on Appliance Depot, 802 Marine Drive, are at 360-527-2646 or reuseworks.org.
ARTISTS' WORKS ADORN DOWNTOWN WINDOWS
Allied Arts of Whatcom County, in partnership with the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the City of Bellingham, has launched Creative Spaces, a juried show of temporary art exhibits and installations that enliven the darkened windows of vacated facilities with art from the community.
Featured artists showing Friday, March 1, through April 27 are:
Jordan Hudak, a 21-year-old Western Washington University student who creates drawings, paintings, and prints inspired by dreams, books, pictures, memories, biology, heaven and hell. He says that for him, each medium shares a similar style that is also distinct in its own way. His works show at 1515 Cornwall Ave.
Dulcinea Rattet, a Bellingham artist currently studying studio art at Western Washington University with a concentration in multimedia painting and drawing. She says she has always been one to notice colors and beauty all around her, and colors are her favorite part of being alive. Her works show at 1521 Cornwall Ave.
Details: alliedarts.org or Katy Borden, artist services coordinator, 360-676-8548, ext 5.
JAZZ PROJECT HOSTS LAST CONCERT AT AMADEUS PROJECT
Jud Sherwood, the founder of Jazz Project, plans to move the rest of this season's concerts to BAAY, 1059 N. State St., after the concert Sunday, Feb. 24, at Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall Ave.
Amadeus is closing its doors this month due to future plans of the venue's owner.
Sunday's concert from 4 to 6:30 p.m. features Jud's trio, with Jud on drums, Jeff Johnson on bass and Miles Black on piano. The show is free for Jazz Project members, $16 for non-members and $10 for students. Details: 360-650-1066, jazzproject.org.
PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER REFLOATS SHIP OF FOOLS ART SHOW
At the start of the Iraq War, artist Wade Marlow and his wife, Tonie Sibillia Marlow, the former owners of Blue Horse Gallery, curated an annual show coinciding with April Fool's Day.
The popular show welcomed regional contributions with the theme of political art, satire and social commentary. When Blue Horse was sold, the show became part of Bellingham's art history, but some of the artists involved suggested that a new venue be found and the show revived.
With Wade's help, and that of many artists, including George Jartos, Everett Aison, Tyree Callahan and Gary Armstrong, the Ship of Fools will sail again April 1 at Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1220 Bay St., just across from its old home at Blue Horse.
The grand opening will be 6 to 10 p.m. April 1, and the show will be open for the April Downtown Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. April 5.
Contributions are accepted until March 15 via email. Artists interested in showing their work can send a sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: 360-734-0217 or Janet Marino at email@example.com.
WHATCOM WRITES! WINNERS TO READ AT VILLAGE BOOKS
Winners of the Whatcom WRITES! Contest, a part of the recent countywide Whatcom READS! program, will share their entries at a free event at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.
The contest theme this year was "loyalties." Among the readers are Robin Barker, Tim Pilgrim, Susan J. Erickson, Nicole Oliver, Betty Scott, C.J. Prince and Heather Williams.
ENTRIES DUE FOR ANACORTES ARTS FESTIVAL
Deadlines are approaching for the Anacortes Arts Festival, which takes place Aug. 2-4 downtown on Commercial Avenue and on the waterfront.
The deadline for booth artisans is Tuesday, March 5; the deadline for entertainment is March 21; and entries for the fine arts juried show is March 28.
Details: 360-293-6211 or anacortesartsfestival.com.