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Swedish artist hosts sculpture talk, art walk, workshop

Stowe Talbot, the owner of Barkley Company, let me know about several related art events coming up this week. Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, who lives and works in Stockholm, installed his new sculpture, “Constructing a New World,” on Tuesday, June 23, at the corner of Barkley Boulevard and Newmarket Street in Barkley Village. The sculpture was commissioned by the Barkley Company and the Talbot family.

Dalgren will discuss his work at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. He will also lead a performance called “Demonstration” at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, starting and ending at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St.

“Demonstration,” which is open to the public, consists of a walk by participants who are carrying placards and paintings with abstract motifs based on the work of Swedish painter Olle Baertling, who died in 1981.

Free workshops to make the placards and paintings are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Lightcatcher, and 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St.

Participants in the workshops and others are then invited to participate in Saturday’s event. People should meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Lightcatcher. The walk will last 60 to 90 minutes.

“Demonstration” has been performed in several places since 2009, including Mexico City, Stockholm, Frankfurt, San Francisco, and Bergen and Moss (both in Norway), in a variety of rural and urban settings. Drawing both from abstraction and from a form of protest, the artwork represents the art medium of social practice, which invites collaboration with individuals, communities and institutions.

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Sea Cruises hosted by Whatcom Museum

Starting Thursday, July 9, and continuing each Thursday through Aug. 27, Whatcom Museum’s summer history cruises aboard the 100-foot Island Caper offer a Bellingham Bay view of parks, businesses, industries and neighborhoods, with historian Brian Griffin as tour guide.

The cruise boards at Squalicum Harbor, 2621 S. Harbor Loop, at 5:30 p.m., departs promptly at 6, and returns around 8:30. The Island Caper seats more than 100, and features a covered upper-deck viewing area, and a bar selling wine and beer.

Tickets are $35 general, $30 for museum members, and $28 per person for groups of eight or more, at Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, ext. 1, and the Ligthcatcher museum store at 250 Flora St. Details:

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or