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Redlight seeks art entries for Valentine show

The Redlight, 1017 N. State St., is reprising one of its favorite local art shows, “Red & Pink,” for the Feb. 6 Downtown Art Walk, just in time for Valentine’s month.

Previous “Red & Pink” exhibits were organized at Hand to Mouth Gallery, Jinx Art Space, and, last year, at Redlight. All pieces are primarily red and/or pink, so prepare yourself for a dazzling splash of color in the middle of cold and dreary February.

The show is open to all for submission. Send images of your primarily red and/or pink art work to Deadline is Jan. 30. Artists will be notified by Feb. 2 if their work will be included. The Redlight will not take commission on the works.

See the works from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 6, with happy hour specials until 7 p.m. and other Art Walk specials all night long. Dress in red and pink for some drink specials.


To recap from the Jan. 15 Behind the Scenes column:

If you haven’t not read Daniel James Brown’s “Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” you have just over a month before Brown comes to Whatcom County to speak as the highlight of the annual Whatcom Reads! events. Even if you don’t row, even if you don’t know much about the 1936 Olympics, you’ll be captivated by the tenacity of the members and coaches of the University of Washington crew on their path to glory.

Here’s a list of upcoming events for the next couple of weeks. Go to for details. All are free and open to the public.

Join a discussion of “Boys in the Boat” at these libraries.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave., 360-778-7323.

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, Bellingham Public Library (especially for teens).

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham, 360-671-2626.

2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St., 360-305-3600.

1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, Village Books.

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Village Books.

1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, Blaine Library, 610 Third St., 360-305-3600.

2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Bellingham Public Library.

Other events include:

3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, Deming Library, 5044 Mount Baker Highway, 360-305-3600; and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, Bellingham Public Library. “How Story Becomes History: Writing Your Family Story.” Dig into the interesting interface between “story” and “history” with Western Washington University history professor Kevin Leonard.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., 360-738-0735. Screening of “Olympia,” with discussion. Made in 1938, Leni Riefenstahl’s film which documents the 1936 Olympics and set precedents for ways in which sports were filmed and edited. Her films were complicated by her association with Nazism, a subject that won’t be ignored during the evening’s discussion between parts one and two, facilitated by WWU history professor Kevin Leonard. Tickets available at Pickford box office. Part one starts at 6:30 p.m., part two shows at 9:30.

3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, 360-305-3600. Whatcom Rowing Association members discuss the thrills and challenges of rowing in Bellingham, Seattle and around the Northwest. More at


We’ve had front-page news in the Herald about this already, but if you’re out and about as the weather improves, you might notice the new sculpture in Cornwall Park.

Through the effort of Sculpture Northwest, a local nonprofit arts organization, a 10-ton, blue-marble sculpture has been donated to the City of Bellingham. The sculpture, “Nootka,” was created by David Marshall of Vancouver, B.C., who died in 2006. The work was donated in his memory by his widow, Carel Marshall.

The sculpture will be exhibited temporarily at the Parks and Recreation Department office at Cornwall Park, but is destined to be the focal artwork at the new Klipsun Beach Park at the foot of Cornwall Avenue.

According to Al Zimmerman, of Sculpture Northwest, “Nootka” was designed according to mathematical principles developed by the Greeks and Romans. The Italian artist Piero della Francesca, one of the most important masters of early Renaissance art, especially influenced Marshall. Piero’s texts on mathematical and geometric principles in art are clearly illustrated in “Nootka.”

The City of Bellingham already owned four sculptures by Marshall, all in Big Rock Garden Park. Three are in bronze and one is white marble.

In 2013, a “Tribute to David Marshall” exhibit was held at Big Rock Garden Park, with participation from Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Netherlands, Transylvania and China. For that exhibit, Mexican sculptor Sebastian donated an 11-foot enameled steel sculpture called “Tribute” (to David Marshall).