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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 Island Working Studios will share their wares at three locations on the Island.

The BIST features 48 different artists from Bainbridge and around the region, working in a wide variety of media. The following map shows the locations of the studios:

BIST map

On the tour you’ll see the work of James Adams, Paula Ensign, Erin Corke, Erica Applewhite, Gayle Bair, Jean-Claude Louis, John Keppeler, and Yoshiko Yamamoto, among many others.

Erica Applewhite

Erica Applewhite

Erin Corke

Erin Corke

Gayle Bair

Gayle Bair

John Adams

John Adams

Jean-Claude Louis

Jean-Claude Louis

Paula Ensign

Paula Ensign

Yoshiko Yamamoto

Yoshiko Yamamoto

Johan Keppeler

John Keppeler

The BIWS tour is based in the studios of Cecil Ross and Mesolini Glass and at Sweetlife Farm. You can view the map here. Don’t miss Garth Edwards’ enamels, a variety of food-based crafts at Sweetlife, Asha Kent’s garden luminaries, and James Bender’s Northwest Coast Art.

Asha Kent

Asha Kent

James Bender

James Bender

Garth Edwards

Garth Edwards

Tonight is also First Friday Arts Walk in downtown Winslow. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy the opening receptions for exhibits at the library, The Island Gallery, and BPA, among other venues.

Photos courtesy of the artists. Featured art by Paula Ensign.

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Weekend on the Rock, August 7-9, 2015: The Studios and the Pie

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of August 7-9, 2015:

1. Wild About Trees
When: Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: The Gallery at Grace, 8595 NE Day Road
Why: Drawings, paintings, and engravings by a group of Northwest artists “who share a deep affinity for trees”: Donna Leavitt, Cheryl A. Richey, and Elizabeth Reed Smith. The artists will donate a percentage of art sales to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

2. Project Backpack
When: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Helpline House, 282 NE Knechtel Way
Why: Take a moment this weekend to drop off supplies, a backpack, or a $$ donation for Project Backpack, which makes sure kids in need can be ready for school. If your kid needs the supplies, sign up at Helpline.

3. Bainbridge Working Studios Summer Celebration
When: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Three island studios—Cecil Ross Studio (12851 Madison), Mesolini Glass Studio (13291 Madison), & Sweetlife Farm (9631 Summerhill Lane) throw open their doors and offer their irresistible wares, going tête a tête avec le Studio Tour.
Why: See it all here. Get a tease here:

acrylic painting by Sharon von Ibsch

Acrylic painting by Sharon von Ibsch

4. Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Click here for sites
Why: Five studios. So many artists, I don’t want to count them. Every kind of craft/art you can imagine. Drive yourself around and browse.

5. Art in Action: Folded Magic Books
When: Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (Gallery or Classroom), 550 Winslow Way East
Why: Drop-in art experience. Just stop by and make something, in this case a book from a single sheet of paper.

6. Summer Movie Matinee: Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
When: Friday, 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Words cannot express. Don’t ask. Rated G.

Barbara Winther Kachinas7. Barbara Winther, Kachina Paintings
When: Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Well-known Winther’s favorite topic: the Kachina. Winther will give a short presentation about Kachina dolls at 6 p.m.

8. First Friday Art Walk: Meet YA Novelists
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Eagle Harbor Book Co., 157 Winslow Way E
Why: Authors Sharon Huss Roat, Hilary T. Smith, and Stephanie Oakes will talk about writing for a YA audience.


9. First Fridays Art Walk
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Winslow
Why: Food and art, food and art.

Bounce by Andrea Lawson

Bounce by Andrea Lawson

10. Pets on Parade Opening Reception
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E, #120
Why: Artists Andrea Lawson, Don Hazeltine, Woodleigh Hubbard, Sandy Haight, Gerardo Aguayo, Lionel Parra, Wendy Dunder, Julie Anne, Diane Turner, Ashley Licht, and Taryn Kiko Takara share their takes on pets. A reception with the artists features music on the plaza by the Anne Pell Jazz Trio.

