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Bainbridge About to Bloom for the 26th Time

The 26th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour opens this Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.

The Bloom is the primary fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. BIAHC Executive Director Barbara Sacerdote described this year’s tour: “We have something for everyone in this year’s garden tour, from an awe-inspiring landscape with a vista view of Rich Passage, to gardens designed on a smaller scale, the studio and gardens of renowned painter Gayle Bard, and of course music throughout the two-day tour.”

Landscape Melodies

Landscape Melodies

Bard’s garden, Living Canvas Garden, is described as having been designed with an artist’s point of view. Landscape Melodies Garden features terraces and Asian-inspired bridges. Sculpted Serenity is three gardens fit into small spaces surrounding neighboring townhomes. Dance of the Natives Garden features centuries-old conifers and a water feature. The Midsummer Takes Center Stage Garden includes a giant beach-inspired firepit and a “wildspace” play area.

Locations of the gardens are kept secret until the first day of the Bloom Tour when ticketholders get the addresses.

You have a number of options for attending the tour:

Preview Day | Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $60
Preview Day tends to be a quieter experience. Preview Day tickets are good for both Friday and Saturday admission. There will be live music, master gardeners, and docents throughout the garden locations.

Bloom Patron Tour | Friday | $230
Get a chauffeured, guided tour with certified horticulturalist and arborist Andy Navage, Director of Horticulture at The Bloedel Reserve. Included are complimentary snacks and an elegant lunch at Greg Atkinson’s Restaurant Marche. Saturday admission is included if you wish to return on your own and revisit favorite spots.

Dance of the Natives Garden

Dance of the Natives Garden

General Admission Day | Saturday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $30
There will be live music, master gardeners, and docents throughout the garden locations. Agate Pass Transportation will provide shuttles between the gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required, but please call the bus company in advance to reserve seats. Walk-ons at the Bloom Hub or the Ferry Terminal are also welcome if space is available. Contact Agate Pass at (877) 981-2002 for reservations and more information on the shuttles.

Bike the Bloom | Friday and Saturday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $25
Bike directions and racks are available.

Living Canvas Garden

Living Canvas Garden

Bloom Garden Party | Sunday | 12 p.m. | $175
Debbi and Paul Brainerd will host the party at their Bainbridge Island waterfront home.

The Bloom Hub is at the Filipino-American Community Hall on High School Road. Tickets for Bainbridge in Bloom are available for purchase at the website as well as at Bainbridge Gardens and Bay Hay and Feed.

Sculpted Serenity

Sculpted Serenity

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Photos by Dave Gibson. Featured photo shows Dance of the Natives Garden.

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BIMA party

Night at the Museum: One Heckuva Party at BIMA (w/ Photo Gallery)

A jester on stilts and an Oompa Loompa (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame) greeted guests at the front doors of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) last night, December 13, for a lavish evening to remember hosted by BIMA architect Matthew Coates.

In a kind of thank-you gesture, which happened to fall on the 6-month anniversary of the Museum’s opening, Coates pulled out all the stops to celebrate the impressive achievement of those who created the Museum, as well as those whose creations it was created to showcase.

As if the art itself was not adornment enough, the party featured a live Marie Antoinette serving table; intricately appointed mimes in green, blue, red, and gray; a magician full of surprises; a lively band; and twinkling holiday decor. Champagne, martinis, and wine flowed freely, as did the schmoozing among museum supporters.

Matthew Coates, Bill Carruthers, Cynthia Sears, Gayle Bard

Matthew Coates, Bill Carruthers, Cynthia Sears, Gayle Bard

Chef Greg Atkinson, his wife Betsy, and their Restaurant Marché crew dished up delicacies that included oysters on the half-shell, mushrooms on a bed of phyllo dough, steak kabobs, Brussels sprouts with squash, bacon-wrapped dates, and mini sandwich thingies with fresh greens. The “hearty appetizers” were followed by a colorful array of unusual and tasty desserts, such as plum cake, green tea cake, and chocolate balls.

An evening highlight was the presence of artist Gayle Bard, whose bold work is currently exhibited in the Museum’s lovely second floor space.

