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Artist Trust on Tour showcases 4 artists in Bellingham

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust is excited to bring the Artist Trust on Tour series to Bellingham. 4 award-winning artists from Bellingham and Tacoma will come together at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center on April 28 to perform, read and celebrate art on an unforgettable night. The event is free with RSVP.

The Bellingham event will feature literary, circus and visual arts by artists from Bellingham and Tacoma. The Bellingham artists featured are poet Roberto Ascalon and circus artist Esther de Monteflores, and the artists visiting from Tacoma are poet Allen Braden and visual artist & muralist Christopher Paul Jordan. For bios of each artist, see below. Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan will host the event, and Aslan Brewing and Boundary Bay Brewery, our beverage sponsors for the night, will provide beer.

Attendees are also invited to begin the night at a happy hour, also at the Firehouse, from 6:00-7:00pm. Artist Trust continues their On Tour celebration in Bellingham with a series of workshops, including “Submitting a Competitive Grant Application”, and “Photographing Your Work Samples” which will occur on Saturday, April 30th at make.shift gallery.

The goal of Artist Trust on Tour is to celebrate the work of the artists from across the state, connect artists from different disciplines and regions, and create community among artists. The “On Tour” cities chosen are the five most arts-minded areas in Washington State according to the Creative Vitality Index: Bellingham, Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, and Port Townsend. Each event showcases the work of four artists from different disciplines who have been supported by Artist Trust’s grant-making and professional development programs. As a part of this creative exchange, two Bellingham Artists will also be showcased in Port Townsend on September 15, 2016. Artist Trust is proud to announce the Seattle Art Fair as the presenting partner of Artist Trust on Tour, and CityArts as the media sponsor.

About the artists:

Roberto Ascalon is a poet and teacher in Bellingham. His teaching residencies have led to exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of History and Industry. He is a Kundiman and Jack Straw Fellow, a two-time Seattle Slam Team member and winner of the 2013 Rattle Poetry Prize.

Esther de Monteflores is a contemporary circus artist in Bellingham. She has had years of formal training at The Circus Center (San Francisco) and Trapeze Arts (Oakland). Recently, Esther’s work has been seen at Seattle’s SANCA, in residency at the Lookout Arts Center, on tour with Wise Fool NM’s See/Saw and her solo show, Equilibrium, will be presented in the upcoming Art on the Atlanta Beltline. Esther received a 2014 Artist Trust GAP grant to purchase rigging materials, safety equipment, a portable battery-powered amplifier and liability insurance for a one-woman show outdoors.

Allen Braden is a literary artist from Tacoma, and has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witness Emerging Writers Prize, and the Grolier Prize, among other awards. Braden has published his poetry in such journals and anthologies as The Virginia Quarterly Review, Seneca Review, Southern Review, and many more. Founder of The Gallery Reading Series, he teaches poetry and interdisciplinary writing at Tacoma Community College. Allen also received a 1998 GAP grant.

Christopher Paul Jordan is a muralist from Tacoma who also co-leads the Tacoma based non-profit arts organization “Fab-5,” which seeks to empower young people. Christopher received 2015 GAP funding to support his public project “OPEN AIR” an extension of his project “COLORED” and “COLORED2015 (exhibited during Art Basel Miami).” Through this project, which will include a large scale mural, Christopher will begin freeing works from the body of “#COLORED2015” to exist as physical public artifacts and to reside in public as living monuments of Black authorship. 

About Seattle Art Fair
Seattle Art Fair was founded by Paul G. Allen as a unique and innovative art experience showcasing the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a destination for new and established collectors and international art patrons, the Fair shines a light on Seattle’s thriving art scene. Now in its second year, the Fair features local, regional, and international art galleries presenting top-tier modern and contemporary art. 
The Seattle Art Fair is produced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and Art Market Productions. For more information, visit Seattle Art Fair.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at