Get Ready for The Block Party!

Holy crap, the Make.Shift Block Party is less than a week away! We’re so excited for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All-day live local music
*Inflatable gladiator joust (yes, you too can bash your friends in the head)
*New, improved, and relocated Slip ‘N Slide of Doom
*Climbing wall by Vital Climbing Gym – Bellingham
*Punk Rock haircuts by Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy – Bellingham, WA
*Skate Jam by Unknown Board Shop
*Beer garden featuring beer by PBR, Aslan Brewing CompanyKulshan Brewing CompanyWander Brewing, and Boundary Bay Brewery and cider by Seattle Cider Company
*Mysterious and thrilling kinetic sculpture!
*Food trucks!
*Bike and water shenanigans
*Kid Zone + bounce house
*Dunk Tank
*Live screen printing by Iron Street Printing
*Info tables by awesome orgs like Bellingham Girls Rock CampSigned Magazine, The Good Time Girls – sin, gin, gore & lore, The RE Store’s Revision Division, Bellingham Books to Prisoners, Inky Spokes, and more!
*Killer raffle!
*Plus: The unveiling of our new local music listening library!

The Third Annual Make.Shift Block Party!

 

Get pumped for our favorite annual wet-and-weird fundraiser: The Make.Shift Block Party on Saturday Aug. 2 from noon-9 p.m.

Is it totally crazy to only charge $5 for…

*All-day live local music
*Inflatable gladiator joust (yes, you too can bash your friends in the head)
*Climbing wall by Vital Climbing Gym – Bellingham
*New, improved, and relocated Slip ‘N Slide of Doom
*Punk Rock haircuts by Toni&Guy Hairdressing Academy – Bellingham, WA
*Skate Jam by Unknown Board Shop
*Beer garden featuring beer by PBR, Aslan Brewing CompanyKulshan Brewing CompanyWander Brewing, and Boundary Bay Brewery
*Mysterious and thrilling kinetic sculpture!
*Duke of Bellingham gender-neutral pageant-style competition
*Food trucks!
*Bike and water shenanigans
*Kid Zone + bounce house
*Dunk Tank
*Live screen printing by Iron Street Printing
*Info tables by awesome orgs like Bellingham Girls Rock CampZAPPSigned MagazineThe Good Time Girls – sin, gin, gore & loreBellingham Books to PrisonersInky Spokes, and more.
*Killer raffle!

…? We think so.

Come on down. Wear something weird. Bring a shirt to get screen printed.

Check out the Block Party on Facebook.

New Stage Sound Dampening!

 

Check out the awesome DIY sound dampening we did for our stage area!

We used 2′x4′ Owens Corning 703 sound insulation panels, cut those in half, and covered them in the cheapest duck cloth we could find. We used upholstery spray adhesive to wrap the canvas around the panels, and then stuffed them into the 2×2 framing using a putty knife.

Thanks to Board Member Russ Fish and Sound Crew Manager Gabe Seavello for convincing us it was finally time to find the cash to make this happen, and for their help sourcing and designing this solution. Thanks to Make.Shift tenant Devin Champlin for donating his time to help with framing, and tenant Andrew Nickerson for the wrapping help.

It sounds so much better!

Remembering Gunther: Bellingham Music Photography

Gunther Jose Frank was a photographer in Bellingham between 1996 and 2009. During those years, he photographed performances by hundreds of musicians and bands. The subjects and settings varied widely, but they all contained a sense of spontaneity, excitement, and raw emotion.

This show will feature Gunther’s photographs of live music in Bellingham. This is a chance for people who miss Gunther to remember him together, and a chance for musicians, photographers, and those who didn’t know Gunther to be inspired by his photography.

Check out Gunther’s Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/guntherjosefrank/sets/

In the Gallery: METAL

Bellingham is home to an incredible array of metalworkers whose talents are often funneled into production jobs and high-end custom work. We asked three exceptional local metal artists to create work from a purely artistic perspective. No clients, no outsider revisions, just inspiration and…METAL! Please join us for our April gallery exhibition with work by artists: Aaron Loveitt, Thor Myhre, and Andy Phillips. The opening reception is free to attend and will be held during ArtWalk, Friday, April 4th from 6-10 p.m. The event will include a live Taylor Swift cover set by Tyson Ballew and Jaedyn McGregor. The gallery will be on display through April 29th so be sure to stop by! The Make.Shift gallery is open Tues-Sat from 12-5 p.m.

 Hollow by Aaron Loveitt

 

Untitled by Andy Phillips

 

Zen Beacon by Thor Myhre

In the Gallery: Matt Bowen

During the month of March, our gallery features artist Matt Bowen (from Vancouver BC)

From the artist: My work is aesthetically inspired by the vintage comics I used to pore over as kid. Thematically, I am either trying to express something with a social / political message or creating something that appeals to my somewhat eccentric outlook on life. With this show for Make.Shift I just wanted to have fun with the work. I enjoy showing in galleries but am also very interested in street-art and the inclusive nature of showing work in a public space outside the curatorial confines of a commercial environment.

 

Heck Yeah, 2013

Talk about a banner year. We are so proud of our hardworking volunteers, our amazing tenants, and our community, whose incredible support we couldn’t live without.

In 2013, Make.Shift: Won Best Bellingham Gallery for the second year in a row; Raised $20k to make major fire safety improvements; Installed a killer honor system soda fridge; Installed heating in the basement for the first time EVER; Sold more art than ever before; Welcomed The Documentary Center and Guitar Doctor as new tenants; and so much more.

OH AND GUESS WHAT? LIVE SHOWS ARE COMING BACK IN JANUARY, SQUARES. Happy holidays!!!!!

Fire Code Fundraiser Success!

We set our fundraising goal at $20k, and thanks to all of YOU Make.Shift has reached and surpassed our target!

A huge thank you to all of our awesome friends and neighbors who helped make these past months of fire code updates such a success. We have completed work on one new fire exit, and the second is well underway… which means we hope to see you back in the Make.Shift basement for all-ages live music as early as January!

Stay tuned for further updates.

 

Nightmare on Railroad Ave.: A Haunted House

Empty your bladder and put on your game face — Make.Shift is taking over the Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden for two nights of terror! 

Be prepared for a full-blown haunted house full of live actors, chilling detail, and unbelievable scares. This event is ALL AGES, but be warned that this may be too scary for little ones. MUAHAHA.

7-11 p.m. Wed. Oct. 30
7-11 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 31
$5

Boundary Bay beer available for purchase for those 21+.

Forgot a costume or wanna jazz yours up? Let our makeup artists paint your face while you wait in line!