Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Kelly Hart, Executive Director
Allied Arts of Whatcom County

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Celebrate Elevation: The Art of Cascadia in Bellingham Feb. 5 – 27, 2016

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The beauty of the Cascadia landscape – and the ways in which humans connect with it – is the inspiration for a new event premiering in Bellingham, WA, Feb. 5 – 27, 2016. Elevation: The Art of Cascadia is a month-long, community-wide celebration of nature-inspired art that includes exhibitions, presentations, performances, workshops, excursions and an outdoor expo.

Multiple agencies partnering to present Elevations include: Adventures Northwest Magazine, Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, City of Bellingham, Recreation Northwest, Daylight Properties and Kulshan Brewery.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, Feb. 5: Elevation Mixed-Media Exhibition Opening Reception, 6-9 pm at Allied Arts Gallery – 1418 Cornwall Ave. – work by some of our finest painters and mixed-media artists, all of it inspired by our local natural beauty. Painters Nancy Canyon, Lanny Little, Yvette Neumann and Ron Pattern will be joined by mixed-media artists Anita K. Boyle and Graham Schodda. The opening reception starts at 6 pm and features live classical guitar by Walt Burkett. This exhibit will be on display through the end of February, the Allied Arts Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

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Friday, Feb. 5: Adventures NW Photographic Exhibition Opening Reception, 6-9 pm at Old Dakota Art Space – 1415 Cornwall Ave. (across from Allied Arts). Photography holds center stage with 15 of our finest nature photographers showing their Cascadia-inspired work. One of the largest photography exhibitions ever presented in Bellingham, it will feature Brett Baunton, Mark Bergsma, John D’Onofrio, Lance Ekhart, Tommy Gibson, David Inscho, Kenni Merritt, Daniel Nylen, Tore Ofteness, Ken Osthimer, Andy Porter, Alan Sanders, Helen Scholtz, Mark Turner and Dennis Walton.

Here too, the opening reception starts at 6 pm and features live music from the Prozac Mountain Boys and fresh local ale from Kulshan Brewery. This exhibit will be on display through the end of February, the space will be open Thursday – Saturday, 12-5 p.m. or by appointment with Allied Arts Staff.

Friday, Feb. 5, Opening Night for Elevation Exhibit at Downtown Bellingham Visitors Center, 6-9 p.m. Michael Heath and Tom McCalla exhibit their local landscape watercolor paintings at Bellingham’s Downtown Visitor’s Center (1306 Commercial Street) through Feb 27.

Friday, Feb. 5: Art/Performance, 7-9 pm at Hatch 2.0 – 221 Prospect Street. Sculptor Denise Snyder and painter Mary Jo Maute will be joined by some of our finest improvising musicians led by Steve Jones in an art/music performance entitled The Nature of Form and Color moved with Sound. Designed to bring viewers into the creative process, they will create art and music together on the fly.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Elevation Digital Photography Workshop, 9 am – noon at Allied Arts Gallery – 1418 Cornwall Ave. Join American landscape photographer Terri Halbert for an inspiring, free 3-hour instructional class that will take you from camera basics to seeing a new artistic vision of the world. This class offers something for everyone, from the beginner-basic point and shooter to the more advanced digital SLR photographer. Techniques, concepts and innovative ideas will open your eyes to set the course for taking great photographs.

Featured topics include: Terry’s 12-Tips, knowing and understanding your equipment, composing and taking the photograph, enjoying and sharing your photography. Bring your camera and manual.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Elevation Presentation, 2 pm at Idiom Theatre – 1418 Cornwall Ave. Susan Conrad: Solo Paddle from Anacortes to Alaska. Susan’s new book Inside: One Woman’s Journey from Anacortes, Washington to Juneau, Alaska will be published this spring. Susan paddled 1,148 miles in 66 days in 2010.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Elevation Presentation, 5 – 6:30 pm at Allied Arts Gallery – 1418 Cornwall Ave. Expedition America A National Park Odyssey. Stevie and Terry Halbert quit their jobs, loaded their belongings into a Volkswagon Eurovan and set out for a yearlong adventure to see all of America’s National Parks. Come and meet Stevie and Terry Halbert, hear about their year-long odyssey, and see their 27-minute video through America’s natural wonders, its national parks and its people.

Saturday, Feb. 6: Elevation Multimedia Presentation – A Love Song to Cascadia, 7 pm at Old Dakota Art Space – 1415 Cornwall Ave. An evening of stunning nature photography, sacred music and spoken word. Join photographers Brett Baunton, Lance Ekhart, Dennis Walton and John D’Onofrio, Native American Flute player Gary Stroutsos and poets James Bertolino and Anita K Boyle for a multimedia presentation in praise of our remarkable northwest landscapes.

  • Brett Baunton’s photography has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, Alaska, Backpacker, Adventures NW and Sierra Magazine. His work is featured in the new Mountaineers book, The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in The Wild Nearby.
  • Lance Ekhart is best known for his sailing adventures and digital photography in the Salish Sea. His writing and photography has appeared in many publications including 48North, Adventures NW, Wooden Boat Magazine and Nautical Quarterly, and his images have been featured in numerous galleries around the Pacific Northwest. He is currently working on a documentary about the Great Blue Herons of Skagit Valley
  • Dennis Walton’s work is familiar to readers of the Lonely Planet Guides. Published around the world, his images are evocative and expertly-rendered. His work is included in the book, Photos That Inspire and featured on
  • John D’Onofrio’s photography has been published in numerous regional and national magazines, books and calendars, been utilized by the NBC and ABC television networks and North Cascades National Park and is on permanent display at the U.S. Forest Service headquarters in Everett, WA. He is co-author of Mount Baker, published by Arcadia Press in 2013 and serves as publisher and editor of Adventures NW magazine.
  • Gary Stroutsos is a master Native American flute player and recording artist. His music was featured on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery and he has performed with artists as diverse as James Newton and Poncho Sanchez.
  • James Bertolino’s 12th volume of poetry, Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, was published in 2014 by MoonPath Press. His poetry is featured in more than 30 anthologies, including New Poets of the American West, Prayers for a Thousand Years, Century: 100 Major Modern Poets and The Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry.
  • Anita K. Boyle is a poet, artist, publisher, photographer and graphic designer. She is the author of What the Alder Told Me (MoonPath Press, 2011), and Bamboo Equals Loon (Egress Studio Press, 2001) and her poetry has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies.

Sunday, Feb. 7: Elevation Artist Workshop, 11 am at Old Dakota Art Space – 1415 Cornwall Ave. Night Sky Photography with Andy Porter

Friday, Feb. 26: Recreation NW Expo 4-8 pm The Expo brings together the best of the region’s outdoor recreation organizations, companies and enthusiasts, along with informative and inspiring speakers, for learning, networking, and idea sharing. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can take advantage of one-on-one time with representatives from local and regional events and races, as well as bike and running shops, outfitters, outdoor activity clubs, stewardship organizations, sports health professionals and outdoor media companies.

Saturday, Feb. 27: Excursions and Tours Recreation Northwest will be connecting people with outfitters, tour guides and other professionals to get out and see the sights and insights into local businesses!

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