|Anita Aparicio captures the essence of Bellingham in|
her 'Bellingham Gothic' series in This Town
at Allied Arts of Whatcom County
Regardless of the stories, the people of
have a spirit all their own and a deep passion for keeping the traditional
traditional. It is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else and
generation after generation remain here to fulfill their legacies. Bellingham
What fascinates me about the new exhibit 2012 Juried Artist Series: This Town, which just opened at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, is that one of its artists isn't from
at all, but .
A transplant to Bellingham, artist Anita Aparicio "became immediately enthralled by the old residences adorning Sehome and South Hill in Fairhaven as well as the old farmhouses and barns on the roads to Ferndale, Lynden and beyond." For this show, the challenge for the charming artist, whom I spoke with in Spanish at length, was creating on a smaller scale. Aparicio's mixed media series called "Bellingham Gothic" successfully fuses subjects found in Victorian-era photographs with her own take on local architecture. Her work allows you to escape momentarily into the "subdued excitement" of the past. You can almost smell vintage lace and hear the sounds of laughter and gossip as you walk past!
|Mixed media 'Bellingham Gothic' piece by|
Anita Aparicio at Allied Arts of Whatcom County
2012 Juried Artist Series: This Town opened on November 2 and runs through December 1. Don't miss the work of painter David Ridgway and photographer Donald Simpson, who also give their unique perceptions of life in
For more information on the exhibition visit www.alliedarts.org.