BPA Art Gallery
January 2017 BPA Gallery: “Our Silent World”
Photography by fifteen deaf children on Bainbridge’s sister island, Ometepe
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, January 6 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout January
Head to the BPA Gallery January 6 for an artist reception and an inspirational evening of art, food, and friends. Taken by fifteen deaf children on Bainbridge Island’s sister island, Ometepe, in Lake Nicaragua, the photos in this exhibit reveal the children’s unique view of the world around them. The purpose of the project was to give these children the opportunity to express themselves creatively to the deaf and hearing communities on both islands. In January of 2015 a small group of Bainbridge Islanders carried to Ometepe fifteen new digital cameras, which were generously donated by members of the Bainbridge Island photo club. With the assistance of a local Nicaraguan Sign Language interpreter, the group taught the children how to use the cameras. The instructions to the children were simple: “tell us your story, show us your friends, your family, your island, and your lives.” Learn more about the project online at www.BOSIA.org.
December 2016 BPA Gallery: “Gifts of Northwest Light”
Oil Paintings by Millard (Mick) Davidson
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, December 2 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout December
Join us in the BPA Gallery December 2 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. The December exhibit features recent landscape oil paintings of Bainbridge artist Millard Davidson who paints in the style of Russian Impressionism. Millard (Mick) Davidson has transitioned from his Bainbridge architectural practice into a full time painting career in the Russian impressionist tradition. He strives for distinct moods in his landscapes based on his emotional reaction to the scene and accurate color relationships. Recently returning to Bainbridge Island from Tucson and Alamos, Mexico, his paintings hang in the Pacific Power and Gas collection, the Ella Carothers Art Museum, and in private homes throughout the country and Sonora, Mexico. He is a signature member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists.
November 2016 BPA Gallery: “Around Trees”
Photography by Paul Brians
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, November 4 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout November
Join us in the BPA Gallery November 4 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Paul Brians’ wide-ranging collection of photographs depicts trees living, fallen, rotting, or burned; as seen through their branches, bark, leaves, seeds and flowers; as backgrounds or frames for other subjects, with people in trees, and trees in all seasons. Almost all of the photographs were taken on Bainbridge Island in gardens, parks, and other landscapes. Trees here were a large part of what first attracted Brians and his wife here, and they both volunteer for the BI Land Trust’s work in conserving our trees. He is author of the photo book “Four Seasons on Bainbridge Island” and photographer for the second edition of “Walks on Bainbridge.”
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.”