Exhibits - Art or Displays
Some people are first drawn to Western because of Bellingham, others are often attracted to Bellingham because of Western, and then there are those of us who originally came here for a combination of both reasons. Whatever your own reason may be, one thing is for sure, if you are part of this community, you will more than likely encounter people in your daily life who have a connection to Western, be it as alumni, retirees, staff, faculty, or current students.
Artist and Western alumna Jessica Lynn Bonin explains that she has always felt a strong connection to Bellingham, and that she feels her college experience at Western was part of that connection. Bonin graduated from Western a decade ago with a B.A. in painting. She now lives in the unique little town of Edison, Washington, where she creates art and co-manages a shop called The Lucky Dumpster, which features handmade goods from other local crafters and artists.
Currently, Bonin is exhibiting some of the illustrations she created for the book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, in Western Libraries Special Collections. Her illustrations, which will remain on display through early April, were created as part of a collaborative project with the book’s author, writer and Western alumna, Kate Lebo.
“Kate and I met five or so years ago when she was passing through my shop in Edison. We hit it off right away and realized we had led parallel lives, growing up in the same hometown and both being graduates of WWU at the same time, with overlapping friend circles and similar sensibilities in life and with our art. The collaboration on Kate's book was a natural evolution of our friendship,” explains Bonin.
Bonin’s watercolor illustrations originated from an afternoon that Bonin spent at Lebo’s house in Ballard, where Bonin photographed each step in the process of Lebo making a pie, and it was on the basis of these photographs that Bonin later created her paintings.
“The paintings were done in a linear fashion, telling the story of making a pie from beginning to end, using Kate's hands and kitchen ephemera. There are 27 illustrations in total, and the exhibit at WWU Special Collections is just a portion. Paul Brower and I curated this selection based on groupings that made conceptual and aesthetic sense, since we had limited space,” says Bonin.
Bonin’s selection of watercolor illustrations will be available for viewing in Special Collections through early April. After the exhibit closes here, the entire series of water colors will then be on display and for sale at the Edison Eye Gallery with a reception held on April 19, 2014.
In case you haven't yet seen it, we want to share with you the news about a special exhibit featuring photographs that span over 70 years of history for the community and Western Washington University. Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Librarian Sylvia Tag, and the Libraries' Art Exhibit Team, Leslie Hall and Michelle Becker, have worked together to create this unique exhibit that features a variety of photographs depicting children, teenagers, and educators both inside classrooms and outside in the natural environment. We hope these photos help you connect to the lively world of those who came before us!
This exhibit is located on the 4th floor of Wilson Library, in the alcove area outside the Reading Room. Photographs were selected from all three Heritage Resources programs: University Archives and Records Center, Special Collections, and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Heritage Resources works to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.
Photograph titles have been supplied by the Art Exhibit team, with the exception of some original titles supplied by the photographer or the collector. If you are interested in more information about a particular photo on display, or would like to learn more about duplication policies and fee schedules, please note the ID reference code and the name of the collection, listed in the descriptive text, and contact the designated Heritage Resources program.
Western Libraries Heritage Resources is pleased to be a Project Contributor on a new exhibition from the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA. The exhibit, entitled Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest, “uncovers the true stories of the men and women who migrated to the region from the Asia Pacific,” and “reminds us of Asian Pacific Americans’ long history of fortitude and resilience as they established communities in the Pacific Northwest.” One of the featured stories is that of Lummi/Hawaiian fiddler Charley Kahana and the exhibit includes images of Kahana drawn from the Howard E. Buswell collection at Heritage Resources’ own Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
Grit opened on December 12, 2013 and runs through October 19, 2014. The Wing Luke is a Smithsonian Affiliate in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.