Through May 14, The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City at the Lightcatcher Building The Historic New Orleans Collection marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with the release of the book and exhibition The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City. Traveling to the Whatcom Museum, courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection, this photo exhibition features the haunting black-and-white images of New Orleans-based photographer David G. Spielman. His photographs chronicle the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the arrested processes of rebuilding and recovery that persist in many neighborhoods. Spielman and his camera have canvassed the city since Katrina’s landfall, marking the passage of time through a slow decay of architecture and a rapid growth of plant life. His confrontation with his subjects is unflinching, and from his photographs emerge stories of neglect, renewal, and perseverance within an altered cityscape. Spielman captured the essence of hope and despair in his powerful pictures of Katrina’s devastation, and even after ten years, the recovery of the city is both amazing and incomplete. The result is this poignant portrait of rebirth and blight, perfect for an artist who’s a master of black and white. Although these photographs document a part of America that is far from the Pacific Northwest, it is a reminder that we are all affected by natural disasters. The effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes are a concern to us in the Northwest and we hope this exhibition will help people consider the importance of disaster preparedness.
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Feb 4 to May 28, Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots at the Lightcatcher Building Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots is an exhibition that explores the development of Chicana/o art, from its beginnings in Mexican art of the early 1900s, to the Chicana/o movement of the 1960s and ’70s, to its relevance today. Images of Resilience reflects how Chicana/o art has been a part of community building, history making, and cultural citizenship for Mexican-Americans and Chicana/os. The exhibition will feature artwork focusing on Mexican art trends in the early twentieth century, as well as artworks that arose from the Chicana/o civil rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s. Post-revolution Mexican art is typified by a shift from European academic styles to what we consider traditional Mexican art today, including illustrations of skeletons, or calaveras.
The exhibition features work from Los Tres Grandes—Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siquieros, and Jose Clemente Orozco, three internationally prominent artists originally hired by the Mexican government in the 1920s to create identifiably Mexican art. This new style emphasized their cultural roots with a respect for non-Spanish traditions and instilled a patriotic pride in the Mexican people. The Chicana/o movement of the ’60s and ’70s grew from a cultural reclamation and struggle for social justice. Drawing on styles created post-revolution, this era of Chicana/o art deals with rural themes—agriculture, religious holidays, folk heritage—and the new urbanized lives that the Mexican-Americans were living, shown through pop culture, cars, and Hollywood iconography.Find out more
Emerging Nature: Paintings by Mike Bathum Mike Bathum’s painting style has transformed over the course of four decades. He paints tight, up close themes, preferring an intimate association with objects. Bathum describes his paintings as expressing “a dichotomy of objects and their relation to the natural world balanced within a fabricated existence.” Emerging Nature showcases Bathum’s recent works, in which he engages with the refined detail of wood surfaces: their color, patterns, texture and abstract natural designs. Wood is utilized as an active background in contrast with natural and man-made objects in the foreground such as leaves, flowers, shells, butterflies, pebbles, fruits and vegetables, presented in a trompe-l’oeil style. Bathum paints using acrylics on heavy rag content printers paper. The color is fresh, the technique spontaneous, and the adhering quality to paper is long-lasting.Find out more
March 7 – May 8, “Migrations” and “I’ve Got Rhythm” by Mira Kamada at Bellingham City Hall The "Rhythm" series uses colorful circles on a grid, based on musical patterns (oil and acrylics on canvas). "Migrations" is inspired by microscopic cellular forms.Find out more
March 18 – May 31, Focus on 50: Whatcom Community College at the Old City Hall From the beginning of its 50-year history, Whatcom Community College (WCC) has been recognized as an innovator. Talk to people who worked at the College in the early days (when the college offered classes at a hodgepodge of buildings throughout the county) and you’ll hear some unbelievable stories. But the College, and its graduates, thrived. Today, Whatcom is regarded as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. This exhibition will engage visitors with “groovy” WCC memorabilia, recorded memories and opportunities for guests to share their own Whatcom stories. Join us as we showcase how WCC helps graduates to transform their lives and our community to thrive. Learn more at whatcom.edu/50.Find out more
April 4 – May 2, Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing at the Bellingham Arts Metal Guild Learn basic jewelry fabrication techniques including: annealing, sawing, piercing, filing, texturing, soldering, forming, polishing and cold connections using non-ferrous metals. You will use BMAG's jewelry tools and equipment, in a safe, supportive, creative environment and you can expect to finish two interesting pieces using these basic skills. No experience necessary! Adults only. Instructor: Judith Gauthier.Find out more
Dear Parents of budding artists,
During the month of May, Fourth Corner Frames will be participating in the annual Downtown Bellingham’s Children’s Art Walk with a show called “From Refrigerator to Wall”. The gallery will be showcasing children’s original artwork that has been custom framed at our gallery. Your child’s framed art will be displayed in our gallery show for the entire month of May 2017 to be enjoyed by family, friends, and visitors to FCF. Each artist will receive a certificate of participation, with their name that can be attached to the back of the framed artwork. The first 30 show participants will receive a 30% discount off one complete “kid’s art” custom frame. Art must be submitted before April 10th to be included in the show.
We are located at 311 W Holly St, in Old Town Bellingham (across from Rocket Donuts). For additional information please call 360-734-1340, or visit our website: www.fourthcornerframes.com. You can email us at [email protected]Find out more
Transport your family to a luxe movie palace of yesteryear, featuring famous films and a live orchestra of sound from MBT’s pipe organ.
The universal themes of the fight against oppression and spiritual redemption are the source of Ben-Hur‘s continued appeal. Condemned to a lifetime of slavery by Roman officers, the son of a wealthy Jewish family embarks on an epic quest to reclaim his family and freedom, rising from lowly ship slave to champion charioteer. The film cost 20 times the average MGM release in 1925 and featured an infamous chariot race scene—the product of 200,000 feet of film from 42 cameras, this death-defying sequence is still a thrilling theatre experience today.
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“[Dennis] James masterfully recreates the musical scores with which these early films were meant to be seen. The Mount Baker Theater, which opened in 1927, is one of the last of the Grand Silent Movie Palaces built in the Pacific Northwest and, as such, is the perfect setting for James’ performances and showing of these films.” -Scot Casey, What’s Up Magazine
Ragfinery, Bellingham’s nucleus of creative textile reuse, announces its much anticipated runway “challenge” and seeks artists to participate. This year’s theme, Cirque du Couture, offers innovative artists, designers, seamstresses, and other creative types a fantastical inspiration from which to springboard designs. Entries due May 15Find out more
Pack For: An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book. Absorbing acting and storytelling. Identification with likable but flawed characters who grow and change.
Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to Band-Aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about!
Core Audience: Grades K-5
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