For the month of August, Make.Shift Gallery is excited to present Narrative Anatomy, a group exhibit featuring works by Kelsey Skordal and Rosie Lockie, two Bellingham-based artists who work in alternative comics and painting. Their practice shares a commonality and a foundation in narrative, which can be both elaborate in construction (comic storytelling) and vague in suggestion (painting). Both artists will show original comic panels, paintings, and drawings that explore narrative on varying scales and scopes.
For September Art Walk Make.Shift Gallery has teamed up with Ketchup + Mustard to host “This Little Piggy…” Ketchup + Mustard is kick ass team of branding, graphic design, and marketing pros who appreciate, encourage, and support art & artists throughout Bellingham. It’s likely you’ve seen some of their work around town and you can learn more about them at ketchup-and-mustard.com.
The wonderful folks at Ketchup + Mustard provided Make.Shift with 40 ceramic piggy banks. We then invited local artists to bring new life to the classic Mother Goose poem about those crazy pigs who went to market and ate roast beef. Art Walk goers will be encouraged to donate money to their favorite pigs. Donations will go towards long overdue upgrades to the Make.Shift space, including a new front door ramp. The pig with the most donations will win a special “Best in Show” prize. The lovely designers at Ketchup + Mustard will be dressing up a big ol’ pig to house large donations.
Do you ever feel like you want to tear it all down and start over? This July at Make.Shift Gallery, five Bellingham-based artists explore the process of beginning again. Lurm (aka Adrien Converse), Johnny Gialanella, Karen Hanrahan, Jess Molnar, and Monica Ramey each bring a unique approach to the process of breathing new life into old objects and images.
For the month of June, Make.Shift Gallery is excited to present new works by local artists, Hannah L. Rivers and Malissa Perry. For First Friday Art Walk, Make.Shift will also be hosting an interactive art project in partnership with Ragfinery. Art Walk attendees are encouraged to bring scraps of fabric to weave into a communally-created tapestry. Supplies will also be provided by Ragfinery. The final product will be auctioned at First Friday Art Walk in July.
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.
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.
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.
For the month of February Make.Shift Gallery invites you to enjoy our newest exhibit, Doña Martha, featuring paintings from local artists Francia Orozco and Candida Delgadillo. Francia and Candida create stunning and colorful portraits.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Join us in June for “Devils in the Details,” a group art exhibit featuring drawings and paintings by Logan McQuaig, Kelly Hoekema, Toby Stanger, & Sarah Schild. All four Bellingham-based artists are exceptionally skilled in capturing the exquisite minutia of their subjects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us at Make.Shift on First Friday Art Walk in January for the opening of Jamey Braden: Works from a Feminist Unconscious. Jamey Braden is a Vancouver based artist engaged with non-idiomatic improvisational making processes for creating material, text-based, and performative works.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
For the First Friday Art Walk Make.Shift Gallery presents “Capturing Community on the Road: Photography by Marilyn Montufar.” Marilyn Montufar was born in Los Angeles, CA and received her B.F.A in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.