More surprises ensued. Coates presented founding visionaries Bill Carruthers and Cynthia Sears with original art works by Gayle Bard. With help from three volunteers, the magician levitated a woman about 1.5 feet out of her chair with what appeared to be a genuine Reiki-like energy. And going again with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme, Matthew Coates surprised the crowd with a secret hidden golden coin in one of the boxes of chocolate handed out to guests. The winner received a hardbound copy of BIMA’s book A Singular Vision, about the Gayle Bard exhibit.

Crab legs on ice

Crab legs on ice

In another display of thanks, the Coates Design crew was treated to appreciative applause for their work on the Museum building.

Executive Director Greg Robinson proudly announced the Museum’s tally of 32,000 visitors thus far, and stated for the record that it would continue to welcome visitors free of charge through 2014. Robinson also told me about his journey from jobs in more renowned museums to the rewards of working for the fledgling BIMA, where he said he has the creative freedom to curate shows without the dictates of large prepackaged touring exhibits that often appear in more established venues.

Judging by the presentation of the two current exhibits by Richard Jesse Watson and Bard, in addition to the permanent displays, Robinson is doing an exquisite job of displaying an eclectic mix of artistic work with coherent narrative, thematic integrity, and aesthetic appeal, while optimizing places for visitors to engage with and contemplate what they are seeing.

The architectural achievement of the Coates design was evident in the versatility of the space as an appealing party venue in addition to a forum for displaying top-notch art, from hanging sculpture, to intimate viewing boxes, to large-scale paintings, and more.

The Bard and Watson exhibits run through January 5, 2014.

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Photos by Julie Hall.

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Take a Look Inside: An Exhibit of Our Best People Profiles

From artists to chefs to farmers to eccentrics to survivors, little Bainbridge Island is home to more than its share of people with talent, style, personality, and guts. Part of it is privilege, but part of it is a capital of creativity and intellect here that has tended to expand by the law of attraction.

Here at Inside Bainbridge we’ve just scratched the surface of this community’s local shine and color. Nonetheless we’ve also documented some singular people with stories to tell. Here are highlights (in no particular order other than roughly most recent to least):

  1. Bainbridge Performing Arts Actor and Supporter Bob Cederwall Dies Suddenly
  2. Bainbridge Artist Gayle Bard’s Wallop of an Exhibit Headlines New Things at BIMA
  3. A Tribute to Islander and Decorated Vet John ‘Bud’ Hawk
  4. Bainbridge Activist, Aviator, Author, and Actor Bob Burkholder Dies at 90
  5. The Blakely Rock Statue Mystery Unveiled
  6. Birthday Girl “Skipper” Turns 100 on Mother’s Day, Gives Insight into Life and Longevity
  7. An Interview with “Best Chef” Hitchcock Owner Brendan McGill
  8. A History of Bainbridge’s Beloved Frog Rock
  9. For Amy-Winning Island Artist Raquel Stanek Life Is a Mosaic of Change
  10. Gloves Are Off: Artist Peggy Vanbianchi Reaches out to the Birds
  11. Director of Bainbridge Dance Center Succumbs to Cancer: A Talk with Her Son
  12. Downtown Association Head Tells Her Story of Being in Need on Affluent Bainbridge
  13. Daughter’s Brush with Texting Driver Spurs Dad to Create Lifesaving App
  14. The Kid Behind “Operation Blue Piggy”
  15. Bainbridge’s Julia Bringloe 7th Woman Awarded Flying Cross Medal; Amelia Earhart Was the 1st
  16. Bainbridge’s Sweet Dahlia Baking Makes Eating Sublime
  17. An Interview with Bainbridge Blueberry Farmer Stacy Lewars, One Year In
  18. A Bainbridge Farming Dynasty Comes to an End
  19. Mother of Bainbridge Teen Killed in Tolo Crash Talks About Her Life and New Book
  20. Bainbridge Filmmaker Tells Stories of Seattle Homeless Youth in “Invisible Young”
  21. Three BHS Grads and a Pal Tackle Poverty: See the “Living on One” Premiere
  22. Bainbridge Author Fred Moody Takes on the Catholic Church in His New Memoir
  23. Bainbridge Island’s Dynamic Dino Season Bearer
  24. An Interview with Bainbridge’s Jonathan Evison, Winner of the PNBA Book Award
  25. Meet Bainbridge Island’s Friendly Juggling Jogger
  26. Kitsap’s Krista McDonald Named National Deputy Sheriff of the Year for Role in Walmart Shootings
  27. Bainbridge Island’s “Happy Chicken Sign” Lady Brings Style to Urban Farming
  28. Bainbridge Puts Its Arms Around Nellie
  29. The Wizard Behind the “Hobbit House”
  30. Psychologist Helps BI Emergency Responders Manage Stress, Heal Wounds
  31. An Interview with Chef Greg Atkinson
  32. The Heart and Mind Behind Bainbridge Arts
  33. Bradley Tatum: Monster Musician
  34. Aleta McClelland: Ace Astrologer
  35. Artist Profile: Kenna Moser
  36. The Elves Behind the Hwy 305 Holiday Lights Display
  37. Morgan Terry Rocks Bainbridge Island Radio Club
  38. Co-Founder of The Island School Nancy Leedy Retires After 34 Years of Monday Morning Sings
  39. Teri Cole: Island Treasure, Dog’s Best Friend
  40. All-Women Polar Trekkers’ 10-Year Reunion


