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Bellingham National Art Exhibition and Awards

May 31-September 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2015; Bellingham, WA--The Whatcom Museum is hosting the Bellingham National Art Exhibition and Awards, a juried exhibition featuring artworks in a variety of media, including video, photography, ceramics, mixed media, paintings and more. The exhibition at the Lightcatcher Building opens May 31st and runs through August 30, 2015. Representing artists from 16 states, including Washington, the exhibition will include 101 pieces from more than 60 artists. Juried by Scott Lawrimore, director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, the exhibition attracted more than 600 artists who submitted works to be considered. 



The Owl & the Woodpecker: Photographs by Paul Bannick


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 9, 2015; Bellingham, WA – A new exhibition at the Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, The Owl & the Woodpecker, introduces museum visitors to the most important species of owls and woodpeckers in North America. It uses spectacular photos, informative text, and evocative audio recordings to illustrate how these birds define and enrich the specific habitats on which they depend, and highlights the critical importance of conserving those habitats. The Owl & the Woodpecker, a traveling exhibit organized by the Burke Museum, Seattle, is on view at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, from May 9 through August 30, 2015. 

The Owl & the Woodpecker is based on a book of the same title by Seattle photographer and author Paul Bannick. He is known for his intimate wildlife photography, which helps to support environmental conservation efforts. His work has appeared in Audubon magazine, the National Wildlife Federation Guide to North American Birds, Smithsonian Guide to North American Birds, and in many other books, magazines, parks, and refuges in North America and Europe. 



Egan highlights Edward S. Curtis' photographic quest at April 27 presentation

March 5, 2015; Bellingham, WA--
Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan will discuss highlights of Edward S. Curtis' quest to document tribes across the nation at a free lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 27 at the Mount Baker Theatre.

The presentation is the signature event of the Whatcom Museum exhibition Mingled Visions: Images from The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis, on display through May 10, 2015.  Egan's talk will give context to the Museum's exhibition and share background on Curtis' life and work, which spanned decades and resulted in 20 published volumes of more than 40,000 images.

Egan's book, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, is a riveting biography of the famous photographer. The book is the recipient of many awards and has appeared on many bestseller lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and The Christian Science Monitor.



February 5, 2015; Bellingham, WA--A show featuring the work of Bellingham artist Tom Sherwood opens March 7 and runs through June 14 at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher galleries, 250 Flora Street in Bellingham, WA.

Sherwood — artist, philosopher, theologian, mentor, poet— is regularly described by his friends and colleagues as "a Renaissance man." That his mastery of materials and techniques define Renaissance art — egg tempera and gold leaf on wood panel, perspective and anatomy — only reinforces their view of a "man that can do all things if he will." 

Sherwood's mastery also, as Curator of Art Barbara Matilsky notes, "elevates his work to a spiritual dimension," which in turn speaks to Sherwood’s lifelong study of philosophy, theology, art history, literature and mythology. Sherwood holds a BA in English literature from William Jewell College (1958), and an MA in Theological Literary Criticism from the University of Chicago (1961), with further master’s work in philosophical theology.

Based in Bellingham since 1970, when he became Assistant Professor of interdisciplinary arts at Fairhaven College (Western Washington University), Sherwood has traveled and taught art at colleges and universities in the United States and China. Tom Sherwood: A Golden Perspective explores one distinct body of the artist's work since 1992, when he began focusing full time on his artistic productions.


DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Family Activity Day Explores Mexican Festival

October 9, 2014; Bellingham, WA-- Families are invited to explore the Mexican festival Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Saturday, October 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building.

“Around the world, this Mexican festival brings family and friends together to remember loved ones who have died,” said Museum Educator Chris Brewer. “This event celebrates life with rich traditions and heartfelt connections.” 

All ages can join in this lively day of art projects, entertainment, face painting and much more at the Whatcom Museum and Family Interactive Gallery.

Thanks to sponsorship by the Hotel Bellwether, admission is just $3 (free for Museum members).

“The Hotel Bellwether believes in the continued support of local organizations who are a positive resource for the community. We are thrilled to be a part of Whatcom Museum’s Dia de los Muertos Family Activity Day celebrating traditions, togetherness and fun!” said General Manager Jim Haupt.

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