Art Gallery

In The Gallery: Viva La Analog!

Our January gallery show opens with Art Walk on Friday January 4, from 6-10 p.m. FREE!

What do Steve Jobs and Dr. Frankenstein have in common? Bellingham artists BJ Ott and Jarod Faw explore our relationship with and pursuit of technology in “Viva La Analog,” a multimedia show celebrating the simpler things in life.

Live music by:
Robert N Paulson
& Creech

In The Gallery: Beardingham

In the Make.Shift gallery through Dec. 1: Beardingham.

John Overly, owner of Bellingham’s Vessel Screen Printing Studio, takes his talent in a new direction with these incredible, life-like portraits of Bellingham’s bearded men. These unique pieces are hand-screened on black velvet using an unconventional multi-step color separation and printing process.

Call for Art: One-Inch Pin Ups

“Pin Ups!”  coming to Make.Shift this December: A gallery show of 1” buttons and an Art Walk trading extravaganza. Submission deadline Oct. 31

Here’s how it works:

  • You design the buttons for the show, and we print the buttons for you. Selected artists receive 15 complimentary one-inch buttons of their chosen designs.
  • Submit up to 5 designs for 1” round buttons. Send images in jpeg format, no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels. Label images with your last name,first initial, & number 1-5   ex:  smithj1.jpg, smithj2.jpg, etc. More detailed guidelines are here.
  • Include contact info: Your name, e-mail address, & phone number. Send info & images to Jess Flegel at: gallery (at)
  • We will select up to 3 of your designs for the show. We will notify artists mid November of our selections.
  • During the Dec. Art Walk Reception, selected pins will be displayed in the gallery. Attendees will purchase a random grab bag of 5 pins for $5. Then attendees can trade throughout the night in order to try to get other pins they want.

All sales from the show go toward making Make.Shift a better space for more great art & music.

In the Gallery: The Vices Show

In the gallery for the month of October: The Vices Show.

Definition: A vice is a practice, behavior or habit considered immoral, depraved, or degrading in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can refer to a fault, a negative character trait, a defect, an infirmity, or merely a bad habit. Synonyms for vice include fault, depravity, sin, iniquity, wickedness, and corruption.

“The Vices Show” is a group exhibit curated by and featuring the work of self-proclaimed Dirtbag Sisters, Karie Jane and Jessica Lynn Bonin. Through a plethora of visual medium and artist’s perspectives, this show explores the the complex psychology of vice.

WHAT: The Vices Show

WHEN: Opening Reception during Art Walk: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday Oct. 5

On display at Make.Shift until Oct. 27. Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat noon-4 p.m.

WHERE: Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora Street

COST: Free!

CONTACT: Jess Flegel, Gallery Director

Calling All Screenprinters!

Open call for art: “Printers, Inc. The Best of Bellingham Screenprinting.” Deadline June 23.

Make.Shift is looking for new work that explores and explodes the boundaries of screen printing. What’s so great about silk screening? We know it’s good for more than t-shirts and band posters. Think unusual images, techniques, surfaces and textures. Screen printing can produce hundreds of the same image, but the technique can also create entirely singular works. In this show, we want to showcase both individual pieces and exciting series.

Commercial printers: take a step back from your production jobs and focus on creating primarily artistic work as individuals. Home printers: Show us that beautiful prints come from set-ups of all shapes and sizes.

Please submit two to three finished pieces to Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St. no later than Saturday June 23. Work should be ready to hang with a wire* and labeled with the following:

Your name
Title of piece
Your phone number
*Please no sawtooth hangers! if your piece requires special hanging, please clear it with the gallery before delivering your art.

For more info:

“Printers, Inc. The Best of Bellingham Screenprinting.” July 2012
Art Walk reception Friday July 6
Make.Shift takes 25% commission on art sales

In the Gallery: Copper, Stone & Silk


Now showing: Copper, Stone & Silk (work by WWU’s printmaking seniors):

Amanda Reeves, Andrew Trusler, Ben Milne, Carrie Cooper, Crista Dougherty, Emily Getts, Hayley Boyd, Jacob Zarnecki, Jake Reller, Larissa Bertschinger, Laura Avery, Quynh-Van Vu, Rachel Simpson, Tessa Asato, Tyna Ontko

This show will be up in the gallery for the month of June. Come see us during business hours:

Tues-Sat noon-4 p.m.