Here today, gone tomorrow
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Wanting to flee from the familial embrace of relatives is a common occurrence where the holidays are concerned. But rather than leaving the ones you’re supposed to love behind this year and hoofing it to the nearest bar at the first sign of seasonal strife, consider instead taking a deep breath and suggesting everyone join in on an outing to one or more of the following exhibits—all of which will be shuttering near the end of the year.
If you haven’t yet experienced the beauty, wonder and alarm that can be found at Whatcom Museum’s fall exhibit, “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Lines of Biodiversity,” time is running out—both for the days remaining to see the 80 interdisciplinary works of art at the museum’s Lightcatcher Building (the exhibit comes to an end Sun., Jan. 6) and also for the vulnerable animals and plants that are represented within.
“We often read news headlines with alarming statistics and then turn the page,” exhibition curator Barbara Matilsky says. “Artists take this information and create images that inspire emotional and thought-provoking responses. Hopefully, ‘Endangered Species’ will stimulate visitors to help preserve the planet’s environment and biodiversity.” Where: 205 Prospect St. Info: http://www.whatcommuseum.org
Nearby, Gallery Pegasus is showing “New Whatcom 2018” through Fri., Dec. 28 at their space in Bay Street Village. The group exhibition features works by recently graduated students from the university and community colleges in the area, and is intended to be a platform for emerging creatives to display their art.
Heidi Wood, who’s been running the space for nearly two years, is a champion of bringing the work of burgeoning artists to light, and the bimonthly exhibits she presents regularly incorporate paintings, sculpture and mixed-media pieces by both up-and-comers and established artists. Her discoveries are typically worth a look—or two. Where: 301 W. Holly St. Info: http://www.gallerypegasus.com
In Edison, see a three-person exhibit featuring new paintings by Victor Sandblom and the sculptures of Vancouver artist Launi Lucas, alongside a series of paintings by Drie Chapek, through Sun., Dec. 30 at i.e. gallery.
“Through our traditions from many cultures we bring gifts, we are more generous, and at the best of times we open up our hearts a little more,” gallery organizers say. “If we are lucky we return to the wonder and the magic of the child in us. Victor Sandblom, Launi Lucas, and Drie Chapek all have access to that wonder and they are sharing it with us this December. i.e is pleased to bring them together for this joyous exhibit.” Where: 5800 Cains Court. Info: http://www.ieedison.com
“Joyful” is also a word used to desribe “Confluence,” a joint collaboration showing through Wed., Jan. 2 at the show space in the East Tower near the Grounds and Grains Cafe at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. As part of a “Healing Through Art” series, Seattle artists Diane Culhane and Fred Lisaius worked together to create an installation of smaller works surrounding larger canvases, each painter creating separate pieces in their own style.
Flower power with Ruthie V.
Does art need to be ugly or shocking to be taken seriously? So worries the highly talented Ruthie V., whose work has been called “erotic, challenging and frighteningly vulnerable.” But even though she loves flowers, until recently she hadn’t let herself paint them.
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