Photo of BIMA's Summer Exhibitions Bring Iconic PNW Artist George Tsutakawa Back to the Forefront and Tackle Zines as Artist's Books!

Bainbridge Island, WA - Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) will open the first of its summer exhibitions on Friday, June 24, 2022 with a peek Eva Funderburgh: Mythical Worlds, which explores Eva's ceramic and bronze beasts. On Friday, July 1, BIMA will open George Tsutakawa: Language of Nature, a major showing of work by the legendary Seattle painter and sculptor, and A to Zine, which examines zines through the lens of artist’s books. Also on display will be Blake Blanco: We All Dream, Common Threads - Dreaming of Home With Queer Youth and Elders, and a showing of works from BIMA’s Permanent Art Collection. BIMA’s summer exhibitions are made possible with support from Laird Norton Wealth Management, Stoel Rives, The Ames Foundation, and Leslie & Michael Lebeau. The exhibitions are open daily from 10am-5pm and admission is free. The Museum is just steps away from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal at 550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Complete exhibition listings can be found at www.biartmuseum.org/exhibitions/.

Opening June 24, 2022
Eva Funderburgh: Mythical Worlds
Through August 28

BIMA is delighted to host Seattle-based artist Eva Funderburgh in her first solo art museum exhibition. Featured are over twenty wood-fired ceramic and bronze sculptures, reflecting Funderburgh’s world of mythical beasts. The exhibition includes a swarm of two-hundred ceramic “fliers,” suspended together in an installation titled Murmuration. Funderburgh’s processes mix both control and relinquishment of earth and fire, revealing complex primal instincts, familiar gestures, and dreamlike narratives.

Eva Funderburgh, The Invader, bronze, porcelain, steel base, Collection of the Artist.

Opening July 1, 2022
George Tsutakawa: Language of Nature
Through October 9

BIMA honors Seattle native and master artist George Tsutakawa (1910 - 1997) with a major showing of his work, refreshing his legacy for the next generation of Pacific Northwesterners. A regional and international icon, his last major retrospective was produced by Bellevue Arts Museum, with a book by the University of Washington Press in 1990. We are excited to bring his work back to the forefront with this retrospective that focuses on Tsutakawa’s work from 1950 forward and features sculptures, paintings, drawings, and lamps from family, private, and regional art museum collections — including one working fountain. An exhibition catalog is available through the BIMA Store starting July 1.

George Tsutakawa, 1910-1997 (Seattle), Rocks and Waves, 1987, oil on board, Private Collection, photo by John Pai.

A to Zine
Through October 9

This group exhibition invites a discussion of self-published and non-commercial print works, including zines, within the context of artist’s books. A to Zine showcases work that can be produced in multiples and is typically affordable and accessible. Included are comics, poetry comics, zines, pamphlets, as well as artist’s books. Works reflect diverse topics and themes that have inspired artists – including the political, humorous, quirky, poetic, image-driven, social justice-related, and historical. Included are free downloadable and desktop printed artist’s books from the Quarantine Public Library to letterpress printed editions. What defines an artist’s book or not? Where do you draw the line?

Blake Blanco: We All Dream (Image on top - Room With a View, c/o BIMA/Artist)
Through August 28, 2022

Blake Blanco (Seattle) presents paintings, monotypes, and sculptures mostly started before, yet impacted by, the COVID-19 pandemic. This series reflects our lives as engaged during that time — mostly indoors or together virtually, rather than in person, physically. Blanco views life through a surrealistic lens exploring religion, mythology, and the side effects of a societal landscape dominated by social media. Blanco’s mixed media works reveal impacts on the human psyche, with scenes from the serene to the bizarre. Attached objects (collage, found, and household items) heighten both the familiarity with, and emotions felt, while engaged in Blanco’s world.

George Tsutakawa, 1910-1997 (Seattle), Eternal Laughter, 1966, bronze, Private Collection, photo by John Pai.

Selections from The Permanent Art Collection
Through August 28

BIMA features both newer and older art acquisitions, donated from regional collections. Summer offerings include works by William Slater, Denise Harris, Joseph Goldberg, and Jan Hoy.

Special limited exhibition: Common Threads - Dreaming of Home With Queer Youth and Elders
June 3 through 26

Common Threads is a celebratory installation of LGBTQ+ Pride co-created by community groups and queer artists around the Puget Sound region. Visitors are invited to experience perspectives of belonging shared by local LGBTQ+ youth and elders, and to reflect on what it means to feel “at home” in a family, community, or museum gallery.

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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 10am-5pm. Free admission. All COVID-19 precautions can be found here.

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. Visit their site and follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

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