FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES, or to arrange interviews or obtain images please contact: 

Christina Claassen, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, (360) 778-8936



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, Tuesday, July 28, 2015--The Whatcom Museum, North Cascades Institute and North Cascades Audubon Society present author and photographer Paul Bannick for a slideshow and lecture in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall on Tues., Aug. 11, 7pm for "The Owl & the Woodpecker Revisited." Bannick brings the inter-relationships between these two birds into fresh focus with dozens of new images and stories, including many never presented before.

Bannick will share striking new images, videos and stories that provide fresh illumination to the themes of his book and the exhibit. Find out the latest discoveries since the release of his highly acclaimed book, as well as information from his newest title, Woodpeckers of North America. Doors open at 5:30pm, so come early to see Bannick’s exhibition by the same name on display in Old City Hall. The exhibition features 25-large format color photographs, exhibiting some of the most important species of owls and woodpeckers in North America. Books will be available for sale at the event. This event is co-sponsored by the North Cascades Institute and the North Cascades Audubon Society.

Tickets are $10 General admission/$5 Museum members and are on sale through August 10 at (event # 1381965) or by calling (800) 838-3006 ext. 1. You may also purchase tickets directly at Whatcom Museum reception desks. All seats are general seating. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets soon, as Paul's previous events at the museum have been sold out, standing-room-only! Come early to get the seat of your choice; doors open at 5:30pm.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 28, 2015; Bellingham, WA -- The Whatcom Museum is looking for new docents to lead tours of exhibitions, beginning this fall. Docents are volunteer educators and ambassadors for the museum, leading 50 minute tours for museum visitors in the Lightcatcher galleries. Docents research and develop informative, interactive tours to engage adult audiences in a conversation about the art on exhibit.

"Our volunteer docents contribute many hours of their time and knowledge to provide this important service to museum patrons," said Marilyn Burns, Docent Educator. "Without their valuable skills and research, the museum would not be able to provide community members with such a personal experience."


Museum docents study all aspects of art, from individual artists to artistic styles to elements and principles of art. They also conduct research, master the art of tour development, and hone their public speaking skills. Docents must commit to at least one year of service to the museum, and will prepare and lead between 10 to 20 public and private tours annually. Initial training takes about three months with once a week sessions lasting from 9 to 11:30am. Additional workshops precede each new exhibition.


In return, docents enjoy the intellectual challenge of researching and developing tours, exercising their public speaking skills, providing a valuable service to the community, and associating with a stimulating group of people who appreciate art too.


Fall training begins September 10 and concludes November 17.  New docents will begin touring the exhibition, Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall after Christmas. For more information on how to apply to become a docent, contact Marilyn Burns by August 14th at 360-778-8938 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, July 8, 2015--On Mon., April 27, 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan made a presentation and talk at the Mount Baker Theatre about his book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. His presentation complimented the Whatcom Museum's exhibition, Mingled Visions: Images from The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis (Feb. 7 - May 10, 2015). Co-sponsored by the Bellingham Public Library, the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, and Village Books, the event drew more than 1,000 people. 

For those who missed the opportunity to see Timothy Egan live at the Theatre, Bellingham's public access television station, BTV10, recorded the program. To watch the presentation, visit



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, May 21, 2015--The Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) inside the Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher building, 250 Flora Street, is planning an expansion, as well as updates to current exhibits, as we continue to integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) education into the curriculum. The Museum invites parents, teachers, artists and other adult community members to attend a design "charrette" or collaborative planning session, on Tues., June 2 from 10am-5pm in the FIG to weigh in on the change.* Community members interested in looking at the current exhibits in the FIG and sharing comments, critiques and ideas are welcome to drop in any time throughout this time frame to participate. The public is also welcome to join Museum staff for refreshments and a short presentation at 5pm in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, with FIG designer Larry Ackerley of Spaces and Experience Design firm in Seattle.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2015; Bellingham, WA -- A new reference collection of more than 500 titles focusing on art and regional history is now accessible to community members and Whatcom County researchers, thanks to a partnership between the Whatcom Museum and the Bellingham Public Library, and generous donations to the Museum. The Joyce Morse Reference Library is open by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon-3pm, at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, 250 Flora Street. Visitors can call 360-778-8938 to make an appointment.

The collection, which can be searched online through the Bellingham Public Library’s Special Collections catalog, includes general art references and art history books, with a focus on regional art and history Whatcom County history, and art and history of Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Catalogues and other publications of the Whatcom Museum are also available. The books will not circulate, but they are available to view in the Reference Library at the Lightcatcher by appointment.


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