El Zodiaco Familiar

June 19 – October 24, 2021; Lightcatcher building

Exhibition by George Rodriguez Ceramic artist and sculptor George Rodriguez embarks on a collaborative iteration of the Chinese Zodiac. In an homage to its origins in Chinese folklore, Rodriguez has reimagined the classic zodiac animals as analogous creatures of Mexican origin, bridging cultures and creating new narratives. El Zodiaco Familiar—the fifth iteration of Rodriguez’s Mexican […]


Detail shot of dress with lace

Silk for Suffragettes and Schoolchildren: The Impact of Kimono on European and American Design Practices, c. 1890-1930

May 29 – August 29, 2021; Old City Hall

Curated by Julia Sapin, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Western Washington University Americans and Europeans were crazy for kimono, and garments based on kimono, beginning in mid-nineteenth century, including fashionistas in Whatcom County. This exhibition focuses on kimono-inspired objects that have come into the Whatcom Museum’s collection over the last fifty years. Primarily from Bellingham […]

white, gold, brown, and white historic heeled shoes with beads and lace

All Dressed Up

May 29 - October 31, 2021; Old City Hall

Curated by Maria Coltharp, Collections Curator When one thinks about the Whatcom Museum collections, many things may come to mind: The John M. Edson Hall of Birds, the contemporary masterpieces in the art collection, the Photo Archives, or the treasures in the history collection. Perhaps lesser known is the incredible clothing collection that includes hundreds […]

Photo of band performing

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

Summer 2021; 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 […]