11. First Saturday Trunk Show: kimber elements Jewelry
When: Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (Museum Store), 550 Winslow Way East
Why: It’s very slick, It’s very moderne. It’s very esoteric. Seattle jewelry and sculpture artist Kimber Leblicq uses non-traditional jewelry materials like silt and flint to make things you wear on your body.

kimber elements jewelry

kimber elements jewelry

12. Planetarium Show “First Look at Pluto” at Ritchie Observatory
When: Saturday, 8-9:30 p.m.
Where: Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive NE
Why: The planet gets downgraded to an orb, or something, and that’s just about the time when we arrive to take pictures. Well, here’s your chance to see what New Horizons found on the cold hunk of rock. There will be a Special Kids Show at 6 with Dr. Erica.

Free to members, $2 donation suggested for nonmembers, and $5 for families.

13.  Bike for Pie
When: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park, Winslow Way, 301 Shannon Dr SE
Why: What better reason to bike? Imagine a carrot on a stick, only the carrot is pie. That’s why you ride. Read more here. 

14. Mindfulness Retreat for Teens
When: Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Bodhi Center, 6717 Marshall Road
Why: They say you’ll learn how to find balance and excel under pressure. (But will you learn to hang up your wet towel in the bathroom? Where’s the mindfulness retreat for the grownups?)

$75. Learn more here.

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Weekend on the Rock December 6-8, 2013: A Heap of Studios and Artists

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of December 6-8, 2013:

1. Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
When: Friday-Sunday, 9 a.m-6 p.m.
Where: At studios around the Island
Why: More than 60 artists at 9 studios featuring art ranging from pottery to paintings to textiles to photography. It’s free, you drive yourself, and you can spread out your visits over three days. Read more here.

2. Bainbridge Working Studios Winter Celebration
When: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Cecil Ross Studio, at 12851 North Madison Avenue NE, and Raquel Stanek Studio, at 9590 NE Lovegreen Road
Why: More artists! More studios! Cecil Ross shows his wood sculptures & fine art furniture, Carrie Goller her oil and encaustic art, Suzanne Arkless her fine art jewelry, Sue Tuttle her pit-fired pottery, Raquel Stanek her fused glass and mosaics, Charan Sachar her ceramics, and Melinda West her art, baskets, and jewelry.

For more information, visit www.BIWorkingStudios.com.

3. 2oth Annual Christmas in the Country
When: Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: At studios, homes, and farms around the Island
Why: Even more artists and craftspeople plus Santa photos, free pony rides for kids, music, and treats.

For more information, visit www.christmasinthecountry.info.

"Noir Cat" by Susan Wiersema

“Noir Cat” by Susan Wiersema

4. Susan Wiersema Exhibit at 1st Friday Art Walk  
When: Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Wiersema shows her acrylics and watercolors featuring the feline form. Light refreshments provided.

5. The Sock Monkey Diaries Opening Reception
When: Friday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: Sally Jo Martine’s sock monkeys take on a range of personalities in this exhibit: goats, bunnies, dogs, elves, antelopes, babies, and even breast-cancer survivors.

Sock Monkey Diaries

6. First Fridays Art Walk
When: Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Winslow
Why: Food, art, and holiday decorations. Maybe even snow.

7. Saul Tannenbaum’s Claus for Celebration and David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (opening reception at 6:30)
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: Two happy holiday performances. The Santaland Diaries is based on David Sedaris’s work experience as Crumpet the Elf in the Macy’s Santaland display. You can imagine things won’t go well.

Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for students.

8. About Boating Safely  
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Community Center, 370 Brien Drive, SE.
Why: This 8-hour class offered by the local Coast Guard Auxiliary will earn you your Washington Boater Education Card.

Cost is $35 per person or $50 per family. Pre-register with Grant Winther at (206) 842-5862 or gawsail@sounddsl.com.

9. Holiday Pet Pix to Benefit KHS
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bay Hay and Feed, 10355 NE Valley Rd
Why: Pose with Rex Thunderears, Eartha Catt, Lavinia the Cow, and whomever else you’ve got in your menagerie, plus Santa. You’ll get your pictures printed on the spot. Proceeds benefit the animals of the Kitsap Humane Society.

