PEOPLE OF THE SEA AND CEDAR: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY AND CULTURES OF THE TRIBES OF THE NORTHWEST COAST

Photo by Kiser Photo Co., Whatcom Museum #1946.24.27

Opens July 15, 2017, Lightcatcher

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.

PARTY > Members see it first at the member reception! Friday, July 14, 5 – 7 PM at the Lightcatcher building.

DOCENT TOURS > Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 2:30pm beginning July 19, 2017.

WHATCOM ARTIST STUDIO TOUR JURIED EXHIBITION

August 4 – September 3, 2017, Old City Hall

In anticipation of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour in October, we’ll be showcasing a variety of artwork in a juried exhibition featuring participating artists. Learn more about the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour at www.studiotour.net.

CONTEMPORARY CRAFT 2017 JURIED ART EXHIBITION

September 20 – 24, 2017, Old City Hall

As part of the event Contemporary Craft 2017: Artwear | Craftware, the Whatcom Museum will host a juried art exhibition displaying the extraordinary craftsmanship of artists participating in the craft show. Contemporary Craft 2017 brings 60 artists from across the region to show and sell their outstanding, unique handmade work in the Lightcatcher building. Works of the highest quality will be on view in the categories of clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, sculpture, and mixed media. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Museum uses the Smithsonian Craft Show, the most prestigious event of its kind in the United States, as a model and inspiration for this debut event. For more information about Contemporary Craft 2017 visit www.contemporarycraft2017.com.