Blue Horse Gallery, Future Exhibitions

Hard Times: Then and Now, December 2010


 Invitation to Professional Artists in Whatcom and Skagit Counties

Exhibition Title: Hard Times: Then and Now

A collaborative exhibition between the Whatcom Museum, the Blue Horse Gallery and Studio UFO Gallery

The Whatcom Museum education department is collaborating with the Blue Horse Gallery and Studio UFO Gallery at Bay Street Village in Bellingham, Washington to exhibit original works of art that depict either the hardships of our present day economic recession or structures that were built in Whatcom and Skagit Counties in the 1930’s with Federal WPA funds. The exhibition Hard Times: Then and Now is in conjunction with the traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1934: A New Deal for Artists on display at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building from September 18, 2010 – January 9, 2011. The project hopes to stimulate discussion and comparison between the hard economic times today and the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The Smithsonian traveling exhibition 1934: A New Deal for Artists celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). Drawing on the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s unparalleled collection of vibrant paintings created for the program, visitors will have the chance to view 55 paintings that capture “the American Scene” in 1934 – a lasting visual record of American at a specific moment in time.

The contemporary exhibition Hard Times: Then and Now will run from December 3 – 31 at both the Blue Horse Gallery and Studio UFO Gallery with a public reception during Downtown Art Walk December 3, 6 – 10 PM. For entry information go to the Whatcom Museum website (, the Blue Horse Gallery website (, or the UFO Gallery website (  For information on structures in Whatcom County built or renovated in the 1930’s with Federal WPA funds visit the Whatcom Museum Website for the PDF “WPA Structures in Whatcom County.” For hard copy of the prospectus or more information about the exhibition call Mary Jo Maute at (360) 778-8961 or email mmaute @

 Hard Times: Then and Now –  Exhibition Dates: December 3 – 31, 2010


  • Open to professional artists 18 years or older
  • Must be residents of Whatcom or Skagit Counties
  • Work must be original (no photocopies, giclee or other reproduction)
  • Only two-dimensional work can be accepted, including collage and photography
  • Entries must be completed between now and November 27, 2010
  • Limited to one entry per artist

 Entry Deadline: Saturday, November 27

  • Entries must be delivered in person to the Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA, 98225 between 11 AM and 4 PM, Saturday, November 27. Late work will not be accepted


  • Work must be sturdily framed or with painted edges and ready to hang, including wire. (No saw tooth hangers)
  • Minimum size, 10” in one dimension. Maximum size, 36” in any direction
  • Studio UFO Gallery and Blue Horse Gallery reserve the right to refuse any work which does not meet the criteria or is not suitable for gallery submission

 Entry Fee:

  • NONE! “Hard Times” for artists


  • All work must be for sale
  • Gallery commission, 50%


  • The Whatcom Museum, Blue Horse Gallery and Studio UFO Gallery reserve the right to photograph entries and use photographs for the purposes of documentation, education, and publicity


  • The Whatcom Museum, Blue Horse Gallery and Studio UFO Gallery are not responsible for loss or injury to person or property during this exhibition and event
  • Every reasonable precaution will be taken during the receiving, installation, and exhibition of artwork. The Whatcom Museum, Blue Horse Gallery and Studio UFO Gallery assume no responsibility for loss or damage incurred

 Identifying Your Work:

  • Your work must have a label or entry form with your name, title of work, price, date of work, and medium clearly written and attached to the back lower right corner

 Return of Your Work:

  • Works must be picked up at the Blue Horse Gallery on Monday, January 3 between 11 AM and 4 PM
  • Unclaimed entries cannot be stored so please make arrangements to pick up your work by 4 PM Monday January 3

 Exhibition Title: Hard Times: Then and Now

A collaborative exhibition between the Whatcom Museum, the Blue Horse Gallery and Studio UFO Gallery


Please complete this entry form and identification label. Attach the label to your work securely. Please also clearly and permanently label your work with your name, title of work, price, date of work, and medium.

 Last Name________________________________            First name______________________________

 Street Address__________________________________  City_____________________________

 State______________________________ County____________________________ Zip code________

 Telephone___________________________ Email___________________________________________

 Title of work__________________________________________________________________________

 Retail price (Be sure to add the 50% commission to your price) _________________________________

 Size (height X width)____________________       Date created__________________________________


 I agree to all the conditions set forth in the prospectus

 Signature ________________________________________Date_______________________


To read more about the exhibit, visit the Whatcom Museum website:



New Deal Sites (still visible) in Whatcom County

Compiled by Jeff Jewell, Whatcom Museum Photo Archivist. For photos of the historic sites from the 1930’s contact Jeff Jewell at (360) 778-8952 or, or visit the Whatcom Museum Photo Archives during open hours, Wednesday – Friday, 1 – 4:30 PM.

