Also upcoming: Art Jingle and Noel Ensemble 

LYNDEN ­— The Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., opens its  2019-2020 Winter Juried Exhibit of artwork with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, for all ages. 

It’s a chance to enjoy live music in the Piano Lounge, to meet the artists and to explore all of the building’s offerings.

On the seasonal juried art exhibits, Jansen wants to showcase the artistic talent in Whatcom County and the surrounding region. Artists are invited to submit up to five pieces to be judged by a qualified jury made up of artists, curators and other figures in the arts community.

The Winter Juried Exhibit will continue through Feb. 28, including:

“Nests and Landscapes: New Work,” by Kris Ekstrand. Ekstrand is a painter and printmaker living in the Skagit Valley and working out of her studio in Edison.

  • Kaleidoscopic art, by Christen Mattix. Mattix grew up in Thailand and moved to Bellingham in 1995. Her work exists in private and public collections. Christen teaches at Western Washington University and the Jansen Art Center.
  • Trish Harding, “Separated from Normal.” Trish grew up on Lummi Island and was selected as the poster artist for the Skagit Valley International Tulip Festival in 2017. She owns a studio in Bellingham and teaches at Whatcom Community College.

Also upcoming at the Jansen Art Center:

  • Art Jingle holiday art market is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, for all ages and free.

Enjoy live Christmas music in the Piano Lounge, sales in some of the studios, a Holiday Art Market with local artists as well as gift making classes ($15 each) developed by the Kids Do Art! program. Free gift wrapping will be available in the Gallery Shop for any studio sales or shop item purchases.

Now in its 14th season, the Noel Ensemble creates a magical afternoon of music from around the world on harps, Celtic harps, strings, percussion and flute interlaced with dramatic, enchanting readings celebrating winter and Yuletide. Noel is acclaimed as a feast for the eyes and ears, with richly colored costumes and beautiful instruments for all ages to enjoy. 

The musicians are Jill Whitman and Kimberley Breilein, while the narrator is Rosemary Scott Vohs.