Photo of BIMA's first juried exhibition features 150 artists from the Puget Sound Region

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) presents BIMA Spotlight, the museum’s first-ever juried group exhibition. Six jurors reviewed approximately 3,400 artworks, submitted by 606 artists from the Puget Sound region. The result is a diverse salon-style show, filling the majority of BIMA’s two gallery floors with the work of 150 artists from the Puget Sound Region. BIMA Spotlight is part of BIMA’s 10th Anniversary celebration and closes on Sunday, September 24, 2023.

BIMA is located at 550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110. The museum is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and this summer is offering extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8:00pm (through September 2).

BIMA Spotlight was not juried along certain themes or art genres, however, several have emerged,” said BIMA’s Chief Curator, Greg Robinson. “These include environmental concerns, social justice issues, art from recycled and repurposed materials, installation work, landscapes, portraiture, and abstract art.” 

Visitors will experience a broad range of art, including: dynamic and joyful art by Jeremy Bell (Kent); quirky and captivating tin sculptures by Kathy Ross (Harstine Island); beautiful and story-filled tapestries by Carletta Carrington Wilson (Seattle); and the ceramic sculptures of Sue Roberts (Guemes Island), which are both hilarious and poignant at the same time.

“It is no surprise that much of the featured art reflects both our region and our time – one of BIMA’s primary mission goals,” continued Robinson. 

The broader region is captured in the meticulous paintings of Michael Stasinos (Seattle), the large-scale composite tree drawings of Donna Leavitt (Edmonds), and the bold landscapes of Hart James (Anacortes). Our time is literally captured by photographer Lamar Graham (Seattle), with protest images from 2020. Commitment to historical truth is further reinforced by the heart-stopping conceptual work of Charles Bloomfield, and the visually engaging and revealing paper cut art of Lauren Iida (Seattle/Grandview).

The Puget Sound region is rich in concentrations of certain visual arts media. BIMA Spotlight illuminates glass art through Patricia Davidson (Seattle) and Trenton Quiocho (Fircrest), printmaking by Eva Isaksen (Lake Forest Park), fiber/textiles by Jeri Auty (Port Ludlow), installation art by Nancy Mintz (Bellingham), and jewelry art by some of the top jewelry artists in the country – including Seattle artists Cynthia Toops, Andy Cooperman, and Virginia Causey – and Kathleen Faulkner of Anacortes. BIMA Spotlight features diverse media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture in metal, wood, ceramic, glass, and mixed media, artists’ books, fiber art and textiles, and jewelry art.

The two-story Beacon Window Gallery had a separate review process with the same six jurors. Thirty-four artists applied. Shawn Parks (Bainbridge Island) was selected for this summer, with his colorful mechanical curtains installation – subtly hinting at what may be revealed further. Two additional artists – Nikki Jabbora-Barber (Seattle), and Bella Kim (Gig Harbor) – were also selected for future Beacon Window Gallery installations.

BIMA Spotlight Jurors:

  • Eileen Jimenez (Seattle) – Artist and Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at South Seattle College.

  • Elisheba Johnson (Seattle) – Artist, Poet, Curator, and Co-founder of Wa Na Wari.

  • Ed Archie NoiseCat (Shelton) – Artist and Instructor.

  • June Sekiguchi (University Place) – Artist and Curator

  • Greg Robinson (Bainbridge Island) – BIMA Chief Curator

  • Amy Sawyer (Seattle) – Former BIMA Associate Curator

BIMA Spotlight is made possible by support from its sponsors and donors including Laird Norton Wealth Management, Stoel Rives, Murdock Charitable Trust, BIMA PRISM Fund for Cultural Programs and Celebrations, Chap & Eve Alvord, Ames Family Foundation Cultural Diversity Series, ArtsWA, Bainbridge Community Foundation, Norcliffe Foundation, Linda Brownrigg, City of Bainbridge Island, Kathy Alvord Gerlich, KCTS9, Kitsap County, Leslie & Michael Lebeau, Roy & Laura Lundgren, The Marshall Suites, Alison & Glen Milliman, Cynthia Sears, A Friend of SOLA, TEW Foundation, Ann & John Underwood.

COMPLETE LIST OF ARTISTS

Adetola Abatan (Seattle)     Daniel Adams (Seattle)     

Mitchell Albala (Seattle)     Kathryn Anderson (Tacoma)     

Wendy Armstrong (Bainbridge Island)     Carolyn Autenrieth (Seattle)

Jeri Auty (Port Ludlow)     Bill Baran-Mickle (Bainbridge Island)     

Carole Barrer (Seattle)     Jeremy Bell (Kent)     

Chaim and Yonnah Bezalel-Levy (Stanwood)

Michele Bianchi (Bainbridge Island)     Cecilia Blomberg (Gig Harbor)     

Charles Bloomfield (Lakewood)     Lauren Boilini (Seattle)

Karsten Boysen (Port Orchard)     Virginia Causey (Seattle)     

Eric Chamberlain (Seattle)     MalPina Chan (Olympia)     

Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Seattle)     Ross Collado (Seattle)

Andy Cooperman (Seattle)     Margaret Davidson (Mount Vernon)     

Patricia Davidson (Seattle)     Pat DeCaro (Seattle)     

Barbara De Pirro (Allyn)     Carina A. del Rosario (Seattle)

Al Doggett (Seattle)     Elisa Dore (Seattle)     Julie Sevilla Drake (Anacortes)

Esther Ervin (Seattle)     Kathleen Faulkner (Anacortes)     Jenny Fillius (Seattle)

Grace Athena Flott (Seattle)     Sophie Frieda (Bainbridge Island)     

