This spring the kids and I have been expanding our horizons with trips to Downtown Bellingham on the first Friday of the month for the Art Walk. Sure, weâ€™ve been to the Whatcom Museum, but seeing the art in the studios where it is created gives it another dimension.
Galleries, shops and restaurants all participate in the Art Walk. With nearly 40 venues around town regularly participating in the Art Walk in any given month, nearly any block you stroll down will have art for you to experience.
To know exactly where to find the participating venues, look for printed maps at Art Walk locations or access the map online at downtownbellingham.com/art-walk. You can also simply look for the balloons that signal a business participating in the Art Walk.
When I used to work downtown, I had a pretty good grasp on what shops and restaurants were moving into the neighborhood. Now that I donâ€™t come downtown every day, the Art Walk is also a great way to discover new shops that werenâ€™t on my radar.
We recently visited the Art Walk on two occasions. Once for in May for the Childrenâ€™s Art Walk, featuring the art of local schoolchildren, and again in June, which featured the Kapow Pop Up Plaza in the parking lot of the Herald Building on State Street.
My kids liked seeing artists in action and, in some cases, getting in on the action themselves. During the Children’s Art Walk, Allied Arts hosted a puppet show and offered kids the chance to make their own puppets. At the Pop Up Plaza, they played with giant-sized Jenga and Connect Four games.
Visual art, performance art, music â€“ you’re likely to find a little bit of everything at the Art Walk. But perhaps the best way to describe the Art Walk is to show you.
Enjoy this tour in pictures, then make sure to see it for yourself on the next first Friday: