Blaine and Birch Bay Art Beat: June 2015


June’s Featured Artist: Blaine HS/MS Drama Club students

Blaine teacher Shari Akers is very pleased to announce that the Blaine Drama students have been nominated for the Seattle 5th Avenue Theater High School Musical Awards. Over 98 productions are in competition for their “High School Tony Awards,” and it is a high honor just to get an honorable mention. Nominations are in the following categories:

Outstanding Lobby Display: “The Unity Project – Soldat: A Bittersweet Alchemy”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast: “The Unity Project – Soldat: A Bittersweet Alchemy.”

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role: Alex Gehringer for his role as Maximus in “Soldat.”

Winners will be announced June 8. Blaine’s awards this year so far:

Special Honors Education Impact Award: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and “The Unity Project – Soldat: A Bittersweet Alchemy”

Special Honors Student Achievement Award (backstage tech/crew): Isabel Bushman

Congratulations to everyone in the Blaine Drama Club!

June 26–28: The International Arts and Music Festival

A three-day gathering of artists from the greater Northwest and beyond, representing a rich cultural tapestry. Please come and enjoy unique art displays, local and international music and gourmet food with a wine and beer garden, all nestled within the beautiful setting of Peace Arch State Park. Free parking and admission. For additional information and a schedule of events please visit

Jansen Art Center

June 4: Opening Artist Reception 6–8 p.m. Free. The Jansen Art Center will host a reception for four upcoming exhibits running through July 31, including the 2015 Early Summer Juried Exhibit, showcasing artistic talent in Whatcom County and the region; the third annual Juried Cup Show, showcasing the exceptional work of ceramic artists in the Pacific Northwest (place your vote for the People’s Choice Award at the opening reception); the Whatcom Artist Guild Exhibit: Paintings by Amanda Houston.

June 22–26: “Kids: Do Art!”

“Kids: Do Art!” gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to play, engage, get their hands dirty and let their creativity loose. The week-long camp covers an array of arts, including ceramics, painting, rhythm and percussion, dance, acting, textiles, puppetry and storytelling. Visit or call 360/354-3600.

The Lynden Performing Arts Guild

June 11–28: “Shrek the Musical” promises ogre-sized family fun as a large cast dances and sings their way through the adventures of the big green ogre and a fantastic array of characters. If you liked the movie, you will love this play.

Performances will take place Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door, by calling 360/354-4425 or visiting Adults $12, students/seniors (62+) $10, ages 3–8 $8.

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