If you’re a lover of art, then The Art Auction this Saturday hosted by the Whatcom Museum Foundation is an event not to miss. This annual event is the major fundraiser of the year for the Whatcom Museum of Art and History and is an opportunity for attendees to purchase artworks generously contributed by a variety of local artists.
The Bellingham community is rich with fine artists. Painters, sculptors, glass artists, mixed “media-ists”. You name it, we seem to have them. I once heard someone say that Bellingham has more working artists per capita than anywhere else in the country. That’s not a fact that I can verify, nor can I tell you what criteria was used to define the word “working” but I do know that we have an abundance of talented visual artists who produce works in a wide range of subjects and media.
On the first Friday of every month, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership sponsors Art Walk. From 6 to 10 p.m. downtown Bellingham’s restaurants, galleries, boutiques and studios keep open their doors to showcase work exhibited by local artists. It’s a popular event and on fall evenings like these we’re having right now, the sidewalks are filled with people of all ages strolling from one venue to another to view the artwork. Afterwards, or before, friends gather at downtown restaurants and bars to share a bite or talk over drinks. It makes for a lively evening and often a spontaneous social outing as friends run into one another while going in and out of the shops and galleries.
This Friday during Art Walk, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ticketholders for the Champagne Artists’ Reception will have the chance to meet some of the artists whose work will be available for purchase during the auction the following evening. But if you don’t have a ticket for either that event or Saturday’s auction, you can still see the work on exhibit this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Museum’s Old City Hall building. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the local art scene or to see the work of emerging local artists.
Doors for the auction itself open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets may still be available. Gaye Godfrey will be handling the auction for the evening. Gaye specializes in benefit auctions and has manages many in the Puget Sound area and in locations as far away as Southern California. She’s just launching a newly designed website about her services can be found at: http://www.gayegodfreyauctions.com/.
If you can’t make the auction or the exhibit, you can view the entire catalog at: https://wmfdn.ejoinme.org/?tabid=388331. If you want to reserve any remaining seats, contact Kristin at 360/778-8936 or visit the auction’s website at: https://wmfdn.ejoinme.org/?tabid=401947. But hurry because it’s going, going and will soon be gone!