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DogEar: A Celebration of Artist’s Books, Printmaking & Paper Arts
Past Event

DogEar is BIMA’s first-ever festival of all things related to artist’s books, printmaking, and paper-arts, a joyous explosion celebrating the opening of Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed. Upstairs the galleries showcase a world-class exhibition of Artist’s Books, a visually stunning survey of this unusual art form, while downstairs the museum is transformed with artisan tables, paper-arts vending, and interactive programs.

Schedule of Events:

Events on Saturday & Sunday

Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed
March 2 & 3, 10 AM-6 PM
Downstairs Galleries
Artists and artisans from the region and beyond take over the first-floor galleries of the museum to display their one-of-a-kind and handmade pieces for sale. Community partners from local organizations will be present to demo printing presses and other wonders of the artist’s book and paper arts world!

Artist Vendors & Community Partners
March 2 & 3, 10 AM-6 PM
Downstairs Galleries
Artists and artisans from the region and beyond take over the first-floor galleries of the museum to display their one-of-a-kind and handmade pieces for sale. Community partners from local organizations will be present to demo printing presses and other wonders of the artist’s book and paper arts world!

Amos Kennedy Pop-Up Poster Exhibition
March 2 & 3, 10am-6pm
Toni Hall Orientation Gallery
An explosion of poster art by American printer, book artist and papermaker Amos Kennedy, best known for social and political commentary.

BIMA Book Bind Off!
March 2 & 3, 12-1 PM
Frank Buxton Auditorium
Competitive bookbinding at its finest! You didn’t know that was a thing? Competitors battle it out in a live bookbinding competition featuring unpredictable materials, audience participation, and unique, on-the-fly craftsmanship. A spectator sport for the art-geek in you.

Erasure Poetry Drop-In Art-Making with Path with Art
March 2 & 3, 11 AM-3 PM
BIMA Classroom
Create poems by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse. Using secondhand books, facilitators will guide guests through the creative process of selecting a page of text, then redacting words and phrases through pen, ink, scissors, or block print images to morph the existing page into a new-found poem.

Paper Marbling Drop-In Art-Making with Sophie Loubere
March 2 & 3, 11 AM-3 PM
BIMA Classroom
Come watch and learn about the ancient art of painting on water and creating one of a kind, mesmerizing prints. Artist Sophie Loubere leads a demonstration and answers questions about both Japanese and Turkish traditions of paper marbling.

Poetry Listening Station with Path with Art
March 2 & 3, 10 AM-6 PM
Toni Hall Orientation Gallery
Drop in and listen to deeply individualistic recordings of Path with Art student artist poetry, written and recorded for the upcoming tour of Hear & Now: Community Perceptions of Homelessness. Get an audio taste of this sound sculpture, constructed by the kinetic sound artist Trimpin in collaboration with Path with Art poetry, visual art, and musical student artists, debuting in full at SAM in April 2019.

School of Visual Concept Letterpress Hands-on Demonstration
March 2 & 3, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM and 2:30-4:30 PM
Lovelace Gallery
Get creative with a hands-on demonstration exploring the world of letterpress printing. Walk away with your own one-of-a-kind printed work of art!

Path with Art Community Partner Showcase
March 2 & 3, 10am-6pm
Steve & Harriet Davis Community Gallery
Path with Art presents a showcase of artworks created through their program, designed to use creative arts to transform the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction and trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and stability. The exhibition includes a wide variety of works, including a selection of Artist’s Books created during a workshop led by Michelle de la Vega.

Music with Lea Fetterman
March 2 & 3, Noon-2pm
Beacon Gallery
This talented violinist is a Bainbridge Island native and recent graduate of Western Washington University. She has performed with Bainbridge & Seattle Youth Orchestras, Ovation! Musical Theatre, and is currently the acting Concertmaster for the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra.


Events on Only Saturday

Artist’s Book Improv featuring The Edge Comedy Improv Group
March 2, 11-12 PM, 3-4 PM
Frank Buxton Auditorium
Your favorite island Improv artists tackle the unlikely subject of Artist’s Books, responding, riffing, and ranting their way through a series of Artist’s Books. Prepare to be surprised or confused, stimulated or stumped – but always entertained in these two performances.

The Poetry Store with Seven Bremner
Toni Hall Orientation Gallery
March 2, 11 AM-1 PM, 2:30-4:30 PM
Poet Marlene Seven Bremner comes armed with her vintage typewriter and wordsmithing capabilities and creates on-the-spot personal poetry for guests. Leave with a little masterpiece.

Cultivating, Curating, & Encouraging A Book Arts Collection
March 2, 7 PM
Reception at 6 PM
$5 Member / $7 Non-Member
Frank Buxton Auditorium
Moderated by Bonnie Thompson Norman
In the field of book arts, collectors have a tremendous influence on content, forms, and the artists who create them. What do they or can they do with this important role? How does it impact the development of a broader community and/or support education and diversity of all kinds? Audience members are encouraged to join a thoughtful conversation with the preeminent collectors featured on this panel including Sandra Kroupa, Charles Hobson, and Mary Austin.

Music by Sarah Jung
March 3, 2:30-4pm
Beacon Gallery
A senior at BHS, this young violinist has served as Concertmaster of the Seattle and BI Youth Symphony Orchestras, winning the Solo and Ensemble Contest for 3 years in a row. Winner of the 2017 Bremerton Symphony Young Artist Competition and two-time recipient of Edgar Borup Memorial, she regularly plays music at local venues, including BIMA.


Events on Only Sunday

Craft in America: Spotlight on book, print, and paper artists
March 3, 10 AM-12 PM, 2:30-6 PM
Frank Buxton Auditorium
Enjoy a specially curated selection of PBS’s outstanding Craft in America Series, focusing on everything from letterpress to papermaking, on the large screen.

Edible Books Competition
March 3, 3-5 PM
Pre-registration required
BIMA Bistro
Bookworms grab your oven mitts! Bakers get reading! The Edible Books Competition asks the public to build their tastiest food-based creations inspired by a book–anything from a literal interpretation to a whimsical punny take. Creations are presented, documented, and scored by a panel of local judges and the public for a variety of awards before the creations are consumed in celebration of this mouthwatering literary competition.