BPA Art Gallery

February 2018 BPA Gallery: “Watershed”

February 2018 BPA Gallery: “Watershed”
Watercolors by Michelle Van Berkom
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, February 2 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout February

Join us in the BPA Gallery February 2 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. For Mason County artist Michelle Van Berkom, water symbolizes consciousness, emotion, and spirituality. In her Northwest landscapes, she employs the medium of watercolor as a pathway into the soul. IMAGE: “The Silver Branch” – watercolor by Michelle Van Berkom

Written by Sally Jo Martine

December 2017 & January 2018 BPA Gallery: “Into the Light”

January 2018 BPA Gallery: “Into the Light”
Photographs by Dinah Satterwhite
First Friday Art Walk: January 5 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout January

Join us in the BPA Gallery January 5 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Painting with her camera, Ms. Satterwhite captures light in a somewhat surreal and very imaginative, abstract way. The images are often mistaken for paintings, as she combines manual camera settings, motion, and natural light to depict a sense of graceful motion. They’re offered as metal prints, canvas wraps, and acrylic prints. See more of Dinah’s work at www.DinahSatterwhite.com. IMAGE: "Neutral Ground"

Written by Sally Jo Martine

November 2017 BPA Gallery: “Foreign Friends”

November 2017 BPA Gallery: “Foreign Friends”
Acrylic on canvas by Mark Fredrichs
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, November 3 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout November

Mark Fredrichs' "Bald Stella"Join us in the BPA Gallery November 3 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Mark Fredrichs’ November exhibit in the BPA Gallery offers a fun romp through the unusual among us, and he hopes his collection will bring smiles to all who visit the show. While living in Mexico for a number of years, Mark picked up a brush to record the vast array of diverse people, places, and a few animals that crossed through his world. His years of study in Europe, Asia, America, and Mexico are vibrantly reflected is this very colorful display. For this collection, Mark drew from his professional history as a psychotherapist, using his trained eye to seek out the character inside and unveil qualities that are rarely revealed on the surface. IMAGE: “Bald Stella” by Mark Fredrichs

Written by Sally Jo Martine

October 2017 BPA Gallery: “Landed”

October 2017 BPA Gallery: “Landed”
Photography by Tom Ciaburri
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, October 6 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout October

Join us in the BPA Gallery October 6 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Photographer Tom Ciaburri describes his October photography exhibit in the BPA Gallery as a story about spheres that descend one spring night in the Berkshire Hills. Why they appear is unknown. What they are or do is unknown. “Landed” is about the moment of discovery, the moment when – even if just for a second – absolute belief exists, and everything is possible. Tom says, “As a kid, I always dreamed of finding some object, or witnessing an event that would forever transform my life – allowing me to transcend pain, loneliness, and normalcy – a cure-all. The characters in “Landed” see their own escape within these spheres – and maybe their own true potential.”

IMAGE: “Big Night” by Tom Ciaburri

Written by Sally Jo Martine

August & September 2017 BPA Gallery: “Breathing Room”

August & September 2017 BPA Gallery: “Breathing Room”
Watercolor Journeys to Open Spaces by Janice Harris
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, August 4 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout August & September

Join us in the BPA Gallery August 4 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Janice Harris is a Bainbridge Island watercolorist and weaver whose work reflects her journeys to spacious, usually-unpeopled places that offer respite from the often-compressed and too-often-anxious human world. Her abstract watercolors attempt to express a sense of rest, continuity, and reassurance to people yearning for a world that is larger and much older than themselves.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

July 2017 BPA Gallery: “Island Light”

July 2017 BPA Gallery: “Island Light”
Digitally Enhanced Photography by Tom Martin
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, July 7 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout July

Join us in the BPA Gallery July 7 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. Tom Martin is a Bainbridge Island artist that uses photography to create conceptual artwork, which is based on everyday life and objects. His works can appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, meanings shift, and past and present fuse. The end result sometimes radiates a cold, latent violence…and at times, a disconcerting beauty emerges. Tom incorporates a wide variety of tools to include everything from brushed acrylic overlays, digital brush work, color modification, and compositing to achieve a final variation of the original image. View Tom’s work online at www.finegrainart.com.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

June 2017 BPA Gallery: “Doors and Windows of New Orleans”

June 2017 BPA Gallery: “Doors and Windows of New Orleans”
Photography by Marc Shor
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, June 2 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout June

Join us in the BPA Gallery June 2 for an artist reception and a fanciful evening of art, food, and friends. In his month-long June exhibit at BPA, photographer Marc Shor explores the colorful and historic doors and windows of New Orleans, some of which invite you in while others shut you out. Marc is principal of Barn Door Productions, a small full-service web design/development/maintenance company with an intense focus on customer satisfaction.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

May 2017 BPA Gallery: “The Big Fish”

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

"The Big Fish"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.

Written by Sally Jo Martine

April 2017 BPA Gallery: The Many Faces of Gaia

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”

Written by Sally Jo Martine

March 2017 BPA Gallery: “Inkgarden”

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

Written by Sally Jo Martine