Music, puppets and lion masks at the Allied Arts Children's Art Walk

Whatcom County children will display works of art during the 12th annual Children’s Art Walk presented by the Allied Arts of Whatcom County Education Project.

Art from 30 schools will be displayed in 60 downtown Bellingham businesses from May 4 to May 30.

The exhibit, and its free opening night event from 6-9 p.m. on May 4, celebrates Washington state’s Arts in Education month, officially designated by Gov. Chirstine Gregoire.

Events on opening night include:

-Performances from the Bellingham children’s choirs and band performances, as well as a puppet show and presentation of “Goodnight Moon” by The Neighborhood Playhouse, all held at the Whatcom Museum and Mount Baker Theater.

-Music from the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band at 1308 Cornwall Avenue and a student recital at the Amadeus Project.

-A special exhibit at the Whatcom Museum‘s Lightcatcher building highlighting clay art from Cordata Elementary and Lowell Elementary schools created under the direction of teaching artist Jacquie Bresadola.

-Families visiting the exhibit on art walk night can contribute to a community clay project in the Art Studio.

-Silk-painted banners created by students at Carl Cozier Elementary, under the direction of teaching artist Janet Lehwalder, will be displayed in the windows of the Mount Baker Theater, and the “Lion Mural” from Sunnyland Elementary will be on exhibit in the lobby. Mary Ennis Davis, teaching artist for the mural, will be on hand to answer questions and make lion masks with kids.

In addition, the Allied Arts Education Project Teaching Artist Exhibit opens at the Allied Arts Gallery on1418 Cornwall Ave. during the Art Walk. This show features almost 30 Allied Arts teaching artists from the Education Project providing theater, dance and visual art throughout Whatcom County.

The exhibit includes art by Donna Washington, Ben Mann, Ellen Clark, Janet Lehwalder, Ramon Murillo and Christian Anne Smith, sculptures by Jacquie Bresadola, recycled sculpture art by 2010 Mayor’s Art Award winner Thor Myhre, as well as works by other visual teaching artists.

For more information on the events, contact Allied Arts at 676-8548, ext. 3 or by email at

The organization is online at

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