Directors

jimcoolJim Cool
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Jim graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in botany. He worked as a laboratory technician and then returned to Western Washington University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in art education.

He graduated from the Master Gardener program through the County Extension Office after which he started his own landscape business. It was in those classes where Jim met MaryAnn and George Drake, from whom he bought plants from their nursery at the present site of Big Rock Garden Park.

Jim worked for the City of Bellingham Parks Department on grounds and trails. During this time he became an ISA certified arborist and was a licensed pesticide applicator. He has a strong interest in both plants and art. Landscaping encompasses those interests as well as his volunteering at Big Rock Park and with Sculpture Northwest.

 

George 1George F. Drake, Ph.D.
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George was Director of a United States Information Agency cultural center in the State of Caldas, Colombia where he managed art exhibits in the gallery and performance space.

George has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. While a professor at Western Washington University he organized the Japan Art Center in Bellingham, which brought in exhibits from Japan. He was also the founder of the International Crèche Festival that showed nativity sets of the world in Bellingham, and imported folk art nativity scenes from over twenty nations.

He was the founding director of 'Gardens of Art – Gallery of Fine Art for the Garden’ located on family property that later was purchased by the City of Bellingham to become Big Rock Garden Park. The sculpture exhibits in the garden setting of the park became a tourist destination in northwestern Washington.
 

Steve ForbesSteve Forbes
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Steve has worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Washington State for 30 years and has been with Larson Gross CPAs & Consultants since 1998. He has gained broad experience providing tax, assurance and consulting services to a wide range of corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals. He currently provides leadership and oversight of Audit and Attest services provided by Larson Gross and leads the firm’s nonprofit service team.
 
A graduate of Western Washington University, Steve was the recipient of the National Elijah Watt Sells award with high distinction for performance on the Certified Public Accountant examination. He presently sits on the Finance Committee of Sustainable Connections, is treasurer for Bellingham Christian School and treasurer for Team Julia, an organization that raises funds for cancer research and meeting day-to-day needs of cancer patients and their families.

 

 

Aaron 1Aaron Loveitt
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Growing up in Vermont, the Green Mountains inspired Aaron with an appreciation for natural and wild environments. The perspectives gained from these experiences fostered the themes that evolve throughout his artwork.

His studies at Alfred University School of Art and Design in New York were in cast glass, metalwork, photography, mixed media and kinetic sculpture. After completing his BFA, he searched for further inspiration and opportunity and was drawn to the Northwest's expansive wilderness. Professionally he continued to exhibit mixed media sculpture and gain educational and work experiences in the areas of kiln-formed glass, metalworking and carpentry.

He founded Altility Art Studio, now located in Bellingham, Washington in 2005. This unique studio supports the varied processes of his artwork as well as a business designing and fabricating commissioned projects. He continues to enjoy the evolution of his work whether through public art installations, blacksmithing, or glass casting.

 

Wade 1Wade Marlow
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For 30 years Wade owned the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham. Representing an average of twenty-five established and emerging artists the Blue Horse presented hundreds of one person and group shows. Wade continues to do art appraisals, organize art-based travel and works in his own studio painting in oil.

 

 

 

 

  

Tracy Powell
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Tracy Powell is a lifelong resident of western Washington, retired from several professions, including 30 years as a sculptor. He has been active in the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association, and art groups in Skagit County. He is also a lifelong student of natural history and anthropology. He volunteers with environmental studies and peace advocacy, and likes to walk the forests and beaches of Fidalgo Island.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse 1Jesse Rasmussen
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Jesse grew up surrounded by the forests of the Kickapoo River valley in Wisconsin. These experiences with the natural world around him would eventually fuel a passion for sculptural expression.

He enrolled in the aviation program at Minnesota State University. A few years into the program a new world of art opened up to him providing a new perspective of the world around him that developed into a passion for artistic expression. Jesse graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and continued his sculptural endeavors in ceramics, wood, and metal.

Jesse moved to Australia and graduated with a Masters of Visual Art from the University of Sydney. He traveled to the Pacific Northwest to research Northwest Coast Native art and discovered a setting that would motivate his work. He returned to Bellingham where he teaches ceramics at the Jansen Art Center. He continues to make and exhibit work that explores the details of natural phenomena and how they correspond with the human experience.

 

Al 1Al Zimmerman
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Al was born with a pencil in his hand. He was always involved with art in school and graduated with a Bachelor of Professional Arts in advertising from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

He worked as a designer of TWA exhibits for the New York World's Fair, was an art director for ITT Corporation as well as a design studio serving major advertising agencies. He then launched his own design and advertising studio in Los Angeles.

Al moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia opening an art gallery, meeting, networking and marketing the work of artists and craftspeople from western Canada. During this time he continued work as a design and advertising consultant, was an instructor of Applied Design, and coordinator of the art programs of Capilano University in North Vancouver.

In Bellingham he continues his design and advertising work and assisting his wife Lynn in operating BellinghamART, a drawing and painting school.