Trees by Paula Ensign

Artists Rule the Rock This Weekend

It’s the weekend of the studio tours. All weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (August 7) and Saturday and on Sunday from 10 to 5, artists and craftspeople at five different studios will open their doors as part of the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. And the same three days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bainbridge…

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sundial by Sarah Lane

Photo of the Day: This Is Dedicated to the Sun I Love

Today, June 19, the Battle Point Astronomical Association is hosting the dedication of their new sundial, on the hill beside the observatory. The event happens from 1 to 2:30 this afternoon. The observatory will be open for tours, and people can use the solar telescopes to observe what makes that sundial show time. Refreshments will be served. We’ve…

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Family Art Day

Art to Kidnap Island Families This Saturday

Art is descending upon our little Island this Saturday, July 18, and taking over your entire family. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) and Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) are teaming up to present the 2nd Annual Family Art Day. What does that mean? It means that the museums and the plaza in between them…

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waypoint welcome to bainbridge island

Hey, Artists: $42,000 Available for Your Waypoint Public Art Installation

The Executive Director of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, Barbara Sacerdote, shared with the City Council at last week’s meeting, July 7, the organization’s plan for public art at the Waypoint, the park at the corner of 305 and Winslow Way. Sacerdote explained that the RFP content emerged from a meeting led by AHB to elicit public input…

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Millican's hawk

Eagle Harbor Student’s Scrap Metal Sculpture to Take Flight at Auction

Greg Millican is only 17 but he’s already got a reputation on the Island as a metal artist. He won a student art show for a metal hand he made. Then he took First Place in 3D Sculpture for his metal scorpion at a spring art competition sponsored by Bainbridge Island Arts and Crafts. He…

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Red ball

Artists, Rev Your Engines: Public Art Is Back in the Money

At the Tuesday night (June 16) City Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to remove the suspension of City funding for public art. Right before doing that, they unanimously voted to approve the changes made to the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code regarding the Public Art Program. Those changes were first considered at last week’s Council meeting…

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salmon bollards

Salmon Bollards: Will City Re-Embrace Funding for Public Art and How?

In 2010, at the height of its economic woes, the City Council suspended funding for the Bainbridge Public Art Program. But the Council left open the possibility for the funding to be reinstated at any time. In February of this year, the Council started that reinstatement process, and at last night’s (June 2) Council meeting, city…

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Lindsay Masters

Lindsay Masters Named New ED of Bainbridge Arts & Crafts

Lindsay Masters gets around. She used to work for Microsoft as a writer, editor, and manager. Then she worked at the local print paper covering arts and culture news and at Arts Humanities Bainbridge, formerly known as the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, as Communications Manager. In 2013, she became Publicist for Bainbridge Arts…

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Yoga Man by Sarah Lane

Photo of the Day: Yoga Man Poses on a New Rock

Ethan Currier’s rock sculpture, a figure in Vrksasana pose, which for about 9 months until the fall of 2013 sat atop Blakely Rock and was visible from the ferry, has a new home on a pile of rocks on this rock. Currier re-erected the statue in its new permanent home at the corner of Miller and Day…

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Yoga Man to Reappear in a New, Highly Visible Island Location

Remember the giant Yoga Man in perpetual vrksasana pose on Blakely Rock visible from the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry? After the 11-foot-plus 1,500-pound granite statue tumbled from its perch on September 8 of 2013, it went into seclusion. But now Yoga Man will be making a grand statement in a new, permanent, and highly visible home on Bainbridge…

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brofsky print "The Folly of the Beast

Bainbridge Artist Lynn Brofsky Discusses Her Work & Exhibit at SAM

There is something that feels new about how Bainbridge-based artist Lynn Brofsky features the figure in her work. Nearly always women, Brofsky’s figures break convention in that they are neither objectified nor idealized, neither sexualized, sentimentalized, nor angrily reactionary. Rather, they bear intelligent witness to the scenes upon which they are painted, representing Brofsky herself as…

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Wes McClain

This Year’s Amy Goes to Wes

Printmaker Wes McClain has just been named the 2015 recipient of the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts/Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council Amy Award for Emerging Artists. The Amy Award has been given annually since 2001 to a young (they have to be under 35), emerging artist from Bainbridge Island whose work demonstrates “a sense of quality, creativity, exploration,…

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The Waypoint engraving

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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roof garden bima

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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days of the dead by Señor Codo

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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BARN

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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