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Analog Preservation: The Life & Death of Image & Sound
Apr
5
to Apr 27

Analog Preservation: The Life & Death of Image & Sound

For the month of April, Make.Shift Gallery is proud to present “Analog Preservation: The Life & Death of Image & Sound” an exhibit curated by local artist, educator, and musician James Ward Morris (MFA & BFA from California Institute of the Arts). In the past Morris has worked with many different organizations, artists and musicians including: NPR, This American Life, John Baldessari, Judy Fiskin, Jay Farrar, Son Volt, Gillian Welch, Dwight Yoakam, and Lost Highway Records.

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Children's Art Walk: Life on Mars
May
3
to Jun 1

Children's Art Walk: Life on Mars

Every year, Make.Shift Gallery celebrates Kid's Art Walk in May. This year, we've partnered with Cedar Tree and Sammish Woods Montessories and asked 4th to 6th-grade students to create artistic renderings of creatures from outer space. We invited community artists to create a piece of art inspired by the work of these talented kids.  The exhibit will display these works by students and local artists side-by-side through the month of May.


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That’s So Metal! March Art Walk
Mar
1
to Mar 30

That’s So Metal! March Art Walk

For the month of March, Make.Shift Gallery invites you to experience our newest exhibit “That’s So Metal.” The gallery will feature a variety of exciting and unique metalwork from local metalworkers, welders and artists. Featured artists will include Sara Thornton, AnonyMouse, Phoenix Booth, Mark Allyn, Travis Skinner, Travis Conn, and more. For the opening night only, Make.Shift will also be hosting the Anglerfish Sauna, a wood fired sauna on wheels -- in the shape of an anglerfish!  The night will be accompanied by musical performances from local (you guessed it) metal bands.

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Warp & Woof: A Fiber Arts Extravaganza!
Jan
4
to Jan 26

Warp & Woof: A Fiber Arts Extravaganza!

Make.Shift Gallery is excited to ring in the new year with “Warp & Woof: A Fiber Arts Extravaganza!” We invited the public to submit artworks created from any and all fiber-based mediums. Taking its name from the world of weaving (warp is the term used to describe the longitudinal fibers and woof the latitudinal), “Warp & Woof” is a celebration of the intersection between arts and crafts. This exhibit will feature locally made felted sculptures, a flowing fabric installation, detailed embroidery, and sew much more!

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Annual Holiday Make.Sale
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Annual Holiday Make.Sale

Make.Sale is our annual holiday art and craft sale. You'll find loads of handmade goods from our tenants as well as a whole host of additional local artists who will set up shop for the weekend! This year we will be partnering with several of our neighbors around the building and with Cafe Velo, across the street to offer more vendors, goods, and activities than Make.Shift alone can hold. 

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Painted Objects: Luminous Portals
Nov
2
to Dec 1

Painted Objects: Luminous Portals

For the month of November, Make.Shift Gallery presents “Painted Objects: Luminous Portals” with works by Christen Mattix & Mary Jo Maute.” Painting on found objects, Christen Mattix and Mary Jo Maute turn ordinary things into luminous portals.  The use of ordinary objects, often taken for granted, roots the work in the everyday while offering fresh perspectives and insights.

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Haunted Art House
Oct
5
to Oct 27

Haunted Art House

Join us for a spooky night of artsy frights! For First Friday Art Walk in October, Make.Shift gallery will be hosting a Haunted Art House. The gallery will feature haunted art installations and ghostly artworks by local artists such as Sara Homeyer, Eric Vanyo, Stephanie Hugo, Kristin Nelson, Cynthia French, Jessyca Murphy, and more! Actors and performance artists will also be creeping around the space, so get ready for scary time! Costumes are highly encouraged!

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Force: A Group Show About Nature
Sep
7
to Sep 29

Force: A Group Show About Nature

For the month of September, Make.Shift Gallery will feature several local artists who explore the relationship between humans and nature. This exhibition coincides with Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, which will be held at the Whatcom Museum from September 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Visit www.whatcommuseum.org for more information.

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Wake Up! A Group Show About Nightmares
Aug
3
to Aug 25

Wake Up! A Group Show About Nightmares

For the First Friday Art Walk in August, Make.Shift Gallery presents Wake Up! A Group Show About Nightmares. This exhibit will feature juried works from an open call for art that explores the dark side of sleep. What keeps YOU up at night? Your teeth falling out? Being naked in public? Our current political landscape? Join us for an evening of bad dreams and things that go bump in the night. On display till Saturday August 25th.

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July Art Walk: Prospective Parts
Jul
6
to Jul 28

July Art Walk: Prospective Parts

For the month of July, Make.Shift Gallery has invited four unique local artists for an exhibition titled, “Prospective Parts.” Through a variety of mediums, each artist’s practice focuses on complex representations of the human body. In different ways, each artist’s work raises interesting questions about the body’s role as a political landscape, a spiritual vehicle, and a visual subject.

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May
4
to May 26

Kid's Art Walk: Imaginary Friends

Every year, Make.Shift Gallery celebrates Kid's Art Walk in May. This year, we've partnered with Cedar Tree Montessori and asked 4th to 6th grade students to create artistic renderings of their imaginary friends. Over the last two months, Make.Shift Gallery promoted an open call to artists in the community encouraging them to create original responses inspired by the kid’s artwork.

