Axiom Construction (Tim Koetje)
Nancy Collier
Fairway Cafe
Dennis and Barbara Dinkla
Herman and Joan Fransen
Fullner Food Service
Alan Hartgraves
Carol Henry
Kathy Hertz
Homestead Fitness
Fullner Food Service
Jansen Art Center Volunteers*
Patrick and Barbara Keily
Tami Koetje
Kulshan Brewing Company
LTI Inc.
Brian O’Neill
Northwest Propane
Marlin’s Auto Service
Memorable Events

CP and MS Nelson
Vin and Kristin Quenneville
Quiet Place Lodge
Samson Estates Winery
Marla Sprouls
Carole Starkenburg
The Inn at Lynden
The UPS Store 2472-Bellingham
Triple S Construction
Van Loo’s Auto Service
Tom and Cindy Wadkins
Kelly Wisniewski
Dale and Tammy Yoder

*Thank you to our volunteers for their generous contributions towards our fundraising goals: Mike Bathum, Diane Blake, Eric Bauer, Lisa Christianson, Nancier Collier, Jane Coomb, Katie Davies, Heidi Doornenbal, Marcia Ford, Donna & Graham Hunter, Margaret Irvine, Tami Koetj, Dee Dee Larson, June Lee, Herm & Kathy Meenk, Jim Obermayer, Victor Pruner, Evelyn Riediger, Terry Redden,  Kay Relethford and Marla Sprouls 

The Jansen Art Center opened its doors in August 2012, creating a space for artists to create, teach, share, and engage the community in the arts. Artists create and teach in our studios, perform in the Chamber Hall and Piano Lounge, exhibit art throughout the building and welcome everyone to join in by taking classes, getting inspired, listening to live music and celebrating the talent of those around us.

On Saturday, August 5th, 2017, we’re celebrating 5 Years at the J with an afternoon of Open Studios and evening Benefit Concert and Fundraiser. We hope that you can join us!


5:00 – 9:00 PM

A fun night of music, dancing and celebration kicks off with musician Checo Tohomaso (known as a one-man Motown band) at 5:00pm in the backyard of the Jansen Art Center.

The alley will be blocked off and we’ll have a beer and wine garden set up with the Brotha Dudes and La Gloria Tacos food trucks set up for your convenience.

At 6:30pm, The Paperboys will take the stage. This world-touring band serves up a heady blend of country-folk-celtic -bluegrass-rock with a bit of traditional Mexican music thrown in for good measure. It defies labeling but hey, who cares, it is just brilliant music! The Paperboys are renowned for their energetic live performances and have wowed festival goers the world over.

When the band takes a short break around 7:30 PM, we will host our live auction and draw winners for the Raffle Prizes. Be sure you get your tickets before this happens! Through community sponsorships, ticket sales and the evening’s raffle, we can meet our fundraising goal of $20,000 for the arts!

The Paperboys will return to the stage at 8:00 PM to finish up with another hour of dancing and celebration!

TICKETS: Online Ticket Sales have Ended – tickets will be available at the entrance (Ticket Table located on 4th Street)
Members: $35
General Admission: $45


Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of Ska, Soca, and African Highlife. Of course, it also has strains of Soul, Pop, and Funk although we are by no means a funk band. It is mostly Acoustic although we also like Electric guitars. It is Singer-Songwriter based. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but it’s by no means Traditional. It Rocks incredibly hard and is extremely dance-able. It can be heartbreaking, but also joyous. It’s not Jazz, although we like Jazz a lot. It’s not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush and AC/DC. It is World Roots Music. It’s POP music. It is GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful. It is the only multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre bending, co-ed band you will hear today!

‘The Paperboys’ energy and enthusiasm are always a delight, and if I had to pick a band to follow around on tour, I couldn’t think of a better candidate.’
Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine

“The most exuberant record I’ve heard in ages…breathtaking.” 
Folk Roots Magazine

‘Once heard, you will cross mountains, valleys, floods and tempests to see this band wherever they play. Be ready to travel – even if they play at the ends of the earth, it will be worth the journey!’
David Shipley, CD BABY


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


1:00 – 5:00 PM: Nudibranch Exhibit in the Ceramics Studio – vote for your favorite!
1:00 – 5:00 PM: Seconds Sale in the Ceramics Studio. 


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Northwest Ballet performance in the Chamber Hall


3:00 PM: Artist Elizabeth Wonnacott painting demonstration in the Fine Arts Studio.
4:00 PM: Artist Elizabeth Wonnacott tour to the Inn at Lynden to see her exhibit, Rodeo Dreams.


The Jewelry Studio is going to be busy with the first day of a 2 day class, Intro to Jewelry Metal Fabrication. REGISTER HERE! 


It is Day 3 of a 4 day Chamber Music Camp in the Ensemble Room. Stop by and take a peak. There will also be performers in the Piano Lounge throughout the day – schedule coming soon! 


1:00-5:00 PM: Stash Sale in the Dance Studio.
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Dye Studio Open House in the Alley Workshop.
Additional weaving and spinning demonstrations throughout the day in the Textile Studio!


1:15 & 2:15 PM: Take a tour of the Jansen Art Center with Sarah Clark-Langager to learn about the history of the J and the artwork on exhibit.


Enjoy the 4 Exhibits on display at the J: LOOK., The 5th Annual Cup Show, 2017 Summer Juried Exhibit and the Whatcom Art Guild’s exhibit, Games, Puzzles and Books.

  • Celebrate 5 years at the J
    August 5, 2017
    10:00 am - 11:55 pm