At the urging of his friends, my buddy Layne Southcott was inspired to have an exhibit of works by his dad, Marvin, who died in February.
Moving with his family to Bellingham from California in 1969, Marvin began developing an industrial design program for what was then Western Washington State College, in the arts and sciences department. Over the next 24 years, Marvin established one of the most successful industrial design programs in the country.
Though he retired in 1993, his industrial design program at WWU is still recognized worldwide for producing some of the finest designers available to industry.
Southcott also loved to draw, paint, sculpt, write, design and dance. After he retired, he devoted much of his time to painting watercolors locally and while travelling. He also created impromptu sketches of individuals at public events; then presented the sketch to the subject as a gift.
Having a love for words and the history of words, Marvin also wrote a few books, the most popular being "Persistence and Doubt," about people adapting and changing to new situations in their lives, overcoming prejudice and social trauma with insight and consideration.
An exhibit of some of Marvin's watercolors, sculptures, books and industrial design pieces will be featured at Blue Horse Gallery through the month of April, opening during the monthly Downtown Art Walk on Friday, April 5.
On April 27, there will be a "Marvin Memoriam" the day before the exhibit closes. Any art purchased will have funds go to the annual industrial design student scholarship at WWU set up by Marvin and his wife, Marion.
CLEANUP PARTY AT ROEDER HOME A REAL PARTY
Bellingham musician Flip Breskin has rescheduled a way for you to pay it forward if you've ever attended a concert at the historic Roeder Home. There will a cleanup party at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the home, which is a Whatcom County park, at 2700 Sunset Ave., at Broadway. The event had been scheduled for January.
Here's what Flip says: "It actually IS a party! We had a blast doing this last year. Cleaning house with lots of people is a whole different kettle of fish than doing it in isolation. I got to know a bunch of folks better as we yakked and cleaned together.
"In the end, my experience inspired me to occasionally phone a friend and set up a shared/traded project: 'You come keep me company while I clean off my desk; and I'll come help scrub your kitchen floor (or whatever you can't seem to get around to).' We would love all the help we can get! Here's a chance to give back, and to care for our community."
Let Flip know if you're coming, so she can get enough Mallard Ice Cream and other goodies to go around. Call 360-671-4511.
MODEL RAILROAD CLUB SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
The Whatcom-Skagit Model Railroad Club coordinators report that in the past year, volunteers have built a modular layout with 14 modules, each 5 feet by 30 inches, designed to run from point to point with reversing loops at each end. The modules are built but still need more work and refinement. One module has not been started.
To have the manpower to complete and show the modules, the club needs new volunteers and members. If you are interested, contact Karl Kleeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike O'Brien at email@example.com.
The club's next event is April 13 at its site in Alger. Details: whatcomskagitmrc.org.
TICKETS NIGH FOR 'BARD ON THE BEACH'
Tickets for the 2013 Bard on the Beach festival, now in its 24th year, go on sale Monday, April 8. The festival runs June 12 through Sept. 14 at Vanier Park, in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver, B.C. Productions are staged in open-ended tents on the waterfront against a backdrop of mountains, sea and sky.
This year's lineup is "Twelfth Night," "Hamlet," "Measure for Measure" and "Elizabeth Rex." Among the special events are a lecture series, "Bard Explored," and several Bard-B-Q and Fireworks shows. Details: bardonthebeach.org.
TACOMA MUSEUM HOSTS ERIC CARLE SHOW
Artist Eric Carle opens his first exhibit on the West Coast on Saturday, April 6, at the Tacoma Art Museum. "Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle" features artwork that was never intended for book publication, and includes a variety of paintings, sculptures and personal sketches he has been creating for decades.
The exhibit runs through July 7. Carle will talk about his work at an opening event Sunday, April 7. Details: tacomaartmuseum.org.