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Orca Tokitae Totem Stops at the Whatcom Museum on its Journey Home to Lummi Nation

Lummi Nation carver Jewell James carved the Tokitae orca totem, which has journeyed across the country to urge for Tokitae’s return to her Salish Sea home.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2019; Bellingham, WA—The Whatcom Museum will host the Lummi Nation’s Orca Tokitae totem pole on Thurs., June 13, 6-8:00 pm at Old City Hall, as it journeys back home after traveling across the country. Making stops along the West Coast, hundreds will gather at various venues in support of the Lummi Nation’s mission to bring their beloved Orca Tokitae back to her native waters and family in the Salish Sea. Tokitae is the last surviving orca whale taken from the Salish Sea 40 years ago and remains in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium. The Totem Pole Journey from Miami to Seattle calls on the Seaquarium to take action now in planning the release of Tokitae to the Lummi Nation, and for all people to make a commitment to restore and protect Tokitae’s family and the home she knows as the Salish Sea.

The Tokitae totem will be parked outside of Old City Hall on 121 Prospect Street for the community to see. Beginning at 6:00 pm, guest speakers, including the Whatcom Museum’s Executive Director Patricia Leach, Mayor Kelli Linville, and Representatives Debra Lekanoff (42nd District Washington State Legislature) and Sharon Shewmake (40th District Washington State Legislature) will share the importance of this journey. Lummi House of Tears carvers Jewell James and Doug James will speak and share a song, and Lummi Council Member Fredrick Lane will emcee. Additional performances by Lummi student poet Duran Jefferson, poet Rachael Andersen, singer songwriter Dana Lyons, and singer Julie Trimingham will be included. At the event, the Lummi will announce a new name for Tokitae in a centuries-old tradition. The evening will end with a procession outside of Old City Hall to the totem pole for a blessing offered by local faith leaders.

What: A free homecoming event in support of Lummi Nation’s Totem Pole Journey to call for the return of their beloved Orca Tokitae, and a call for a commitment to restore and protect her family and the Salish Sea they call home.

When: Thurs., June 13, 6 – 8:00 PM

Where: Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Participating Speakers & Performers:

Patricia Leach, Whatcom Museum Executive Director or Elizabeth Joffrion, Whatcom Museum Foundation Board President

Lummi Council Member Fredrick Lane

City of Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville

Rep. Sharon Shewmake, 40th District Washington State Legislature

Rep. Debra Lekanoff, 42nd District Washington State Legislature

Lummi House of Tears Master Carver Jewell James

Lummi House of Tears Carver Doug James

Lummi Nation Student Poet Duran Jefferson

Poet Rachael Andersen

Singer-Songwriter Dana Lyons

Singer Julie Trimingham

Voices for the Salish Sea

Rev. Charis Weathers (Echoes Lutheran),

Rev. Paul Beckel (Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship),

Rev. Jaco Ten Hove (Unitarian Universalist)

More Information:

Our Sacred Sea website: https://sacredsea.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/413378632727205/

https://www.facebook.com/totempolejourney/



Whatcom Museum Foundation Board of Trustees, Museum Advocates, and Museum Docents Recognized at Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2019; Bellingham, WA—Mayor Kelli Linville will honor the Whatcom Museum Foundation Board of Trustees, the Museum Advocates, and the Museum Docents tonight, Wednesday, May 15, at the 40th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. The event will take place at the Mount Baker Theatre in the Walton Theatre beginning with a short reception at 5:30pm followed by an awards ceremony at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards honors local artists, organizations, and performances that have significantly contributed to the arts in the community. Award winners are chosen based on nominations submitted by community members.

The Whatcom Museum is proud to have its volunteer groups recognized for their contributions to the arts in Bellingham. The volunteer Board of Trustees, Museum Advocates, and Museum Docents contribute countless hours of service to the Museum’s diverse visitor base, through public programs, as well as behind-the-scenes activities. The Museum is grateful to those who volunteer their time and talent to the organization.

The Whatcom Museum Foundation Board of Trustees is comprised of seventeen volunteer members who serve three-year terms. Board members support the Museum by setting governing policies and overseeing operations of the organization. The Whatcom Museum Advocates (formerly known as the Guild) are a long-standing volunteer group, founded in 1968, who support the Museum in its mission through volunteer service, fundraising, and outreach, while providing social opportunities, community, and fellowship. The Whatcom Museum Docents are volunteer educators and ambassadors for the Museum, committed to making art, history, ethnography, and natural history accessible and enjoyable to the Museum’s diverse audiences through multiple weekly public and private tours of current exhibitions.

