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WHATCOM MUSEUM ANNOUNCES JANUARY PROGRAMS

 

Start the New Year on a Program-Filled Note

 

 

Toddler Art Exploration with Gabriel Miles
Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25, 11 AM – 12 PM
Whatcom Museum  Family Interactive Gallery, Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
$35/$25 For Museum members, Age 2 – 4 with an Adult
Toddlers, with the help of their parents and teaching artist Gabriel Miles, learn about the foundations of art through creative exploration.  During the three-session class, new hands-on projects based on works of art in the Lightcatcher galleries will be presented.  To register, contact Carrie Brooks at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (360) 778-8985.  Fees will be collected at the first class; materials included with tuition.

School’s Out! Workshops at the FIG I:  Kaleidoscope Making
Wednesday, January 11, 2 – 4 PM
Whatcom Museum  Family Interactive Gallery, Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
$5/$3 For Museum members, Ages 5+ with an Adult
*Registration Required, Space Limited
Have you ever been fascinated with the beauty of kaleidoscopes?  With the assistance of the FIG Education Team, you can make your own kaleidoscope made out of recycled materials to take home and share with your family and friends. They will be amazed at what you have created! (FIG) Register at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at the FIG. Materials included with tuition.

Guild Gathering & Program
Thursday, January 12, 9:30 AM
Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Guests Welcome
Jeff Jewell, Whatcom Museum's Photo Archivist, will give a presentation on Jack Carver and his work with slides and video.  This is to complement the current photo exhibition on display at the Lightcatcher Building. Coffee at 9:30 AM. with the program beginning at 10 AM.  Open to the public at no charge.   

Whatcom County Historical Society Program: Dreams of Gold: History of the Mount Baker Mining District
Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Thursday, January 12, 7:30 PM            
FREE
Local author Mike Impero will discuss his new book, Dreams of Gold, a history of 12 early gold mines in the Mt. Baker region. The book includes photos, newspaper articles, legal papers, court records, maps and personal interviews. Impero, a lifelong resident of Whatcom County raised near Maple Falls,  remembers characters and events of the later Mt. Baker mining days. His first book was The Lone Jack.

Bellingham Community Gospel Choir
Sunday, January 15, 2 PM
Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
$3 suggested donation/Museum members free
Come hear inspirational freedom spirituals and traditional gospel songs of the civil rights era in celebration of the birthday of prominent civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. The choir is comprised of Whatcom County residents who love to sing and especially love gospel music. Now, in its fourth season, it is directed by Pastor Jay Johnson and performs with pianist Cindy Minkler.

National Popcorn Day at the FIG
Thursday, January 19, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Whatcom Museum  Family Interactive Gallery, Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
Museum Admission/Museum Members Free
Celebrate this wacky holiday at the FIG by enjoying a free bag of popcorn in the FIG Studio and make your own popcorn art!

Brown Bag: Moon Over Vaudeville
Thursday, January 19, 12:30 PM
$3 Suggested donation/museum members free
Enjoy this presentation about 1930s vaudeville entertainment by Maureen McCabe, author of Moon Over Vaudeville. You’ll step back in time as you see vintage photographs from the book and hear about the vaudeville career of Maureen’s father, Wendall Barr. She will sign books after the presentation. For more information go to www.moonovervaudeville.com.

Thursday Travelogues: “Unceasing Wonders: Tibet and China” by Mary Jane Fraser
Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
Thursday, January 19, 7 – 9 PM
$3 Suggested Donation
Come and enjoy an armchair journey to a variety of spectacular and interesting places. Local travelers share their slides and stories as part of this Travelogue Series. No need to pre-register - just bring your curiosity! Light refreshments served. Co-sponsored by Bellingham Parks and Recreation and Whatcom Museum.

Inspired Silk Painting
Saturday, January 21, 10 AM - 4 PM
Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
$65/ $55 Museum members, includes materials
Silk painter and teacher, Janet Lehwalder, will guide participants through the silk painting process to make a scarf, banner, prayer flag or pillow. Inspired by the work of Lesley Dill, participants may incorporate words into their designs. Bring a word or poem that inspires you. Lehwalder paints on silk using fiber-reactive dyes. View her work and learn more about her classes for all ages at www.moonlightsilks.com. Class size limited to 15.  Register through Bellingham Parks & recreation at 3424 Meridian Street, or at 778-7000.

Aboriginal Art Community Project
January 24 – January 29
Whatcom Museum  Family Interactive Gallery, Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
Museum Admission/Museum members Free
Join us at the FIG as we produce art inspired by Aboriginal artists.  In honor of Australia Day, Thursday, January 26th, we will be celebrating all week long!  Wear your green and gold and say “G’day” to our own native Australian, assistant educator, Teagan Ward!

Aboriginal Art Workshop
Wednesday, January 25, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Whatcom Museum  Family Interactive Gallery, Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
$5/$3 For Museum members, Ages 5+ with an Adult
Registration Required, Space Limited
In honor of Australia Day, join artist Teagan Ward, as she leads you through the history of Australia Day and teaches you how to make your own Aboriginal artwork. Materials included with tuition.

Representing Emily Dickinson
Sunday, January 29, 2 PM
Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
$3 Suggested donation/Museum members free
Allison Giffen, associate professor of English at Western Washington University, speaks about the life and work of  Emily Dickinson and discusses the poet’s influence on contemporary visual artists.  Giffen’s specialty is 19th-century popular women writers. She has published widely and delivered papers on such writers as Ann Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Emma Lazarus, Lydia Sigourney, and Martha Finley.

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day at the FIG
Tuesday, January 31, 10 AM – 4:30 PM
Whatcom Museum  Family Interactive Gallery, Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora Street
Museum Admission/Museum Members Free
Get ready for Valentine’s Day on February 14 as we recognize the holiday with our love of art.  Whether you make an art project for someone special or appreciate the art at the Whatcom Museum, you are sure to have fun on this art-inspiring day!

LIGHTCATCHER
Wednesday - Sunday, noon-5pm;
open Thursday until 8pm; open Saturday at 10am

250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225  

Family Interactive Gallery (FIG)
Wednesday - Saturday, 10-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
 

  

OLD CITY HALL
Thursday - Sunday, noon-5pm; for select programs.
121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA  98225




PHOTO ARCHIVES
Wednesday - Friday, 1-5 pm.
201 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA 98225


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