Schedule your photo time. Send an email to events@kitsap-humane.org to book your photo session. For more information, call (360) 692-6977, ext. 1216.

Holiday Village10. Holiday Village at Bloedel Reserve
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Why: Because for some reason everyone loves to look at miniature towns and trains during the winter holidays (why is that?). I do too. Throw in some cider and decorations and you might never get rid of me.

Admission is included with admission to the Reserve. Closed Mondays. $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and military, $5 for students 13 and older, and free for children 12 and younger. Half-off adult admission on December 7, 2013.

11. Parent’s Night 0ut, Kid’s Night in with The Nutcracker  
When: Saturday, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Ballet, 9720 Coppertop Loop NE, #201
Why: Drop off your kid with the dancers who are Red Cross certified babysitters. The Nutcracker characters will show up and, ideally, not get into a war. Pizza and snacks for the kids.

For children ages 4-10. Reserve your spot by e-mailing info@bainbridgeballet.com. Proceeds benefit Bainbridge Ballet Competition Dance Team. $35. Discount for additional siblings.

12. Tingstad & Rumbel at Island Center Hall
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd.
Why: For 28 years Grammy Award-winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have made a point of being home, here on Bainbridge, for a performance over the holidays.

Advance tickets are available at (206) 842-2306 ext. 118 or at Vern’s Winslow Drug. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Students tickets are $10.

It's a Wonderful Life13. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and The EDGE Improv
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: What? Is it 1947? Huh? I wouldn’t know because I wasn’t alive then, but this is going to be a lot like the first time around apparently. What a cast: Steve Stolee, Frank Buxton, John Ellis, John Green, Matt LeDorze, Fred Saas, Andrew Tribolini, Fred Nicholson, Ann Wilkinson Ellis, Mike Grigoni, Diane Walker, Barbara W. ten Hove, Dee McComb, Greg Millerd, Emile LeDorze, Nobell Bennett, Ruby MacFarlane, John Anderson, Sue Anderson, Ken Ballenger, Frank Buxton, Cynthia Lair, Susan MacPherson, Bhama Roget, Andrew Shields, Chris Soldevilla, and Matty Whitman. There are zero degrees of separation here. Plus sound effects!

14. Christmas Ships in Eagle Harbor  
When: Saturday, 8:30-10 p.m.
Where: Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island Public Dock
Why: The Argosy Christmas Ships arrive in Eagle Harbor with carolers. From 8:30 to 9:30, the Bainbridge High School Band performs. Hot cocoa sales support the BHS band. At 9:30, the Argosy Ships arrive in Eagle Harbor. At 9:35, the Dickens Carolers take the stage. You can join in the festivities by decorating your own boat.

Contact the Bainbridge Island Yacht Club at www.the-biyc.us or (206) 855-4108.

15. Local Holiday Gift Show
When: Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Beads of Bainbridge, 162 Bjune
Why: More arts and gifts! How can a person choose? At Beads of Bainbridge nine local artists and small businesses will set up booths in the shop to sell their jewelry, holiday ornaments, cosmetics, essential oils, handmade greeting cards, and pottery.

Nutcracker16. The Nutcracker Preview  
When: Sunday, 1:30-2 p.m.
Where: Kids Discovery Museum, 301 Ravine Lane NE
Why: The Olympic Performance Group pays a visit to KiDiMu to perform a selection of their dances from The Nutcracker and to meet kids with ballet aspirations.

Free with admission or membership.

Another Letter to Father Christmas17. Another Letter to Father Christmas and Holiday Sing-Along
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison
Why: Barbara Deering wrote and directed this play for kids, which involves an ill Father Christmas, an evil Gatekeeper, and elves.


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The Winter Studio Tour Celebrates 30th Anniversary with the Work of 60 Artists

This upcoming weekend, December 6, 7, and 8, the Bainbridge Island Winter Studio Tour will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with nine studios presenting some of the best Northwest arts and crafts. More than 60 artists will be showing their work in a variety of media from textiles to yard art to jewelry to painting to photography to pottery.