For more information about the Mayor’s Arts Awards visit https://www.cob.org/news/Pages/features/Mayor-annouces-Mayors-Arts-Award-recipients.aspx.



Bellingham National 2019 Juried Art Exhibition and Awards People’s Choice Award Winner Announced

Patti Bowman; Wave I, 2016; Encaustic on panel; 36 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2019, Bellingham, WA—The Whatcom Museum is pleased to announce the People’s Choice award winner for the exhibition Bellingham National 2019 Juried Art Exhibition and Awards. Artist Patti Bowman from Seattle, Wash., was chosen as the winning artist for her encaustic painting on panel entitled, Wave I. Bowman will receive a $500 cash award.

In Bowman’s artist statement she reflects on her work: “Staring at the ocean will wash your soul. It is the beginning of the world and the place that we all come from. The shore is a place where evolution can still be watched in real time, occurring in the same way it always did. Looking up and down the beach gives some sense of the scale and humility of that process, a non-linear unfolding in which there is no forwards, no backwards, no progress, no ‘better,’ no ‘good.’ Only constant shifting…Standing at the edge of the ocean helps bring me to the indifferent, non-linear, non-rational essence of the natural world, and I like it there.”

Bellingham National, which highlights the theme of “Water’s Edge: Landscapes for Today,” features two-dimensional landscape art. The artworks range from traditional interpretations of the observed landscape to the metaphoric and spiritual manifestations of the landscape through image, language, and mapping of our response to nature and the world. Fifty-seven artists from across the United States were chosen by guest juror Bruce Guenther, Adjunct Curator for Special Exhibitions at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

The “Juror’s Choice” awards were announced during the exhibition opening on Fri., Feb. 1 at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building. Bowman was awarded the third place Juror’s Choice award, receiving a $500 prize. The first-place prize of $2,000 was awarded to Philip Govedare for his oil on canvas, “Artifact.” The second-place prize of $1,000 was awarded to Natalie Niblack for her oil on canvas, “Watershed.”

Bellingham National features artwork that spans a broad range of media, from watercolor to oil painting, photography to collage and fiber art, as well as various styles of working from hyperrealism to abstraction. The exhibition closes Sun., May 19. Learn more at www.whatcommuseum.org/ exhibition/bellingham-national-2019/



Whatcom Museum Hosts Variety of Modern Quilting Workshops and Programs for Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century

Nationally renowned modern quilter, Luke Haynes, will lead a workshop, “Clothes to Quilts,” July 13, 2019 at the Lightcatcher Studio.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2019; Bellingham, WA—The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash., is offering a variety of exciting workshops and programs as part of the upcoming exhibition, Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century, which will be on exhibit June 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019 at the Museum’s Lightcatcher building. Co-presented by the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum of La Conner, the related programming will offer opportunities for hands-on design and sewing, unique perspectives from quilters and conversations about current trends in modern quilting.

The Museum will host a panel of male modern quilters on June 8 for a discussion about “Material Men,” highlighting the work of emerging and innovative male quiltmakers. On July 13 and 14, nationally renowned modern quilt artist Luke Haynes, whose work is featured in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the American Folk Art Museum and the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will offer a hands-on workshop, “Clothes to Quilts,” using recycled clothing and modern techniques. Haynes will also give a lecture about “Artquilttexture,” sharing his career as an “architect-quilter.”

On July 27 and 28, Northwest fiber artist Marla Varner will give a lecture, “Modern with a Hint of Vintage,” describing how her quilts evolved from traditional designs to a modern aesthetic. She will also lead an introduction to hand quilting workshop that will focus on modern designs. More information about these workshops and programs, including registration, can be found at www.whatcommuseum.org/learn-2/calendar/ or at www.qfamuseum.org/workshops.html.

Modern Quilter Marla Varner will lead a workshop, “Hand Quilting Intro and Inspiration,” July 28, 2019 at the Lightcatcher Studio.

About Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century
Visitors will experience the power of modern quilting in this exhibition of 63 innovative and inspiring quilts that represent the best of the past decade. Curated by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG), the exhibition offers the opportunity to learn the history of modern quilting from its earliest roots to its influence today within the arts community. In addition to the unique display of quilts, the Museum will also feature a variety of hands-on activities inside the gallery for visitors of all ages. Workshops, lectures and other featured events will provide opportunities for Museum visitors to connect more deeply to the exhibition, and to learn about the modern twist to this ancient craft.

