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Council Gives Go-Ahead to $45,000 Public Art Project at Waypoint

On February 3, the City Council gave the thumbs-mostly-up in a 5-1 (Councilmember Val Tollefson was absent) vote to the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council’s proposal for public art at The Waypoint Park. Councilmembers expressed some unease about the project, not because any of them professed to be anti-art but largely because the budget…

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2015 Island Treasures Are Diane Bonciolini, Gregg Mesmer, and Art Grice

The sixteenth Island Treasure Awards, which honor excellence in the arts and/or humanities, are usually given to two people. But this year the honor is being shared among three, largely because two of those people are so enmeshed in their work that they’ve fused their names together like molten glass. Diane Bonciolini and Gregg Mesmer of Mesolini…

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Thanksgiving Cranberry-Eucalyptus Bouquet

I picked up the idea for this festive Thanksgiving bouquet from some creative soul at Central Market in Poulsbo. S/he had put cranberries in a big glass vase with water and created a striking bouquet with seasonal flowers, next to that big tub of soaking cranberries they put in the produce section at this time…

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CNN Names BIMA One of Best Small-Town Museums in U.S.

A recent article published by CNN selected the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) for inclusion in its list of the best small-town museums in the nation. The article featured 16 outstanding museums in all corners of the country, from California to Connecticut, Massachusetts to Michigan, Wisconsin to Wyoming. The article, published by Nicholas DeRenzo, praised…

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2014 HOWL_o-ween pumpkin photo by Robert Dashiell

Photo of the Day: Picasso or Dalí?

IslandWood chef Jim White outdid himself at Sunday’s 10th Annual HOWL-o-ween event at IslandWood. Thanks to Robert Dashiell for sharing this photograph of White’s pumpkin-embedded carved masterpieces. Is it cubism or surrealism?                       View White’s Días de los Muertos HOWL-o-ween pumpkin. Related Stories Photo of the…

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BIMA Hosts Days of the Dead Celebration and Dinner

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is hosting its first annual Dias de los Muertos, a time to honor deceased loved ones—people and animals—and welcome their returning spirits. Originating in Mexico, the tradition combines pre-Hispanic indigenous and Spanish Catholic beliefs and rituals. Mexico’s biggest holiday, the Days of the Dead is becoming a popular occasion…

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Bainbridge Artisans Raise a Community BARN (w/ Photo Gallery & Podcast)

So far, what’s been raised are the acronym on a sign, a bunch of money, 2,000 square feet of rented space for the members of the Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network, and lots of furniture and equipment. But an actual barn is in the works too—more on that later. In the meantime, community members of all…

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Bainbridge Quilt Festival

Photos of the Day: Fussy Cuts and Reverse Appliqué in Downtown Winslow

Today’s (September 13) second annual Bainbridge Quilt Festival held by the Bainbridge Island Quilt Guild drew throngs to Winslow Way, made parking almost impossible, and blanketed (literally) storefronts and walls in quilts of all sizes and types. For two dollars visitors got to buy raffle tickets in the hopes of winning the quilt designed by Carolyn…

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Bainbridge Frog Nabbed from Colman Dock

A 45-pound frog has been reported missing from its temporary home at Colman Dock in Seattle. The 40″ x 30″ x 24″ sculpture on a large base had been on display at the Seattle Ferry Terminal for over a year, since last summer. Part of a community art project on Bainbridge Island that includes 36…

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Hop to and Get Your Frog on the Rock Now

The 36 giant Frogs on the Rock will soon be hopping away. That’s because they’re being auctioned off and sent to live at their forever homes. Eighteen months ago, Islander Karin Lehotsky came up with the idea for a community art project involving frogs. In cooperation with the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, Lehotsky and a…

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Deception Brass with Quilt

Photo of the Day: Military + Brass + Museums + Quilts

Yesterday, August 29, in celebration of Military Appreciation Day at three local museums—BIMA, KiDiMu, and Bainbridge Island Historical Museum—the Northwest Navy Band Deception Brass performed in the Island Gateway Plaza. They took a break to visit with the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild, which was giving a demo on repurposing old shirts into quilts and…

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Ride, Bike, or Drone Yourself to the 14th Annual BI Studio Tour (with Podcast)

Forty-eight artists are getting ready for this weekend’s, August 8-10, Studio Tour, the twice-annual Bainbridge art show. The tour costs you nothing, you can customize it to meet your needs, and you can pretty much get to the five studios, which will be displaying paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass, fiber, metal, sculpture, and garden art, any way…

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KIDiMu + BIMA = Family Art Day

Next Saturday, July 19,  the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and the Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) are joining forces to make a new event: Family Art Day. The event welcomes visitors to both museums at no charge and links the two spaces with music, entertainment, hands-on art activities, and artist demos in the plaza between….

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Summer Studio Tour

Hey, Musicians and Artists! Studio Tour Needs You

The 31st BI Winter Studio Tour isn’t until December 5-7, but it’s time for artists and musicians to apply. When it comes to artwork, the Studio Tour is seeking “professional work, designed and crafted by the artist, with original designs, and quality craftsmanship.” Artwork should portray the “hand and spirit of the artist.” Tour organizers…

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Hall's Hill Labyrinth entry path

Bainbridge’s New Stone Mosaic ‘Labyrinth’ Is a Tour de Force (w/ Photo Gallery)

I’m telling you straight off that I cannot reveal the labyrinth’s specific location. The wishes of its benefactors dictate that it remain a place of peace primarily for locals, not a tourist attraction. When you find it, as many Bainbridge Islanders and their friends already have, you will understand. The Hall’s Hill Labyrinth exemplifies the traditional…

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Raffle quilt closeup

The Quilting Fun Begins Now for This Fall’s 2nd Annual Bainbridge Quilt Festival

Although the Bainbridge Quilt Festival isn’t until September 13, it’s not too soon to talk about it. The Bainbridge Modern Quilt Guild organizers are looking for entries from now until August 1 for the nonjuried, nonjudged open show, which will be on display in downtown Winslow. If you like quilts but don’t know how to…

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Takako Satoh

Bloedel Brings You a Summer of Art and Garden

The Bloedel Reserve has reserved a summer gardenful of activities for you and the family this summer, ranging from classes to Shakespeare. Koto Music in Japanese Garden | June 22, July 6 and 20, August 24 Expert Koto player Takako Satoh plays on Sunday afternoons in the Japanese Garden. The Koto is a traditional 13-string…

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Fraga - In The Garden, Love Whispers

Bainbridge Artist Kathe Fraga Is Everywhere, Now Including Luxe Magazine

If you live on the Island or watch television shows or read magazines, chances are you’ve seen Bainbridge artist Kathe Fraga’s work. Her paintings, acrylics on frescoed canvas finished with lacquer, have been included on episodes of “The Office” (as Roseanne Barr’s character’s office decor), “Trophy Wife” (on the wall behind Bradley Whitford) and “Are…

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BIMA Turning One, Throwing Two Parties, Offering Art at Auction

The by-all-accounts immensely successful Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, which opened its doors a year ago, on June 14,  is ready to party. There is a great deal to celebrate: More than 1,600 people attended the grand opening of BIMA on the opening day. During the year since, some 80,000 people have visited the museum,…

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American Alliance of Museums Conference Attendees Crowd at BIMA

On Wednesday, May 21, more than 70 participants in the American Alliance of Museums Conference held in Seattle took the ferry over to Bainbridge to get a tour of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art led by BIMA architect Matthew Coates and Museum Director Greg Robinson. The AAM annual meeting is the largest gathering of museum…

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