Downtown art walk offers several special events on Friday


Join Bellingham's "paintoonist" Steeb Russell at the opening reception for his exhibit on Friday, June 7, at Honey Salon during the Downtown Art Walk.


This month's Downtown Art Walk, as always, offers a leisurely (and free), self-guided tour to see (and buy) works by local and regional artists.

But this Friday's walk, which starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 or 10 p.m., depending on the venue, has some special treats in store:

Art opening/Group Purchase Event: Works by Nancy Lou Canyon

Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St.

Group Art Purchase, a project initiated by Jeni Cottrell, will buy paintings from Bellingham's Nancy Lou Canyon and give them to Opportunity Council for Dorothy Place. The art will not be open to the public once it is given to Dorothy Place, but you can view it on Friday.

Jeni says that if you have ever wanted to support the artists at Downtown Art Walk but you're short on cash, here's your chance. Bellingham Group Art Purchase is looking for small donations to come together to fund this project that will transform a small computer and phone room at Dorothy Place that currently has only a bulletin board.

Commercial Street Theatre Project open house

1302 Commercial St.

Learn more about the plans for this project, which is spearheaded by a group of artists and community leaders who intend to renovate the city-owned vacant space in the Parkade on Commercial Street into a 200-seat state-of-the-art, community-based performing arts venue. Details:

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St.

Six local photographers, all winners of the 2013 Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition sponsored by the city of Bellingham and Whatcom Museum, show their works at a reception honoring them.

Their photos were among more than 300 images submitted by area residents for the eighth annual competition.

Eighty entries receiving recognition also will be displayed at Bellingham City Hall during June.

Photos submitted to the competition are displayed in various ways today and preserved by Whatcom Museum for future generations to enjoy.

The 316 entries submitted this year were juried by representatives from Whatcom Museum, the Bellingham Arts Commission and the city of Bellingham.

Community members are invited to begin snapping photos now to enter in next year's competition. The winning entries and others submitted to the competition are posted on the city's website at

Salon d'Artiste

1213 N. State St.

The Salon d'Artiste presents the paintings of Scott Gearhart. Here's his history: At 15, Scott suffered a spinal cord injury while playing ice hockey, a sport he'd played since he was 5 years old. This left him medically defined as a C4 quadriplegic. To him, painting without using his hands would be as if he'd given in to being a quadriplegic. He didn't want that! Unless he could paint like "normal" people, he didn't want to paint at all. And so he didn't. Finally, in 2003, after much prodding from family and friends, he decided to swallow his pride and try painting.

Seifert & Jones

19 Prospect St. (near the corner of Prospect and West Champion streets).

Collaborative paintings by Thomas Wood and R.R. "Fishboy" Clark, whose "Woodfish" works showed in February at Lucia Douglas Gallery in Fairhaven.

Art Walk maps and lists of venues will be available at the participating venues, at the Downtown Visitor Center, 114 W. Magnolia St., Suite 105, and online at


Allied Arts is partnering with the Port of Bellingham to display works of local scenes at the Haggen Family 4th of July celebration at Squalicum Boathouse at Zuanich Point Park.

Applications are due Monday, June 10, and are available at the gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave., and online at Allied Arts is still accepting applications for the Bellwether Arts Market to be held every Sunday in August. Applications must be received by July 1.

Details: 360-676-8548.


A rare opportunity to see demonstrations of sumi-e (Japanese black ink painting) artists in action takes place between 11 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 6-8, at Lucia Douglas Gallery, 1415 13th St.

Seven amateur artists from the rural and mountainous prefecture of Wakayama who are all age 72 or older (except 13-year-old Sayaka Takimoto and her mother, Junko, 38) are featured in this brief exhibit, which is coordinated by Elaine Young.

Details:, 360-733-5361.

Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday.

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