Bellingham Schools:

From 1933 to 1935, there were on-going Federally-sponsored improvement and repair projects with Bellingham Schools. These impacted all existing school buildings in the city with variations of work including new floors, rewiring, installation of new lighting fixtures, new heating plants, changing classroom configurations, installation of lockers and cabinets, linoleum, concrete walks, plumbing fixtures and new drinking fountains, bulletin boards, exterior landscaping and interior decoration. There were also specific improvements to Battersby Field and Fairhaven Athletic Field. Labor and materials for these projects were paid for through a number of different Federal programs including the Federal Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Public Works Administration (PWA), as well as the State-funded Washington Emergency Relief Administration (WERA). Bellingham High School (Floyd Naramore, architect), 1936-38 – Public Works Administration (PWA), Fund No. 1209-R, Total $912,028.63,


(Altered but Cornwall Avenue facade, including Art Deco frieze, still intact) Purchased the site for $71,856.92

Toward construction of new central high school: $705,101.72

Equipment & Fixtures, improvements to grounds: $185,069.99

Fairhaven Junior High School , 1937-39 – Public Works Administration (PWA), Fund No. 1209-R, Total $120,808.42


(Façade altered, though photos of original building available from the Museum’s photo archives.) Toward construction of new building: $102,816.41

Equipment & Fixtures: $17,992.01

Columbia School, 1936 — Total $46,198.58, Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Toward construction of new addition: $45,116.93This included new play rooms, combination auditorium and lunch room and heating plant.

To allow for this expansion the original Columbia School, fronting on Jefferson Street, was removed. That removal was also paid for by Federal money, though not included in site total.

Equipment & Fixtures: $1,076.65

Whatcom Junior High School, 1936, Total $44,548.05


(Severely damaged by fire on November 5, 2009, but photos of the school are available from the Museum’s photo archives.) Construction, repairs and alterations: $44,548.05

Included a new girls’ gymnasium, altering of the Industrial Arts shops and remodeling of the south wing (the old part of the building, originally North Side High School)

Roeder School, 1936, Total $3,724.32

Alterations and equipment: $3,724.32

Remodeling school from Junior High to Elementary.

In total, all these school projects combined, from all participating agencies: $1,376,251.44

Approximately half of the overall expenditures (at least in the building program) were from Federal funds. To match grants, the Bellingham School District had sold bonds (having gained voter authorization) and had a indebtedness of $500,000 in 1938. This was considered a very reasonable amount considering all that had been accomplished. Bellingham Parks: There was a great amount of work done in Bellingham Parks by the Federal Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Works Progress Administration (WPA), including:

New playground equipment for Elizabeth, Fairhaven, Whatcom Falls and Cornwall parks.

Jointly with State and County, the fish hatchery at Whatcom Falls Park by WPA and CWA, 1936.

Stone bridge at Whatcom Falls Park by WPA, 1938-9.

Screen house at Whatcom Falls Park, WPA.

Bellingham City Hall:

(Leonard W. Bindon, architect) on Lottie Street, 1938-9Public Works Administration (PWA) provided half of construction costs. City sold $200,000 in bonds to cover its portion.

Other work:

Cement bridge over Squalicum Creek at the end of Eldridge Avenue, 1936-37. Works Progress Administration: $60,000.

The Fairhaven Library was repaired, including giving the exterior a new coating of cement sometime around 1939, Works


Projects Administration. A connector road constructed between 11


th and 12th Streets in South Bellingham in 1935 was a Public Works project that received Federal funds to match State funds. This short, but necessary, road was named (George) Finnegan Way in 1944 by City Ordinance No. 6263. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC),

1933-1941See Janet Oakley’s article “Civilian Conservation Corps in Whatcom County” in The Journal of the Whatcom County Historical Society, No. 1, April 2000, pp. 12-19.

CCC projects included Glacier Ranger Station, Shuksan Ski Shelter, a ski jump, five campgrounds, fire lookouts such as Winchester Lookout, as well as fire roads such as Canyon Creek Road and Church Mountain Road.

The gym at the middle school in Lynden was built by the CCC.


Post Office.

The grandstands on the NW WA Fair grounds. WPA replacement of the stands that had burned a number of years earlier.


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