All studios are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of the three days. Browsers and shoppers can expect musicians and carolers, hot cider, and cookies. Each studio will be offering a free raffle of a basket of art.

The tour is free and self guided so you can break up your visits to three studios a day or cram them all in on one manic shopping campaign.

Be sure to look for Elizabeth Van Duine’s paper cuts. Van Duine is a practitioner of Kirie, a Japanese art form involving the cutting out of negative space, sometimes combined with backlighting. She has created a paper cut map of Bainbridge Island that you’ll want to see.

"Own It" by Elizabeth Van Duine

“Own It” by Elizabeth Van Duine













Also check out Tim Celeski’s unique wood furniture designs. He takes a traiditonal art and infuses it with unusual touches that give it a modern feel.

"Curvy Bench" by Tim Celeski

“Curvy Bench” by Tim Celeski














Özlem Gültekin is a Turkish artist who just moved to Bainbridge. She applies traditional Turkish designs to pottery.

"Turkish Tulips" by Özlem Gültekin

“Turkish Tulips” by Özlem Gültekin













Joan Wells uses found upholstery ends and samples fabric and leather to make tote bags, bucket bags, sling bags, designer bags, and party bags.

"Geometric 12" by Joan Wells

“Geometric” by Joan Wells













Tegan Wallace has an eye for design as you’ll see in her contemporary, stylish, and edgy metal jewelry. She first studied metalworking at BHS.

"Fissure Cuff 12" by Tegan Wallace

“Fissure Cuff” by Tegan Wallace













Yoshiko Yamamoto studied sculpture at Tama Art University in Japan and then classical music and modern American and Japanese history at the University of California, Berkeley. She co-founded The Arts & Crafts Press in Berkeley after teaching herself the craft of letterpress printing. Don’t miss her woodblock and linoleum block prints, with each color printed separately on a Vandercook printing press.

"Colvos Passage Late Summer" by Yoshiko Yamamoto

“Colvos Passage Late Summer” by Yoshiko Yamamoto











Bainbridge photographer Darryl Schmidt will be selling limited and open edition framed and unframed prints and greeting cards. He will also be showing his hand bound, hand printed book Walking Meditations. His work has been shown at Photographic Center Northwest, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and Newspace Center for Photography.

"Snow Trees" by Darryl Schmidt

“Snow Trees” by Darryl Schmidt













Terry Siebert works with Majolica, a white base glaze overpainted with color, and gives the traditional Spanish pottery a Northwest stamp.

"Rose Vase" by Terry Siebert

“Rose Vase” by Terry Siebert













Rick Stafford developed his own ceramic process based on the Japanese technique of Neriage. His process involves melting glass at 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. His quest is to capture the feeling of a “glass quilt” in his work.

"Fish Plate" by Rick Stafford

“Fish Plate” by Rick Stafford












To see sample of the work by all the artists go to the Studio Tour website. You can also get your studio location map there or at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.

Photos courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. Featured photo is “Some Days Are Like This” by Elizabeth Van Duine.

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Weekend on the Rock August 9-11, 2013: Studio Tours!

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of August 9-11, 2013:

1. Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Where: At studios all around the Island
Why: See what craftsmen and -women from around the region have been up to on this self-guided tour. No tickets needed. Go every day this weekend if you want. Read more here.

Download tour map here.

2. Bainbridge Working Studios Summer Celebration
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Where:  Cecil Ross Studio, 12851 Madison Ave NE, and Mesolini Glass Studio, 13291 Madison Ave NE
Why: Wait! Déja vu. No, this is a different studio tour, and it’s no coincidence that it’s on exactly the same days at the same times. Read more here.

For more info., visit www.biworkingstudios.com or email bainbridgews@gmail.com.

3. Composting Class
When: Friday, 1-2 p.m.
Where: In the garden at the Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Does composting seem like one of those good ideas that you just can’t seem to get your head around? Get your questions answered for free during this one-hour workshop with master composter John Barutt. See? You didn’t even know there was such a thing as a master composter. You’ve got a lot to learn, young grasshopper.

