Curious about the Sunnyland Stomp? Check out this video learn more about what it’s all about (thank you, Lauren!):
Sunnyland Summer Backyard Art Stomp
On Saturday, July 12th, 2014 the “Art Walk” comes home when the Sunnyland neighborhood transforms itself into backyard “galleries” displaying a plethora of artistic creativity. The outdoor gallery concept has roots in Sweden, where artists frequently hold outdoor art openings/dinner gatherings during the summer months. Several Sunnyland neighbors came up with the idea of opening their own backyard galleries to each other and the community at large as a way of sharing their talents and to get to know each other better.
Who can participate?
Anyone who lives in Sunnyland can become an art curator by creating a backyard gallery featuring their own art and/or that of their friends, family, or neighbors (who may or may not live in Sunnyland themselves). Any form of art is encouraged and the only limit is one’s imagination. 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, sculpture, ceramics, music, performance, children’s art, metal work, recycled object art, garden art, lights and lanterns – you name it.
How do you participate?It’s easy. Simply send the registration form (found here: ) and registration fee to: The Stomp, c/o Alice Clark, 2804 Ellis Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 by Monday, June 16th to be included in Sunnyland Backyard Art Stomp Map. These will be distributed throughout the community by late June. If you are a gallery with items to sell the fee is $20, if you are a gallery only with nothing for sale the fee is $10. This helps us offset the cost of printing and advertising for the event.
What else are you responsible for?
Other than creating a fabulous outdoor gallery you should also take into consideration ways to draw attention to your space. Signage that can be posted in your yard, on fences, or a sandwich board sign near the sidewalk is suggested. Offering snacks within your own gallery is optional and can be as easy or as complicated as you wish. Please note to take the same precautions with serving any alcoholic beverages that you typically would for any gathering at your home.
What if you have a fabulous yard, but are not an artist?
Invite whoever you like to be a part of your gallery. Are you an artist without a gallery? Talk to your Sunnyland neighbors and see if there is someone else in the neighborhood that you can join with as part of their gallery. This is an organic endeavor with very few rules.
The event will take place on Saturday, July 12th from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. If you choose to keep your gallery open after these hours please be considerate of your neighbors and take whatever measures you need to in order to keep your relationship friendly!
Questions? Call (360) 201-6477 after 5:00pm or email at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.