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April Art Walk: Shanley Narens & Kat Varela
Apr
6
to Apr 28

April Art Walk: Shanley Narens & Kat Varela

For the month of April, Make.Shift Gallery will be hosting two evocative exhibits from two unique Pacific Northwest Artists. Our entrance gallery will showcase "I Can’t Kill Myself Because…", a series of photographs by Bellingham artist, Kat Varela. The main gallery will house "Trash" with multimedia works from Portland-based visual artist, Shanley Narens. Join us for the opening of both exhibits on First Friday Art Walk. 

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Mar
2
to Mar 31

Bellingham Comic Arts Festival: Group Art Show

Join us on First Friday Art Walk in March for a sneak preview of the Bellingham Comic Arts Festival (BellCAF). Make.Shift Gallery will host a selection of original artwork from BellCAF exhibitors as well an interactive xerox art installation. BellCAF is a festival, organized by Bellingham-based comics publisher, Neoglyphic Media, along with support from the Pickford Film Center and Make.Shift Gallery. BellCAF will feature over 40 independent creators and small publishers in a one-day exhibition show, free to the public, where their work will be available for purchase to attendees.

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Shelf-Conscious: A Peak Inside the Artist's Journal
Feb
2
to Feb 24

Shelf-Conscious: A Peak Inside the Artist's Journal

Ever wanted to understand the secret inner-workings of your local artists and writers? Join us at Make.Shift for the opening of Shelf-Conscious: A Peak Inside the Artist’s Journal. In Decemember 2017, Make.Shift released an open invitation to artists and writers in the community to display their journals, diaries, and sketchbooks. The exhibit, opening on First Friday Art Walk in February, will feature an array of formats, including pre-made mini-journals designed and distributed by Make.Shift volunteers. A segment of the gallery will be dedicated to an intimate and interactive bedroom installation designed by Make.Shift volunteers and community artists.

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2017 Annual Holiday Make.Sale
Dec
1
to Dec 2

2017 Annual Holiday Make.Sale

Make.Sale dates: 
Fri. Dec. 1st 6-10 p.m. *during downtown Art Walk
Sat. Dec.2nd noon-5 p.m.

This year Make.Shift Art Space is partnering with neighbors, Cafe Velo & Oikos Fellowship to host the biggest and best Holiday Make.Sale yet!
3 locations means more vendors, more treats, more activities, and way more amazing handmade goods for you and all of your holiday gifting needs!

2017 Vendors include: 
Lisa Frates, Onyx Rose, Cascades Montessori Middle School, Leaf Soaps, LLC, Sarah Bock, Amy Gibson, Hart & Hemlock, Consuelo Snaer Illustration, Bullstitch Leather Craft, Elizabeth Ahlem Clark, Tranny Tramps Trading Camp and Emporium, jessflegel handmade, Ciara Sana, Sewstainable Creations, Oceans of love by Willadee, Red Boots , Maker Knives, Anable Ceramics, WabiSabiWear, Anony Mouse, Neoglyphic Media, Bellingham Flag, Jaxstone Company, Sea Holly Beauty Company, Rinyrinri Polymer Clay Creations , Stephanie Flege & Laura Wheeler, Cedar House Yarns, margotbianca, Be a lil Boulder, Swooning Cedar, The Little Refinery , Andrea Joyce Heimer, Seth Benish, Illustration by Elly Ortland, Luminary Apothecary, Bitzi Pods, Foundation Fibers

& MORE!

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Oct
6
to Oct 28

Aerial Divisions: Artworks by Ashley Olason and Hannah L. Rivers

Through vividly textured multimedia paintings, Aerial Divisions is a study in borders and mapmaking. These abstract works source visuals from aerial views of naturally created land and society’s dark impact. They explore the idea that one cannot truly map the earth, for it is always changing, largely due to our imprints. Both artists use sewing as a method to manipulate. Their use of lines and various depths demonstrate the time, construction and intricacy of humanity’s alterations on the landscape.

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Sep
1
to Sep 30

Making History: Art from the Archive

Make.Shift Gallery and the Whatcom Museum are joining forces for a juried exhibition this September called “Making History: Art from the Archive.” We have invited both professional and emerging artists to submit original works incorporating, or inspired by, images from the Whatcom Museum Photos Archives.

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Aug
4
to Aug 26

Make.Shift Family: Appreciating Those Who Make.Shift Happen

For the First Friday Art Walk in August, Make.Shift Gallery will host our first annual appreciation night for the tremendous volunteers, tenants, and staff that make this space possible. We’ve invited all those involved behind the scenes at Make.Shift to display works depicting unique interpretations of community to celebrate our chosen family in the Bellingham arts & music scene. “Make.Shift Family: Appreciating those who Make.Shift happen” ill feature new visual art by James Mey, Steeb Russell, Jess Flegel, Brad Lockhart, Renee Shepherd, Jabez Richard, Jessyca Murphy and more!

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Jul
7
to Jul 29

Gender Trouble: A Queer Art Showcase

For the First Friday Art Walk in July, Make.Shift Gallery presents “Gender Trouble: A Queer Art Showcase.” This exhibition will highlight recent works from both professional and emerging LGBTQ+ artists from Bellingham and Seattle. Featured artists will include Clyde Peterson, Nika Feline, Kat Varela, Jess Weaver, Oliver Ray Sebren and more.

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