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Artist Judi Gauthier offers ‘metal challenge’

Artist Judith Gauthier, who goes by Judi, teaches jewelry classes at Jansen Art Center in Lynden. She told me about what she calls her “metal challenge,” and says she’s “pretty jazzed” about it.

She calls it “Falling Out of the Box.” Here’s the gist of it.

She will give all participants the same metal and materials in a box, with the challenge to create a wearable piece of art from all or part of the items — but the only thing that is allowed to use is soldering.

Oh, there’s one more thing, what she calls a “wild card.” You can add another element to your creation. It could be feathers, glass, ceramic, dog hair, buttons, coins, whatever. But there’s a catch; whatever you use as a wild card can make up no more than 20 percent of the total piece.

Boxes will be available Aug. 25, with a month to work on the projects.

She’s requiring a $20 fee for the materials, advertising, food and prizes. Boxes can be picked up at Bellingham Metal Arts Guild, 2620 N. Harbor Loop, or at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Both organizations are sponsoring the event.

The final pieces will be displayed at Jansen in conjunction with the Whatcom Artist Studio Reception Oct. 1, in what Gauthier says should be a fun and creative environment. There will be judging and prizes will be awarded.

To participate, let her know by July 9. She will send a set of rules and more details. Details:, 360 201-1205.

Art sought for Jansen exhibit

In other Jansen-related events, artists, professional or not, are invited to submit up to five pieces to be judged by a jury made up of artists, curators and other figures in the arts community, for the center’s Late Summer Juried Exhibit.

The submission deadline is July 11, with a submission fee of $10 for up to the five pieces.

Details: (click on Exhibits, Submit Your Art).

Mount Baker Theatre announces new season

Brad Burdick, executive director at Mount Baker Theatre, announced the lineup for the 2015-16 season in what was a first-time public event June 25. Burdick says he’s pleased and excited about each and every show.

“I tried to find something for just about everyone, and with 29 shows to consider, I hope I’ve accomplished that,” he says.

He says there are more headliners than ever, with Bruce Hornsby, Michael McDonald, Patti LuPone, David Sedaris, Melissa Etheridge, and Leann Rimes.

Also on the roster are new Broadway titles, including “Bullets over Broadway,” “Flash Dance,” “42nd Street,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” and “Saturday Night Fever.”

There’s a broad range of musicians, including Carlos Nunez, Jake Shimabukuro, UB40, Take 6, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Solas.

There’s also family programs, with Stunt Dog Experience and Cirque Ziva, a silent film series featuring the theater’s Wurlitzer Organ, and a presentation by astronaut Stephen Robinson.

Burdick has also booked “Post Secret: The Show,” an interactive performance that will touch on the billions of secrets that have been shared with Frank Warren after he put his personal address on the Internet and asked people to share. More more about Warren, go to


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