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​Erickson Fine Art Gallery Artist Kathleen Youngquist selected for Jungle 1, 2017 in current exhibition and awards at Bellinghmam International Whatcom Museum.

Bellingham National 2019 accepted artists and their guests are invited to the Whatcom Museum's members-only preview reception for Bellingham National 2019 Juried Art Exhibition and Awards—Water's Edge: Landscapes for Today. Enjoy light appetizers, wine, and the exclusive opportunity to see this exhibition before it opens. Meet guest juror Bruce Guenther, as well as other featured artists who will be attending the reception. Guenther will announce the first, second, and third place winners. RSVP to

Friday, February 1, 2019, 5 – 7 PM | Lightcatcher building | 250 Flora Street | Bellingham, WA


February 2 – May 19, 2019 Lightcatcher building 250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

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 features the work of 58 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."

Naomi Shigeta; Sky Meets Sea, 2016; Oil on panel, 38 x 51 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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.

Kathleen Youngquist; Jungle 1, 2017; Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist.

POPULAR CHOICE AWARD Voting runs February 2 - May 12, 2019

Visitors can cast a vote for their favorite artwork in the exhibition. The winning artist will be announced the closing week of the exhibition and will receive a $500 cash prize.


Located in Bellingham’s cultural district, the Whatcom Museum, a non-profit organization operated jointly by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum Foundation, offers a rich variety of programs and exhibitions about art, nature, and Northwest history. The Museum’s collections contain more than 200,000 artifacts and art pieces of regional importance, including a vast photographic archive. The Whatcom Museum is accredited nationally by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

The Museum has two buildings with public hours: Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. and the Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St; Wednesday-Sunday, noon - 5pm. The Family Interactive Gallery, located inside the Lightcatcher, is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sundays noon - 5pm. Admission for Museum members is free; $10 general; $8 youth (6 - 17)/student/senior/military; $5 children 2 - 5; under 2 free.

Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street | Lightcatcher building, 250 Flora Street |

121 Prospect Street | Bellingham, WA 98225 US

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