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Pickford Film Center to Host Bellingham Children's Film Festival: April 25-27, 2014

April 10, 2014 Bellingham, WA - All over the world, filmmakers are crafting works of exhilarating imagination and creativity just for kids. Each spring, Pickford Film Center hosts the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival. Featuring a collection of animation and live action short films— the “Best of the Fest”—from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, first run independent films made for kids, and special interactive creative workshops presented with other local organizations - this year is chock full of incredible things. We have partnered with the Whatcom Museum’s Family Interactive Gallery, Play-lab, and the Bellingham Children’s Library to create a weekend of fun for the whole family!

By showcasing innovative, inspiring and fun films from around the globe, we promote delight, discussion and even debate while sparking interest in different languages and ways of life. Through creative workshops we encourage our young audience members to sharpen their critical skills and leave with a better understanding of film as one of the greatest means of storytelling ever created. Read on for the full lineup of films and details of the exciting ways people all over town are celebrating the 2014 Bellingham Children’s Film Festival!



Celebrate spring with art - Children Art Walk and Mother's Day admission special in May!


Victorian Secrets

APRIL 7, 2014 Bellingham, WA -- Saturday April 12 is the Whatcom Museum’s Victorian Secrets: A Night of Innovative Entertainment at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street. Doors open at 7 PM. 

“Last year’s was so popular we decided to make it an annual event,” said museum educator Chris Brewer, who helps coordinate the Museum’s community programs.

Trivia hounds, history buffs, Steampunk enthusiasts and cultural fun-seekers have their choice of Victorian merriment in this after-hours event exploring the era of invention with activities that include:

·       Historical trivia games

·       Museum treasure hunt

·       Old-time photo opps

·       Crafts with the Bellingham Steampunk Society

·       Raffle prizes, food and beverages

·       Purveyors of Bellingham's historic past, the Good Time Girls

·       Victorian displays by Black Market Boutique and TeraVintage

Boundary Bay suds on the premises, Victorian duds encouraged but not required. Admission is $10/$7 for Whatcom Museum members; snacks included, no-host bar.

New Show at Whatcom Museum: Repeat. New Show at Whatcom Museum

MARCH 31, 2014 Bellingham, WA --  Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol, an exhibition drawn from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, opens at the Whatcom Museum Saturday, April 19 and runs through August 17.

Featuring 140 works of art by 34 artists, Radical Repetition examines recurring imagery in art since the 1960s, which has led to unexpected stylistic transformations and reinvigorated content. Although the exhibition concentrates on prints, it also includes some extraordinary works in painting (James Lavadour) and sculpture (Jenny Holzer) that expand this theme. The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation makes its collections of post-war prints and multiples available to qualifying institutions without exhibition fees. 

and beyond" said Executive Director Patricia Leach. "I don't know if people realize just what an extraordinary opportunity Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation have presented to us, but I can tell you we're thrilled to display aspects of his amazing collection. Works from the many stellar artists represented in this show are not often seen outside major metropolitan areas."

The "radical repetition” lens through which Curator of Art Barbara Matilsky has organized the exhibition offers a fresh way to consider these modern and contemporary works, which represent both figurative and abstract art. 

"Radical Repetition is an appropriate title to describe post-World War II print and multiple making in America. We celebrate the ability of Andy Warhol, Joseph Albers, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, and others to let the viewers see not just one image, but the magical effect of multiple images both thematically and graphically," said Jordan Schnitzer.

"These images grab us and wonderfully overwhelm us by surrounding us with the artist’s message. I am building a collection that allows directors and curators to pick themes which push the curatorial envelope. Hats off and a hearty thank you to Whatcom Museum for this stunning and thought-provoking exhibition!” 

People often associate the word "repetition" with boredom. But in the hands of master artists, repetition leads to unexpected pleasures — compelling and sometimes complex images, personal and social insights, and even humor. This exhibition underscores the innovative potential of repeating imagery for a wide range of artists and approaches to art making.


Master of Northwest Coast Painting Lyle Wilson Opens March 30

March 13, 2014 Bellingham, WA --  Paint: The Painted Works of Lyle Wilson opens Sunday, March 30 at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher galleries in Bellingham. The show, which runs through July 6, celebrates Wilson’s achievements as a painter, writer and indigenous language advocate.

As one of the masters of Northwest Coast painting, Lyle Wilson builds on traditional forms to create art that is deeply personal, yet rooted in his Haisla heritage. Featuring 58 works — mainly paintings depicting aspects of the land and sea that Wilson has created over the last two decades—Paint explores stories of the Haisla people and the evolution of a unique style of art.

"We're thrilled to be the first U.S. venue to host this show," said Executive Director Patricia Leach. “I am so grateful to have been introduced to Lyle’s work by the Bill Reid Gallery Founding Director, Herb Auerbach, when Paint was on exhibition there.”


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