BPA Art Gallery
April 2018 BPA Gallery: “What I Do”
Abstract acrylic paintings by Mary Ann Tollefson
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, April 6 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout April
Join us in the BPA Gallery April 6 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. The works on display offer intriguing examples of what fuels Mary Ann’s creative energy. Each piece reflects a challenging process of imagining, manipulating, and then defining the combined elements of color, composition, and balance – regardless of the subject or medium. These efforts at restructuring come together at some point, and are resolved in a work that is complete. To Mary Ann, it just feels right.
March 2018 BPA Gallery: “Lost Edges”
Acrylic Paint on Plexiglas by Brian Sostrom
First Friday Art Walk: Friday, March 2 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Exhibit runs throughout March
Join us in the BPA Gallery March 2 for an artist reception and an enjoyable evening of art and friends. Brian Sostrom’s evocative paintings are heavily inspired by the “beauty of emptiness” and nature. He says, “The atmospheric images are not intended to communicate a story but rather create an intriguing visual poem.” Sostrum has developed his own unique approach to painting. Working with acrylic and open acrylic paints on a smooth transparent substrate, he paints entirely with transparent acrylics and never uses white, not dissimilar to the approach of a watercolorist. IMAGE: “Morning Glow”
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
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"
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.