Series of four silver images of human facial profiles on a black background

Up Close & Personal: The Body in Contemporary Art

October 30, 2021 – February 27, 2022; Lightcatcher building

Curated by Amy Chaloupka from the Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky The extended isolation of the pandemic has undeniably affected our collective consciousness, especially our heightened awareness of the body and its vulnerabilities. Sharing life “in person” once again is a celebratory moment, but also cause for self-reflection. How will we wish to operate […]

Artists x Artists

November 20, 2021 - April 10, 2022; Old City Hall

Curated by Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art As a companion show to Up Close & Personal, this exhibition explores intimate portraits of artists by artists. Some artists turn the camera on themselves or depict dear friends and colleagues in their work. Many artists are situated within their creative spaces or appear with the familiar tools […]

Black and white photo of a building on fire with smoke rising and a hillside with homes around it

The Fairhaven Hotel

November 13, 2021 - March 20, 2022; Old City Hall

Curated by Jeff Jewell, Historian and Photo Archivist In 1890, the Fairhaven Hotel embodied the posh sophistication that the booming City of Fairhaven eagerly wished to project. This was what the rising metropolis would look like! Yet, with the collapse of the economy in 1893, the hotel soon symbolized Fairhaven’s failed dreams, and worse, false promises. Modernization […]

Black and white linocut block print of a Mexican man on a three-wheeled "vaquero" motorcycle with a fox and boar animal head up front and a flag that says "Como el Coyote Libre"

Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea

March 19 - August 21, 2022; Lightcatcher building

Ideas about the American West, both in popular culture and in commonly accepted historical narratives, are often based on a past that never was, and fail to take into account important events that actually occurred. The exhibition Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea, examines the perspectives of 48 modern and contemporary artists who offer […]

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The Scene: A Timeline of Whatcom County’s Musical Past

April 2, 2022; Old City Hall

“Bellingham was coming to life in a certain way with all sorts of bands forming and all sorts of things going on.” —Ken  Stringfellow, founding member of The Posies, interviewed Dec. 23, 2019 From string bands on steamboats in the 1890s, to symphony orchestras, barbershop quartets, jazz bands, folk singers, and alternative rock groups in […]