Kathleen Frugé-Brown (Maple Valley)     Keven Furiya (Seattle)     

Lucy Garnett (Seattle)     Emily Gherard (Seattle)

Shanti Giese (Fall City)     Zia Gipson (Clinton)     

Gigi Godfrey (Bainbridge Island)     Noble Golden (Seattle)     

Carol Gouthro (Seattle)     Lamar Graham (Seattle)

P. Jill Green (Seattle)     Diane Haddon (Suquamish)     

Sandy Haight (Bainbridge Island)     Patty Haller (Seattle)     

Ryan Hamburger (Seattle)     Mercer Hanau (Seattle)

Stephanie Hargrave (Seattle)     JW Harrington (Tacoma)     

Vanessa Harriss (Joint Base Lewis-McChord)

Meg Hartwell (Bainbridge Island)     Pat Herkal (Port Townsend)     

Melinda Hurst Frye (Kenmore)     Lauren Iida (Seattle/Grandview)     

Eva Isaksen (Seattle)     Hart James (Anacortes)

Jeanette Jones (Seattle)     Ashley Johnson (Bremerton)     

Bella Kim (Gig Harbor)     Kitty Koppelman (Olympia)     

Donna Lark (Redmond)     Fulgencio Lazo (Seattle)

Donna Leavitt (Edmonds)     Maya Leites (Bainbridge Island)     

Donna Letterese (Bremerton)     Steve Lloyd (Anacortes)     

Margo Macdonald (Vaughn)     Anna Macrae (Sammamish)

Julie Anne Mann (Poulsbo)     Holly Ballard Martz (Seattle)     

Crista Van Slyck Matteson (Seattle)     Rachel Maxi (Seattle)     

Dorothy McGuinness (Everett)     Anna McKee (Seattle)

Catalina Mercado (Seattle)     Nia Michaels (Seattle)     

Daphne Minkoff (Seattle)     Nancy Mintz (Bellingham)     

Melissa Misoda (Seattle)     Marilyn Montufar (Seattle)

Don Moore (Kingston)     Benjamin Moreau (Seattle)     

Danis Morgan (Bainbridge Island)     Naoko Morisawa (Lynnwood)     

Hugo Moro (Tacoma)     Jacqueline Moseley (Bainbridge Island)

Lisa Myers Bulmash (Bothell)     Alan Newberg (Bremerton)     

Richard Nicol (Seattle)     Teruko Nimura (University Place)     

Bonnie Thompson Norman (Seattle)     Leilani Norman (Bellingham)

Laurie Belanus Odell (Bainbridge Island)     Barbara Osborne (Seattle)     

Mary O’Shaughnessy (Port Townsend)     Shawn Parks (Bainbridge Island)     

Jenny Pavey (Bainbridge Island)     Kyle Perry (Seattle)

Yuka Petz (Tacoma)     Charles Forrest Pitz (Olympia)     

Amy Pleasant (Kingston)     Michael Pontieri (Bainbridge Island)     

Sally Prangley (Seattle)     Jake Prendez (Seattle)

Trenton Quiocho (Fircrest)     Russ Riddle (Camano Island)     

Amy Roberts (Bainbridge Island)     Sue Roberts (Guemes Island)     

Joan Stuart Ross (Seattle)     Kathy Ross (Harstine Island)

Emma Jane Royer (Shoreline)     Lynn Rosskamp (Seattle)     

R. Leon Russell (Seattle)     Michael Scarbrough (Bainbridge Island)     

Charles Sharpe (Bainbridge Island)     Juliet Shen (Seattle)

Terri Shinn (Snohomish)     Jeanne Simmons (Port Townsend)     

David W Simpson (Seattle)     Kathleen Skeels (Seattle)     

Lynn Skordal (La Conner)     Judith Gebhard Smith (Olympia)

Peggy Smith-Venturi (Port Townsend)     Lisa Snow Lady (Seattle)     

Naomi Spinak (Bainbridge Island)     Michael Stasinos (Seattle)     

Steve Stolee (Bainbridge Island)     Tamara Stone (Bainbridge Island)

Tomoko Suzuki (Kenmore)     Jean-Marie Tarascio     

Janice Tayler (Olalla)     Cynthia Toops (Seattle)     

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor (Seattle)     JoEllen Wang (Seattle)

Sande Wascher-James (Langley)     Marc Wenet (Seattle)     

Carletta Carrington Wilson (Seattle)     Ericka Wolf (Seattle)     

Rickie Wolfe (Seattle)     Suze Woolf (Seattle)

Chandra Wu (Seattle)     Stephen Yates (Port Townsend)     

Fatima Young (Bainbridge Island)     Maria Zamora (Seattle)

The artwork used for the banner is by Lauren Boilini (Seattle), titled 'If Your Mother Only Knew,' 2022, oil on canvas, 75"h x 123"w, photo by John Froschauer. Image c/o BIMA.

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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art inspires curiosity, wonder, and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region. The art museum exhibits, interprets, preserves, collects, and promotes works of proven cultural value as well as new works by emerging artists and craftspeople.

The art museum is open daily, year-round, from 10am-5pm, and admission is always free. From June 30-September 2, 2023, the museum will be open until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. BIMA is located in beautiful downtown Bainbridge Island, at the corner of Hwy 305 and Winslow Way, just steps away from the ferry terminal, and with easy access via public transportation or by car from the Kitsap Peninsula.

BIMA is supported through contributions by members and donors like you, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Laird Norton Wealth Management, Stoel Rives LLP, BIMA PRISM Fund for Cultural Programs & Celebrations.

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