BPA Art Gallery
May 2017 BPA Gallery: “The Big Fish”
Paintings by Neil Johannsen
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, May 5 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout April
Join us in the BPA Gallery May 5 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. When Neil Johannsen began to translate the novel The Big Fish into colorful, whimsical pieces of art, he realized that the story is about the journey of life – one that could have been borrowed from the epic poem The Odyssey, or maybe from James Joyce’s Ulysses. Challenging himself to interpret the story’s tall tales into painted pictures of the truth, Johannsen relied on the larger-than-life lessons of fish (and fishing): “Just how big WAS that fish?” “How does an artist out-fox a fish with paint and brushes?” “How can a painter stretch the truth on canvas?” In the end, Johannsen discovered that all an artist need do is seek meaning in the natural beauty around us to translate the treasure of life on this wonderful blue planet. Half of all profits from sales will be donated to Bainbridge Performing Arts. Johannsen’s work may be viewed online at www.neiljohannsenart.com.
April 2017 BPA Gallery: “The Many Faces of Gaia”
Paintings by Deborah Jane Milton, PhD
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, April 7 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout April
Join us in the BPA Gallery April 7 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. The April exhibit features the spirit-guided paintings of Bainbridge artist Deborah Jane Milton, PhD who teaches ART as a way of knowing, as a way of transforming, as a way of embracing the issues of our time on this planet. She currently teaches Painting Poetic Prayers for the World to anyone interested in creative expression. Guided by spirit, she describes the intuitive prayer painting process as “good medicine for whatever ails us, our culture, our world.” With Prayer Painting, she paints with intention, transforming “grief to grace, the scared to the sacred, anger to compassion, loneliness and estrangement to belonging and community.” Certain to be a centerpiece at Milton’s month-long exhibit in the BPA Gallery, her painting “S/He Who Hears the Whales Cry” has been in two juried shows in the past year: Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton and the Best of the Northwest Show in Port Townsend. The same painting graces the cover of the 2017 Mago Work Calendar and serves as February’s image. In addition it is featured in Deborah’s handcrafted artist’s chapbook called: Ode to Gaia, accompanied by this text: We can choose love as our true compass. With love as our bedrock, everything changes. The chapbooks can be purchased at the First Friday Art Walk or directly from Deborah.
IMAGE: “Gaia #46: S/He Who Hears the Whales Cry”
March 2017 BPA Gallery: “Inkgarden”
Featuring Bainbridge Island Printmakers
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, March 3 @ 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout March
Celebrate the vibrant printmaking community that now thrives on Bainbridge Island, and join us March 3 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends.
Artist Wendy Orville opened Inkgarden Studio in 2004, offering classes in monotype. When approached about this exhibit, Wendy responded, “I feel so lucky to be part of such a generous, joyful and committed group of artists (and friends). I found an old Inkgarden poster from the very beginning and it said ‘Cultivate your creativity within a safe and supportive community. Explore ideas, develop skills, and liberate your imagination.’ I started the workshops without a clue if there would be any interest. I remember standing in the recently renovated studio space, holding my son, Gabe (he was about one) and thinking what have I done? Will anyone come? So here we all are. What an adventure!”
IMAGE: "Port Townsend Triptych" by Wendy Orville; Photo: Nick Felkey
February 2017 BPA Gallery: “Backyard Chickens”
Unique Chicken Portraits by Matt Pedersen
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, February 3 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout February
Help bring the chickens “home to roost” for their second showing at the BPA Gallery First Friday Art Walk. Join us February 3 for an artist reception and a fun evening of art, food, and friends. Unique chicken portraits on cedar and humorous chicken block prints by local artist Matt Pedersen highlight his passion for the urban farm movement. The chicken portraits express the stoic qualities of the subject through detailed wood burned images, while his colorful small scale prints bring to life the peculiar personalities of chickens and their owners.
IMAGE: "Snow Cap," Pyrography and Watercolor
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.