Photo courtesy of Caza_No_7.

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East Endicott Road, Adams County, by Gayl Bard

Bainbridge Artist Gayle Bard’s Wallop of an Exhibit Headlines New Things at BIMA

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s new headline exhibit is not one that sits quietly and politely requests your contemplation. Island artist Gayle Bard’s giant oil landscapes, most barely contained by thick black frames, fly open like windows on sweeping vistas and blast a breeze in your face.

The exhibit occupies the entire main Rachel Feferman Gallery. After you get a glimpse of what is to come in the top-of-the-stairs Cynthia Sears gallery, you enter through the double glass doors into a transformed space. BIMA staff and volunteers have completely altered the museum landscape, moving and repainting walls and adjusting lighting to make space for and to best display Bard’s work. They have relied on as much natural lighting as possible—too much bulb light would have reflected unnaturally off the canvases and diminished the ability of the paintings to “absorb” viewers.

Steptoe Canyon Road by Gayle Bard

Steptoe Canyon Road by Gayle Bard

In much of Bard’s work there is the merest thumbprint of human activity but without the human presence, which creates a haunting effect. Farm- and rangeland are unoccupied. A painting named after a road doesn’t show the road. Trimmed hedges and lone deciduous trees mark an otherwise empty landscape. A suitcase sits open on a bed. A Mexican mountain range is viewed only through a grate covering a window. Two paintings targeting the war in Afghanistan are stone windows framing darkness.

Bard’s intricate and impossible structure-sculptures offer small lens 3-D views of an unoccupied nursery or a sunlit house with no one home, dotted with vestiges of the people, the baby, the family who were once there, including a drawer containing a baby shoe and black and white photo, a Christening dress, and a mirror reflecting only the viewer.

Gayle Bard

Gayle Bard sculpture

The mirror is a playful nod to Velázquez and his Las Meninas. Connecting Bard’s work with that of Velázquez and other Spanish masters is entirely appropriate. Like Velázquez or Zurbarán, Bard is a master of the interplay between light and dark. Just as a bit of light will reflect off a pewter tankard in a Zurbarán painting, in one of Bard’s landscapes eerie light touches on the surface of water or a storm cloud is beautifully backlit. Just as the dark borders of a Velázquez or El Greco painting are as carefully painted as the light center, Bard takes as much time on the shadows of trees, a cloud-shaded mountainside, a storm sky.

Her resume is as long as her paintings are large. She has been included in a wide list of exhibits. She has created public art for a vast array of entities including the Washington State Arts Commission, Bainbridge Island City Hall, the King County Arts Commission, the Capitol Terrace in Olympia, the Bainbridge Island Public Library, and Virginia Mason Hospital. She is represented in numerous public collections including Microsoft, the City of Seattle Northwest Special Collection, the City of Seattle Water Department Collection, and the City of Seattle City Light Portable Works.

