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321 Front St., Lynden, WA



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Cascadia Dreams featuring Native American Flute Master Gary Stroutsos

Community Event, Film, Nature

Cascadia Dreams: Experience a multimedia audio-visual meditation celebrating the spectacular landscapes of Cascadia featuring photography and video by John D'Onofrio, Lance Ekhart and Brett Baunton accompanied by a live performance by Native American flute master Gary Stroutsos. If you love our local landscapes, you'll love this passionate celebration of our sacred mountains, rivers, forests and the Salish Sea. A reception with the artists will follow the performance. About the artists: Gary Stroutsos is a world-class musician and recording artist who has performed around the globe (including a performance at the White House), playing traditional indigenous music, jazz and his own flute meditations. Mentored by jazz icon Paul Horn, his evocative flute can be heard on many recordings and is featured on the Ken Burns documentary, Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery and on the PBS Documentary, Desert Dreams. John D'Onofrio is a photographer and writer and the publisher/editor of Adventures NW Magazine. His photography has been published in numerous books, magazines and calendars, been featured on the ABC and NBC television networks, presented by the National Park Service and the National Parks Foundation, and exhibited in galleries and museums around the United States. Lance Ekhart's photography of the Salish Sea has been widely exhibited and published. His current multimedia project, The Eye of the Heron is an intimate look at the life cycle of the herons of Skagit County. Lance is the captain of Elenoa, a sailboat that is also his home and spends much of his time exploring the Salish Sea and points beyond. Brett Baunton's images have appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, Alaska, Backpacker and Sierra magazines. His photographs have been used by Mt. Baker National Forest, Denali, Grand Canyon and North Cascades National Parks.


• Fri 10/19/18 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Cascadia Dreams at the J


Celebrate the sublime landscapes of the Pacific Northwest at Cascadia Dreams. Cascadia Dreams is a multimedia presentation featuring stunning images and mesmerizing video of our local mountains, rivers, beaches, and the Salish Sea, accompanied by a live performance by Native American flute master Gary Stroutsos. This special presentation highlights the passionate photography of John D’Onofrio and Lance Ekhart (with additional time-lapse video by Brett Baunton) in an elegiac tapestry of sight and sound that includes new images and video as well as a newly recorded backing score by some of the Pacific Northwest’s most innovative musicians. Stroutsos will introduce the presentation with a solo performance and storytelling, drawing on his decades of immersion in native cultures. A reception with the artists will follow the performance.


• Sat 10/20/18 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Live at the Piano Lounge: Paul Klein

Jazz, Blues

Thursday nights, the J invites you to enjoy free live music in the piano lounge from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The Firehall Cafe at the J offers their full menu of food and beverages until 9:00 PM. Curated by local musician Victor Pruner, the Live Music in the Piano Lounge series is designed to bring a variety of local musicians to engage the community. November 1: Paul Klein. Paul Klein has been playing solo piano and in dance bands in the Bellingham area since 1976. He is currently leader and co-founder of The Atlantics, now in their 37th year. The Atlantics play clubs, private parties, benefits and accompany the Kulshan Chorus. Paul has traveled with the Chorus as the piano accompanist on tours to Romania, Costa Rica and Croatia. He has held down the piano chair every Tuesday at Boundary Bay Brewery for the past 16 years, where he sings and plays solo in the tap room. Paul plays and sings Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and also plays classical, rags, and Boogie-Woogie. He is also a choir director for Men’s Chorus at 1st Congregational Church in Bellingham and has a teaching studio in Bellingham.


• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sunday @ 3


The Jansen Art Center is pleased to present Sunday at 3, our Young Artist Concert Series, taking place on Sunday, November 4, at 3:00pm. Produced by local music instructor, Jeri Mercer, Sunday at 3 is designed as a program to allow young, semi professional artists to perform work showcasing the advancement of their skills. “We hope to apply the talent slowly acquired alone, in the practice room, to the real world of the community, a live audience who will respond and encourage these young people,” says Mercer. Information on performers will be available soon. Sunday at 3 is a family friendly concert series, and students and families are encouraged to attend. Admission to Sunday at 3 is by donation. All donations help the Jansen Art Center continue its youth programs such as Sunday at 3, Kids Do Art! youth camps and open houses, the Jansen Youth Choir and more.


• Sun 11/4/18 at - 3:00 PM

Jansen Jazz Band Concert


The Jansen Jazz Band is a 20-30 member community band that performs under the direction of Steve Herrick. This is the first concert for the 2018-2019 season. All of the musicians are volunteers, members of the community who enjoy learning and performing. The Firehall Cafe remains open through intermission offering soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, beer, wine, and desserts. Tickets: $10.


• Thu 11/8/18 at - 7:30 PM

Call to Artists: Winter Juried Exhibit

Art Show

CALL TO ARTISTS: WINTER JURIED EXHIBIT The Jansen Art Center is accepting submissions for the 2018 Winter Juried Exhibit from September 1 through November 12. The Juried Exhibits are open to the public as a way to showcase the artistic talent in Whatcom County and the surrounding region. Each season, artists are invited to submit up to five pieces to be judged by a qualified jury made up of artists, curators, and other figures in the arts community. The selected pieces are displayed in the Jansen Art Center for the community to enjoy. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 PM on Monday, November 12 via the website ( There is a $30 submission fee for up to 5 works. Artist level members (or higher) receive $10 off their submissions.


• Wed 10/17/18 - Mon 11/12/18 at - 11:55 PM