Art Gallery

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 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!

The What’s Up! Awards show is back this year, with a new addition-

the Make.Shift Arts Awards!

Join us at the ceremony to honor local visual artists on
Friday, January 22nd at Make.Shift (see Facebook event for details)

The evening will feature live music:
The Exquisites
Dogs on Acid
+ tba

We will announce the 2015 winners for:
Best Graphic Designer
Best Painter
Best 3D Artist
Best Photographer
Best Fiber Artist
and Best Illustrator!

Follow the link below to VOTE! Tell your friends to vote! Keep supporting this fantastic artistic community we are so thankful to be a part of.


Holiday Make.Sale coming soon!


Break open your piggy bank, the 5th annual Make.Sale is coming up! All the local handmade crafts including you could imagine will be on sale at Make.Shift during this holiday sale.

The vendors this year offer a large variety of different crafts from the re-claimed glass of Tumbler Mountain Glass Project to the unique designs of Localmotive Jewelry Creations. Other vendors include: Remedios The Beauty Clothing, Cat Sieh, Osteal jewelry, Sea Holly Beauty Company, Feral Felt, Cordial Waters, Rinyrinri polymer clay creations, Vil’s Herbarium and more!

The Black Drop Coffeehouse is sponsoring hot beverages for the event, offering coffee, hot tea and cider as well as hot winter cocktail options.

The sale will have a preview night on Friday, Dec. 4th during Art Walk at Make.Shift from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and continues Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join us to support Bellingham’s talented craftsmen and women that help make our community unique!

Location: Make.Shift Art Space || 306 Flora Street, Bellingham

Preview Sale: Art Walk Friday, December 4th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Make.Sale: Saturday, December 5th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Sea Holly Beauty Company


Localmotive Jewerly Creations


Cat Sieh


Tumbler Mountain Glass Project


Cordial Waters

Seeking Vendors for 5th Annual Make.Sale (deadline passed)


With fall in the air, the holidays aren’t far. Here is something to get you crafting away for the holidays. Make.Shift is now accepting applications for our 5th annual Make.Sale! This is Make.Shift’s own rad DIY craft sale- all local and handmade.

This year’s sale has expanded to include a preview sale on Friday, Dec. 4th during Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Make.Sale will be on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Find the vendor application HERE.

Application and images deadline is OCTOBER 25th.

We will notify you of our selections by November 5th

If selected, vendor payments will be due to Make.Shift by November 15th. All fees are non-refundable after Nov. 20th.




In the Gallery: METAL

Bellingham is home to an incredible array of metalworkers whose talents are often funneled into production jobs and high-end custom work. We asked three exceptional local metal artists to create work from a purely artistic perspective. No clients, no outsider revisions, just inspiration and…METAL! Please join us for our April gallery exhibition with work by artists: Aaron Loveitt, Thor Myhre, and Andy Phillips. The opening reception is free to attend and will be held during ArtWalk, Friday, April 4th from 6-10 p.m. The event will include a live Taylor Swift cover set by Tyson Ballew and Jaedyn McGregor. The gallery will be on display through April 29th so be sure to stop by! The Make.Shift gallery is open Tues-Sat from 12-5 p.m.

 Hollow by Aaron Loveitt


Untitled by Andy Phillips


Zen Beacon by Thor Myhre

In the Gallery: Jacob Cass, Kyler Martz & Charliegrrl

We’re excited to present new, tattoo-inspired work by Jacob Cass (Bham), Kyler Martz (Seattle), and Charliegrrl (Seattle) in the gallery from Aug. 2-Aug. 31.


Jacob Cass:

Traditional American tattoo flash was my foundation. Bold outlines, vibrant color and the heavy use of black shading still influence these paintings from a artistic background that began while apprenticing in tattoo shops many years ago. Studying and replicating vintage tattoo imagery were the first steps in learning the basic skills of drawing and painting. These paintings were created with a deep respect for the people that influenced me, helped me and taught me the initial skills to develop and derive my own style and then move forward with my work.

My inspiration is American traditional tattooers like Charlie Wagner and his Black Eye Barbershop. Not just the designs, but the lives, experiences, and creations that came from so called roughneck outsiders, who found a way to live free and experience their American dream.

Kyler Martz:
Kyler Martz is an illustrator, designer and muralist from Seattle, WA. Martz’ work is primarily watercolor based illustration, referencing of old naturalist etchings, tattoo flash and woodcuts. Martz work also employs screen printing, in addition to creating large-scale murals.