Schedule announced for the Bellingham Music Film Festival!


The schedule and programming has been announced for the Bellingham Music Film Festival, coming up on April 1-3.

Bellingham Music Film Festival Opening Ceremony!

Friday, April 1

@ Make.Shift

7:15 p.m. Live music from Scarlet Locomotive

8 p.m. Music Video Night (Free event during Art Walk, donations go to Film is Truth)

9:15 p.m. Live music from Momo Grace

Saturday, April 2

@ Make.Shift 12 p.m. Film Shorts

@Pickford 2 p.m. Feature screening + shorts/music videos

@Make.Shift 4 p.m. Live music and shorts screening

@Pickford 8 p.m. Live music from Thomas Agora, Feature screening + shorts/music videos

Sunday, April 3

@Pickford 10:30 a.m. Feature screening + shorts/music videos

@Make.Shift 12:30 p.m. Feature screening + shorts/music videos

@Pickford 2 p.m. Live music from Bar Tabac, Best in Show awards ceremonybmff_final_event_webslider_outlines-01

Please see for more details.

March Art Walk: BLUE


March Art Walk: BLUE

Friday, March 4th 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Jackson Hunt and Mariah Tate Klemens met through mutual friends in July 2015. It was immediately clear through studio visits, and discussions about art that the two wanted to participate in a shared exhibition. Blue functions as a collaborative project, both artists making work they likely would not have without the input of the other, exploring events from the summer of 2015 and earlier.

Blue reminds us of the life one could have had – an exploration of disappointment and the desire for growth. The work in Blue describes lives and objects, constantly in decay, commemorating nostalgia. Failure in the structure of objects and visual descriptions of lost potential are all displayed in the color blue. Collaborators Jackson Hunt and Mariah Tate Klemens explore blue with photorealistic paintings, cast objects, and live plants. Throughout the month of March, the work in Blue will literally grow and decay.

February Volunteer Orientations!


Come learn the in’s and out’s of what your friendly community art space is about, and how you can get involved with all of our awesome gallery and music events. Just show up to one of the orientations below!

February orientations are:

Wednesday, February 10th at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 26th at 5:30 p.m.

February Art Walk: Letters to Lines

February Art Walk

Make.Shift’s award winning gallery will feature the art exhibit Letters to Lines: young artists visually interpret lyrics & poetry during the month of February.

The Make.Shift gallery committee invited high school students in Whatcom County to submit their art work. The pieces were prompted to interpret song lyrics or poems and the students were not limited to any specific medium.

The Letters to Lines opening reception will be during Art Walk on Friday, February 5th, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Make.Shift. The show is on display at the Make.Shift gallery beginning February 2nd through February 27th. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Make.Shift Arts Awards Ceremony TONIGHT!



Tonight marks the first ever Make.Shift Arts Awards! A night honoring the local artistic talent in our community, with a ballot stacked with talent.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen, from the presenters, bands playing, Make.Shift crew, Gallery Committee and volunteers.


Make.Shift Arts Awards Nominees!



Check out this year’s nominees for the Make.Shift Art Awards!

Join us for an evening to celebrate local artists on January 22nd and see who will win.

Steeb Russell
Bradley James Lockhart
Cameron Jennings
Mike E Wilson
Kacey Morrow
Wes Davis
Cale Burr
Logan McQuaig
Toby Stanger
Jen Dranttel-Canepa
Andrea Heimer
Michelle Schutte
Jennifer Anable
Amanda Timmins
Liliana Franz
Margot Myers
Corey Urlacher
Aaron Brick Artography
David Johnston
Ryan Russell – Photographer
Tommy Calderon
Kenneth Kearney
Sarah Ellissa Van Houten
Karie Jane
Katie Johnson
Ciara Sana
Cara Jaye
Mat Hudson
Seiko Purdue
Jess Flegel
Libby Chenault
Carrie Cooper
Carrie Voorhees

January Volunteer Orientations


Make.Shift’s Volunteer Coordinator, Nick, will be hosting weekly orientations through the month of January 2016 to get this year started off right with getting YOU involved at Make.Shift. Come learn the in’s and out’s of what Make.Shift is about, and how you can get involved with our various events, like all-ages music shows, gallery events, promo and outreach, special events and more. All of these things rely on our seriously amazing crew of volunteers, and we’d love to have you on board!

The orientations are every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Make.Shift (306 Flora Street, downtown Bellingham).

If you don’t think you can make one but would still like to volunteer get in contact with me at!

Click HERE to sign up!

Bellingham Band Lottery


The Bellingham Band Lottery is back this year at the Wild Buffalo. This year all the proceeds from the show will benefit Make.Shift which is so rad and greatly appreciated!

What’s the band lottery you ask? Names are randomly picked out of a hat to form seven bands who will all have two weeks to write and perform three original songs.

Cover charge for the event is $5. 21+

Important dates:
Band Draft Day – Sunday, January 3rd
Performance Date – Sunday, January 17th

Sign Up and More Information –

Facebook event HERE