Archive for June 2015

Artistry of Flowing Script

See my article in The Seattle Times.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Sometimes I’m a bit slow focusing in on new treasures within our Northwest Coast neighborhood. It’s taken me about five years to experience the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and now I regret all that I have missed.

Located just a block from the ferry terminal, open daily, and free, this beautiful and environmentally sound building (Leeds Gold recognition) is filled with an ever changing roster of exhibits that honor and introduce the many gifted artists of the region.

On my recent visit items from the permanent collection on view included a large oil painting by Alfredo Arreguin, “Spring Sea,” a multilayered feast of color and image. Numerous examples of the exquisite silver and other metal jewelry and sculpture of Heikki Seppa were also displayed, as were craft furniture, and books.

The temporary exhibit “Cut and Bent” (curated by Bill Baran-Mickle) consists of enchanting tin art. Did you even know that there is a growing body of artists who collect recycled multicolored tin cans from flea markets and antique stores then repurpose them into imaginative, often droll works of art?

The six artists represented here offer work that is mesmerizing, charming, and often amazing. Strips, circles, leaves of tin snipped from cans and other containers, combined with bottle caps, and old tin-type photographs create trucks and cars, fanciful figures, dramatic portraits, animals, wild constructions, and abstractions. Sadly this exhibition is near the close of its run.

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Ross Palmer Beecher, My Palette # 2

There’s lots to enjoy at this Bainbridge Museum. If, like me, you have been slow to recognize its charms, check out its current exhibitions on its web site. Then take a ferry ride one nice day and sample its wares.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, open daily, free, 550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge, (206 842-4451 or biartmuseum.org).