4. Summer Movie Matinee: Fantastic Mr. Fox
When: Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Again with the free. This is a very good movie that adults will enjoy too, and it’s based on a book by the wicked Roald Dahl. Plus, George Clooney.

5. Rose & the Nightingale
When: Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Bloedel Reserve, 7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Why: Imagine it’s the 19th century again, and wood nymphs are playing violin, cello, piano, and trumpet, and singing words written by poets that celebrate the bond between nature and the human spirit, in three-part harmonies no less, all of this happening as the sun sets on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound surrounded by beautiful gardens. No kidding. This is actually happening.

Tickets: $35 for non-member, $30 for member, $15 for children 13 years and younger. For info. call 206-842-7631. Or purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.

6. Movies in the Park
When: Friday, 8:30-11 p.m.
Where:  Waterfront Park, 402 Brien Drive SE
Why: More free stuff. Get sleepy on Bainbridge while watching Sleepless in Seattle from your lawn chair in the park. Movie Maven TJ Faddis is emcee. There will be games and prizes too.

7. Frog Day
When: Saturday, 11-11:30 a.m.
Where: KiDiMu and downtown Winslow
Why: You know all those frogs around town? Come to the dedication and naming ceremony at the museum. The artists will be there and kids can enjoy a frog-themed activity (catching flies?). Followed by a frog scavenger hunt downtown, which might occupy your three-year-old all day. Read more here.

Free with membership or admission.

8. Books at Battlepoint
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Battlepoint Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive NE
Why: I don’t know when reading became a public activity, but reading in a beautiful park sounds nice. You and your fellow readers can turn pages together and eat your picnic lunches near the gazebo by the duck pond. Try not to get peanut butter on your book.

9. Planetarium Show: “Strange Optical Phenomena”
When: Saturday, 8-9 p.m.
Where: Ritchie Observatory at Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive NE
Why: Maybe you’ve never wondered about how the Sun, the Earth’s atmosphere, and space particles can combine to produce strange optical phenomena. I haven’t, but I have wondered how a combination of fingerprints, dog’s noses, and the lenses of my eyeglasses can. In any case, astronomer Dave Fong will explain. After the show, stargaze through the telescopes of BPAA astronomers and catch the meteors from the Perseid Meteor Shower.


10. Judaica Gift Shop Open House
When: Sunday, 2-5 p.m.
Where: Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Road
Why: The Gift Shop got some new stuff including candles from Israel, menorahs, jewelry, traditional and ritual items, and works of art. Peruse during this special Open House.

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Iris Expression by Shirley Sakatani Skiftsad

New Participants Among 46 Artists in Upcoming 13th Annual Studio Tour

August 9-11, you have the chance to check out the work of 46 regional artists showcased at six Bainbridge studios. Among those 46 will be some new participants this year.

"Jason's Choice" by Shirley Sakatani Skifstad

“Jason’s Choice” by Shirley Sakatani Skifstad

Silverdale artist Shirley Sakatani Skifstad, who created this year’s Tour poster, is one of them. Skifstad’s poster features blue-iris-most-definitely-à-la-Van-Gogh, although (a) the artist cites Monet as one of her biggest influences, (b) she says she was inspired by the koi her grandparents brought back from visits to Japan, and (c) her work demonstrates the skillful light-dark contrast reminiscent of the great masters, those European painters predating the 19th century. You’ll just have to see it to get a sense of what I mean.

Drop necklace by Anne Briggs

Drop necklace by Anne Briggs

Two new studios on the tour this year are those of Sylvia Carlton and Anne Briggs. Carlton is a horticulturist who specializes in painting flowers. Her work is included in the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. She is the founder of Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA), and she teaches art for the Bainbridge Island Department of Parks and Recreation. Briggs makes jewelry art unique and pretty enough for Firefly’s Inara Serra to wear it, gutsily mixing metals, forging, soldering, stamping, and using repoussage (or reverse hammering).

Visit the studios any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on any or all of the three days. Get a map and information from the Studio Tour website or the Chamber of Commerce.

Sylvia Carlton (on the left) at her studio

Sylvia Carlton (on the left) at her studio.













