Lindsey Gerhard

Jansen Art Director Lindsey Gerhard is also Fleetwood Smack, a member of the Bellingham Roller Betties. (Courtesy photo)

LYNDEN — As arts director of the Jansen Art Center, Lindsey Gerhard’s primary duty is to “support the programming of all of our talented art studios and develop new community-focused programs to help the J fulfill our mission of creating opportunities for the community to engage in the arts.”

Although Gerhard has been at the Jansen Art Center for almost a year, she has spent the past 10 years working with arts organizations and non-profits in Whatcom County. 

Before working at the J, Gerhard worked several years at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham.

What does she like most about her job?

“I love how art is so multi-faceted,” Gerhard said recently. “There are so many different ways to get involved and experience art at the J, from music to ceramics to exhibits, it is always fresh and ever changing. Such a bright, dynamic environment.”

Growing up, Gerhard wanted to be a vet.

“I loved the books of James Herriot as a kid,” she said.

Lynden Tribune: What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Lindsey Gerhard: You can find me roller skating around Zuanich park in the summertime, and with the Bellingham Roller Betties as my alter ego Fleetwood Smack. 

Tribune: Which around-the-house task is your least favorite?

Gerhard: Dishes. Though I am grateful to have food to prepare and people to cook and eat with, I can’t stand washing up.

Tribune: What is your favorite food?

Gerhard: Gummy Bears.

Tribune: What music do you have in your vehicle right now?

Gerhard: Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska.

Tribune: What is your favorite sports team?

Gerhard: Bellingham Roller Betties, of course!

Tribune: What’s the biggest thing on your bucket list?

Gerhard: I would love to have a thriving garden full of edible crops and flowers, attracting bees and birds of all kinds. Every year I get a little bit closer.

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