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There were no visitors left in the halls of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Sheila Hughes had been working late during her first week as the museum’s executive director when she decided to walk up the wooden stairs, the summer sun still gleaming through the wide glass that follows the curve of the museum’s water-facing front.
She entered a room at the back of the gallery where celebrated Seattle artist Barbara Earl Thomas had created a sanctuary of hanging paper cuttings and poems. Tears welled up in Hughes’ eyes.
This fine survey of painter Robert McCauley’s work over the last 25 years lets you savor his visual extravagances while tapping into his urgent environmental concerns. Almost all the work in it is accompanied by a comment from the artist, revealing how the playful appearance of his paintings has serious intent behind it.
“Women in Photography,” now showing at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, offers a startling range of texture, technique and content by 10 Puget Sound-area artists. The show includes large-scale Polaroids, pinhole-camera landscapes, iPhone captures and classic gelatin silver prints. Photograph-as-document sits side by side with photograph-as-sorcery.
"Is it me or is there a Black arts explosion in the midst of this death cycle?"
C. Davida Ingram sent me that question recently.
If you are exhausted and numb from the news, but still care deeply and don't want to drop out of this cultural moment of tangling with race in America, you should spend time looking at what these artists have made.
Barbara Earl Thomas’ paintings sing right out with a linear flow as distinct as a rising melody. That visual musicality has been a touchstone of her work since the 1980s, making it as instantly identifiable as Emily Carr’s or Jacob Lawrence’s. Her personal iconography — besieged human figures in loving embrace, crows as trickster-companions-cum-predators, books as capacious homes for the mind to inhabit — has provided a through-line of subject matter over the decades.
Opened in June 2013 in the waterfront town of Bainbridge Island, BIMA is just a five-minute walk from the ferry terminal that brings passengers across Puget Sound from Seattle. But BIMA’s curators aren’t concerned with any big-city competition.
On Wednesday, May 21, more than 70 participants in the American Alliance of Museums Conference held in Seattle took the ferry over to Bainbridge to get a tour of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art led by BIMA architect Matthew Coates and Museum Director Greg Robinson. The AAM annual meeting is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world, bringing together 5,000 museum professionals from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.
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LEED certification is tricky for museums, which must carefully regulate temperature and humidity. That makes this brand new building in small-town Washington all the more remarkable.
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Bainbridge Museum of Art Walkable. Local. Free. Even if the area’s newest art center didn’t have a bold mission to show off arts and crafts of the Kitsap Peninsula, it would be an exciting addition to the cultural landscape. The very eco--friendly building uses geothermal energy and has a solar-paneled roof, a roof garden, and an indoor stage made of bamboo.
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has chosen Bainbridge artist Gayle Bard for the museum’s first major solo retrospective, museum officials announced Monday. Bard's long and rich career will also be charted in images and words in an 88-page book that will be published in conjunction with the retrospective by the new art museum.
Creatively focused, eco-obsessed, possessing an urban sensibility and locavore leanings, beautiful without being braggy—the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) might well be considered the embodiment of the island community itself. And just as the residents prefer the island’s laidback vibe to Seattle’s comparative bustle, BIMA supporters and staff have no intention of trying to compete with mainland art institutions, such as Seattle Art Museum. Instead, the focus is on contemporary work by artists from the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas and the western Puget Sound region.
On June 14, the Bainbridge Museum of Art will open on Winslow Way, just a short walk from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. The museum is dedicated to local and regional contemporary art—specifically artists from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. Best part: Admission is free.
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has announced its first exhibits for the new museum's opening on June 14.
Museum officials said Sunday that the Jon and Lillian Lovelace Gallery on the first floor will showcase pieces from the museum's growing permanent collection, which now includes a hundred works of art donated from private collections.
February 9, 2018 - MOMENTUMBIMA announces Momentum, a month-long festival of world class artists, authors, musicians and poets
January 13, 2018 - smARTfilms: Love in Any LanguageBIMA continues its smARTFilms Series with Love in Any Language on Tuesday, February 13 through March 13, 2018
December 1, 2017 - smARTfilms: Film NoirBIMA continues its smARTFilms Series with Film Noir on Tuesday, January 9 through February 6, 2018
November 1, 2017 - Nadine Kariya Eye on Artist LectureMaster Metalsmith Nadine Kariya presents an Eye on Artist Lecture at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Sunday, November 12
October 23, 2017 - Dia de los Muertos CelebrationDia de los Muertos celebration returns to BIMA — welcome home the spirits of deceased loved ones at this event honoring a traditional Mexican celebration
September 6, 2017 - Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Exhibitions
August 17, 2017 - Within/Earshot Jazz FestivalBIMA announces the first annual Within/Earshot Jazz Festival Coming October 2017
July 26, 2017 - Amra/Arma ConcertBIMA presents legendary performance group Amra/Arma featuring tribute to composer/founder Stanley Lunetta and special guest Jherek Bischoff
June 20, 2017 - Summer 2018 ExhibitionsBIMA launches its Summer Exhibitions with group show Women in Photography on Saturday, June 24
March 12, 2017 - Volunteering at BIMAVolunteer opportunities abound at BIMA
March 6, 2017 - Spring 2018 ExhibitionsBIMA launches its nature-revering Spring Exhibitions with standout solo show Featherfolio by artist Chris Maynard
March 1, 2017 - Art Talks! Lecture SeriesBIMA and LibraryU present Art Talks!
January 27, 2017 - LEED Gold CertificationExpanded solar array boosts BIMA to LEED Gold certification