Anne Briggs at work in her studio

Anne Briggs at work in her studio.













Photos courtesy of Bainbridge Island Studio Tour.

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Two Well-Known Local Artists Split from the Studio Tour, Start Their Own

For more than a decade, woodworker Cecil Ross and mosaic artist Raquel Stanek have been part of the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. But now, even though Ross was one of the founders of the summer portion of the annual event, the two artists are parting company with the Tour and embarking on a new venture: Bainbridge Working Studios (BWS). Their goal is to get back to the core essence of a studio tour, which they define as working studios with open doors, where people can meet and interact with the artists. They hope to achieve this through a networking organization that preserves the decision-making power of its artist members.

Their new website, at www.bainbridgeworkingstudios.com, which they expect to launch soon, will help to promote—and serve as a networking portal for—local artists, many of whom, Stanek said, have never participated in the Tour. The idea is for local artists to be able to connect with and open their studio doors to the public collectively on pre-determined weekends or individually on any weekends of their choosing. The public will be able to download a map of the studios from the website to plan their own visits. Visitors will then be able to meet with each artist in his or her own “natural habitat,” so to speak, as opposed to in an offsite venue where numerous artists are gathered. The website will also serve as a directory of local studio-based artists. Ross said there is a similar organization on Whidbey Island.

Ross wanted it to be made perfectly clear that they are not in any way “dissing” the Studio Tour. “Without it,” he said, “I would not have had the success I’ve had.” But Ross and Stanek have philosophical differences with the way the tour is now being run and they are eager to get back to a “grass roots” type of organization in which the artists have a say in what direction it takes.

Ross explained that, three years ago, the Studio Tour adopted a nonprofit corporate model in which a steering committee was elected to represent the interests of member artists. Last year, he thinks for tax purposes, the nonprofit part became “for profit,” although, he said, the organization makes sure to reinvest all proceedings, so there’s not actual profit anyway. It’s not the for-profit designation that bothers him but the corporate model that takes decisions out of the hands of the artists themselves.

“Bigger is not better,” he said, referring to the fact that the Tour now rents six halls to accommodate the many—up to 80—artists, more than half of whom, he said, are not from the island. He wanted to make it clear that his objection to the greater number is not elitist—instead, he described the growth as a loss of identity, diluting the Bainbridge Island nature of the event. He said that what the Studio Tour has become is, in fact, an art fair.

Stanek said she is hoping that BWS will be able to offer tours to coincide with Wine Tour weekends, for example, when the seven local winemakers open their doors to the public. And Ross talked about connecting with local B&Bs, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Arts and Humanities Council to come up with ways to connect different experiences for visitors to the island.

Image by Brooklyn Museum.

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Weekend on the Rock: August 10-12, 2012

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of August 10-12, 2012:

1. Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Selected studios around the Island.
Why: 64 artists, 7 studios and gardens

For more info. visit www.bistudiotour.org.

Grow Community2. Grow Community Model Home Tours
When: Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Grow Community, Grow at Wyatt.
Why: These beautiful on the outside homes have got to be good looking in the inside too. Get a tour and find out what the hoopla is all about. Read more here.

3. Summer Movie Matinee: The Dark Crystal
When: Friday, 3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N – www.krl.org. Free

  • Jim Henson classic fantasy
  • Rated PG
  • Free

Arms Around Bainbridge4. Swim, Bike, Row, Walk or Run for Arms Around Bainbridge
When: Saturday, 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: All around the Island (literally!)
Why: Raise money to support Islanders with life-threatening illnesses and load up on endorphins. Read more here.

5. Friends of the Library Book Sale
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N
Why: Good books, cheap. Stock up for fall reading.

6. Bainbridge Island Safeway Wine Tasting Event
When: Saturday, 12-4 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Safeway, 253 High School Road
Why: Free wine: Desert Wind Cabernet Sauvignon, Desert Wind Meritage (Ruah), and Desert Wind Merlot.

7. Indie Banditas Benefit for The 122
When: Saturday, 12-8 p.m.
Where: Messenger House, 10861 Manitou Boulevard
Why: It’s for The 122! Good music, cool T-shirts, food, handmade crafts. Read more here.

