On the first Friday evening of each month, Bellingham celebrates the arts.
And on special occasions—like the longest day of the year—Fairhaven throws an art walk of their own.
These two events, organized by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and the Fairhaven Historic District respectively, demonstrate Bellingham’s unique love for the arts.
19 different local business participated in Fairhaven’s art walk on summer solstice, each displaying a yellow sunshine flag at their entrance, and hosting an exhibit. Many of the artists were on hand, so participants could peruse the art, and chat with creators.
Lindsey Payne from the Downtown Bellingham Partnership organizes the monthly art walks. We asked her:
What do you think draws so many artists to Bellingham?
This town attracts creative, unique, quirky minds that all seem to find each other. I think there are a variety of factors—the monthly Art Walks, Western, the gorgeous environment we live in. Downtown has a thriving arts scene. We have the Arts District that houses the Lightcatcher Museum, Make.Shift, the Pickford studios, the Pickford Film Center, the Upfront, the Bay Street Village Building—there’s a ton of opportunity and activity!
Which artist/venue are you most excited about this summer?
I’m excited to see the Alley District being a part of Art Walk. Wood making, photography, screen printing, restaurants—that alley is really neat! I think the summer weather will increase attendance in the alley during Art Walk and give attendees something new to check out.
Venture into downtown Bellingham on the first Friday of every month, and enjoy the art walk.