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"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.