8. Music of India w/ Steve Oda, Ty Burhoe, & Gina Salá
When: Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Grace Church, 8595 Day Road

  • Classical India music featuring Oda on Sarode, Burhoe on Tabla, and Salá on mic.
  • Just $15 if you get your tickets at Pegasus, and $20 at the door.


9. The Dusty 45s at Bloedel Reserve
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Bloedel Reserve
Why: Maybe you’re one of those people who likes all kinds of music. These guys do jump blues, surf, twang country, and rock and roll. They were voted Best of Seattle three years in a row by the Seattle Weekly. Complimentary light refreshments. Libations for sale.

$30 ($25 for members).

Julie Duke Band10. Ladies Play the Blues Mini-Fest at Bloedel Reserve
When: Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Where: The Bloedel Reserve
Why: Maybe blues are your thing. Check out Julie Duke and her band, the West Coast Women’s Blues Revue with Alice Stuart and Teri Anne Wilson, and Lady A and the Baby Blues Funk Band. Complimentary light refreshments. Libations for sale.

$30 ($25 for members).

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Studio Tour Highlights

Lucky for the artists and tour goers, the Bainbridge Island 2011 Summer Studio Tour kicked off yesterday with winning weather. The Tour continues today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are six host houses with numerous artists featured at each location, totaling 53 artist vendors in all.

The Tour is free, unless you buy something, which is difficult not to do along the way, as there is likely to be something to catch your eye at each stop, whatever your taste or price range.

From metal sculpture to jewelry, mosaics to glass art, fine furniture to textiles, wood sculpture to photos, paintings to prints, tile art to pottery, there is much to admire among the wares of these Island and regional artists. My tour, by bicycle, did not allow me to examine every exhibit with care, but here are some highlights.

Nikki Wheeler: Fiber and mixed media

Nikki Wheeler: Fiber and mixed media

1. Dancing Spirit Studio. The first stop on the Tour is hosted by doll and fairy maker Danna Watson at her funky artist’s home and yard, decorated in a charmingly eclectic mix of art she has collected over the years. Danna has been a Bainbridge Studio Tour artist for 25 years, and she has been hosting since they started the summer outdoor Tour 11 years ago. The setting is so much fun you might find yourself, as I did, interested in pieces from her personal art collection. But there is plenty of displayed art for sale under the tents to attract interest here, such as Nikki Wheeler‘s lively fiber and mixed media art and Lori Barrett‘s mixed media idiom paintings, prints, and cards featuring the artist’s representations of common idioms and their histories, such as “two peas in a pod” and “egg on your face.” Also here are Grace Harris‘s silver wire and gemstone jewelry, Lauri Hewitt‘s lampwork glass bead jewelry, Mark Purdy‘s pottery and tiles, Syndi Sterling‘s paintings and prints, and Christine Townsend‘s quilts, textiles, and wearable arts.

Gayle Bair: Pottery

Gayle Bair: Pottery

2. Oho Design Studio. Gayle Bair‘s striking clay art caught my eye here. Featuring crows, crows, and more crows, along with other animals surrounded in mostly black and white design, Bair’s unique clay work combines art and function in illustrated plates, bowls, teapots, and French butter dishes. Bair’s background in graphic design is reflected in her highly detailed and finely wrought pottery. You can find her work at the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market, where she is a weekly vendor. About her crows, she says, “People either love crows or hate them. It is never in between.” I am in the former group, and proud of it. Also here are Jenean Cameron‘s acrylic abstracts, Connie Castellano‘s jewelry, Hollie Clark‘s (OHO) fleece clothing, Amy Gibson‘s recycled magazine art, Teresa Francesca Muzzi‘s jewelry and garden art, Senovia Paulino‘s jewelry, Sienna Rivas‘s oil paintings, and Nancy Travis‘s recycled silver jewelry.

