The Lookout Arts Quarry is a space to create creative creations. We offer living and studio space year-round for artists of all disciplines. Read on to learn a bit more about what we’re all about.
The movement studio features 1,000 sq ft (22’ by 45’) linoleum-topped sprung wood dance floor, sunlight, radiant floor heating, 15’ of mirrors, two beams for aerial rigging, a piano and a stereo. This space is available and accessible 24 hrs a day (quiet hours from 11:11 pm to 8:08 am) except when booked privately (in general 0 to 4 hrs a week). The artist in residence gets 0 to 2 hrs of reserved private rehearsal time per day free of charge or additional hours at $15/hr. When not booked, the studio is shared with residents.
Through a hallway and attached to the studio is a converted shipping container with a small room (15’ x 9’) with lofted bed (with bedding), desk, chair, clothing racks, large window, lights, and door. Tent camping, car camping, trailers or otherwise may also be available.
-Yurt with piano, drums, musical instruments, reference library, and wood stove
(very slow) Wireless internet
A community tool shed provides all the rakes, shovels, saws, and left handed gloves one could need. Additional wood and metal spaces may be available by request.
Various other nooks, lookouts, balconies, stages, indoor and outdoor areas, and life sized theatre sets to get crafty in.
Artists in Residency have access to a communal kitchen with a 6 burner propane stove, cookware, limited fridge space, and food storage areas. Included in your residency is access bulk organic foods (grains, oils, spices, baking ingredients, etc). Many meals are cooked in an informal communal manner and as such artists are encouraged to share in meal responsibilities/costs etc.
Currently the LAQ is also home to 4 ducks, 12 chickens, one cat and one dog plus a whole lot of wildlife! Aside from our one long term resident dog, we have a no-dog policy. Please ask about any critter other than yourself that you are considering bringing.
In addition to being an artist in residency site, the Lookout Arts Quarry also hosts a Summer season of festivals. Currently we are home to Sh’bang: A Festival of Ideas (an immersive visual and performing arts extravaganza), Circus Campout (just like the name), Alt Blues Fusion Recess (partner dance ‘til you drop), Confusion Festival (clown contact fusion dance), and Cascadia Skillshare (permaculture land based arts). Festival programing will vary, but in general the festivals are between June and September. We will do our best to coordinate festivals and residencies accordingly.
The closest major airport is Seattle/Tacoma (SEA). Airport shuttles are available to and from Bellingham for $35 (http://www.airporter.com/). The Bolt Bus runs to and from Seattle, Bellingham and Vancouver and is generally the cheapest way to go (http://boltbus.com/). The Amtrak train is a scenic connection between these cities as well (http://amtrak.com/).
Bellingham has a smaller airport (BLI) which can surprise you with great rates, but only to limited locations.
The nearest major town is Bellingham 13 miles north. Here you can find food, laundry, bay views, and much more. There is a bus which runs to and from Bellingham which leaves a few miles south of the Quarry at the Alger Park and Ride (http://ridewta.com/route_80X). If your schedule is flexible, there is often someone coming and going from town.
Biking is also a great way to and from. The route is peaceful and direct but includes some good hills (mountains?). You’ll want a nicer bike with gears. And to be sort of tough.
Warehouse with Studio, Rooms, Kitchen
The Lake and Dock
Sh’Bang, Festival of Ideas!
Yurt for Music and Library
Karla Mi Lugo
Billy Holiday “Impersonation” Show, Balloon Portraits, Art Installations
A Little Bit Off “Bella Culpa”
Music, Storytelling, Theatre