Art Partners is a community art collaboration that brings together 3rd grade and multiage-classroom students, classroom teachers, and art specialists from the Bainbridge Island Public School District (BISD) with teaching artists and museum educators from the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA).

BIMA Teaching Artist Isobel Coney worked with elementary art specialists Katie Bonanno (Blakely), Melissa Dutton (Ordway), Paulette Manson (Mosaic & Odyssey K-8), and Jill Queen (Wilkes) over the course of two months to develop this painted wood project that was created during their class time. Each student’s painted wooden element utilizes a unique language of analogous colors – colors found adjacent to each other on the color wheel – and patterns to depict their individual “fingerprint”. This assemblage of students’ completed pieces was co-curated by Kristin Tollefson and Heather Griffin of the BIMA Education Department.

Art Partners was conceived in 2013 to foster art engagement between the public schools and the newly opened art museum. Vicky Marsing, former Executive Director of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation (BSF) wrote a grant to the Bainbridge Community Foundation (BCF), which enabled a team comprised of representatives from BSF, BIMA, Kids’ Discovery Museum (KiDiMu), and the BISD art specialists to develop this partnership framework.

This year’s project was made possible by contributions from both individuals and organizations. Special thanks for the wood and labor that was donated by Cecil and Cheryl Ross, Bob Spangler and Birgit Josenhans, Matthew X. Curry, Dick and Mary Braden, Liesl Clark, John Steiner, Michelle White, Jamie Straw, Karen Noury, along with Jeanne Huber and David Grant of Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network (BARN). 

Please join us for a public reception with light refreshments on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 2-4pm to honor Art Partners’ enduring collaboration. This work will be on display through February 5, 2017.