After you can shake yourself away from Bard’s paintings, visit the gift shop to peruse the full-color artbook created specially by BIMA for the occasion of the exhibit and the archival quality giclée prints of two of the artist’s landscapes.

Hermit by Richard Jesse Watson

Hermit by Richard Jesse Watson

Also opening at BIMA is the Richard Jesse Watson exhibit in the ground floor gallery. Port Townsend-based illustrator Watson is prolific—he’s illustrated more than a dozen children’s books— and versatile, hard to pin down in terms of style. Part Jan Brett, part Norman Rockwell, part N. C. Wyeth, and part Rube Goldberg, Watson can capture a rabbit’s curiosity, explore a forest through a child’s eye, send a flying machine skyward, and spook with a firelit storyteller. He has an easel on display too and kids can look through the books he has illustrated.

Don’t miss the new exhibit in the Sherry Grover Gallery of Cynthia Sears’s private collection of artists’ books. I spent a good twenty minutes marveling at the myriad ways artists have interpreted the concept of “book.” Don’t miss Barbara Helen Berger’s two book creations hanging on the wall.

Star Gazer and Infinity Within by Richard Jesse Watson

Star Gazer and Infinity Within by Richard Jesse Watson

And when you’re done with all that, stop at the newly “soft-opened” BIMA Bistro and enjoy its light, contemporary design. True to the Northwest focus of the museum, the bistro emphasizes regional suppliers, locally grown foods, and local beer, wine, and coffee, including a special BIMA blend made by Grounds for Change. Starting next week, the Bistro will be offering French press pots of coffee as well. Can’t decide what to have? Staff will make a “curated sampling flight” for you so you can taste a variety of offerings. The Bistro has been designed so that the facilities can be used for catered parties and events.

Admission, as always, is free, and the museum is open seven days a week. It’s located at the corner of Winslow Way and 305.

Montañas de Guanajuato by Gayle Bard

Montañas de Guanajuato by Gayle Bard

Skagit Flats by Gayle Bard

Skagit Flats by Gayle Bard

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Photos by Sarah Lane. Featured photo shows East Endicott Road, Adams County, by Gayle Bard.

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Play Winslow

Weekend on the Rock October 11-13, 2013: Green Ogre and Pancakes

Here are Inside Bainbridge recommendations for the weekend of October 11-13, 2013:

1. Building a Sustainable Economy (BASE) Lecture Series  with Kelsey Marshall of Grounds for Change
When: Friday, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Kelsey Marshall, co-founder of Grounds for Change, talks about his cool sustainable, low footprint biz.

Register at BI-Business.eventbrite.com.

2. Shrek, the Musical, Opening Reception
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Avenue N.
Why: The green ogre offers a reception.

3. Shrek, the Musical
When: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: BPA, 200 Madison Avenue N.
Why: The green ogre takes to the stage. Did you know the musical won a Tony? Well, it did. (Did you know it was a musical?) BPA applies its own big-talent spin.

Tickets: $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for students, youth, military, and teachers @ 206.842.8569 or www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org

4. BIMA Exhibit: Gayle Bard, A Singular Vision
When: Starting Friday
Where: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East
Why: BIMA’s new exhibit features Gayle Bard, one of the Northwest’s most respected artists. Her abstract landscapes are lovely and weird, like places in a dream.

Near Colfax

Near Colfax by Gayle Bard

5. Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Breakfast  
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Fire Station 21, 8895 Madison Ave.
Why: Combine fire truck rides with pancakes and you get a complete protein.

6. About Boating Safely  
When: Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Island Waterfront Community Center, 370 Brien Drive SE.
Why: This 8-hour Boater Safety course taught by members of the USCG Auxiliary qualifies you for a Washington State Boater Education Card, something you can use to show off at parties. It might even get you invited onto your friends’ boat.

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

7. Seattle Opera Preview: Daughter of the Regiment 
When: Saturday, 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N.
Why: Norm Hollingshead prepares you for Gaetano Donizetti’s opera about two young lovers busting through social barriers.

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