The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is Open!
Bainbridge Island has long been an art-loving community, which is evident in the state-of-the-art Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). In fact, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is one of the first things you’ll see after exiting the ferry terminal – it stands at the intersection between Highway 305 and Winslow Way, the main arterial through downtown Bainbridge. Though BIMA closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on the even of unveiling their new exhibits, they are now open to the public again.
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art truly is a must-see activity when visiting us, but there are many more art galleries, studios, and spaces to explore, too. In order to have time to adequately see them all, we recommend spending at least 1 night on Bainbridge Island. There is a variety of lodging on Bainbridge Island, including hotels, B&Bs, and Airbnb properties. You can see all the listings and check availability on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association website.
What’s New at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is a stunning space. The building itself is a work of art and has been welcoming visitors to the island since opening in 2013. Inside, the museum houses a broad collection of works from regional artists. The exhibits rotate frequently and feature a variety of artistic mediums, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and more.
Their current exhibits, which will all be on display through December 31, 2020, include the following:
- Fiber 2020, which explores diverse ways artists are working in fiber and textiles. There are more than thirty-five artists featured, and they include a wide range of media.
- Anna Teiche: Fragments, which is her first solo art museum exhibition. Teiche is a local artist from Bainbridge Island. She’s a painter and fiber artist that focuses on textile patterns and bright motifs. \
- Peregrine O’Gormley: Old Tree, is another regional artist, from La Connor, who is being showcased in his first solo art museum exhibition. This major show combines various series of work, including sculptures of wildlife in carved wood, bronze, stainless steel, and mixed media.
- All Sorts (No Licorice!), is a new exhibit featuring a new rotation of art by Bainbridge Island Museum of Art founding board member, Cynthia Sears.
- Bainbridge Island Studio Tour Artists exhibit is a welcome sight at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art his year, as the much-loved and celebrated fall Studio Tour was canceled due to COVID.
- There are also some Selections from the Permanent Collection on display, including works by works by Debbie Fecher-Gramstad, Denise Harris, and Paul Marioni.
Art Galleries and More on Bainbridge Island
Though the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is an absolute must while you’re in town, there are a number of other artistic venues worth visiting. Whether you want to browse local art galleries or work with your hands to make a creation of your own, there is something for every art lover on Bainbridge Island. Here are a few places to start:
- The Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network, locally known as BARN, is a wonderful new nonprofit community center for artisans and makers. Not only do they provide an incredible resource for local artisans, but they also host a variety of events and classes.
- Bainbridge Arts and Crafts is an art gallery featuring the works of several local artists. They also have a number of educational and artistic outreach programs throughout the year.
- The summer Bainbridge Island Studio Tour was virtual, but hopefully this winter we’ll be able to get back out to tour these incredible local studios.
- There also are a number of beautiful art galleries to visit on Winslow Way.
- The First Friday of every month is the local Art Walk, which is a fantastic time to get acquainted with the arts here on Bainbridge.
Though a lot of people make the trip to Bainbridge Island for the day, there’s so much more to see and do in this incredible place. We recommend planning at least an extra day or two here, to explore all the different facets of local culture on Bainbridge Island. Come see what kind of lodging we have in store for you, then book your getaway to our island today!