Bainbridge for Art Lovers
If you are interested in art, Bainbridge Island is the perfect place to explore. No matter what the weather, the museums and galleries on the island are open for all to enjoy. The Art Lovers three-day itinerary protects visitors from the wind and rain while providing them with experiences they won’t soon forget. All you need to do to begin your journey is hop on the ferry in Seattle, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Day 1: Downtown Winslow
As soon as you land on Bainbridge Island, be prepared to hit the ground running! Your first stop is in downtown Winslow, The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). The museum and store are open daily from 10 am – 6 pm, with a Bistro that closes at three. Admission to BIMA is free and it takes only five minutes to walk to the museum from the ferry, and if you drive, parking is free! BIMA was founded in 2013
and has grown exponentially since its inception. They have welcomed visitors from around the world and feature artists primarily from the Puget Sound Region. If the weather is nice, be sure to check out the BIMA roof garden on the second floor! After spending an hour or two exploring the museum, be sure to stop by their bistro for a slice of cinnamon bread, a savory tart, or salmon tartine. The bistro also serves local beer and wine as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.
After enjoying a delicious and satisfying meal, make your way to the next Winslow Art Lovers stop, The Art Project, a gallery and studio space established in 1952 and originally titled Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. The gallery features 6,000 works of art and supports over 200 artists annually. The non-profit gallery space is located just two blocks west of BIMA on Winslow Way and is open on Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm and on Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. The Art Project also provides education through classes and events for the community like First Friday gallery openings and Artist Insight lectures on the first Saturday of every month.
At the end of the day, enjoy a French dinner in Winslow at Restaurant Marche. If you choose to dine here, be sure to call ahead for a reservation. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is lovely, so the space books up quickly. We recommend trying the Trout Meunière, a dish made with local Trout, browned butter, parsley potato gratin, and sauteed greens.
After dinner, head to your lodging by one of the island’s many modes of transportation. If you are looking for a fun place to stay, check out one of the many options here!
Day Two: Around the Island
Good morning, art aficionado! Today you will embark on a journey to another area on the Island. First, you will make your way to BARN, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network. You may want to call ahead of time or look online to sign up for a class. At BARN you can take an art class, with a variety of options offered. Whether you are new to art or a well-practiced professional, there are courses for everyone! Why not try something different, like glass fusing or welding. Classes are priced differently based on materials provided and the instruction given. If you are interested in joining a workshop, check out the calendar on their website to see what will be offered while you are on town. Depending on what time your workshop is held, you may need to rearrange the schedule of activities provided here.
A great way to fill the rest of your day is with a tour of sculptures and public art across the island. There are four different sculptures on the island sponsored by the Public Art Committee. Check out the three most recent sculptures: Hand in Hand by Will Robinson in Waterfront Park; Three Color Spires by Gerry Newcomb located at the harborside plaza near the southern end of Madison Avenue; and Iris Flare by Lin McJunkin and Milo White near the intersection of Winslow Way and Ericksen Avenue. The sculptures are part of a recent project titled Something New started as a way to support artists in the Pacific Northwest and encourage art in the culture of Bainbridge Island. The sculptures will rotate yearly, yet will be located in the same places around downtown Winslow. The fourth installation, titled, Tribute Baskets, is located near the ferry in Waypoint Park and exemplifies the conglomeration of four distinct cultures; Suquamish, Japanese, Filipino, and Scandinavian, in Bainbridge Island’s own unique culture.
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Day Three: Back to Winslow!
Downtown Winslow has so much art to offer that we’re taking you back for a second time! Before you begin your art adventure for the day, stop in at Blackbird Bakery for a gooey cinnamon roll or even a gluten-free morning glory bun. Once you finish your breakfast, head over to Danger, a gallery and shop on Winslow Way. Well loved by locals and visitors alike, this is a popular stop on the island. Not only do they feature more traditional art forms, but they also have jewelry, furniture, and handmade body products. When you enter the space, be sure to engage in conversation with whoever is working there, it’s likely that they are an artist themselves! Each item is locally made, and they would be happy to provide you with information about the artist or creator. Their collection rotates often, so there is always something new to look at or to take home with you!
Next, walk down Winslow Way to The Island Gallery, where you can view textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and sculptures by established and emerging artists. Check out this gallery on the first Friday of the month for a special opening and musical performances. This gallery will give you a true taste of the Northwest with many pieces inspired by the local landscapes.
After visiting Danger and The Island Gallery, there are many ways to end your day. You can see a show at Bainbridge Performing Arts, check out Winslow Art Center, see a movie at Bainbridge Cinemas, or check out seasonal art events at Bloedel Reserve.
If you are hoping to visit soon, plan your trip around one of the island’s best art events, Bainbridge Island Plein Air. Come to watch local and visiting artists as they paint scenes across the island en Plein air. After the painting concludes, participants and observers are welcome to a gallery exhibit and sale of the pieces painted throughout the 3-day event. During the art exhibition and awards ceremony, enjoy local wine and chocolate.
Whatever you choose to do, Bainbridge Island has a wonderful variety of art for you!