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Whatcom Museum - Lightcatcher


address  250 Flora St.
 Bellingham, WA  98225
neighborhood Downtown
phone (360) 778-8930
hours Tue.-Sun. noon-5 pm
general adm Donations accepted
www.whatcommuseum.org/

Upcoming Events

FIG Art & Interactive Studio

Children's Arts/Crafts
Children and their guardians/parents are invited to explore an assortment of craft-making materials to paint, color, cut, draw, or sculpt an imaginative work of art. For an added sensory experience, dig your hands into our sea creature sandbox.
Art;Children's Art;Kids' Art
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: All ages
Price: $5-10
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org
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Schedule
 • Wed 6/28/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 6/29/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 6/30/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 7/1/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 7/5/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 7/6/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 7/7/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 7/8/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 7/12/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 7/13/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 7/14/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 7/15/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 7/19/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 7/20/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 7/21/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 7/22/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 7/26/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 7/27/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 7/28/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 7/29/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 8/2/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 8/3/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 8/4/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 8/5/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 8/9/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 8/10/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 8/11/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 8/12/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 8/16/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 8/17/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 8/18/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 8/19/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 8/23/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 8/24/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Fri 8/25/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Sat 8/26/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Wed 8/30/17 at 10am-4:30pm 
 • Thu 8/31/17 at 10am-4:30pm 

Little Sprouts Learning at the FIG

Children's Arts/Crafts
Where children play to learn and adults learn to play! Get ready for preschool together as grown-ups and children explore, create, and express themselves in these unique classes structured to prepare children for their first preschool experience. Adults and children are provided with hands-on experiences to explore literacy, art, math, and science concepts, which also help develop emergent skills necessary for learning. For 18 months - 6 years with supervising adult.
Family;Preschool;Art;FIG
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: 18 months-6 years
Price: $5-10
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org
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Schedule
 • Wed 6/28/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 6/30/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 7/5/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 7/7/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 7/12/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 7/14/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 7/19/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 7/21/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 7/26/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 7/28/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 8/2/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 8/4/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 8/9/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 8/11/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 8/16/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 8/18/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 8/23/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Fri 8/25/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 
 • Wed 8/30/17 at 10:30am-11:15am 

FIG Art & Interactive Studio

Children's Arts/Crafts
Children and their guardians/parents are invited to explore an assortment of craft-making materials to paint, color, cut, draw, or sculpt an imaginative work of art. For an added sensory experience, dig your hands into our sea creature sandbox.
Art;Children's Art;Kids' Art
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: All ages
Price: $5-10
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org
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Schedule
 • Sun 7/2/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 7/9/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 7/16/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 7/23/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 7/30/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 8/6/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 8/13/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 8/20/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 
 • Sun 8/27/17 at 12pm-4:30pm 

Bellingham National 2017 Juried Art Exhibition & Awards

Art Show, Museum
The Whatcom Museum is hosting the second Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibitions and Awards. Hundreds of artists from around the country submitted artworks in the theme of drawing to be considered for this exhibition. The top three artists will receive cash awards and the exhibition will include a popular choice award. The artwork selected will represent a variety of mediums interpreting the theme of drawing. Artwork will feature modern ideas of language, writing, notation, mapping, movement, dance, performance, as well as connections to space and architecture. Guest juried by Catharina Manchanda, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum.
Art;Exhibition;Museum
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Price: $5-10
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org
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Schedule
 • Wed 6/28/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 6/29/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 6/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 7/1/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/2/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 7/5/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 7/6/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 7/7/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 7/8/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/9/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 7/12/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 7/13/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 7/14/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 7/15/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/16/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 7/19/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 7/20/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 7/21/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 7/22/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/23/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 7/26/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 7/27/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 7/28/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 7/29/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/2/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/3/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/4/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/5/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/6/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/9/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/10/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/11/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/12/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/13/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/16/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/17/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/18/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/19/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/20/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/23/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/24/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/25/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/26/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/27/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/31/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 9/1/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 9/2/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 9/3/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 9/6/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 9/7/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 9/8/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 9/9/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 9/10/17 at 12pm-5pm 