Sofia Christine: Copper icons, jewelry, and altars

Sofia Christine: Copper icons, jewelry, and altars

3. Siebert Pottery Studio. There is plenty of talent at here, including Terry Siebert‘s colorfully decorative Majolica pottery plates, Todd and Elizabeth Butler‘s fine wood furniture, and Anne Briggs‘ mixed metal jewelry. Erica Applewhite‘s black and white and subtlely colored block print cards of Northwest images and commonplace objects drew my eye. The most unusual art here is by Sofia Christine, who creates altar and pocket icons and jewelry using reproductions of her handpainted acrylic images varnished onto hammered copper and framed in handmade wood frames. Her images are inspired by Byzantine iconography and Southeast Asian temple art. Also here are Catherine Martinez‘s paintings, Su Olsen‘s beads, and Dinah Satterwhite‘s photo image art.

Dick Strom: Welded metal sculpture from recycled materals

Dick Strom: Welded metal sculpture from recycled materals

4. Cecil Ross Studio. Raquel Stanek‘s large blue mosaic turtle fountain welcomes visitors to the yard of the Cecil Ross Studio. Her often large and always colorful mosaic creatures strike playful poses, drawing the attention of the child in all of us. Dick Strom is here, too, with a large sprawling display of yard art wrought from recycled metal. Strom has been making metal art for 25 years, and he displays some of his most popular pieces at this year’s show, such as salmons and cats, as well as new work, including a flowered climbing vine made for a mailbox post. He was delighted to learn that his ’47 Packard metal mailbox art had been featured recently here on Inside Bainbridge in our Name That Mailbox series. But he wished he had been the winner of the free movie tickets. A native Islander, Strom’s metal art can be found adorning the yards of many Island homes and businesses. Also here are Mary Edwards‘s jewelry, Sandra Hall‘s hats and cute vegetable pillows, Barbara Judy‘s beadwork and fiber jewelry, John Keppeler‘s fused glass, Cecil Ross‘s woodworking, Shannin Strom-Henry‘s colorful handbags, and Peggy Williams‘s fused glass jewelry.

Gregg Mesmer & Diane Bonciolini: Glass art for home and garden

Gregg Mesmer & Diane Bonciolini: Glass art for home and garden

5. Mesolini Glass Studio. Gregg Mesmer‘s and Diane Bonciolini‘s glass art is hung everywhere you look around their yard, sparking sunlight and inspiring visitors to imagine they have stepped into a glittering alternate world. Also featured are Asha Kent‘s outdoor lighting pieces, combining sustainably harvested wood, glass, stone, and metal craftsmanship. There is Passiko True‘s “girlie” sterling silver jewelry and Diana Cronin‘s bright porcelain pottery. At Paula Gill‘s tent, I especially liked her textured woodblock-style tiles in glazed orange-brown on off-white backgrounds. They are mostly of birds and other animals, expressing her “deep connection with nature.” Gill explained to me she uses wood carving tools and paint brushes to create her unique textured effect. Also here are Chantal Griffis‘s hand-woven jewelry, Suz O’Dell‘s silver and bronze jewelry, Sue Skelly‘s vintage button art, and Lee Stollar‘s wood bowls.

Marguerite Wagner: Reclaimed hardwoods transformed

Marguerite Wagner: Reclaimed hardwoods transformed

6. Hidden Cove Pottery. It was fun to peek into the working pottery studio of hosts Michael and Donna Day, who specialize in botanical-themed printed porcelain. Their work includes plates, Christmas ornaments, and light switch covers. Another treat at this last stop on the Tour is Marguerite Wagner‘s reclaimed hardwood art. Using over 60 types of wood taken from scrap piles of Northwest carpenters, Wagner lets the shape and grain of each piece of wood inform her artistic process. To my eye, her most striking pieces are the ones that incorporate small black stones she told me she collects from a beach on Hood Canal. Many of them resemble the trees from which they are made. Also here are Kathy Doll‘s fiber art, Peggy Foy‘s jewelry and enamels, Marja Huhta‘s fused glass jewelry, Shari Hutchison-Walker‘s paintings, Robert and Suzanne Nankervis‘s jewelry and photography, Haden Starbuck‘s fiber art and jewelry, and Todd Stephens‘s clay art.


Photos by Julie Hall, 2011.

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