Past Exhibitions

 

PAINT: THE PAINTED WORKS OF LYLE WILSON

March 30 - July 6, 2014

AS ONE OF THE UNDISPUTED MASTERS of Northwest Coast painting, Lyle Wilson builds on traditional forms to create an art...

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Lyle Wilson
Progressions, 2011
Acrylic on red cedar, 11" x 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Collection of the Artist

TREASURES FROM THE TRUNK: THE STORY OF J.J. DONOVAN

Through June 1, 2014

Located in Whatcom Museum Old City Hall

J. J. DONOVAN WAS A GUIDING CITIZEN in Bellingham's formative years. His life and career as a civil engineer, lumberman, railroad superintendent, progressive business man and community builder, will all be explored in an exhibition of historical photographs, artifacts and ephemera, in Old City Hall.

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J.J. Donovan Calling
In 1925, J.J. Donovan posed with chief operator Lillian Bond and Pacific Telephone & Telegraph manager Ben Reno to commemorate 35 years of telephone service on Bellingham Bay.

Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Collection
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CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONISM: SELECTIONS FROM THE IRVINE MUSEUM

November 17, 2012 — February 17, 2013

DURING THE LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH centuries, California artists produced a unique style that combined several distinctive aspects of American and European art. This style — known as California Impressionism or California plein air painting, after the French term for “in the open air”— focused on capturing the special light and color of the state’s landscape and helped to define modern landscape painting. More...

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Frank Tolles Chamberlin
Eaton Canyon, 1934; 26 x 36
Courtesy of the Irvine Museum

CLEARLY ART: THE BEAUTY OF GLASS

April 6 - September 22, 2013 extended

CLEARLY ART SHARES ITS NAME WITH ANOTHER SHOW THAT ORIGINATED AT THE WHATCOM MUSEUM TWENTY YEARS AGO titled Clearly Art: Pilchuck's Glass Legacy. Between 1992 and 1996, it traveled to a dozen museums around the country. In the twenty years since that important exhibition, the museum's collection has grown to include a number of new glass works, thanks to a gift from the Safeco collection. Clearly Art presents many of these new pieces to the public for the first time. Clearly Art is curated by Western Washington University curatorial intern Hilary Hamilton.

"Glass has the ability to reflect, refract, and diffuse light unlike any other medium," says Hamilton. "It can be diaphanous and delicate, or substantial and weighty. Clearly Art: The Beauty of Glass highlights the versatility of the medium, presenting the broad spectrum of forms and applications of studio glass, from the traditional to the radical."

           

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Ellen Ziegler
Hypnagogue 3, 2009
Glass sculpture
24" x 3" and 8" x 13"
Courtesy of the Whatcom Museum Collection
Gift of the artist


 

 

AMERICAN QUILTS: THE DEMOCRATIC ART

August 4 - October 28, 2012

EXPLORING THE GREAT VISUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY of American quilts, the show includes prime examples from a variety of regional quiltmaking traditions as well as outstanding works by Amish, Hawaiian, African-American, and Native American quiltmakers. More...

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Tom's Quilt by Jean Ray Laury
Clovis, California (1956)

 

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Exhibitions

Thu Jul 31 @ 2:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Fri Aug 01 @ 2:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Fri Aug 01 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Downtown Art Walk
Sat Aug 02 @ 1:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Sat Aug 02 @ 2:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Sun Aug 03 @ 1:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Sun Aug 03 @ 2:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Thu Aug 07 @ 2:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Fri Aug 08 @ 2:00PM -
Docent Tour: Radical Repetition
Sat Aug 09 @10:30AM - 01:00PM
DIY Alien Monsters!

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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