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Bellingham Mayor's Arts Award nominations being accepted

Last year I was honored to join the list of those who have received the Mayor’s Arts Award. It was truly wonderful to be recognized for my contributions to our talented community.

The Bellingham Arts Commission is still accepting nominations for the 36th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards from now until the end of the year. The commission accepts nominations to honor Bellingham people who have significantly contributed to the arts in our community.

Accomplishments by individual artists, businesses, benefactors, organizations, arts educators, arts supporters, civic improvement leaders, or notable events or achievements are all possible areas for the award.

Once the nomination period is closed, staff will announce the date for the awards ceremony. Nominations can be made using the award’s nomination form, online at and search for “Mayor’s Arts Award.” Nominations also can be emailed to, or submitted in writing to Shannon Taysi, Planning and Community Development, 210 Lottie Street.

For a list of previous winners, see the Mayor’s Arts Awards page at


Will Davis, proprietor of Lucky Monkey, 312 W. Champion St., is looking for craft artists to participate in his second annual “Wreath as an Art Form” show, opening for the Dec. 5 Downtown Art Walk and running through the month. It’s an eclectic show, Davis says, and all original, circular constructions are viable.

Details: 360- 223-2743 or by Tuesday, Dec. 2.


Sam Hassan, owner of the Maple Falls Cafe, is raising money for the Freedom Arts Center. The project is part of a nonprofit, the Kulshan Community Project, Hassan says, with the goal “to bring more happiness (via music and other arts) to the Mount Baker Foothills area.”

The Freedom Arts Center project includes the Mount Baker World Music Festival, the Mount Baker Short Film Festival, Hope Community Farms and a few other projects, he says.

The first fundraiser features violinist Steve Kindler at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road, in Kendall.

Kindler played in the Honolulu Symphony, but he cut his jazz chops as a member of John McLaughlin’s fusion band, Mahavishnu Orchestra. His original violin improvisations combine classical, jazz, rock and ethnic influences.

Tickets, $30, are at the Resource Center, Maple Falls Cafe, the Mount Baker Visitors Center and at

Details: 360-599-3944.