Thursday Benefit at The Shakedown

Help Make.Shift raise the funds needed to get our building up to fire code so we can host all-ages live shows again!


Thursday 5/23/13 $5-$10 suggested donation, door at 9, music at 10

Dog Shredder
“Dog Shredder are quantum physics. No space left untouched. Garage insanity? The soundtrack to M.I.T.? Blistering connections that were impossible to predict. If you took a bottle of narcotics and got pushed out of an airplane flying to Naked City without a parachute by No Means No and land on John Zorn, you may end up as a Dog Shredder.”

The Narrows

(With Charlie, John, Alec, and Ben – members of Sloths, Livingston Seagull, Swine, and Chambers)


That’s Right, it’s finally Yellingham weekend. More info over at Yellingham’s website. Full Lineup:

Photo by Tommy Calderon

Pick up a show map at any Make.Shift show to find out the addresses of the house shows

APRIL 12th

7:30 pm, Make.Shift
Unnatural Helpers
The Exquisites
Wild Moth
Lee Corey Oswald
Your Rival

APRIL 13th

The Shadies
Camp Wisdom
Nick Duncan
Juniper Stills

manatee commune

duck little brother duck
Walter and Perry
Ship to Ship
The Sky Above and Earth Below

7pm at Make.Shift
Special Explosion
Chastity Belt

Carrion Spring
Earth Control


Stephen Steen (Violins, Specters)
Learning Team
June Madrona

Swamp Meat

7pm at Make.Shift
Shook Ones
The Grizzled Mighty
So Adult

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

Join us for Green Drinks at Make.Shift

Head over to Make.Shift when you get off work to check out the new gallery show, have a drink with friends, and make some new ones.

Bellingham Green Drinks is a big monthly gathering of environmentally-minded people — This is your chance to network, collaborate and find out what’s going on in our community.

Everyone’s welcome; Beer and wine available to those 21+. A big thanks to our beer sponsor Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Announcing the 2012 Holiday Make.Sale

We’re excited to announce the 2012 Holiday Make.Sale — our annual DIY local craft fair and celebration — from noon-5 p.m. Sat. Dec. 15 and Sun. Dec. 16.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s “Jinxmas,” the holiday fair has a new name and new participants this year. Make.Shift will pack more than a dozen local crafters into the upstairs gallery and downstairs venue area, offering everything from fine art to hand-sewn goods, knits and jewelry.

In addition to the vendor booths, Make.Shift will offer home-baked treats and hot holiday beverages. The local arts and music nonprofit hopes the event will encourage shoppers to support local artisans with their holiday purchases. “The Make.Sale really is one-stop shopping for incredible, locally made gifts,” said Cat Sieh, Make.Shift Director. “It’s going to be so cozy you won’t want to leave.”
Those who stop by the Make.Sale can also check out the Dec. exhibition “Pinups,” a gallery show comprised entirely of limited-edition one-inch buttons designed by local and regional artists.

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

In The Gallery: “Strange Suburbia”

Check out our latest exhibition “Strange Suburbia,” by Andrea Heimer, in the gallery until August 31. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat noon-4 p.m.

From the Cascadia Weekly:

Under the glow of beams from an alien spacecraft, gray-haired couples square dance among the remnants of a croquet game. Meanwhile, teenage boys roam naked through the neighborhood on their respective bikes, a trio of seniors plays strip poker in their dining room and neighbors fight to the death over a space rock that’s dropped from the sky.

Welcome to “Strange Suburbia,” an alternate universe created by area artist Andrea Heimer as an homage to the suburban neighborhood in Montana where she spent part of her youth. Read More!

Behold! The Make.Shift Block Party!

Behold: an all-out, all-day, hold-onto-your-butts kind of fundraiser for Make.Shift Art Space.We’ll rope off our whole Flora St. block to present a dozen bands, the first annual 3-on-3 band vs. band basketball tourney, Bellebrity dunk tank, adult slip ‘n slide, local food vendors, kid’s games, raffles and a 21+ PABST beer garden.Did we mention a skate jam by Unknown Board Shop, miniature pony rides by Sabbath Tattoo, live screen printing by INNATE, and a photobooth?

Damn straight. Join the Facebook event for updates.