People of the Sea and Cedar: The Story of the Coast Salish Tribes

Museum, History/Science
Local and regional history of the Coast Salish people is one of the most requested topics by Whatcom Museum visitors. This summer, the Museum will debut a new exhibit in the second floor gallery of the Lightcatcher building that shares the history and art of the Coast Salish people, blending both historical and contemporary perspectives. This exhibit will feature artifacts from the Museum's collection, such as Coast Salish artwork and carvings, woven blankets, hand-made tools, and cedar hats, clothing, and baskets. The exhibit will provide hands-on learning experiences, a Lummi and Nooksack language interactive, and videos showcasing Lummi and Nooksack weavers and carvers. Themes of cultural knowledge, art and symbolism, lifestyles, and community will present the Coast Salish tribes as vibrant, living cultures who honor their past while building a cultural and economic future for their people.
Coast Salish;Native Americans
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: All ages
Price: $5-10
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org
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Schedule
 • Sat 7/15/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/16/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 7/19/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 7/20/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 7/21/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 7/22/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/23/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 7/26/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 7/27/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 7/28/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 7/29/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 7/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/2/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/3/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/4/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/5/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/6/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/9/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/10/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/11/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/12/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/13/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/16/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/17/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/18/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/19/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/20/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/23/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/24/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 8/25/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 8/26/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 8/27/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 8/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 8/31/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 9/1/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 9/2/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 9/3/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 9/6/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 9/7/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 9/8/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 9/9/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 9/10/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 9/13/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 9/14/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 9/15/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 9/16/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 9/17/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 9/20/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 9/21/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 9/22/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 9/23/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 9/24/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 9/27/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 9/28/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 9/29/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 9/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 10/1/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 10/4/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 10/5/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 10/6/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 10/7/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 10/8/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 10/11/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 10/12/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 10/13/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 10/14/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 10/15/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 10/18/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 10/19/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 10/20/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 10/21/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 10/22/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 10/25/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 10/26/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 10/27/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 10/28/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 10/29/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 11/1/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 11/2/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 11/3/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 11/4/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 11/5/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 11/8/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 11/9/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 11/10/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 11/11/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 11/12/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 11/15/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 11/16/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 11/17/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 11/18/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 11/19/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 11/22/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 11/23/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 11/24/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 11/25/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 11/26/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 11/29/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 11/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 12/1/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 12/2/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 12/3/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 12/6/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 12/7/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 12/8/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 12/9/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 12/10/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 12/13/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 12/14/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 12/15/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 12/16/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 12/17/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 12/20/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 12/21/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 12/22/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 12/23/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 12/24/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Wed 12/27/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Thu 12/28/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Fri 12/29/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sat 12/30/17 at 12pm-5pm 
 • Sun 12/31/17 at 12pm-5pm 

Artful Pairing: Drawing Outside the Box

Drawings/Works on Paper
Loosen up! Gain a new perspective on drawing in this unique, expressive workshop inspired by gestural drawing techniques. Sketch to music, draw figures using a long 'pencil,' make a collaborative drawing, and explore various other creative drawing exercises while sipping on wine and enjoying snacks. Weather permitting, class will be held in the courtyard. No art experience necessary. Includes materials, wine, and snacks. Led by artist and educator, Mary Jo Maute. Space is limited, so register early by contacting Emily Dieleman at 360.778.8960 or ejdieleman@cob.org. Registration closes Mon., July 10, no late registrations. Classes and workshops that do not meet a 10-person minimum will be canceled after registration closes.
Drawing;Art Workshop;Wine
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: 21 & over
Price: $45 Non-Members/$35 Museum Members
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org
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 • Sun 7/16/17 at 2pm-4pm 

Emerging Artists Teen Camp

Children's Arts/Crafts
Teens ages 11-18 will explore a variety of art media and techniques at the Lightcatcher building's art studio. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the principles of art and design while engaging with the Museum's ongoing exhibitions. Beginning art students are encouraged to join us. To register contact Emily Dieleman at 360.778.8960 or ejdieleman@cob.org.
Art;Teen
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: 11-18 years old
Price: $175 Non-Members/$155 Members
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org/learn/camps/
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Schedule
 • Mon 7/24/17 - Fri 7/28/17 at 9am-12pm 

Emerging Artists Teen Camp

Children's Arts/Crafts
Building on the art techniques learned in Session 1, this drawing and painting intensive camp for teens ages 11-18 prepares students to create a final art project in the medium and technique of their choice. Works of art will be displayed in a student art show at the end of the session. Participation in Session 1 is not required. To register contact Emily Dieleman at 360.778.8960 or ejdieleman@cob.org.
art;teen
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: 11-18 years old
Price: $175 Non-Members/$155 Members
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org/learn/camps/
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Schedule
 • Mon 8/7/17 - Fri 8/11/17 at 9am-12pm 

Teen Theater Workshop: Creative Commercials

Class/Workshop
Curious about what it takes to create a popular video commercial? Use your imagination to invent a unique product. Participants will work as a group to create a commercial that successfully brands and promotes their product. Pre-registration required. Register by June 5, 2017 by email at smbrooks@cob.org. Class size is limited to 15 students.
Theater;Teens
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Ages: 11-17 years old
Price: $8
Event Website: whatcommuseum.org
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 • Sat 8/12/17 at 1pm-2:15pm 

Contemporary Craft 2017: Artwear/Craftware

Art Show, Folk Art/Crafts, Jewelry/Gems, Ceramics/Pottery, Textiles
The Whatcom Museum Foundation and the Whatcom Museum Advocates are delighted to host a brand new event, Contemporary Craft 2017: ARTWEAR | CRAFTWARE, September 22-24, 2017. The show brings 60 artists from across the region to show and sell their outstanding, unique handmade work in the Lightcatcher building of the Museum’s campus in Bellingham WA. Works of the highest quality will be on view in the categories of clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, sculpture and mixed media. The Whatcom Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, therefore it proudly uses as a model the Smithsonian Craft Show, the most prestigious event of its kind in the United States.
Artwear;Craftwear;Arts;Crafts;Art Festival
Event Info: (360) 778-8930
Event Website: www.contemporarycraft2017.com
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Schedule
 • Fri 9/22/17 - Sun 9/24/17 at 10am-5pm