Modern Quilts is curated by Riane Menardi Morrison, Alissa Haight Carlton and Heather Grant of MQG and features quilts from the United States, Canada, Australia, Norway and Germany. Learn more at www.whatcommuseum.org/exhibition/modern-quilts/. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, Mary Summerfield & Mike O’Neal, the City of Bellingham, the Whatcom Museum Foundation and the Whatcom Museum Advocates.

About the Modern Quilt Guild:
The Modern Quilt Guild is a nonprofit organization reaching nearly 15,000 quilters across six continents, in 39 countries. The Guild’s mission is to support the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education and community. Learn more at www.themodernquiltguild.com.

About the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum:
Located at 703 North 2nd Street in La Conner, Wash., the mission of the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum is to present exhibitions and educational programs in all fiber arts that enrich and inspire, honor cultural traditions and celebrate the creative spirit. Its collection focuses on the textiles of the Pacific Rim that both exemplify tradition and reflect contemporary trends. The collection serves both exhibition and educational purposes, and ensures its preservation for future artists, enthusiasts and students. Find out more at www.qfamuseum.org/. Members of the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum can receive free entry into the Modern Quilts exhibition and related lectures, as well as member discounts for quilt-related workshops. These discounts will be applied by presenting their current membership card at the front admission desks at the Lightcatcher building and Old City Hall. Whatcom Museum members can receive free entry into the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum between June 1 – August 25 by showing their current membership card to the admissions desk.



Set Sail with the Museum’s 36th Annual History Sunset Cruises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, May 1, 2019—The Whatcom Museum is excited to offer the 36th annual History Sunset Cruises this summer along Bellingham Bay. Partnering again with San Juan Cruises for tour operation, the weekly cruises, which sail the last week of June, July, August, and the first week of September, will be offered on Tuesday evenings and will depart from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven.

Starting Tuesday, June 25, and continuing each Tuesday through September 3, the Whatcom Museum’s popular summer cruises will take locals and visitors aboard the 100-foot Victoria Star tour boat. Participants get great close-up views of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay, with Bellingham historians Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher serving as tour guides. They will tie their knowledge of local history with up-to-date facts about bayside activities. Their narrative of history, trivia, and current events makes cruise guests feel they are becoming experts on their community, and gives new understanding of the area to both locals and visitors.

“It feels like summer is coming earlier each year, so we are excited to get outside beginning this June to enjoy the history of this beautiful region while cruising along the bay,” said Patricia Leach, Executive Director of the Whatcom Museum.

The Victoria Star leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven, boarding at 6:15pm, with a prompt 6:30pm sailing, and an 8:30pm return. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails for purchase. Restrooms are available on board. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic) for a picnic-style dinner while cruising.

Tickets go on sale May 1st and are $30 for Museum members and $35 general. A group rate of $28 per person is available for blocks of 12 or more tickets when purchased together. Purchase through www.BrownPaperTickets/event/4191750, by calling 800/838.3006 ext. 1, or in-person at the Museum Store located at 250 Flora St. Bellingham, WA 98225. Proceeds from the History Sunset Cruise benefit Whatcom Museum exhibitions and educational programs. For more information about the history cruises visit www.whatcommuseum.org/history-sunset-cruise.

San Juan Cruises is located at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Suite 104, Bellingham WA 98225. The Port of Bellingham charges $0.50/hour for parking, in the large lot with numbered spaces about 30 yards in front of the terminal building. Overnight parking is $6/day. There is free parking for up to 2 hours in front of the terminal. To learn more about San Juan Cruises visit Whales.com.



Modern Quilts Exhibition Travels to Whatcom Museum this Summer

Made by Nydia Kehnle, quilted by Gina Pina; Tessellation 4, 2015; 48 × 60 in. Courtesy of the Modern Quilt Guild.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2019; Bellingham, WA—Experience the power of modern quilting in an exhibition of 60 innovative and inspiring quilts that represent the best of the past decade. “Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century” is on exhibit June 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019 at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building in Bellingham, Wash. The show is curated by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) and offers the opportunity to learn the history of modern quilting from its earliest roots to its influence today within the arts community.

