Art Beat: April 2015


By Kitty King

April’s featured artists: 

Gabriel and Rebecca Mañalac 

Gabriel and Rebecca Mañalac are classically trained pianists who have recently relocated to Blaine. They love the beautiful mountains and ocean views, and appreciate the residents’ great enthusiasm for the arts – not always common in small towns. They each have a master’s degree in piano performance, are members of the Bellingham chapter of the Music Teachers National Association and perform both individually and as a duo.

They look forward to becoming part of the arts community in Blaine through performing and teaching private piano lessons. See their website at

April 6–26: “Harvey.” The Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents an American classic, the heartwarming comedy “Harvey,” which has been delighting audiences for over 70 years. It’s the story of an affable man who claims to have an invisible friend named Harvey: a 6′ 3.5″ tall rabbit.
Tickets are available at or at the box office Tuesdays–Fridays 1–3 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children ages 4–8. Performances will be held Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Lynden’s Dutch Village Mall.

Jansen Art Center, Lynden

Wednesdays in April, noon: Lunchtime Music in the Piano Lounge. Grab lunch at the Firehall Café and enjoy an hour of free music from local musicians. Visit for the current lineup.

April 2, 6–8 p.m.: Promising Futures. Whatcom County high school student art, and Seattle artist Quincy Anderson, plus the continuing spring juried exhibit. Darla Bradshaw Lobb and Walt Burkett will perform live music in the piano lounge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free.

April 7–9: Kids Do Art! The multi-day workshops cover an array of arts, including ceramics, painting, rhythm and percussion, dance, acting, textiles, puppetry and storytelling. $15–$50 for grades K-8. Details at

April 18, 7:30–9 p.m.: Martin Kuuskmann and Jovino Santos Neto Live. Grammy-nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann and three-time Latin Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and arranger Jovino Santos Neto. Tickets $30 in the Jansen Gallery Shop, also available at

April 19, 3–4 p.m.: Sunday @ 3 Youth Concert. A showcase of talented young artists in music, dance, opera and theater. Admission by donation.

April 22, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Quilting Masterclass: Mini Landscape Workshop by Helene Knott. Learn to use fabrics creatively to produce special effects. Choose from a variety of patterns to create a small scenic landscape. Price: $35.

April 30, 7:30–8:30 p.m.: Jansen Jazz Band Concert. A community band comprised of 30 local musicians directed by Steve Herrick, director of instrumental music at Lynden High School. Tickets: $10 in the Jansen Gallery Shop and at

In the Know: 

Blaine Harbor Art Gallery artists are busy preparing for the 2015 Springfest Art and Gift Tour, which will be held on Mother’s Day weekend, May 9-10. Twenty-eight artists will participate in the 10th annual tour of Dakota Creek Winery, Semiahmoo Resort and Spa, three local studios and Paso del Norte restaurant. For more information, visit

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