WHATCOM ARTS PROJECT & THE J

As a gift to the community during Washington State’s Stay Home – Stay Safe Order, Bellingham, and Whatcom County artists, musicians, actors, storytellers, dancers, filmmakers, performers, and arts supporters have come together to create the Whatcom Arts Project. Free, daily online content is available through this campaign to uplift, educate, and inspire during these difficult times, while we socially distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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UPCOMING EVENT SCHEDULE

Free Harmony

Friday, July 31

Free Harmony is Chuck Dingée and Sharon Mayson, whose voices blend very well together. On March 8 & 9, 2019, they opened for America (the band) at 2 casinos in Washington.

Chuck Dingée and Sharon Mayson’s beautiful vocals are what make Free Harmony unique and a treat to listen to. They formed the duo in 2017 and have been busy entertaining people in the Northwest ever since. Together they play an entertaining mix of songs ranging from the 60s to present, by artists like Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Indigo Girls, The Police, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. 

PAST PERFORMANCE and INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

Jean-Jaques Têtu

Thursday, July 2

For native Washingtonian Jean-Jacques Têtu, music has long pumped through his veins. Born in the small town of Twisp, Washington to an American mother and Québecois father, Jean-Jacques grew up dancing to the tunes of Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.

His debut CD, titled The Lopez Sessions, mixes elements of soul, blues, country, and rock and roll to create a unique and revolutionary sound.

A Celebration of Classical Piano Music with Ana, Ema and Maria Horja

Sunday, June 21

The Young Kidz

Thursday, June 18

Joe Young is a singer-songwriter from the mid-western U.S., who enjoys playing Martin, Washburn and Yamaha acoustic, as well as Fender and Gibson electric guitars.

Carol Young, born in Lodi, California, began playing the bass guitar in 2014. Carol sings lead and harmony vocals and enjoys playing Fender Precision Fretless and Ibanez Fretless basses.

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Documenting Your Work with Jesse Rasmussen

Tuesday, June 2

Join ceramic artist Jesse Rasmussen and learn how to document your work! Jesse’s sculpture and functional work explore the intricate details of natural phenomena and how they correspond with the human experience.

Geof Morgan

Thursday, May 28

Geof Morgan was raised in New England and headed south where he spent nine years in Nashville, Tennessee as a commercial songwriter, writing for artists like Barbara Mandrell and Ronnie Milsap. He moved to Bellingham in 1982. He recorded four albums of original folk-country style songs between 1981 and 1988. He works as a community organizer, including music as part of his community work. He has also been posting regularly while sheltering in place on his Facebook.

Dain Weisner

Thursday, May 21

Dain is a singer-songwriter whose music is indie inspired and naturally shaped, with an emphasis on storytelling in his lyrics.“Weisner’s beautifully strong voice and quirky lyrics stick out from the crowd” -What’s Up Magazine (Bellingham, WA)

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The Young Kids

Thursday, May 14

Joe Young is a singer-songwriter from the mid-western U.S., who enjoys playing Martin, Washburn and Yamaha acoustic, as well as Fender and Gibson electric guitars.

Carol Young, born in Lodi, California, began playing the bass guitar in 2014. Carol sings lead and harmony vocals and enjoys playing Fender Precision Fretless and Ibanez Fretless basses.

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Chris Beaven

Tuesday, May 12

Artist and J Instructor, Chris Beaven, is here to share with you his studio and teach you the importance of a warm-up. Chris, an artist living in Washington state, has set a goal to do some kind of art every day, at least 30 minutes in duration, for the rest of his life.

Kevin Burt

Friday, May 8

For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently get him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King.

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Mike Bonds

Thursday, May 7

Long time supporter of the J, Mike Bonds, is a VP – Sr. Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab in Bellingham. Charles Schwab just recently became the Jansen Art Center’s 2020 Manhattan New Years Title Sponsor, 2020 Art Jingle sponsor, and the 2020/2021 Jansen Jazz Band sponsor. Mike is also a professional sports announcer, an amateur auctioneer, a musician for fun, and has been writing and performing songs for 20 years.

Mañalac Piano Duo

Sunday, May 3

Enjoy Chaminade’s atmospheric harmonies, Rachmaninov’s sweeping melodies, and Milhaud’s toe-tapping rhythms in this program of music for two pianos, presented by pianists Gabriel and Rebecca Mañalac in collaboration with the Jansen Art Center for the Whatcom Arts Project.

Patsy Thompson

Thursday, April 30

Her sound is a textured blend of driving beat, growly blues with a bit of Canada’s airy accent, with some Texas twang, molded by the influence of musicians she loves: Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, KoKo Taylor, Bob Seger, and Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson to name a few. In all Patsy spent 15 years in Austin, recording and touring in the area, sharing the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Clint Black, Rusty Weir, and Stop The Truck just to name a few. See more.

J.P. Falcon Grady

Thursday, April 23

J.P. Falcon Grady is a self-taught acoustic guitarist, singer, songwriter, and a proud member of the Blackfeet Nation. He performs originals and covers as both a solo artist and with his band “J.P. Falcon Band”. J.P. Falcon plays many music genres with expert skill. You’ll swear you’re in the islands when he plays his reggae tunes. If country is more your style, you might find blues eyes crying in the rain.  The band can ROCK and get the dancefloor hoppin’ as well as sing ballads and love songs that have brought fans to tears.  See more.

Ceramic Plates with Jesse Rasmussen

Tuesday, April 21

Jesse Rasmussen’s sculpture and functional work explore the intricate details of natural phenomena and how they correspond with the human experience. His work provides visual dialogues derived from personal experiences and observations of the natural world resulting in sculptural objects reflective of this experience.

Jean-Jaques Têtu

Thursday, April 16

For native Washingtonian Jean-Jacques Têtu, music has long pumped through his veins. Born in the small town of Twisp, Washington to an American mother and Québecois father, Jean-Jacques grew up dancing to the tunes of Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.

His debut CD, titled The Lopez Sessions, mixes elements of soul, blues, country, and rock and roll to create a unique and revolutionary sound.

Chuck Dingée

Thursday, April 9

Chuck Dingée has been playing guitar and singing professionally for over 40 years. His extensive repertoire of classic rock, folk-rock, and other tunes is quite diverse. Chuck is inspired by the Beatles, who he saw in Chicago in 1966. He plays quite a few Beatles songs, including popular hits like All You Need Is Love, and Yesterday; Romantic love songs like Till There Was You, and In My Life; and fun rockers such as I Am The Walrus, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

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Drawing Materials with Chris Beaven

Thursday, April 7

Artist and J Instructor, Chris Beaven, is here to share with you his knowledge on all things “Drawing Materials”. Chris, an artist living in Washington state, has set a goal to do some kind of art every day, at least 30 minutes in duration, for the rest of his life. Join him on April 7th to learn about the tools of his trade!

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Matthew Ball

Sunday, April 5

Pianist/Singer and Songwriter Matthew Ball, aka The Boogie Woogie Kid, is the attorney turned musician with now over 4 million views!  A national touring artist, Matthew performs New Orleans and Swing favorites from the 20s 30s and 40s. His performances are described as “Awesome!”  Crushing!” “Fantastic!”

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Dain Weisner

Thursday, April 2

Dain is a singer-songwriter whose music is indie inspired and naturally shaped, with an emphasis on storytelling in his lyrics.“Weisner’s beautifully strong voice and quirky lyrics stick out from the crowd” -What’s Up Magazine (Bellingham, WA)

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