Allied Arts Whatcom READS Challenge

Allied Arts of Whatcom County hosts the annual Whatcom READS Art Challenge, a partnership with the Bellingham and Whatcom Libraries’ Whatcom READS program. This gallery exhibition lasts a month, opening on 3/03 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and then every week, Tuesday through Saturday until 04/01, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Local artists were tasked with reading this year’s chosen book, The Cold Millions by Jess Walter. Artists are then invited to create works inspired by their reading of the book. Also featured in the gallery are works by Kiki Cardarelli, Harmoney Devauney, Lyz Stamen, Jessica Silver, and Rupert Ayton.

Kiki Cardarelli is a photographer, using Black and White film and traditional darkroom techniques to print her images. In addition, she uses translucent oil paints to hand color the images. This technique gives the photographs a soft and realistic feeling that looks "nothing like" color photography, as it leaves the eye room to imagine a new reality.

Harmoney Devaney is an 18-year-old indigenous youth activist, member of the Whatcom Focused Youth Movement (WFYM), and currently sits on the board for WHRTF.

Lyz Stamen’s work in this series "Woman Music" showcases a variety of performers in their element- on stage. The vibrancy of color reflects each musician's style, and strong strokes depict their individual emotio.

Rupert Ayton displays an oil on canvas series that is inspired by an underlying social commentary, exploring America’s past affair with motorized vehicles, the good and the bad, revisiting their aesthetic and social attraction.

Jessica Silver hopes to introduce you to the same sculpture or piece of jewelry she sees when she looks at each unique stone.

Allied Arts is a non-profit gallery, proceeds from all sales go towards supporting the arts in our community. For more information visit or contact Xandra Blackburn at 360-676-8548 x102 or

Starts: March 03, 2023

Occurs: Every week on Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, until April 01, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Allied Arts Gallery
1418 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Produced By: Allied Arts of Whatcom County

Contact Person: Xandra Blackburn

Phone: 360-676-8548


        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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