“This exhibition is important because it shows not only the influence of the historic tradition of quilting, but it also shows how modern quilters are breaking new ground and continue to create a new aesthetic,” said Patricia Leach, Executive Director of the Whatcom Museum. “These are not your grandmother’s quilts.”

Kim Eichler-Messmer; Barn (Remnant), 2013; 72 × 88 in. Courtesy of the Modern Quilt Guild.

In addition to the unique display of quilts, the Museum will also feature a variety of hands-on activities inside the gallery for visitors of all ages. Workshops, lectures, and other featured events will provide opportunities for Museum visitors to connect more deeply to the exhibition, and to learn about the modern twist to this ancient craft.

“We are thrilled to share this exhibit with the Whatcom Museum,” says Heather Grant, director of marketing and programming for MQG. “This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see some of the best modern quilts being made today.”

Modern quilts express today’s aesthetic through a generations-old traditional craft, embracing modern design while honoring the past. Over several decades, modern quilts have evolved into their own unique branch of quilting. From the graphic work of Amish quilters to the legendary quilts of Gee’s Bend, modern quilts have been influenced by many hands and voices. Today they embody the best of functional art and design, featuring graphic color palettes, bold design elements, expansive negative space, and alternate gridwork while maintaining traditional quilt construction: three layers bound together by quilting.

“Modern Quilts” is curated by Riane Menardi Morrison, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant of MQG and features quilts from the United States, Canada, Australia, Norway, and Germany. Learn more at www.whatcommuseum.org/exhibition/modern-quilts/

About the Modern Quilt Guild:
The Modern Quilt Guild is a nonprofit organization reaching nearly 15,000 quilters across six continents, in 39 countries. The Guild’s mission is to support the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community. Learn more at www.themodernquiltguild.com.



Bellingham National 2019 Juror Announces Top Three Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2019; Bellingham, WA— Guest Juror Bruce Guenther announced the top three “Juror’s Choice” award winners at the Whatcom Museum’s opening reception of Bellingham National 2019 Juried Art Exhibition and Awards on Fri., Feb. 1, 2019. The first place prize of $2,000 was awarded to Philip Govedare for his oil on canvas, “Artifact.” The second place prize of $1,000 was awarded to Natalie Niblack for her oil on canvas, “Watershed.” The third place prize of $500 was awarded to Patti Bowman for her encaustic on panel, “Wave 1.”

The exhibition opened to the public on Sat., Feb. 2 at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building. The theme of this exhibition is Water’s Edge: Landscapes for Today and will be showing through May 19, 2019. 

Bellingham National features artwork that spans a broad range of media, from watercolor to oil painting, photography to collage and fiber art, as well as various styles of working from hyperrealism to abstraction. Fifty-seven artists from across the United States were chosen by guest juror Bruce Guenther, Adjunct Curator for Special Exhibitions at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. In addition to the Juror’s Choice Award, visitors have an opportunity to have their voices heard through a “People’s Choice” award of $500, to be announced the last week of the exhibition. 

 

About Bruce Guenther: Art historian and independent curator Bruce Guenther is currently serving as Adjunct Curator for Special Exhibitions at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. A specialist in post-war American and European Art, Guenther was the Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, until his retirement in 2014. Previously he was the Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, and head of the Modern Art Program at the Seattle Art Museum, Washington. He has curated major monographic and thematic exhibitions internationally, and authored numerous books and exhibition catalogues.

 


Whatcom Museum Welcomes New Education and Curatorial Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019; Bellingham, WA—The Whatcom Museum is pleased to announce the addition of four new staff members. In the fall, the Museum hired Sarah Hart as the Education and Engagement Manager, Drew Whatley as the Museum Educator and Cyndi O’Brien as the Family Interactive Gallery Educator and Floor Supervisor. Joining the Museum staff this January is Amy Chaloupka as Curator of Art.

Education and Engagement Manager Sarah Hart helps remove vinyl lettering from an exhibit wall.

The new staff members bring a broad range of art, history and educational backgrounds, important for the Museum’s multi-disciplinary programs and exhibitions. Their expertise and professionalism will support the Museum’s mission of providing interactive and engaging experiences about art, nature and Northwest history to people of all ages.

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sarah Hart graduated from the University of Denver with a Master in Curriculum and Instruction and has worked both in schools and museums. She was most recently the Coordinator of Tour Programs at the Denver Art Museum. Hart said, “I am devoted to creating engaging and thoughtful programming for learners of all ages and am excited about the new opportunities the Whatcom Museum presents to be innovative, daring and creative. I am also so happy to be in Bellingham and invigorated by Whatcom County and the surrounding areas.”

