This Saturday, November 18 at 2PM, come witness the unveiling and unfolding of a new, larger-than-life artwork inspired by the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree, created by artist Colette Fu during her month-long residency at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way East). Fu has gained recognition for her intricate compositions melding photography and pop-up paper engineering. Many of her works are featured in prestigious institutions such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the West Collection, and numerous private and rare archive collections.

This work by Fu is a commission for The Cynthia Lovelace Sears Collection, and was inspired by the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, a popular shrine in Hong Kong. According to local superstition, they hold a magical ability to make wishes come true as visitors write down their wishes for the new year, tie them to an orange, and then toss them up into the tree’s branches. At the opening, visitors will also have the opportunity to participate by crafting their own oranges to wish upon.

Like the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree, the tree will be a banyan tree, which has special significance in many cultures. It is considered sacred and represents numerous virtues including growth, strength, perseverance, longevity, immortality, wisdom, enlightenment, and the quieting of the mind.

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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. 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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