Arts Commission

The Ferndale Arts Commission is charged with enhancing the community by advising on public art and community aesthetic enhancement.

The Arts Commission meets at 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the City Hall Main Conference Room, 2095 Main St.

The City accepts applications for boards and commissions year-round, not just when there is a vacancy. If you feel you have something to contribute, please fill out an application and send it to City Clerk Susan Duncan. You can find the application here.

Membership Requirements: Pursuant to FMC 2.30.040, Members shall be appointed upon the basis of demonstrated interest in, and knowledge and support of, the arts. At least four members of the Commission shall reside within the City limits at the time of their appointment and throughout their terms in office. Up to three members may be nonresidents who live in the Ferndale School District or whose main employment is with a business located within the Ferndale City limits.


Arts Commission Members Term Expires
Pos. 1: Barbara Ingram (Chair) June 30, 2020
Pos. 2: Colleen Harper (Secretary) June 30, 2020
Pos. 3: Loretta Sheldon (Vice Chair) June 30, 2020
Pos. 4: Kyle Deming June 30, 2020
Pos. 5: Guyan Cool June 30, 2018
Pos. 6: Vincent Dyer June 30, 2018
Pos. 7: Roger Quiggle June 30, 2018
Pos. 8: Jordyn Fassett June 30, 2018
Pos. 9: Vacant June 30, 2018



Arts Commission Seeks Design Ideas for Water Tank Mural

5/1/17 – The Ferndale Arts Commission is seeking design ideas for painting the water tank at the intersection of Vista Drive and Thornton Street. Submissions will be accepted from May 1st – June 9th at City Hall in Ferndale, with the goal of completing the painting by August 31st.

“This is a highly visible spot. We hope this mural quickly becomes a beloved Ferndale icon,” said Colleen Harper, Ferndale Arts Commissioner. “Successful design ideas will reflect a sense of Ferndale identity.”

The mural will occupy up to 10 feet by 140 feet, and will adorn the side of the water tank facing the intersection. The Ferndale Arts Commission will help facilitate the painting of the mural.

The call to artists can be found by clicking here.

The application can be found by clicking here.

Entries Now Being Accepted for the Fifth Annual Free Verse Poetry Project!!


A line or two selected from a poem is taken off the page and written in a nontraditional, unexpected way. For example, a fragment of  verse by T. S. Elliot was drawn in sugar strewn across a table. Legendary lines by William Carlos Williams were etched in mud covering a red wheelbarrow. FreeVerseCallEggs2015.jpgThe line of poetry must be in the photo when shot, not added later. 

  • Pictures must be 8″ X 10″ and mounted on standard black mounting board, or black construction paper.
  • Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. Monday,  May 1, 2017. Entries will be accepted in person: Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street, or by mail: City of Ferndale, PO Box 936, Ferndale, WA  98248. Online entries cannot be accepted.
  • Prizes will be awarded for winning entries. All entries will be displayed in participating businesses throughout Ferndale.
  • For more sample pictures and an entry form, click here.


More Information
Contact the City Clerk’s Office
Phone: (360) 685-2354
Fax: (360) 384-1163

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