BPA Art Gallery
October BPA Gallery: “Views of Utopia”
Acrylics and Watercolors by Michael Pontieri
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, October 7 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout October
Join us in the BPA Gallery for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Painter Michael Pontieri says, “Utopia means no place but it is still worth the attempt to get there.” Pontieri’s October 2016 exhibit in the BPA Gallery features narrative acrylic paintings along with a smattering of mainly decorative watercolors in fancy second hand shop frames. Visit Michael Pontieri online at nocturnalpicnic.blogspot.com. IMAGE: Harp Concert 2015 21x21cm
August BPA Gallery: "BPA: 60 Years of Storytelling"
BPA’s 60th Anniversary Season Kick-Off
Open House & First Friday Art Walk: Friday, August 5 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout August & September
Drop by August 5 for an open house and the First Friday Art Walk, along with live music, small bites, and a beer garden. We’ll proudly commemorate all that BPA’s directors, designers, actors, musicians, artists, educators, students, and audience members have undertaken and realized throughout six decades of passionate performance. Photographs, set pieces, and costumes from six magical decades of theatre, music, dance, and comedy will adorn the BPA Gallery walls as visitors enjoy a lively evening of art, food, and friends. Interested parties are requested to RSVP by emailing Dominique Cantwell. Photo: HAIR, 2015
July BPA Gallery: "Modern Takes On Traditional Quilts"
An exhibit by the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, July 1 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout July
Join us in the BPA Gallery for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. This special showing by the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild features 22 original quilts. Choosing different traditional block patterns, contributing quilters created their interpretive modern quilts. Modern quilts reflect a modern design aesthetic, often inspired by classic quilt blocks, but break traditional barriers. Imagination is often the only limitation. IMAGE: Quilt designed and made by Kerry Smith, "Off Kilter: Will It Churn Butter?” Machine quilted by Gladys Schulz. Photo credit: Kerry Smith.
June BPA Gallery: "Buildings in Watercolors"
Watercolor, collage by Cindy Heine
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, June 3 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout June
Join us in the BPA Gallery for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. This special showing by Cindy Heine includes recent watercolors of missions in the southwest, west coast lighthouses, and images from the Olympic Peninsula. Cindy’s recent work in collages is also included in the show. Visit Cindy Heine at Artylu Designs online at www.artylu.com. IMAGE: “Fireman’s Bell Tower, Port Townsend."
May BPA Gallery: "Wavelengths"
Water soluble oil on canvas by Kelly Johnston
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, May 6 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout May
Join us in the BPA Gallery for an artist reception, a fun evening of art, food, and friends. The waters surrounding Bainbridge Island and the San Juans provide endless inspiration for Kelly Johnston’s abstract seascapes. Bold brushstrokes and loosely dripping paint combine to capture the interaction of sunlight on the water’s surface. Working with water soluble oils, Johnston uses swirls of color, fluid patterns and atmospheric depth to evoke sunlight and waves at sea. Visit online at www.kellyjohnstonart.com, www.instagram.com/kellyjohnstonart, and www.facebook.com/KellyJohnstonART/. IMAGE: “Sway” 2016. Water soluble oil on canvas. 30”x 30”.
April BPA Gallery: " Air, Water, and Soil: Local Farmers on a Changing Environment"
Photography by Joel Sackett
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, April 1 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout April
Join us in the BPA Gallery for an artist reception, a fun evening of art, food, and friends, and a good way to honor Earth Day. This exhibit is informed by photographer Joel Sackett’s encounters with local farmers who shared their observations from the 2015 growing season, as well as their concerns for the future of small scale farming. The exhibit features photographs taken during the 2015 growing season. Different than previous seasons Joel has witnessed through the camera, the 2015 growing season brought a drought that went on for many, many weeks. Joel saw how it affected the farmers, and he could feel their anxiety. He heard questions like, “Will there be enough water to get through the season? How will it affect the crops? Will we have enough energy to get through the heat, extra work, and growing cycles?” These questions form the inquiry behind the photographs and text panels on display. Joel says, “Farmers are more connected to the environment than most of us. They can feel it in their bones, the air, and the soil. We should support them, and we should hear what they have to say.”
March BPA Gallery: "Flower for My Lady"
Sumi Ink on Paper by Ayan Rivera
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, March 4 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout March
Both the landscape and the community inspired a new body of work for Ayan Rivera after his recent move to Bainbridge Island. This work includes the classical subjects of bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum and plum blossom as well as interpretive departures from tradition. An ink stick primarily made of soot is rubbed on a stone with water which produces sumi ink. The intention is not so much to depict subjects as they appear but to convey what makes them alive. Sumi painting is both a creative and a mindfulness practice. Ayan paints “for the brief moments when the eye, hand, and brush move together without the mind and when letting go allows something else to move through.”
February BPA Gallery: “Painters Together”
Various Media from members of the “Tuesday Painters”
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, February 5 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout February
Join us in the BPA Gallery for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Formed over 10 years ago from classes originally led by Gillian Bull, the “Tuesday Painters” group seeks to nourish the artistic drive of its members and support their practice of creating art. Members of the group paint weekly, mainly on Bainbridge Island, in the open air throughout summer. During the wet and chilly months, the group meets to work on prior studies, or from photographs or still life setups. The February exhibit at the BPA Gallery features various media from Gillian Bull, Bridget Grant, Kaye Hansen, Joan Kinsman, Dorothy Matthews, Mary Pearce, Susan Rosenberg, Mary Stroeing, and Nikki Vick. IMAGE: Fall Aglow by Mary Agrell Stroeing; 8 x 11” in watercolor, guache, gold acrylic, and sharpie pens
January BPA Gallery: “The Art of Hanging Around”
Acrylics and Oil Pastels by Madeline Kozlowski
Exhibit runs throughout January
Islander Madeline Ann Kozlowski is an Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer whose career spanned TV, Film, Broadway, and live stage. Now retired, she’s telling her own stories on canvas and paper with acrylics and oil pastels. The exhibit runs throughout January. IMAGE: “Child’s Play”
December BPA Gallery: “The Usual Shenanigans and Other Hooplas”
Oil paintings on glass by Christopher Kroehler
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, December 4 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout December
Join us in the BPA Gallery December 4 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Christpher Kroehler’s show is a series of oil paintings on glass depicting urban life full of his cast of characters. Each of his paintings tells a story. They play at form, color, and image; experiments of expression which read beneath the surface. His attraction to pattern and detail is derived from living in Japan for sixteen years and his dedication to the stories of the figure is derived from a simple love of form and composition.
For the past twenty plus years Kroehler has been concentrating his efforts on paintings on glass. He has developed a method of dimensional painting, which utilizes the transparent quality of glass by applying paint to both the outer and inner surfaces as well as canvas backing. As a result, light plays a major role in the work by casting shadows onto the canvas through and around the painted images on the surface of the glass. In the end, the effect is the incorporation of several separate surfaces into a cohesive and dimensional whole.
IMAGE: “Zelda Was Beginning To Resemble Piper,” 20” x 34”