Submitted by: Downtown Bellingham Partnership

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership (DBP) has announced plans for a virtual Art Walk to take place on the usual first Friday of the month, April 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of the monthly in-person Art Walk, the DBP invites artists, makers, and downtown businesses to create a virtual, collaborative experience through social media platforms. The hope is to create a virtual event to support local artists, galleries and retailers who have been impacted by much needed closures and social distancing.

“The backbone of our organization is fostering community,” Lindsey Payne Johnstone, Events Director for the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, said. “Rather than cancel April’s Art Walk, we’re adapting. It’s important to continue connecting with one another and lifting each other up.”

Participating artists and businesses will use the hashtag #virtualbhamartwalk on Facebook and Instagram to share their work and sell items, the same as they would at a typical Art Walk. Artists can also inform buyers on ways to receive their purchases, whether that’s in the mail, or at curbside or drop-off locations.

Participants can follow the hashtag to view art and will have the option to purchase items to support local artists and retailers through these uncertain times. The event is free for all and community members are encouraged to follow Downtown Bellingham on Facebook and Instagram for more information. 

Featured art by Deb Steinkamp

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