Contemporary Craft 2017 at Whatcom Museum

The Whatcom Museum Foundation and Museum Advocates host a brand new event this coming fall, Contemporary Craft 2017: Artwear | Craftware, held in downtown Bellingham, WA, at the Whatcom Museum campus Sept. 22-24, 2017. The show will bring 60 artists from across the region to display and sell their outstanding, unique handmade work in the Museum’s Lightcatcher building.

Works of the highest quality will be on view, and for sale, in the categories of clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, sculpture, and mixed media.

The Whatcom Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and uses the Smithsonian Craft Show, the most prestigious event of its kind in the US, as a model for this debut show in Bellingham.

The three day affair will include several components:

  • Celebratory party opening the show on Friday evening

  • Two days of shopping for the public on Saturday and Sunday

  • Luncheon with informal modeling at Ciao Thyme restaurant on Saturday

  • Raffle for chances to win artwork and experiences

  • Online auction starting a week prior to the show

  • Juried gallery in the Museum’s Old City Hall building

While the City of Bellingham provides important support for the Whatcom Museum as a partner, the Whatcom Museum Foundation funds the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Contemporary Craft 2017 will raise money for the Museum’s programs and bring new audiences to its campus. Visit for more information about this exciting event, including sponsorship and artist participation.

About the Whatcom Museum
The Whatcom Museum offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, tours, and activities about art, nature, and Northwest history for all ages. Occupying three distinctive and historically significant facilities in the heart of Bellingham’s downtown art district, the Whatcom Museum is a non-profit organization operated by the Whatcom Museum Foundation, with support from the City of Bellingham. The Museum is also a steward to a collection of artifacts from Northwest Coast Native Americans and early settlers, art pieces of regional importance, and a vast photographic archive. The Whatcom Museum is accredited nationally by The American Alliance of Museums, and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Visit the Museum’s website at to learn more.


Sep 22 2017 - Sep 24 2017


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