Drew Whatley joins the Museum from Orange, Texas, where he had been working as an Educator for Public History at the Stark Foundation. Whatley has a Bachelor of Art in History with a minor in Classics, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. With a background in both history and teaching, he designs programs, leads field trips and enjoys making history come alive for people of all ages. Whatley’s excited about learning the cultures and unique history of this area while considering new and innovative ways to share that information with both children and adults.

Cyndi O’Brien has an extensive background in environmental education and has spent many years teaching outdoor nature school and wilderness living skills to people of all ages, from preschool children to adults. Most recently she was an educational consultant and lead educator with the Fidalgo Nature School. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education and said she is “delighted to work in a place where she can combine her passions for art, education and nature.”

“We are delighted to build our Museum’s educational impact with such an experienced group of museum professionals,” said Executive Director Patricia Leach. “Their skills will result in wonderful offering for our community.”

In addition to the new education team members, the Museum hired a new Curator of Art, Amy Chaloupka. A familiar name to the organization, Chaloupka guest-curated the exhibition Colorfast: Vivid Installations Make Their Mark for the Whatcom Museum in 2016. The exhibition featured large-scale installations created by four artists. Chaloupka’s careful planning, research and conceptualization of the exhibition were integral to the success of the show.

Chaloupka has more than 10 years of experience curating in museum settings, taking complex and creative exhibition concepts and transforming them into dynamic and approachable experiences for diverse audiences. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Western Washington University and a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has exhibited widely and created several public works, including permanent installations in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Chicago, Illinois and Madison, Wisconsin.

“The Museum is thrilled to bring on board such a talented, creative and thoughtful curator of art with a stellar reputation,” said Leach. “It is wonderful that our museum staff had already worked with Amy previously for the Colorfast exhibition.”

Chaloupka serves on the Arts Commission for the City of Bellingham, lectures and teaches within the Art and Art History Department at Western Washington University and curates museum exhibitions, most recently: Crossover: Cruce de Vias, at the Western Gallery at Western Washington University in 2015 and Nek Chand: The World in A Garden at the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 2017. She is also an independent curator for Kloop Studios, a design and curatorial consultancy based in Bellingham. Her most recent project has been leading the design of two permanent collection exhibition spaces for the Kohler Arts Center’s new Art Preserve building, slated to open in the Fall of 2020.

Of her new position at the Whatcom Museum, Chaloupka said, “I could not be more excited to hit the ground running and carry forth the Museum’s mission to develop dynamic and interactive programming related to our cultural, natural and historical landscapes. I am passionate about making art accessible and inclusive to the broadest audiences possible and provide opportunities for thoughtful conversation and increased understanding for one another. I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with my new colleagues and connect with our community in this way through the arts.” The Whatcom Museum takes a multi-pronged approach to developing and displaying exhibitions. The process from exhibit proposal to installation to take-down involve a variety of people, from the director of exhibitions to the curator of art to the exhibition committee to the executive director. The Museum presents art and history exhibitions that are curated in-house, guest-curated or traveling from other museums and organizations. This approach allows for a broad variety of perspectives, artwork and stories to be shared. Chaloupka will be an integral member of the exhibition team, both curating exhibitions, as well as providing critical support to traveling and guest-curated exhibitions.



Winter Exhibitions Feature Washington’s World War II History and Artists’ Responses to Landscape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2, 2019; Bellingham, WA—The Whatcom Museum will be hosting two exhibitions at the Museum campus this winter: Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom. at Old City Hall, January 19 – April 14, 2019 and Bellingham National 2019: Water’s Edge on exhibit at the Lightcatcher building February 2 – May 19, 2019. While these are two very different exhibitions, they provide visitors with experiences in Northwest history, as well as a view of contemporary artists’ engagement with the natural landscape, both paramount to the Museum’s mission-based exhibitions.

Washington Remembers WWII: Their Sacrifice. Our Freedom.

Before they liberated concentration camps or freed countries from tyranny, men and women in uniform fought enemy forces everywhere — in factories on the Washington home front and on beaches abroad. They braved the unknown, lived through the unthinkable, and changed who we are. Washington Remembers WWII features emotion-packed stories documenting the personal experiences of men and women from Washington State who fought for freedom on the battlefield and on the home-front.

This Legacy Washington exhibit was created through the Office of the Secretary of State to honor the tens of thousands of Washingtonians who served in the war. “The profiles allow World War II veterans a chance to share stories that haven’t been told. The time to hear their stories is now. Every three minutes in this country, we lose a World War II veteran. These heroes offer first-hand accounts of the war, a personal perspective to history, that we can’t afford to lose,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

In addition to the Legacy stories, the exhibit will highlight a variety of World War II artifacts, documents, and historic photographs from the Whatcom Museum’s collection, bringing a localized perspective into the narrative. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum’s Old City Hall building.

Bellingham National 2019: Water’s Edge—Landscapes for Today

The Whatcom Museum presents the third biennial Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards, Water’s Edge: Landscapes for Today, at the Lightcatcher building. Juried by Bruce Guenther, Adjunct Curator for Special Exhibitions at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Bellingham National 2019 will feature the work of 59 artists from across the United States. Guenther describes the exhibition as, “An effort through the jury pool at representing the investigation of contemporary art practices which address our collective understandings of the Earth, climate change, and the evolving relationships of humanity to Nature. The works range from traditional interpretations of the observed landscape to the metaphoric and spiritual manifestations of landscape through image, color, language, and the mapping of our felt responses to Nature and the world.”

Selected artworks span a broad range of media, from watercolor to oil painting, photography to collage and fiber art; and styles of working from hyperrealism to abstraction. The works selected by Guenther reflect the artists’ myriad responses to both natural or man-made landscape forms. Artists featured in the exhibition come from across the country, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

A members’ reception for Bellingham National 2019 Juried Art Exhibition and Awards will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Lightcatcher building. Three artists, chosen by Guenther, will receive cash awards of $2,000, $1,000, and $500 during the opening celebration. Visitors will have an opportunity to have their voices heard through a popular choice award of $500, which will be announced the last week of the exhibition. About Bruce Guenther: Art historian and independent curator Bruce Guenther is currently serving as Adjunct Curator for Special Exhibitions at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. A specialist in post-war American and European Art, Guenther was the Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, until his retirement in 2014. Previously he was the Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, and head of the Modern Art Program at the Seattle Art Museum, Washington. He has curated major monographic and thematic exhibitions internationally and authored numerous books and exhibition catalogues.



HISTORY SUNSET CRUISES SET SAIL THIS SUMMER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bellingham, WA, May 1, 2018—The Whatcom Museum is excited to offer the 35th annual History Sunset Cruises this summer. Due to the popularity of last year’s sailings, the Museum is also chartering two additional cruises this year. Partnering again with San Juan Cruises for tour operation, the weekly cruises, which will sail in July, August, and the first two weeks of September, will be offered on Tuesday evenings and will depart from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven.

Starting Tuesday, July 10, and continuing each Tuesday through September 11, the Whatcom Museum’s popular summer cruises will take locals and visitors aboard the 100-foot Victoria Star tour boat. Participants get great close-up views of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay, with Bellingham historians Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher serving as tour guides. They will tie their knowledge of local history with up-to-date facts about bayside activities. Their narrative of history, trivia, and current events makes cruise guests feel they are becoming experts on their community, and gives new understanding of the area to both locals and visitors.

“It’s amazing that after 35 years, the history cruise continues to grow,” said Patricia Leach, Executive Director of the Whatcom Museum. “It has become a popular tradition for our community to take family and friends on the cruise during the summer months as a fun way to entertain.”

The Victoria Star leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Restrooms are available on board. Guests are welcome to bring dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic) for a picnic-style dinner while cruising. Each sailing boards at 6:15pm, with a prompt 6:30pm sailing, and an 8:30pm return.

Tickets go on sale May 1st and are $35 general; $30 for Museum members; $28 per person for groups of 8 or more people (registered together). Purchase through BrownPaperTickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3380820, by calling 800/838.3006 ext. 1, or in-person at the Museum Store located at 250 Flora St. Bellingham, WA 98225. Proceeds benefit Whatcom Museum exhibitions and educational programs. For more information about the history cruises visit www.whatcommuseum.org/history-sunset-cruise.

San Juan Cruises is located at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Suite 104, Bellingham WA 98225. The Port of Bellingham charges $0.50/hour for parking, in the large lot with numbered spaces about 30 yards in front of the terminal building. Overnight parking is $6/day. There is free parking for up to 2 hours in front of the terminal. To learn more about San Juan Cruises visit Whales.com.